Thursday, March 13, 2008

"The Current Bible"

This rocks!
It broke my writer's block and unleashed some ideas I consider to be useful in my aim to finish - well, start - that paper of doom I am thinking about for quite a while now. It is all about puzzles and self-discipline - and at least I kinda liked the former when I was a kid.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"Spring In Berlin"

I can't believe this winter to be over yet. I bet he is just tricking us into the spring mood and then coming back, all cold, wet and nasty in two more weeks, killing all the spring flowers and freezing the pavements again. Bastard!
But it already smells of spring in Berlin. It certainly does. It always catches you by surprise to get that certain smell. It's usually coming as a relief. You take a deep breath then and catch some energy for the rest of the year.
Plus, people who need to go to work by bike due to the public service strike can do so without slipping down the alley.

Safe and sound.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

"Anna Katharina's Violin - The Instrument Of My Tiny German Soul"

Anna Katharina is playing violin, viol and hurdy-gurdy on her first album "Neuland" (translates "Virgin Soil"), she is also putting some good voice into it.
I didn't want to take this blog to suggest music, as I have my magazine for that part of the show - well, I just changed my mind, as her playing is SO BEAUTIFUL that I couldn't help but wonder: how come I was never aware of her incredible talent before? She plays in a band I was listening to for some years (Schandmaul), including going to see their live performance twice, but in the ensemble of all those well-skilled musicians, I never recognized her. I assume, that just changed today. Outstanding!

"Happy Birthday, Columbia!"

Happy Birthday, Columbia, A. and I.!
The one and only concert venue that deserved my attention again and again throughout the so far Berlin years is celebrating its 10th birthday this weekend. A large number of my favourites left their blood, sweat and tears on the three stages that belong to Columbia: New Model Army, The Smashing Pumpkins, Lacrimosa, Dark Tranquillity, Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation, Nine Inch Nails, Turbonegro, Samael, Therion, In Extremo, Tiamat, Type O Negative, Wolfmother, Soulfly, Spock's Beard, Tool, The Sisters of Mercy, Motörhead, just to mention the most memorable few.
And with that awesome venue, two friends of mine who are working there are celebrating birthdays, too. So, due to the public transport being on strike for more money and less work this week, I will do the puss-in-boots thingy and walk to the party in a couple of days.
As it is common to give a toast to birthdayness in Germany, I hereby rise my fourth cup of coffee and say CHEERS & TO THE NEXT TEN YEARS to Columbia and CHEERS & TO LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND ALL THE REST to my friends!

May the goddess of noise and lightning be with you all!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

"Silence, by PJ Harvey - A Dear Companion"

"The Silence After The Storm"

There are marauding storms chasing this planet. Some of them are deadly - like for the 13 people Emma just took with her in Germany - and some of them make you get away just so. Sometimes they disappear as quickly as they appeared before without any further damage done, and sometimes you can feel their aftermath for what feels like forever. But be it one way, or another -

there is always the silence after the storm.