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BERLIN TUNES: “ES MUßTE FRÜHLING SEIN” (1939)

“It ought to be spring”, composed in the 1930s by Franz Doelle and Bruno Balz, was featured in a 1939 film “Morgen werde ich verhaftet” (I´ll be arrested tomorrow) directed … Continue reading

Feb 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

RIDDLE ME THIS, RIDDLE ME THAT

Released in July 1983 the single “Everything Counts” was also featured on Depeche Modes’ brilliant album “Construction Time Again”. It’s not only a great song by all standards but it … Continue reading

Jul 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Summer of 1935 with the Spree-Revellers

Here is a little nightcap of a song. Sang by the Spree-Revellers and accompanied by the Deutsche Gramophon Orchester under James Kok, this lovely swinging piece was recorded before May … Continue reading

Feb 1, 2015

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: HILDEGARD´S FRECKLES

We are officially in love with three deceased persons: with Mark Twain, with Bette Davis and with Hildegard Knef. What they all shared was unbelievable if unlikely talent, class, a … Continue reading

Jan 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: DAYS ARE HANGING DOWN LIKE WEEPING WILLOWS

How about a fantastic little video of a little bus tour through West Berlin in the 1960s with the music by Gerd Wilden? See the wonderful lady who steps out … Continue reading

Aug 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: FRYDERYK CHOPIN

I have been watching Sesame Street with my two younger boys when Elmo played a piece of music that made me want to pack up my rucksack, take the first … Continue reading

May 10, 2014

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: TOM WAITS´”FOREIGN AFFAIRS”

For all travellers, walkers and flaneurs and flaneuses out there – a hymn to the slow pleasure of moving forward at a gentle pace. Enjoy it and sing along:) When … Continue reading

Apr 24, 2014

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: ERIK SATIE

Today probably best known as part of the soundtrack for Wes Anderson´s “The Royal Tenenbaums” the dream-like Gymnopédies of Erik Satie are among the most beautiful small piano music pieces … Continue reading

Feb 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Winter hit Berlin with full vengeance and diseases are raising their ugly, virus-laden heads. There is little time for research, little time for writing, little time for listening to the … Continue reading

Jan 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: BLAKE WORRELL

Here´s a local anthem, a hymn to Berlin and part of a great music project by a group of 11 Berlin artists who used their songs to express their – … Continue reading

Dec 29, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: BRAN VAN 3000

Believe it or not but the band singing the best woe-to-you-winter song ever written – a song about L.A. (where else?), drinking (what else?) and working on some unspecified but … Continue reading

Dec 19, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: MARLENE DIETRICH “IN DEN RUINEN VON BERLIN”

This wonderful piece was written by Friedrich (later also Frederick) Hollaender, an extremely talented Jewish musician and composer born in the UK but with the peak of his career in … Continue reading

Oct 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THE MIRACLE

Only 15 minutes left till the day ends – the day that would have marked Freddie Mercury´s 67th birthday. To celebrate that day and the music of one of the … Continue reading

Sep 5, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THE MATCHMAKER SONG

Happy Rosh Hashana to all Jewish friends! And thank you Peter for reminding me about the holiday:-) And thank you BBC Radio 4extra for playing this song this morning. From … Continue reading

Sep 4, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: IGGY POP & KATE PIERSON

In 1977 Iggy Pop and David Bowie moved to West Berlin to escape the drug problems they both had at the time and to work on new music. The time … Continue reading

Aug 16, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: MRSEBERI

For all those who need a proof that music IS everywhere and that everything IS music – Mr Seberi’s piece for fingers, brushes and Game Boy. Enjoy!

Aug 8, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: LAING

When it´s wet and rainy outside and you are stuck home with two sick kids, only one thing can help – the right soundtrack. Here´s a song to keep Mummy … Continue reading

Jun 25, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: TINY TIM

Or does it?:-) Tiptoe Through The Tulips With Me

Jun 24, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: PAUL KALKBRENNER

Although my techno days are long over and I have not attended any rave for what feels like a thousand years, I am still very much a fan of The … Continue reading

Jun 21, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHED THE SOUL: LAING

Simply fantastic – LAING And the clip was filmed on the U1 line in Kreuzberg, too:-) Try and guess what’s behind the window while the train is moving and while … Continue reading

Jun 14, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: MADRADEUS

The photo used in the last post made me crave to listen to the soundtrack for Wim Wenders´ 1995 film “Lisbon Story”. I believe you will know why once you … Continue reading

Jun 11, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: Midnight In Kreuzberg by NotMs Parker on SoundCloud

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May 2, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: DEPECHE MODE

I walked into a clothes shop in Hamburg two days ago only to discover that their clothes were, pardon my French, shite but the music in the shop was pure … Continue reading

Apr 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: BLONDIE

Happy International Women´s Day, everyone! Here is a video clip to a song sung by a woman who might have been a blonde in a yellow-pink mini dress in a … Continue reading

Mar 8, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

This song is 21 years old. That´s almost three and a half times as old as my oldest son and slightly less than seven times as old as the devilish … Continue reading

Mar 4, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: SIGUR RóS

This song is presented as a follow-up to the previous post about Tempodrom, where only three days ago Sigur Rós played their Berlin concert. Which I missed. Because I knew nothing … Continue reading

Feb 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: JULIE ANDREWS

It simply must be. Once I have mentioned yodelling (see the previous post, please) and thought of The Sound of Music, I started humming the song and you can rest … Continue reading

Feb 21, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: NENEH CHERRY

Ah, the Neneh… A woman with a Voice, with Personality and with enough Talent to single-handedly fill in the Top 10 of any hit charts these days (two words: Justin … Continue reading

Feb 17, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THE CHARLATANS

On the Feel-Good-Scale running from 0 to 20 this tune scores 31 with me. Try NOT to move your head to it. Try to resist the impulse to nod your … Continue reading

Feb 13, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: TOM WAITS ENCORE

Once I re-entered the gritty world of Tom Waits´ music, it is almost impossible to leave it again. His voice, the voice I had to grow up a bit to … Continue reading

Feb 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: TOM WAITS

I am following the Woody Allen theme without actually knowing it – I chose this song because Tom Waits´ voice, although so harsh and so raw, is like honey poured … Continue reading

Feb 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: ROBERT CRAY

This being principally “a place-blog” – a blog about the place where I live and where everybody should spend at least some of their lifetime – an awful lot of … Continue reading

Jan 23, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: SPACE

Hard – nay! impossible not to like this song: Female of The Species from Space. Hope your week started well. At -6C it is definitely a very fresh start here … Continue reading

Jan 21, 2013

BECAUSE I CANNOT RESIST IT: “The Smiths Live at Rockpalast, Hamburg (1984)”

Jan 6, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: “Little Miss Sunshine – Chicago”

Jan 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL:DeVotchKa

Jan 2, 2013

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: SOUNDGARTEN VS ALICE IN CHAINS

Unfortunately, in my currently rather busy schedule there is hardly any time left for research or writing about Kreuzberg (obviously two of my ever favourite occupations). But there is always … Continue reading

Dec 29, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: SMASH MOUTH

Bouncy, cheery and addictive. Helped me once while contemplating a break-up with the then boyfriend. Kept my head level. Perfect for the 1st Day of Christmas, I should say:) Smash … Continue reading

Dec 25, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: POLSKA KOLEDA

“Polska koleda” means Polish Christmas song. Where I come from is this particular one close to everyone´s heart. And this version beats most of other versions in being live and … Continue reading

Dec 24, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

This song literally saved my day today. With all the bleakness and cold damp outside, the world is definitely nobody´s oyster. And then thanks to Romano´s blog and his great … Continue reading

Dec 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: L7

Sometimes it actually feels better when it does the opposite:) Here´s Pretend We´re Dead by L7 – possibly the best ladies´rock band ever.

Dec 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: DEPECHE MODE IN KREUZBERG AGAIN

I strongly believe that the saying “Good things come to those who wait”, praising the virtue of patience, should be promptly modified to “Good things come to those who browse”. … Continue reading

Dec 13, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THE SHINS

Do you know those songs, those beautiful wholesome songs whose sound follows you day in, day out without ever becoming too heavy or too much? Here is one of such … Continue reading

Dec 10, 2012 · 3 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THE BLACK KEYS´ NEXT GIRL

Funny is good. Rock´n´roll and funny is better. A brilliant piece of music accompanied by a great video featuring the sexy beast known as Frank the Funkasaurus Rex. The Black … Continue reading

Dec 6, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW

The lead song from Cohen Brothers´ film O Brother where art thou, sung not by George Clooney (who unlike on other occassions, he looks unusually good sporting a moustache and … Continue reading

Dec 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: ELVIS

Cold? Damp? November depression? Here´s your remedy: don the tight, white overall with obligatory bling-bling elements and swing them hips to the rhythm of the King! Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds

Nov 29, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: NICO

I had to grow into that song – it´s nothing for the young and careless, after all. You can question the quality of Nico´s voice (which I don´t – I … Continue reading

Nov 28, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: MORRISEY

Thanks to another Berlin blogger, andBerlin and the Radiohead Ohrwurm he sold me, I had to look for alternative ways of getting rid of the tune that kept playing in … Continue reading

Nov 19, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: PROPELLERHEADES FEAT. SHIRLEY BASSEY

All over again. Have a nice November weekend:-)  

Nov 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA

Moonlight Serenade – if that doesn´t soothe your soul, nothing else will. And if you are fearing the soothing might have worked all too well, then here is something to … Continue reading

Nov 16, 2012 · 2 Comments

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