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SHAKE IT IN KREUZBERG: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DANCE & MUSIC

For all those of you fond of prancing, swirling, jigging and skipping as well as learning what dancing means in other corners of the world and cultures – a treat. … Continue reading

Apr 26, 2017

HELLO, NAUGHTY!

And now let us take a graceful leap from the Then into the Now – Culture Trip Berlin recommends the best burlesque shows in Germany´s capital.   With Berlin´s burlesque … Continue reading

Jan 26, 2016

FROM ZIGGY TO STARDUST

An era comes to an end – David Bowie, a Berliner himself, died at the age of 69. Rest in peace: there IS life on Mars… ‘Berlin can generate almost … Continue reading

Jan 11, 2016

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

THINGS TO DO WHILE IN BIG B

Here are some things to do if in Berlin this week – check out our listings for this coming weekend and beyond. With a special recommendation: Max Missmann exhibition at … Continue reading

May 30, 2014

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: 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: 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

FROM T-UFER TO RIO – MEMORIAL PLAQUE FOR RIO REISER

In Berlin-Kreuzberg three things are absolutely impossible. You can´t walk through Görlitzer Park without being pestered by what is now swarms of local drug-pushers, offering you a wide assortment of … Continue reading

Aug 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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: 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

AWAY WITH THE “A” TRAIN: THE DEATH OF DAVE BRUBECK

Dave Brubeck, the guy who gave the world Take Five, Take The A Train and Blue Rondo A La Turk died today on the 5th of December, 2012. That´s only … Continue reading

Dec 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

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: PROPELLERHEADES FEAT. SHIRLEY BASSEY

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

Nov 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: STONE ROSES

For whatever reason this is what I woke up with in my head today. She Bangs The Drum from Stone Roses. It was a great morning! May your late afternoon … Continue reading

Nov 9, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: FEIST

I used to listen to this song when I was small. I would pretend my mother´s toothbrush is a microphone (AND pretend I could speak English, which was tremendous fun … Continue reading

Nov 6, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: JAMIE LIDELL

The song is called Multiply . Don´t take it as an order. Take it as friendly tip:)

Oct 31, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THE ZOMBIES

Do not be frightened: they might be The Zombies but their music does soothe the soul:)

Oct 28, 2012

400 POSTS FLOATING ON THE NET WAVES or GO, BABY, GO!

Unbeknownst to me this blog has just reached another big stage in its development. 400 posts sent into to the wide world of internet over the past year and a … Continue reading

Oct 20, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: DEPECHE MODE – NEVER ENOUGH!

Of course, principally this is NOT a music blog but breaks are a good thing and: a. I´ve just heard this song on Radio Eins again and it will be … Continue reading

Oct 18, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: GARBAGE

Garbage, the band who provided soundtrack to many a month of my University Riot Years, have just released a new album. Actually they did so already in May but back … Continue reading

Oct 17, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: GOTYE

I ask myself if it is possible NOT to feel better after listening to this song. The question is, I believe, a rhetorical one:-) Gotye I Feel Better

Oct 14, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: SEEED

A wonderful song about wonderful life covered from Black to whose slower and mellower version I did not dance at a school party in the 1980s to, being the tallest … Continue reading

Sep 26, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: KELIS featuring ANDRE 3000

All right, I admit: this is not my usual cup of tea. But Eclectic being my middle name, I am into anything as long as it´s got the rhythm, one/two … Continue reading

Sep 23, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THE RETURN OF THE SMITHS

In a record shop window in Zossener Strasse there stands a box. This box is worth some (wait, I must wipe sweat breaking out on my forehead…) 600 Euros – … Continue reading

Sep 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THE CULT

Old, I know. Obsolete? Never! Not with that voice and guitar. The Cult She Sells Sanctuary (from the album Love 1985)

Sep 18, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: U2 beautiful day

There are several pieces of music worth starting the day with: anything by The Smiths (go on, call me partial, I ain´t bothered), Fools´ Gold from The Stone Roses, Zwan´s … Continue reading

Aug 26, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: FAT BOY SLIM

During the London Olympics closing ceremony one of the best performances was given by Fat Boy Slim – no great feat, you could say, it´s all playback for him anyway:) … Continue reading

Aug 19, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: HERE COMES BJÖRK

While I´m at it, being musically sentimental and re-visiting the 1990s, here is the song that accompanied me on my way to Paris in 1995. I knew neither French nor … Continue reading

Aug 1, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: OR IT MAKES YOU JUMP

Like a ball. Or like a cannonball. I am taking you back to 1993 where all was not well but at least I was still wrinkle-free. And I listened to … Continue reading

Aug 1, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: EVEN IF THE JOKE DOES NOT

Another eponymous (do not even try to question) song from The Smiths. Even though I could not find the original video for it (if there was one in the first … Continue reading

Jul 29, 2012

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