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This guitar is 25 years old. My dear grandpa gave it to me. Love to play it, and playing it means touching it...of course.

This guitar is 25 years old. My dear grandpa gave it to me. Love to play it, and playing it means touching it…of course.

As I am planning a series of smaller paintings bringing visuals to Songs I feel inspired by I had a closer listen to my all-time favourite Songs.

Jack Johnson has quite a few to offer… and “Symbol in my driveway” is one which got stuck with me. the past few days… 

If it turns into a painting or Collage I will post it here. For now listen to the song and find the lyrics underneath.

Would love to read about your favourite song lyrics, dear reader, if you feel like sharing them in the comments.

 

“I’ve got a symbol in my driveway

I’ve got a hundred million  dollar friends

I’ve got you a brand new weapon

Lets see how destructive  we can be

I’ve got a brand new set of stencils

I’ve been connecting  all the dots

Got my plans in a zip lock bag

Lets see how unproductive we  can be

I’ve got a light bulb full of anger

And I can switch it on  and off I

n situations it can be so bright

I can’t believe, how pathetic  we can be

I’ve got a perfect set of blueprints

I’m gonna build  somebody else

Might cost a little more than money

But what’s man without  his wealth?

I’ve got a phosphorescent secret

But don’t you tell nobody  else

Next thing you know, the whole world

Will be talking about all the  clues they got

They just ain’t no use, they’ve got us fooled”

Jack Johnson – from the Album “On and On”

 

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Acoustic tunes for a cosy Sunday morning

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As an early bird on a Sunday morning I noticed that…well…autumn really is very much here now. Like it has arrived with all character treats it can have. And autumn can be so atmospheric.

In autumn I watch myself getting my “seasonal” music and books out.

Book-wise this is for example Hesse’s  ‘Narcissus and Goldmund’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ as well as everything by Helene Hanff, whose favourite season might have been autumn telling from her books 🙂

Music wise I’ll go get the acoustic albums of the following bands:

Icelandic heartwarming sounds by Sigur Ros:

And..not too far from Iceland, namely Norway: Kings of Convenience. Watch this video to learn new dance moves 🙂

and last for this Sunday morning: José Gonzalez el virtuoso at the Nylon string guitar.

Hope you enjoy. Happy Sunday!

 

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A chilly autumn saturday – warming up with irish music by Damien Rice (love these dramatic tunes)

Hello good morning,

so this Saturday morning is rather crispy cold. The tree in front of the Loggia is getting more red patches (photos to follow) and I can’t seem to stop drinking self made cappucinos 🙂 being an early bird this morning as usual.

Here is some Music which I personally perceive as somewhat autumn-ish. It’s the very Damien Rice. Yessss, he’s dramatic. And yes, he stands for melancholy, but those Songs …those Songs!

Well, congrats, if you survived this without tissue ; ) … I started you off with the most dramatic one …

Here’s the wonderful, 3/4th or 6/8 rhythm “The Animals Were gone” performed at Jools Holland (with Lisa Hannigan I think, having a lot of hair in her face ^^)

And here’s the lucky third one, live from Abbey Road, “Volcano”:

 

 

 

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Music at its emotional best – Glen Hansard performing in the most wonderful bookstore “Shakespeare and Company”, Paris

English: The Shakespeare and Company store is ...

English: The Shakespeare and Company store is located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

If you imagine two favourite things -from separate categories -like Music and books (oh yes, oh yessss), they are not necessarily being put together. in this case, and this is almost too good to be true, my favourite musician …ever… Glen Hansard, played a gig in

the most, most, most beautiful

bookstore on this planet (to me) – Shakespeare and Company. If I’d known about it, I would have turned into a backpacker, being happy about a direct Train Connection between my hometown and Paris  and would have run to the store right away to get this. Like I said, it’s almost too much. Almost only 🙂

If you would like to listen to a clearly irishlooking guy with a great voice (with real emotions in it) and an outstanding talent for songwriting in a “sacred” Setting like Shakespeare and Company, treat yourself:

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Three is a lucky number when it comes to music-video footage à la Glen Hansard: Once trailer and “when your mind’s made up”

English: A picture taken and edited by me of G...

English: A picture taken and edited by me of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová during a show in Derry, Ireland in April 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Trailer of the movie I have watched (seriously – and as a whole – more than 30 times so far)  ….

 

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Autumn – A Soundtrack for the Season

IMG_1907 (640x558)IMG_1758 (800x606)This year we are having a very golden-sunny start into autumn. This morning, driving to work, the light was amazing… As I am a quite associative kind of person, somehow the views of the countryside I was passing in this golden light, together with the Music in the car, Kind of left an imaginary cinnamon scent and taste in my “System” 🙂

Do you have for example music attached to a particular season, too? I have just started mixing my autumn Soundtrack 2013, and here is the tracklist:

 

  • The Swell Season: Papercup
  • Elvis Perkins: Moon Woman II
  • Regina Spektor: Genius Next Door
  • Kings of Convenience: Homesick
  • Gus Black: Certain Kind of light – acoustic
  • The Swell Season: Low Rising
  • Wilco: Sky Blue Sky
  • The Swell Season: Back Broke
  • Matt Costa: Vienna
  • Passenger: Let Her Go – acoustic
  • Death Cab for Cutie: I Will Follow You into the Dark
  • Wilco: Jesus etc.
  • The Swell Season/Glen Hansard: Say it to me now
  • Gus Black: The Afterlife
  • Feist: Gatekeeper
  • Damien Rice: Older Chests

To put you in the mood…here are a few excerpts of this playlist:

My very very dear The Swell Season –  it’s not a Clip I recorded, but: I have been to this very concert in Paris at La Cigale and will not ever forget it! ten hankies!

In this Clip of Say It To Me Now by Glen Hansard it was about the 5th string breaking in this concert… 🙂

And a heartwarming one of the same concert – Back Broke with the audience as backup choir:

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting a pile of CDs sorted…and sharing some really good tunes with you.

English: Elvis Perkins performing live at Joe'...

English: Elvis Perkins performing live at Joe’s Pub in New York City on March 1, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: Matt Costa playing live at the 2006 C...

Originally… I was just trying to find a particular cd. By doing so, I looked throug my “theme” files, theme because I sort them by “life-events”/”travel spots” or similaar personal criteria 🙂

I am right now happily listening – with the usual goosebumps those two artists are able to cause – to

Matt Costa

and

Ash Wednesday (album)

Ash Wednesday (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Elvis Perkis (and with his band: Elvis Perkins in Dearland)

It goes  together quite well with a certain sweet nostalgia I get every time I look at my bookshelve with the Canada travel guides.

Because through the funniest “coincidences”, or rather a really amazing Artist Manager, namely Chris Fenn, managing Matt Costa, I not only travelled Canada for 3 and a half weeks. I also made sure to be in Ottawa just in time for the amazing Ottawa Blues Fest 2006.

Both, Matt and the band around Elvis Perkins (son of actor Anthony Perkins) hung out to watch other bands after their own gigs and I had talked to one of Elvis’s band before knowing he belongs to a band, thinking he was simply a visitor like me… well… until he climbed the stage to Play a number with Matt there 🙂

If you like Music with real acoustic guitars, really good and unique voices and truely felt Messages… you might want to listen to one or two of These Songs in the Clips down here.

Elvis Perkins

Matt Costa

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