Monthly Archives: December 2012

My year in concerts (part 2)

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Let’s continue my little concert recap with

Santigold
This artist is probably best known to people here in Germany for her contribution to a Vodafone commercial. For me however, it is part of the soundtrack to a road trip on the US east coast I did with a friend last year. Strolling through the streets of NYC. Cruising down motorways and getting lost more than once. Whalewatching on Cape Cod. Those are the memories that I connect with this music. So of course I was in when said friend asked me to join her for the concert. It was fun. The bootyshaking kinda fun.

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Folklore im Garten (festival)
This year was my second time at this lovely and surprisingly cheap festival. You can see some great, mostly German bands for about 25€, plus great food and art performances. Major bargain! I was joined by my sister and her boyfriend this time. When we saw Krafklub (second time for me) on the first night, we thought that the crowd couldn’t go any wilder. But boy, were we wrong. On the second night German rapper Casper entered the stage and just destroyed us all. Oh, what a night!

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Energy in the Park (festival)
The Olympic Park in Munich is probably one of the best locations for a music festival. Chilling in the sun in front of a lake while you can watch the bands performing on stage. Of course, we also made our way into the crowd. When we went in to see Maximo Park, we learned about the crappy security system first hand. I mean how stupid is it to let only people enter the first rows who have been there right at the start? At a festival with a huge variety of bands where absolutely noone stays at the front all the time. The crowd was pushing from the back like crazy because there was lots of space at the front, but noone without a stamp on their hand was let in. Absolute chaos! I felt kinda sad for Maximo Park because the crowd at the front clearly wasn’t there to see them and the atmosphere was kinda lame. Luckily, when we went back in the crowd for the final band, Deichkind, the security finally realized that their concept didn’t work out well and there weren’t enough people at front, so they let us in. I wouldn’t have wanna missed that spectacle. If you wanna party hard with crazy people who aren’t embarrassed by anything, go see Deichkind. They’re hilarious.

Billy Talent
Those Canadians ranked pretty high on my must-see list, so I was more than happy when they came to Frankfurt in support of their new album. I convinced my sister to join me last minute, so I didn’t have to go on my own. I loved the energy of the crowd that night. I love the new record. There’s some great stuff on there. Melodious and energetic. Billy Talent sure know how to rock and I’m a huge fan of Ben’s unique voice. I love a frontman who knows how to scream, too.

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Maximo Park
I wasn’t sure for a long time if I wanted to see Maximo Park again since the first time I saw them turned out to be pretty lame. I was almost sure it was the crowd’s fault because mostly bands react to the way the crowd behaves. Which is totally understandable. So I got my ticket. And I’m glad I did. Judging by the music, I never thought they were able to rock a crowd the way they did. It was amazing. And I’m gonna give them the award for “most songs played at a concert”. I think they played 22 songs in 90 minutes. That’s a lot. And definitely something that is quite rare these days. Next time they come to town I’ll definitely be there again.

So much for 2012. I can tell you that 2013 is gonna be even better and bigger concert-wise. Because for one, my heroes from 30 Seconds to Mars are finally touring again next year! Yayayay!!! I already bought tickets for their shows in Berlin and Nice (oh yes, sun, beach, good music and crazy people – who could resist). Then I’m going to give my festival debut at Rock im Park (again with Mars). I have to admit that I already booked a hotel room since I’m not the biggest fan of camping, but who cares. And I’m also going to see my newest obsession in music.: Muse. All these shows are going to happen within 5 weeks in summer, so it’s definitely gonna be a crazy adventure. And I’m sure there’s gonna be more. I can’t wait!

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Merry Christmas, everybody!

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you! I hope you’re enjoying this time of year with your loved ones. Take your time to relax and rest up for the adventures 2013 has to offer.

So far, my Christmas has been very relaxed and peaceful. Even my Mum hasn’t been as stressed as she usually is ;). Or maybe it’s just because I’m in a very happy place right now. The weather here in Germany has been very un-christmassy this year. 13 degrees during the day feels more like spring. But our family traditions still brought a sense of Christmas to the house. We started Christmas Eve with our traditional dinner. Homemade Maultaschen, a local dish that basically looks like a big ravioli stuffed with minced meat. My grandma (who is over 80 years of age by now) still makes them herself and this is something I’m looking forward to all year because it is the only time we get to enjoy this delicious food. After dinner it was time to give each other’s presents. To listen to Christmas carols. To talk. And to enjoy each other’s company. On Christmas Day we’re having another family meal, this time for lunch. We used to have it at my grandma’s place, but moved it to our house last year, so my grandma doesn’t have too much stress with the preparations. At first, we’re having a soup with homemade liver dumplings followed by a turkey with Spätzle (the best noodles in the world). Now I’m lying on my bed in a food coma. Tomorrow is also a holiday in Germany, but nothing big is planned. We’ll just stay home to spend time with each other before everyone is going back to their busy life’s.

Do you have any family Christmas traditions? Feel free to share.

Love and peace to you all!

InspiraShot: The board of motivation

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A while ago my co-worker had the idea to start decorating the afwully white whiteboard in our office. Since I might have been a teeny bit unmotivated, we came up with the idea to put up some motivational quotes. And here is the result! I have to say that it does help to look at it from time to time. And I’m definitely gonna need some motivation tomorrow which marks my last work day of the year. There are some nasty tasks waiting for me that I’ve been avoiding to touch. And a messy desk that is in desperate need of being cleaned up. But then there’s 2 weeks of Christmas holidays ahead. I can’t wait!

Btw, you see the pic on the top left? That’s our preliminary band logo. And a decent one is hopefully still gonna follow this year. Oh, and my favourite qoute is the one on the top right. It’s actually the only one I personally chose to hang on that board:

If you’re willing to walk the path of a dreamer
anything is possible (Jared Leto)

Because it’s true! 2012 is my personal proof for it. More on that later. Got any motivational quotes? Feel free to share them.

My year in concerts (Part 1)

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As an avid reader of my blog, you might have noticed my passion for music – and live concerts in particular. My passion – or should I say addiction? – has been in full bloom this year. So much so that when I told people I was going to see this or that band their most commom reaction was: “Yet another concert?”. Followed by a judgemental look. The fact that I went to most shows on my own for lack of live music loving friends made me look even more like a weirdo. But whatever. The reason why I love going to concerts so much is not just the joy of listening to music that is happening live in front of your own eyes and ears. It’s the whole mind-blowing experience. A good concert makes you forget about all the negativity in life. It’s just that one moment that counts. Being right there, right now. Feeling, breathing, thinking just music. Together with thousands of other people. That’s what it’s all about. It’s the same feeling I get when I make music myself, just on a different level. So, since 2012 – and maybe even the world – is quickly coming to an end and there are no more shows I can look forward to this year, I’d like to do a little recap of my adventures. I’ve actually been to so many shows that I feel they deserve not one, but two posts. So enjoy and be inspired!

Snow Patrol

I’ve been a fan of Snow Patrol ever since I heard “Chasing Cars” on my then favourite TV show Grey’s Anatomy. Back in 2007, I listened to “Eyes Open” on a daily basis for months. It helped me through a time in my life when I felt kinda lost and confused. I usually listen to music that’s a bit more rock these days, but still their concert was amazing. I loved the venue which was not too big and very wide, so you practically had a good view of the stage from everywhere. Since I always like to be close to where the fun happens, we ended up in the 2nd row on the side of the stage, surrounded by the most boring people in the world. Seriously, how can you not at least sway a teeny bit when there’s live music happening right in front of you? Anyway, I had a blast. I sang my heart out. I danced. I jumped. And made the guitarist laugh at me (find the full story here). I’d call it a success!

Krafklub

This band has been pretty big in Germany this year. Rap mixed with rock and witty lyrics – sounded like something for me, so I bought their album – and really liked it. And when I like something I have to see it live. Luckily, they were playing a small show in my city. Since the show was supposed to be taped for TV, the doors hadn’t opened yet when I arriced due to preparations still going on. I strategically placed myself right next to one of the doors – and managed to get into the front row. I stayed in the corner though, so the cameras couldn’t quite get me. Worked pretty well! The boys put on a hell of a show, the crowd was going mental, there were mosh pits and a wall of death. Pretty awesome! I also seem to have dramatically raised the average age that night, but who cares.

Blink 182

Those were the heroes of my youth! So no question I had to go and see them when they made their way to Frankfurt in early summer. That night was moments full of flashbacks. I traveled back in time to my 17 year-old me who was just about to explore the world. It was both a happy and a hard time for me. Feeling so grown-up and cool in one moment and so lost and insecure the next. Looking back that night, I felt like I finally understood a lot of the undefinable feelings I had back then. And so I sang and danced my heart out until I couldn’t anymore.

The All-American Rejects

I saw AAR as one of the support bands of Blink 182 and was so impressed by their performance I had to see them again. Luckily, they were playing a show just 2 weeks later in Munich where I travel to for work on a regular basis. The show was at a small venue that only fits 1000 people and was only half full which totally added to the experience. It even made me forget about the 14 year-old girls surrounding me. Somehow I seem to have a thing for bands that attract younger girls ;). Ok, I have to say, their lead singer is kinda hot, but what really impressed my about their performance at both times is how genuine and honest it is. I think what makes a good live show is music that touches people, that makes you believe that the people in front of you are in it with their hearts and their souls. I really hope AAR will come back to Europe some time soon, because I’d love to see them again.

So much for part 1 of my recap. Did you see any great bands this year? Feel free to share. I’d really love to hear your stories!

InspiraShot: Rhythm of my life

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Wow, I can’t believe my holiday is almost over. Tomorrow it’s back to work for another 3 weeks until the Christmas break. Even though I was off work for just a week, I feel that I had time to recharge and refresh my mind. I didn’t get as much sleep as I had planned because I was busy with life. And things. As planned I spent a lot of time making music. Especially with that hot bass on the right of the picture. Since the band is still missing a bass player, we had the idea that I should just give it a try. I’m already playing the guitar (or at least trying to), so how hard could it be. It’s actually pretty easy. At least compared to the guitar. And pretty painful at the beginning, because the strings are way thicker and, you know, I’m a girl with fragile fingers. Right now I can only play for a short time straight until it starts to hurt too much, but I’m sure it’ll get better over time. I also tried to sing along while playing bass which is pretty tough. Somehow my fingers always start to get out of the rhythm. But I guess it’s just a matter of practice. Anyhow, it’s a lot of fun and I’m happy I gave it a try. No matter if I’ll actually end up playing bass in the band. It would be awesome though. Because bass playing girls are so fucking cool, right? 😉