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An extremely busy but mind-bogglingly awesome week!

“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. N0 matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are all the same.”

~ John Denver

Okay, I did it again, I neglected my poor blog and especially you my dear reader but I simply couldn’t resist the call of the music…
…well, and I wasn’t home for the past week:

We had a week long workshop at work that took up most of my time during the day and in the evenings – oh, my gosh, I don’t know if I’ve ever had so much fun – in the evenings some of my colleagues and me came together to make some music. We played “Radio” by the Corrs, “Like the way I do” by Melissa Etheridge, “Ain’t no sunshine” by Bill Withers, “Have you ever seen the rain” by CCR and a few others. I’m still extremely flashed and we all agreed that it would be mighty awesome to meet up more often in the future for more jamming sessions. It will be quite difficult to organize it all but I really hope we can make it happen.

Tonight I’m gonna start working on the new James Bond song “Skyfall”. It would be great to play that with everyone together; it’s such a beautiful song. I bought the sheet music for vocals/piano/chords online and now I can’t wait to get my fingers on the piano keys…

… so, to wrap up today’s post and introduce you to that wonderful musical gem sung by the incredible Adele (in case you haven’t yet heard it 😉 ):

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RECEIVED CARD #6.1: More Mail from Down Under

This is one of the first postcrossing cards I received when I registered. It’s from Leanne who lives in Tamworth, Australia. Every January they are having a music festival in town which makes Tamworth “The County Music Capital” – at least in New South Wales 🙂

(#6.1) AU-156832 from Leanne (AUSTRALIA); traveled time:  21 days; distance traveled:  9968 miles (16042 km);

 

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RECEIVED CARD #13: 36°C, ice cream and Chinese art

In Germany we are enjoying – or maybe suffering – an incredible hot summer day. In some places it’s as hot as 39°C (102°F). So, I met with a friend at the ice cream parlor in town. And while I devoured a humongous Tiramisu sundae I decided which card to share with you today: This beautiful postcard from Wang Xuan in China.

RECEIVED CARD #13: CN-463199 from Wang Xuan (CHINA); Distance traveled: 4683 miles (7536 km); Days traveled: 32 days.

It features a traditional Chinese painting. Wang Xuan writes on the back of the card that these kind of paintings show mostly landscapes, scenery and animals. I think it’s a truly mesmerizing image. It’s a pity that I don’t know more about the Asian forms of art. Looking at this postcard it seems to be very different from our Western forms of art. I only occasionally try myself in the drawing of Manga-style characters like these…but that’s about it when it comes to “Asian art”.

My Manga characters Naruto-style… oh well 😀

Well, to wrap up this post I have some audio-stimulation for you: The song “Endless Summer” by Oceana; matching the hot weather in Germany right now! I hope you like it 🙂

Have a great sunday!

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♫ Endless Red Tape ♫

Another promise, another scene,
Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed,
And all the green belts wrapped around our minds,
And endelss red tape to keep the truth confined 

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
We will be victorious

~ Uprising by MUSE

This is one of my favourite songs by the British band MUSE and especially the line endless red tape to keep the truth confined inspired me to create this piece of mail art:

I took a piece of cardboard and with the help of some superglue I literally wrapped “red tape” around it. The whole thing got so thick I was afraid the postal service would refuse to transport it for the price of a regular postcard. But no, I was lucky, they did accept it! It took over six weeks though before it reached its destination: The mailbox of Kerri Pullo in Tucson, Arizona. In spite of all that it actually didn’t get mangled too badly; I guess it’s just tough like that!

And…
Kerri likes that song by MUSE too!!! I don’t know how big a fan she is but I just love their music. I’ve been to two of their Resistance Tour concerts: The one in Berlin 2009 and the first of the two big gigs at Wembley in London 2010!
Here are some pics from the concerts. Their stage setup and show is just crazy!

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So, what do you listen to?  Does music influence your art sometimes too?

Have a great Tuesday, see ya,

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Monday Morning Soundtrack

Dear Friends,

It’s the first workday after New Year’s, 2012 is still wearing diapers and it’s Monday so I’ll be easy on you. I’ve put together a lil’ Monday morning soundtrack. Sit back, read, listen and relish ;D

6.00 AM – Sleep In Late by Molly Johnson*
The alarm goes off. Muffled by blankets and pillows some undistinguishiable curses will be uttered while a lazy and uncoordinated hand slaps the alarm clock incessantly ’til the snooze button is successfully hit and the annoying fiend disturbing the peace of sleep is silenced. Another three minutes of slumber are being granted and to sleep in late is a thought entertained for a little while.

6.15 AM – Monday, Monday by The Mamas & The Papas
It’s been done, the numb-body has risen from the bed and dragged its sorry self to the bathroom. Bleary eyed a wild looking creature examines the other shabby looking one standing in front of the sink splashing its face with cold water. Afterwards a toothbrush is surfing across sticky teeth, a comb is pulled through disheveled hair and a second glance into the mirror reveals that a slightly more human looking creature has taken the shaggy looking one’s place.

6.38 AM – Monday by Wilco
Jeans put on and sweatshirt pulled overhead, it’s time to rock the kitchen and raid the fridge for a glas of OJ and butter. Two slices of crisp toast end up on a plate together with an egg sunny side up and Monday begins to look a little better until at…

7.12 AM – Manic Monday by The Bangels
… the digits blinking on the digital clock above the kitchen doorframe remind of the bus which were to be caught two minutes ago. And, even if one had an airplane, there still wouldn’t be any making it on time.

7.23 AM – I Don’t Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats
Rushing, hopping onto a bicycle and paddling like a mad man or mad woman, the weekly observation is being made: “I don’t like Mondays.

Do you have a favorite Monday morning tune? Is it something loud with a catchy rhythm? Or soft and quiet? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know!

Hope you had a good start into your first week of 2012 : )

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*Unfortunately I didn’t find any online source I could link to, but almost any digital music store will let you listen to a short sample if you go looking for the song.


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“57 Channels”

Dear Friends,

Today’s post doesn’t only have an image it has a soundtrack to go with it! WOOHOO!
You can listen to it here. I meant to embed it but can’t because WordPress doesn’t allow embeds from MTV.com – 😦 BOO!

Please go and listen to it ’cause then you are all set for today’s topic; so

–> cklick here to listen <—

and then come back. I even promise to wait for you here 😉 Scout’s honor!

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