Großes Kino: Stefan Niggemeier dekonstruiert Dieter Gorny. Und den Rest der Branche.
Merry Christmas everyone. It’s been a while since I last presented a song here. I wrote the original version of “Santa’s Fantasy” in Sydney, Australia, in December 2007 as “theme song” for the christmas party I attended.
This is probably the coolest copyright non-infringement performance anyone has come up with yet. Disabling bureaucracies by DOS-style, yet form-based requests is probably not entirely new as a concept, but…
I simply love Suzanne Vega’s writing about song writing. I think it’s amazing how she can lay out the complex creative process leading up to a lyrically and musically finished and polished song.
I wrote „Fight For You“ as a gift for one of my closest friends‘ wedding.
Im Sommer 2006 drehte mein Freund Sebastian Linke seinen Diplomfilm “Pilù – das andere Leben”. Ein Projekt, zu dessen Gelingen ich ein wenig Musik und jede Menge Ton beisteuern konnte.
I just discovered that the NY Times has a songwriter blog called “Measure for Measure“. In one of the last entries, Suzanne Vega explains how her writing style and method have changed with time and that she has a non-standard relationship with melodies.
When I had a drink with friends in Sydney’s Darling Harbour quarter, no one native to the red continent understood why I had to chuckle when I read the bar’s name – Tokio Hotel. Well, they may soon, as Kelefa Sanneh, writing in the NY Times about Tokio Hotel’s first concert in New York City […]
As a bonus feature for the „Pilù – the other life“ DVD Sebastian Linke shot a videoclip of me performing the song I wrote for his film.
This one is about those moments when we feel that love is nothing but a strange illusion we cling to despite knowing it better, because we instictively feel that this denial is what makes our lives bearable.
It’s been an awful long time since the last entry in this blog. But that is, fortunately, much rather a consquence of being too busy than of a lack of activity – and, just as a reminder – you can always listen to some of the songs I’ve written this year on my profile page […]
Wie sich ja schon während der vergangenen zweieinhalb Jahre im Laufe der Ausarbeitung des zweiten Korbes zur Änderung des deutschen Urheberrechts abgezeichnete, hat die Bundesregierung mit dem heute vom Bundeskabinett beschlossenen Gesetzentwurf verpaßt, ein der Gesamtproblematik angemessenes Gesetz zu verabschieden. Die Bundesregierung sich zumindest in einem ersten Schritt der von der „Inhalteindustrie“ vertretenen Sichtweise angeschlossen, […]
Paul McCartney never really recovered musically from his divorce from John. I’m not saying John could not have benefitted from Paul after the Beatles split, but still, I think his solo music was more mature than McCartney’s, probably to this day. My favorite is „Woman“ – Woman I know you understand The little child inside […]
Dick Cheney is probably a much cooler guy than you thought he is. After a hard day’s work of conspiring with his freshly indicted former Chief of Staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the man still has time and energy for a jam session with the legendary surf music band “The Surfaris”.
From O2music Germany’s portal FAQs – question: „what’s CD quality?“ Answer: „CD quality implies that the sound quality of music bought [through this service] is almost identical to the quality of a CD bought in a record store“. No kidding. Musik auf dem PC abspielen Was versteht man unter CD-Qualität? Unter CD-Qualität versteht man, dass […]
Finally! The Corrs have released a new real Corrs album. This may sound label blurb, but it’s true – 12 traditional Irish songs from their late mother’s songbook wonderfully, subtly modernized. My current favorite is „Black is the Colour“ (link to amazon.de sample). Definitely the best album the Corrs have recorded since „Forgiven, not forgotten„!
Before I forget it, my song „Wait and See“ will be played on Australian radio! Graham Hendersen, a radio host of a show called „The Real Deal“, which is showcasing emerging artists and writers at Hope FM 103.9 Esperance Western Australia, listened to it on Songramp.com and asked me if he could play it. That’s […]
Alright, I’m posting this simply because Xavier Naidoo just sang „There’s nothing as beautiful as you“ (that means me, no?) on the radio. He’s wrong. Clearly wrong. Want proof? Have a look at the ladies competing in this years Miss Universe beauty pageant. Well, I mean, I have personally witnessed how make-up artists and skilled […]
Gentle readers, it’s a shame. The very talented Californian singer/songwriter Cindy Alexander is touring Germany for the second time in only two years and I won’t be able to attend any of her concerts for I am not in a state to leave my bed for much more than brief stops at the trusted pharmacy […]
The annual Eurovision Song Contest is over. And Turkey is taking the cup to Ankara. As usual, however hyped, there’s no reason to watch the entire event if you are able to catch the replays intended to remind the voting public of earlier entrants. These ten minutes are usually not only sufficient but at times […]
Brad DeLong always finds a new twist to inquire about the fundamentals of human civilisation – here’s what he writes today: „By what right is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony so damn good? Why do we like it so much?“ The 4th movement was my first hit-single, believe it or not. And deaf Ludwig van B. was […]
Sorry for the apparent lack of entries, but even though the weather is brightening up in Southern Germany, I was hit by a pre-spring/post-carnival cold yesterday and so I’m not really in screen-staring mood. And there’s so much I would like to write about – the latest developments re Iraq, my best guess for Bush’s […]
It happened. Yesterday I heard ‚Wham’s‘ ‚Last Christmas‘ for the first time this year. But it’s getting worse. It was not even the original. It was a cover version. Can you believe there are people out there making money by covering a ‚Wham‘ christmas carol in 2002? That’s almost as strange as the story of […]