Tag Archives: Music

I love Paris in the springtime

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF_yN1R2b5M[/youtube]Alas, I’m not there! But my niece was there for a school trip the week before last, and it’s spring now, so I have been humming this song on and off. So hurray for early tulips and warm air and sunshine and for planning the next holiday!

– Rike Horstmann

Everything’s Alright

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdDXvBv5tls[/youtube]This one was my earworm for yesterday. My subconscious probably chose it because a problem I had feared would cause major upsets had just that morning dissolved, so the occasion was a happy one. As an earworm, the song – however beautiful it is – frustates me, as getting the melody right defeats me every time, and there I am, stuck with some snatches in my head and unable to put them together properly. And of course, it’s not entirely unproblematic in the film either – as you can see if you watch the clip above. Still, it’s lovely.

– Rike Horstmann

Advent music?

kranzYesterday my husband asked me whether I had some seasonal music we could play during dinner. I enquired whether he meant Christmas songs. No, what he wanted was something fitting for advent. Finally I chose Winter from The Four Seasons, but was not completely happy with my choice.

Have you got any recommendations for music that fits advent but is not yet true Christmas music? (I can come up with several hymns to sing in church, but nothing I just want to play as background music during a meal.) Songs would be perfect, as would just instruments. Please help me out!

– Rike Horstmann

Fun at the Grocery Store?


I hate grocery shopping. It’s right up there with dusting and cleaning the litter box as my least favorite — but necessary — household duties. Most of my friends can’t understand my aversion to grocery shopping. But for me, what’s fun about it. You spend money on something that’s going to disappear all too quickly, or spoil if you don’t use it.

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The Hooters live

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCKlHejwy2k[/youtube]Last week, I was fortunate enough to be able to go to a concert of The Hooters. They are not a band I know that well, but as they performed nearby, it seemed a shame not to go. And am I glad I went! The venue was squeezed full of enthusiastic fans – in their 40s and 50s most of them, but all ready to rock! Although I loved the performance from the first note played, I got the absolute shivers at the third song – All You Zombies. (This is not a live version, but one I love anyway.)

The band played and sang for an energetic two hours, in a hall that was HOT. They partly spoke in German to the audience and even sang a couple of stanzas in German – in excellent German that is. I appreciated that effort very much!

The second absolute highlight of the evening for me was Eric Bazilian singing One of Us. I’d had no idea he’d written that song, a favorite of mine, and was thrilled to hear his version.


Any other Hooters fans out there?

– Rike Horstmann

An Earworm

earwormI discovered today that the charming German word Ohrwurm – a tune you just can’t get out of your head and you find yourself humming despite yourself – is making its way into the English language as earworm.

I have an earworm today, and it’s The Girl from Ipanema. I found myself humming it, not having heard it on the radio before, and I asked myself: why this song? (Often with earworms, there is something in the lyrics that makes my subconscious dig it up.) Continue reading

Music for special moments

celineSad but true: I listen to music less often than I did when I was younger. This may partly be the result of having to put up with a certain amount of noise at work – I really appreciate the quiet nowadays. It may also have to do with the fact that my husband a) listens to the news a lot on the radio, and b) despises almost all of the music I like. So I hardly ever put in a CD during the hours we spend together. But sometimes I get gripped by the urgent need to place a CD in the player, turn up the volume and sing along with a favorite song or two. Today I just had to listen to Falling Into You by Celine Dion. Continue reading

Feeling Gleeful


I have no idea how this happened. I’m not fond of musicals. I haven’t seen Moulin Rouge, Nine, or any other recent musical movies. I have no desire to see Wicked, Chicago, Cats or any of the other theatrical musicals that come around town every year. I’ll admit to an addiction to Mamma Mia, but as much for the setting (gotta love a Greek Island) as anything else. Add to this the fact that for years I’ve watched almost no scripted TV, and my recent addiction is even more shocking. Continue reading