Music & Words.

Last monday my boyfriend and I had the great chance to see Patti Smith at the Burgtheater in Vienna. First of all – this is a top location for a Rock concert and I love the special mood that arises from old and dignified walls when they open their doors for something a little different from time to time.

Some years ago (I must have been 16 back then…) I had the pleasure to see R.E.M. at the Vienna Staatsoper – it was beyond words and still my favourite concert. Back then I saw Patti Smith for the first time, not quite sure who she was. She supported R.E.M. on only two or three songs but she left a lasting impression on me. And I decided to learn more about here.

Sadely I acutally never really did, apart from listening to her now and then… there were other things for me at that time, my head and heart was all stuck in to Beatles, R.E.M., Green Day, Tocotronic or Bob Dylan – what is, when I look back now, a quite strange mixture of taste in music. But it fitted me fine back then and it always stayed with me and made me a quite wide ranged adult music lover. One that seems now ready for digging his head into her songs and work.

So – 12 years later my boyfriend, who is just reading Patti Smith’s new book “Just Kids”, took me out to see this grande dame of Punk and Rock again. And we had a great evening of music and energy and deep thankfullness that someone like Patti Smith is out there, still living her fascinating way of life. She had a quite awfull cold and drank tea all the time. Sometimes she had to start songs again because of her bad voice and now and then her voice broke a little more than usual… But it didn’t make it a bad concert – on the contrary it seemed to benefit it: Patti Smith’s whole performance is, for me, about imperfections and rawness and the fact that she was not on top of her form just made her more tangible and true.

I think Patti Smith is one of the strongest and at the same time most vulnerable women I ever saw: She takes the whole room over and shouts with her wonderfull voice for freedom and love. But she also stands there, suddenly seeming a little bit smaller and thinner than she is, crying for her dead friends and lovers. And all this makes her so special to me and to so many people. She was such a important voice of her generation and I hope she also is for ours. We couldn’t do better…

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Dear Christopher.

When you are a fan of something or someone, you tend to gather everything about it you can find. Recently this happened again, when my lovely boyfriend came up with Matt Smith’s recent tv drama for BBC 2 – “Christopher and his kind”. We both are big “Doctor Who” fans – my boyfriend introduced me to the series in 2002 or 2003 and we, from this point on, waited impatiently for every new episode. Matt Smith is now our third Doctor in a row, suceeding Christopher Ecclestone and David Tennant, and we love him dearly. And he manages not only to give this new Doctor a brilliant, hyperactive and barmy new face but also does a great job with more serious roles like the one of Christopher Isherwood (author of “A Single Man”, which recently was made into a movie with Colin Firth).

The movie is about Christopher Isherwoods years in pre-war Germany in the 1930s and his encounters with the gay community (which was suprisingly lived out more open at this time than in Great Britain), the dazzling art scene and sadly the upcoming Nazi-movement. “Christopher and his kind” wins his viewers with his elaborate story-line, beautiful pictures and, I have to say it again, brilliant actors.

I am a bear.

I’m very fond of Julian Barratts and Noel Fieldings Mighty Boosh project. But now the british comedy duo is taking some time out and part their ways. One of Julian Barratts recent project, together with his wife Julia Davis, was the short-film “The Bear” for Sky Arts “Chekhov Comedy Shorts”. And it’s excellent. I think Julian & Julia (even the names show, that this is a couple made in heaven!) do a great job: It’s  authentic, it’s funny and it really gets to you.

 

Just everything.

It seems 2011 is a very good year for new bands! I must admit, I fell in love again… Friends of mine kind of  hi-jacked me to Everything Everything’s concert at Flex (Vienna). As far as I could remember, I had heard some of their songs on my friends car radio – but I had no special feeling to go with that memory.

So the usual ceremony took place before the gig: Checking myscpace, checking the band’s homepage, watching youtube and a good but not yet fully formed image about the music.

Long story short: We’ve been there, we’ve seen them and THEY ARE FAB! The music is amazing and fresh and they are good gig players. They made an effort and wore matching brown overalls which brought a dark and futuristic feeling to the whole set. The guitarist, bassplayer and drumer also had matching haircuts and the singer freshly dyed bright blond hair in contrast to the rest of the groups brown hair. So it felt really deliberate and it just gave their music the final touch.

We had a great time and the four guys took the time to sell and sign their cd’s and there’s no doubt – of course I got my cd and I got it signed! Afterwards I noticed that I missed one out in the hurry and commotion, but I think I’ll make up for that real soon hopefully…

Überlin.

I know, this blog is all about music at the moment – but it’s just, that there is so much great music out there! The new R.E.M. record “Collapse into now” is my new favourite thing. The critics aren’t so wild about it, but I think it sounds fresh and it speaks to you – and for God’s sake, IT’S R.E.M.! ;)

I especially love the song “Überlin” and it comes along with an amazing video featuring the brilliant Aaron Johnson, who recently portrayed a young John Lennon in “Nowhere Boy” (go to my blog entry here). But enough talk – here’s this video that I can’t get out of my head:

Turn it on, Phil.

Rumours have it, that Phil Collins might leave the music business forever. Whether that may be true or not – I just love many of the things he’s done. I’m surely not the Tarzan-kind of girl, but songs like “Turn it on again” and his brilliant voice move me in so many ways. So, here’s to you Phil! Please keep turning it on!

And the Oscar goes to.

This post sends a big YAY to Mister Colin Firth for winning the Oscar! I really like this guy and I spent many fine hours watching his films – and many more “guilty pleasure” hours watching his girlie-films… ;) He’s just a great actor and I’m so happy he won the Oscar. So, for the record, a list of all Firth-movies I’ve seen so far, in order of appreciation (and in case you wonder, “The Kings Speech” is not included, ’cause, shame on me, I haven’t seen it yet):

  • A Single Man (2009)
  • Genova (2008)
  • Pride and Prejudice (1995)
  • Easy Virtue (2008)
  • Love Actually (2003)
  • And When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary & The Edge Of Reason (2001, 2004)
  • Hope Springs (2003)
  • Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • What A Girl Wants (2003)
  • Fever Pitch (1997)
  • The Accidental Husband (2008)
  • Then She Found Me (2007)