Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sneeze at the Sun [preview]

I'm putting together a little cover album.

Right now I plan to have 6 tracks.  I kind of fell in love with playing my baritone ukulele this spring (sorry my beautiful little tenor, but you cannot compete), so I wanted to record some stuff with it.

The songs have all been pretty important to me at some point in my life; they are a mix of five secular songs and a religious one.

Here's a little one-track preview--Schwarz zu Blau [lyrics] [English] (original):

{Philipp Poisel cover}
{Hämatom cover}

Track list:
1. Schwarz zu Blau (Peter Fox)
2. I Walked (Sufjan Stevens)
3. Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley cover of Leonard Cohen)*
4. Free Fallin' (Tom Petty)
5. Mighty to Save (Hillsong United)
6. Black Sun (Death Cab for Cutie)

*Note: skip listening to mine and just listen to theirs over and over... 

The album should be done this summer.   If you want to give me feedback let me know and I'll share a couple as they are.

I'm working on some original stuff too, but there's still a lot of progress to be made on that end.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


I've been on a little German R&B kick.

My housemate was talking about German music, so I went through mine yesterday and gave him all I had.  It turned to be quite a bit.

I'm also working on a 'lil project regarding Peter Fox's "Schwarz Zu Blau" that I was on Genius for--and the same folk that produced "Schwarz zu Blau", the Krauts, produced "Sekundenschlaf" by Marteria, who I already knew a little about.

So, naturally I go to check out "Sekundenschlaf (Ft. Peter Fox)":

The song is about how time passes--and we're usually pretty impatient about how it's passing--we want to be older, younger, different than we are.  But we can't and be happy/enjoy the moment.  Yup.

Marteria tells the future of our generation: "Jede Oma in Berlin hat'n Arschgeweih."
Every granny in Berlin has a tramp stamp.

While I object to the "tramp stamp" phrase as an oppressive term of the patriarchy, I do find this song hilarious and probably true.

The first song by Marteria I heard was "Kids (2 Finger an den Kopf)":

Pretty hooky.  I love the lyrics--it's about how no one goes out and does anything fun anymore.  Everyone has small dreams and loves Bayern, for example (my translation, sorry for errors):

Alle mähen Rasen, putzen ihre Fenster
Everyone mows the lawn and cleans their windows

Jeder ist jetzt Zahnarzt – keiner ist mehr Gangster
Everyone's a dentist--no one is a gangster

Keiner fälscht mehr Stempel – alle gehen schwimmen
No one forges stamps--everyone goes swimming

Jeder steht jetzt auf der Liste – niemand geht mehr hin
Everyone has a schedule--no one goes out any more

Keiner will mehr ballern, treffen um zu reden
No one goes bangin, they meet to chat

Keiner macht mehr Malle, alle fahren nach Schweden
No one goes to Mallorca, they only travel to Sweden

Jeder liebt die Bayern, vor'm Essen beten
Everyone loves Bayern-Munich, they pray before every meal

Leben die kleinen Träume, verbrennen die großen Pläne
They live the small dreams, and burn the big ones

Sounds like a frustrated millenial X'DDDDDDDDDDDD
Great song though--I have similar frustrations sometimes.  I guess it kind of resonates.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Simple Plan(s)

I'm thankful for my roommate Nate from college for a number of reasons.

Nate was an athlete in high school and college and got along with just about everyone--but he was still my friend.  And he wasn't apologetic about it to anyone.  Even though I was a less than sought after member of high school society.

His friendship spoke volumes--it helped that he was and is somewhat of a geeky jock.

He's someone I can disagree with, have a beer and talk about it--and do it again and again.

In college Nate introduced me to a bunch of music.  It's mostly pretty poppy stuff that I end up liking despite myself.  One of those bands was Simple Plan, a pop punk group from Montreal.

I used to listen to the "Simple Plan" album all the time in college--particularly when we were playing a game of Age of Empires together or with other guys on our floor (the track "No Love" was an ironic anthem for the four of us that shared a suite for the second half of freshman year...).

The other day I started listening to it again and everything came back.  It was exhilarating and made me a little nostalgic.

I still like to listen to Simple Plan.