My last performance at the open stage „Kunst gegen Bares“ in Cologne, Germany on the 20th October 2014 was again something new and very special for me. The comedian Hildegart Scholten, who is one of the 2 moderators of the show, asked me to spontaneously support her after I had already sang my songs in the first half of the show. I already did this twice with Hildegart Scholten as described in previous blogs, but this time she also asked the piano player Daniel Slawik who is performing with her from time to time. So I did not play the guitar, but I just sang spontaneously without knowing anything – neither lyrics nor melody. Everything was improvised – no script and no rehearsal in advance. That was fun and exciting and the audience confirmed with a huge applause that this was also fun for them. Sorry that this music comedy is in German, but maybe all the non-native speakers can feel that this was really an awesome event! You find it on Youtube and here – Feedback welcome!
I have never played a song twice at the open stage “Kunst gegen Bares” until now and so I will play 2 or 3 new songs live a in the Arttheater in Cologne (Ehrenfeldgürtel 127) on the 20th of October 2014. Start will be at 20:00; admittance at 19:00. The tickets are quickly sold out, so if you plan to come, you should be there right in time :-).
Let’s see what will happen this time. You’ll read it in this blog.
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This picture was taken by Tom Wolf (Kunst gegen Bares, Arttheater, Cologne, Germany) in February 2014.
As already said in my last blog, Sarah started early with writing songs and I am proud and glad that she likes it and… she is not afraid performing her songs live on stage.
So you’ll find the video of “With her dies the world” and her second song “Darkness & Light” here (or directly in Youtube):
Your comments are welcome.
My daughter Sarah will play for the first time 2 of her songs live at the open stage “Kunst gegen Bares” in the ARTheater in Cologne on the 11th of August 2014. Start will be at 20:00; admittance at 19:00. Let’s see what will happen. You’ll read it in this blog.
She is still very young but she is already naturally turning her emotions into music. As a father – of course I am proud. Sometimes we are making music together at the weekend. These moments are always very special.
Here you’ll find one of her songs. She was very sad when her best friend moved to another town and she totally lost the contact. It seems for her it was like dying. Please send us your feedback:
After finishing my own performance on stage of the ARTheater in Cologne during the last show “Kunst gegen Bares” (KGB) in Cologne, the comedian Hildegart Scholten, who is also one of the 2 moderators of the show, asked me to support her. It is always something special for me and I really feel honoured being asked for the 2nd time (see my blog dated 28th April 2014).
(So: Thank you Hildegart – it is always a pleasure for me supporting you – I hope this was the same fun for you as it was for me!).
She whispered: “Play a sentimental song” and we both started to improvise. She sang about love and a guy called Camillo who she randomly picked out of the audience. At the end Camillo came on stage and thanked her. So this was funny for all of us. Hildegart made this evening unforgettable (at least for Camillo). 🙂
You find it on Youtube and here – Feedback welcome!
Usually I write songs in English and in German, but this time I did something different. My Spanish song “Mi tiempo llegara” is the translation of my song “My time will come”, but arranged completely different. Now it is not easy to feel the connection between these 2 songs without translating the words. Even though the content is the same, the sound isn’t.
I don’t know which song I like most, but my friends are giving me always positive feedback about the Spanish one. You’ll find also another version of this song in this blog recorded live during a jam session with the Backporch Stringband. So please watch the Youtube-video and tell me what you think and leave a comment.
As described in my blog from 25th of May 2014, I had my 3rd live performance at the poetry slam in the Cologne (Arttheater) on the 23rd of June 2014.
It was fun as always and I enjoyed myself very much. I sang 2 songs, which were new for approx. 98% of the audience :-). More musicians than comedians performed on stage this time. At the end the audience nominated a very talented young singer/songwriter as so-called “Kapitalistenschwein”:
- Alexander Körner (aka Van Nazareth)
- Robert Gross (aka Emily’s Giant)
- Robert Artley (me :-))
My first song “A long way” is about someone who had to leave home and friends. Time will tell if a relationship over a long distance can be kept and will survive or not. Maybe you can feel what I mean! Have fun with the Youtube-video:
For the non German speakers: Gert Buurmann and Hildegart Scholten – the 2 moderators of “Kunst gegen Bares” made jokes about my hairless feet 🙂 at the beginning.
English: This performance was something very special for me! One of the 2 hosts of the open stage “Kunst gegen Bares”, the Cologne stand-up comedian Hildegart Scholten (www.frauscholten.de), asked me to spontaneously play something while she was improvising a song. This ad lib performance was great fun not only for the audience but also for me 🙂 ! May be you feel it too. To be clear: The language of the lyrics doesn’t count :-).
You can see it in the Youtube-video taken in the ARTheater on the 21st April 2014.
Deutsch: Dieser Auftritt war etwas Besonderes für mich. Einer der beiden Gastgeber der offene Bühne „Kunst gegen Bares“ in Köln, die Stand-up Comedian Hildegart Scholten (www.frauscholten.de), fragte mich, ob ich sie nicht spontan musikalisch begleiten könne, während sie zu meiner Musik gesanglich improvisiert. Diese Improvisitionsauftritt war nicht nur für das Publikum ein großer Spaß, sondern auch für mich :-)! Ich hoffe, euch gefällt das auch. Übrigens: Die Text ist eher zweitrangig :-).
Du kannst dir das Video hier oder in meinem Youtube Kanal anschauen (aufgenommen im ARTheater am 21. April 2014).
English: I was asked to play a bonus song at the end of the “Kunst gegen Bares” show after all the artists and musicians had finished their performances respectively (Arttheater, 21st April 2014). I chose the song “Der Fremde” I partially wrote in German, French and English language. It’s about feeling lonely or being alone. The German title “Der Fremde” means “l’étranger” in French and “foreigner” or “stranger” in English.
You can see it in the Youtube-video and you can also hear this song on Soundcloud.
Deutsch: Am Ende der Show “Kunst gegen Bares“ in Köln, nachdem alle Künstler ihre jeweiligen Performances beendet hatten, wurde ich gefragt, ob ich nicht noch eine Zugabe geben könnte. Das hat mich sehr gefreut und ich konnte natürlich nicht “nein” sagen (Köln, Artheater, 21st April 2014).
Ich habe meine Song “Der Fremde” ausgesucht, der Strophen in Deutsch, Französisch und Englisch enthält. Er handelt von der Einsamkeit bzw. davon, dass man sich einsam fühlt. Der Deutsche Titel “Der Fremde” bedeutet “L’étranger” auf Französisch und “Foreigner” auf Englisch.
Du kannst dir das Video hier oder in meinem YouTube Kanal anschauen. Außerdem kannst du dir den Song auf Soundcloud anhören.