Tag: music

Sunday Column (482)

Let me start with last weekend. My youngest attended a Beaver’s sleep over and on the way home he noticed that I downloaded a new song to my car playlist. Seems to happen after watching Steve Jobs on a Saturday night, over and over again. Walk on the Ocean….and Stronger Than I’ve Ever Been. He easily picks up on small changes. Not only was he keen on listening to the new songs, we went for a bit of a drive, to catch up, to listen to music and then go home. I absolutely love those moments when you have quality time together with your family, friends or people in general. Hence I strive of doing my podcasts, interviewing highly successful, and highly interesting people about their stories, about what they want to share that made them a bit more successful than their peers. Just going with the flow, the little man sitting next to me on a booster seat, listening to tunes. This is heaven, I could have driven for miles without stopping, just the two of us, the music and the chat. That’s why I love taking him to Karate each Saturday. That’s our thing to do. Our thing!

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Stress Management – Music

As you can see, stress management seems to be a popular topic. Why? I think it is because I get fed up being stressed about things. Work, home, cats, garden, house – whatever the case might be. So, I was looking for an article on stress management and music. I bought some Buddhist Chanting CDs the other day and noticed that listening to them in the background whilst working on proposals, presentations or emails, actually calms me down. On this site there is a whole lot to read about stress relief management with music. It really works. So I dug a bit deeper into something I did at uni: Brainwaves! I used to have this programme Brain Wave Generator installed on my laptop. Every time I got tired or could not concentrate on my studies, I used to listen to some “waves” to make me more active, more alert. It worked well. So I installed it again to see if it helps me with my presentations and proposals too. I let you know. Stress is caused if you are in the beta brainwaves. So aim is to reduce the waves to alpha waves. And, music as well as this brain

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Tracy Chapman

Hello, My best ever present was a concert ticket to Tracy Chapman.Thank you to my wife! Tracy has always been around since I know Jenny and I did not find out until at a friend’s party that the singer of “Fastest Car” was actually female. Sorry Tracy 🙂 I went out and bought all her CDs a while back, we are talking years now, and keep up to date with her newest releases. What surprised me at the concert is, given she has been on stage for 20 years, that there are few older people. Whilst there were a few older folk, a good few my age (middle age?!), the masses seemed to be (drunken) teenagers and early twenties. However, maybe my perception of younger folk changes as we are getting older 🙁 Overall a great experience. Sitting in the Apollo in Hammersmith enjoying live music from a lady that has affected my life for more than 5 years now. Thank you Tracy. Lets hear more! Volker

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Turntables and Vinyls

As a proud owner of vinyls and a Sony Turntable I was searching for a brush for vinyls yesterday. The best place (value for money) and with most accessories available for vinyl fans was “Hard to Find Records“. Above is the brush for only £5.95 surely a bargain compared to other brushes. It should arrive before the weekend. Btw, most of the music I like on vinyls are either Reinhard Mey from the 70ies or other classical music, e.g. the Pastorale from Beethoven, see link below.

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Reinhard Mey

Dieses ist mehr fuer die deutsche Fraktion – for the Germans mainly. My confession: Since I was about 10 years old I copied tapes from my auntie or bought cassettes (if anyone remembers what they look like) or nowadays I transfer my CDs to MP3 for my phone. Yes, I still do not have an ipod and I am not sure if my phone just does the same job for me. Reinhard Mey is a German “Liedermacher” – text writer, chansonist, folklore musician? Not sure if you can or would like to translate it. His songs, mey favourite ones are from the 70ies and 80ies, covering everyday life and life like it used to be in the good old days. Songs like “Musik von Hand gemacht” / “music made by hand” – meaning not using electronical guitars and any additional help, are showing that sometimes the good old fashioned way of making music and relating back to the basics are the way forward. Not many people understand that for me, listening to Reinhard Mey, makes me feel relaxed and taken to another world of my own. A world where I can think of the good old times, no stress, no

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