Sunday Music

Fluffy clouds on brilliant blue, clear light – one sees any single leaf ; wind makes them rustle, crinkle, much too dry, a hint of autumn ; empty fields, remaining sunflowers hang their seedless heads, maize is small & brittle.
At least it is a dry heat – 29┬░C in my appartement – and it is windy. Menaced rain tomorrow will not come with lower temperatures, so it will be more like a sauna infusion than a relieving shower.
But that’s tomorrow. Today I cooked some rice in the microwave, now it’s time to prepare a very simple sauce (just Tomatenpamps with spices).
The heat, the sun, the tomatoes : Italy, Italian song, preferably fifties or so. And the wonder of yuhtube leads us to Voglio vivere cosi (So will ich leben, I live the way I please), here in the 1958 version of Claudio VILLA (1926-1987) (Ger., Eng., It.). (Originally from a 1942 film with the same title (Eng.), performed by actor/singer Ferruccio TAGLIAVINI (1913-1995) (Ger., Eng., It., here.))
I hope you enjoy the music. Let’s stay cool through the coming week.

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Look Out

Some days ago I visited an old, green thumbed man, who has reduced his once sprawling garden into a very carefree affaire that demands just some cutting of the lawn nowadays. He pointed to the apples rotting in the meadow – they are all too early ; the trees throw them down because of the drought, simply because they can not keep to the regular schedule. He also mentioned that at least one local creek fell dry.
Two days ago we decided that it was time to go out, air the brain & move the flaccid body around – so a visit to a nearby recreational area with lakes and a small river – that would be it. The lakes were still there, and locals were still bathing, swimming, and drinking beer in naturalibus, but the river is gone.
Larger rivers like Kocher and Jagst e.g., or the Neckar, have remarkably low water, of course a danger for fish and other wildlife. Transport by inland vessel on Rhine and other Wasserstra├čen becomes difficult, the loading capacity must be reduced – hence more vessels needed, hence more cost.
At least the South of Germany is spared (large) fires ; some hectares of woodland were destroyed by fires in the Spessart and in Northern Franconia, but this is not comparable to the fires in the Eastern Federal States, which in itself are far far smaller than what our Southern neighbours in Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy, and Southern France had to endure.
We have to reduce the amount of natural gas used for heating, in order not to freeze off some limbs in the coming winter, thanks to Vlad (and our idiocy to trust this fine man !), so some cities already closed public swimming baths to reduce costs and consumption. It seems that there is a connection between natural gas and production of electric energy, another area that may see some difficulties in the (near) future. I also remember to have read that our electric grid’s digital administration is already infiltrated with foreign maleware, or viruses. Thanks again, Vlad. Or Kim – who cares ?
All I know is that the cost for heating, warm water, and energy in general, will soar sky-high. Things will become uncomfortable for the average citizen
It is unhealthy to look into the news too long, bookmark articles etcetc., the image is bleak nowadays. The only highlight is the search and seizure action at the little fuehrer’s whorehouse – there is still a chance for the American Federal State. But I doubt that this will comfort me in the coming winter, when I’ll sit rolled up in a rug at my desk writing my thoughts down on a piece of paper wile the candle gently smokes. I only hope the ink will not freeze.

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Sunday Music, Late Edition

No, I did not “forget” Sunday Music. Thing is simply that I can not search for a suitable piece of music when in company. I can not explain this, I have no idea why, but I must be alone. So I grabbed my chance today, in order to accomplish at least something on this rotten day.
To be precise, the day itself is gorgeous, sunny, and a little bit windy. But last night was mostly sleepless, with too much thought in brains all over the place. I am in the comfortable position to go to bed in the early morning again to catch some sleep, while others must go out & robot on.
I struggled to get out of bed in the late morning for some hours, I could not find the necessary energy. Headaches did not help. Finally I managed to rise, get some simple housekeeping done, and an errand, but the weekly dust bunny campagne is postponed – they’ll be there tomorrow too, I am sure. Time to prepare some tomato salad to feed the hungry masses that soon will flow back from the daily grind.
But before we become busybusybusy again, let’s pause for less than three minutes, and listen to Francis POULENCs (1899-1963) (Ger., Eng.) Sarabande (1960) performed by Otto TOLONEN (fi.), right until the last note fades into eternity.
I hope you like the music ; may your week be productive, sunny, and well rested !

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Sunday Music, Monday Edition

It is very humid in Suebia. I was given some tasks to fulfil while I am staying here, like hoover the rooms, go out & buy some necessities (mostly bread and beer), take care of the garbage – all things necessary while others go out and earn all the dosh for this life of luxury, teehee …
The already mentioned humidity prevented me from finishing the hoover action, I started leaving little puddles behind when I stayed too long at one position to surely suck in the last dust bunny, or its grandchild, little bunny. The weather forecast says that rain & thunderstorm will start at 16:00 – and given the fact that it is a Suebian forecast, one can be nearly one hundred percent sure that it will start not one minute before 16:00. This would be un-Suebian. But, of course, you will not find the smallest hint of Suebian bashing here, never.
Today’s Sunday Music is Mr Brad MEHLDAUs (b. 1970) (Ger., Eng.) version of McCARTNEYs (b. 1942) (Ger., Eng.) Blackbird (Ger., Eng.). While the music is excellent, I think the producers could have done with a little less camera action and cuts – goodness, it’s no action video. I hope you enjoy the music, and have a relaxed week ahead !

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