Sunday Music

Last week saw me dutifully doing all the right things. And on Saturday, like a model citizen, I was doing dishes, laundry & the bathroom. On Sunday I felt absolutely no inclination to get up, so I stayed in bed, reading, gazing out of the window and listening to other people’s lives. It surely was one of the last fine late-summer days, I admired the light, and enjoyed the occasional breeze, but did not go out. I barely made it to the letterbox.
This morning I drove through rain into a beautiful morning, clouds in rosé, all fresh & crisp. I should have been walking around the hills when I came home, instead I laid down, tomorrow …
Some music to hoppel through the week : The Whitefield Brothers (Eng., about die Brüder Weissenfeldt) with Safari Strut (Earthology, 2010) – hope you enjoy it.
Let’s hope for a relaxed and relaxing week !

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Sunday Music

I am sorry. This Sunday Music comes a bit late for purely selfish reasons.
It is cold outside, all of a sudden, nearly over night, autumn arrived. The light changed ; the country looks different with all the fields harrowed  (“geeggt”) ; leaves are tumbling all over ; even little creeks are generating fog. Rain, wetness – cattle look over the fence asking philosophical questions.
Now and then wet boughs strike the bus, swerving to the right while avoiding being hit by oncoming tractorgiants results in a lot of earth pounding against the wheel houses reverberating through the whole bus, fat wet sticky earth.
So, yes, I feel a bit melancholic. The news that a friend died in her sleep sometimes between last Thursday and Frayday morning does not help to better this. I do not want to talk about it.
This Sunday Music is dedicated to M.B.
A “Gassenhauer”, what my dictionary translates as “popular melody”, but that leaves out a lot, especially the “Gasse”, the alleyway, and what is connected with it, all the abundand life – especially like in a medieval city as Nuremberg that basically consisted of “Gassen”, alleys, populated by all those normal people (“ganz normaale Leut'”) who she loved …  and who drove her to despair sometimes, as did what we call the society, or “the conditions”.
She died in her sleep, all of a sudden. Last entry on her blog says that she’d set up a newsletter for it ; other things, as told by friends, indicate that she was happily looking forward to the time to come ; she would have turned sixty next January.
A Gassenhauer from Nuremberg, originally written down by Hans NEUSIDLER (Ger., Eng.), a 16th century lutenist who lived there since 1530 – there is / are lute versions on YouTube, but I found none that is good enough, so it is the flute-version, and the video brings pictures of the fine city, too.
Btw, Mr Orff stole it, as he did with a lot of stuff.
Alit doesn’t write no more.
Du kannst doch nicht einfach so abhauen Mensch !

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Sunday Music

At 09:00 I stood ready, gestiefelt und gespornt, booted and spurred, ready and waiting for the call. The call came and said that additional thirty minutes or so would be needed. Yeah, make my day.
We trundled off an hour late.
I pushed the car down the Rhine valley through thick traffic, half of Europe used this autobahn today. Somewhere near the Swiss border I left the car and the unpunctual person took over.
Because of the late start and the heavy traffic I missed not only the train I had spotted, but also the one an hour later, and finally took the one in the middle of the afternoon. The ticket for the fast trains would have come at a hefty cost of nearly one hundred Euro, the cheap solution came at a quarter of this – and I would arrive only an hour later. Of course with four changes of train instead of two, but this is okay, it prevents me from sleeping, what I do not want, I want to look out of the window. So it was the cheap solution.
Finally tumbling off the platform of destiny I bought some bottles of beer and allowed meself a cab ride to my doorstep, epitome of luxury. My body spent (a little more than) twelve hours being transported through space.
I thank GOd that I do not have to start driving tomorrow in the ddm*, but that there is one last day to take care of necessities, like the wash, phoning the parents of the kids, doing stuff. Then I’ll be ready, Tuesday I’m back to professional glory.
The forecast says that there is heat, 32°C, to be expected over the next days, absolutely dry, only next weekend will bring rain, then the temperatures will drop dramatically. One never knows What the Rain Will Bring, as Mr LaFarge (Ger., Eng., website) says, right he is.
I hope you enjoy this Sunday Music, and that we all face an un-dramatic, perhaps even enjoyable, week.

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*damndarkmorning, coined by the venerable Savannah.

The Ugly

Politics. I had to say something, sorry.
It is not right to assume that Mr Hitler came back fighting from the shores of the Baltic Sea last weekend.
This is what one could be tempted to think when reading the news about the last election held in Meck-Pomm, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – a vast empty region in the North-East of the German federation with borders to Poland.
Fact is that the imho far-right-out, nationalistic & genuine racist “party” called AfD scored 20% of the votes – more than the (in a “great” coalition on federal level) ruling CDU (what translates into christian & democratic union, chancellor Merkel is the head of this party, Ger., Eng.), but less than the SPD (social democrats, the minor partner on federal level, but giving the MP in Meck-Pomm ; Ger., Eng.).
Loosers are the Greens, the “Linke” (the left-wing party, a strange thing of Eastern origin), and of course the old-fashioned neo-nazis of the NPD (nationalist party of Germany – no wonder, those followers voted for the Afd).

The Afd started as an anti-Euro movement among scholars some years back. The founder, a man called Lucke (Ger., Eng., macroeconomics – what can you expect ?), was ousted, and today the joint is run by other figures I will not mention here, and do not link.
When the original AfD was more or less running out of steam, the so-called “refugee-crisis” came along, and in the East (where else, eh ?), oh so angry and fearful citizens started to march & protest, carefully orchestrated by old NPD-cadres, calling themselves “Pegida” – also something I will not touch with a long iron prod.
They are more or less (depends on yourself & what you hear) openly not only islamophobic, but nationalistic & racist, and they are it to this day. The AfD saw a lot of infight, but in the end it became something like the bourgeoise, parliament-ready arm of this “movement”, the new “leaders” had absolutely no qualms about rubbing shoulders with the “concerned citizens”. And all what hangs there.
And here we go.
The old nazi party, riddled with scandals about money, unfit personal, confidential informants etc. simply is going to vanish.
The AfD is the new pool for all & everything right of the middle. This gives the Bavarian CSU (a local-only sister-party of the CDU) some headaches because they always bragged that there would be nothing else right of them – a concept they successfully executed over the last sixty (!) years. If you look closely right from the start in the late forties – ahem ! – but this is only a minor theatre of war. Let me say it clear : They always sucked up the Nazis. But this time …
What the last election showed, and very possibly the next one in Berlin will confirm, is the simple fact that roughly 20% of the voters are more or less open racist. The AfD is not known for nuances : All people of islamic faith / Muslim – whatever may be the “correct” name for those non-Christian deity-killers – oh excuse me, scratch that, those were the Jews ! –  heck, all of those fuzzy-bearded camel-shaggers who came here for blond women & free cash, are terrorists and need to be concentrated in camps.
We need walls, and a fortified border – not a European one, but a national one. Because “Europe” is of course the kickoff of all evil, and Merkel is Satan’s grandmother. And if you do not like this, fuck off to What-Ever-Stan, and leave us true Germans alone – throw in the curse word of your choice here.

BTW – all this, just a little  overdone by me, is a kick in the groin for all those people of Turkish background, who live in this country since the sixties or so. Who helped to build this economic, who had a hard time here, who finally found their own ways to what is called “integration” – a blank futile fraud, a terrible word stuffed with ideology – anyway : All those humans of Turkish origin, who after years had the possibility to build their own churches – yeah, they call it mosque, what is the difference, eh !?-, who after years finally found a way of peaceful coexistence / communal life and all, who live their life next to other peaceful “German” citizens – and all of a sudden they come up with the faith !?
Shall them wear a green half-moon on their clothes ?!

Please excuse me, venerated reader, that I ex-aggerate this – but it is really hard to listen to those people. And I confess that I gave up. I had enough of this over the last months with my co-driver, I listened to this whining for a long time.
Starting from my co-driver, it boils down to something like “We do get nothing – they get all !” via the gender-thing (“They just want to fuck and treat German women like dirt !”) to finally “All terrorists – they want to rule here!”.
So it is substantive envy (“they” do get all – “we” get nothing) ; it is fear of sexual aggression and rape ; it is something that was actually canalised by the “Pegida”-movement, in German “Fremdbestimmung”, heteronomy, the loss of liberties, freedoms (practised or not), new values imposed / forced upon them good law-abiding-oh-so-Christian-citizens.
Of course, it is clear that there are no answers when one asks who “they” are ; where one law-abiding-Christian-citizen gets less than others and is in fact cut from things (money, benefits, whatever) because of refugees ; where & when the mullah forced them the last time to the Frayday prayers.
There is nothing.
Just a big ol’ Kuddelmuddel. Just fear and not one single spark of self-thinking. If you are friendly, call it something like “overextension” ; if you are less friendly – and a bit more realistic -, call it the limit of their intellectual possibilities.

Anyway. They are not going away. Sadly the social-democrats, under their current “leader”, a man who is interested in his own fat belly only and who just wants to be “Kalif anstelle des Khalifen, (Ger., Eng.), are just a “Schuss in den Ofen”, what my dictionary gives as “lead balloon”. That is a nice & friendly translation. In German I use more colourful words.
From 1977 onwards, the terrible year of terrorism in Europe (especially Germany), when my political consciousness started to come into existence & became a part of me, for nearly forty years, I voted either for the “red” party (SPD that was) or for the “green” party, never ever for the conservatives. (Think Kohl.)
I may have written this on my blog before – or may have mentioned it elsewhere, I forget – but the best thing Germany now has, is chancellor Merkel, GOd may bless her.
I really hope she will take it one more time – it is what these heartless, inhuman, anti-humanistic, greedy little suckers deserve – a healthy kick in the teeth, by a woman who grew over limits other people never knew existed.

I am not concerned for Germany, I really believe that the German democracy is strong enough to outweigh these idiots. (Otherwise I had to become a refugee & emigrate.) And Meck-Pomm is only a part. But see & understand that the new right is in other federal parliaments also, especially the East (where else ?!). And next is Berlin, which carries some symbolic value to it.
On a European level I am very concerned. The AfD makes contact to the Polish nationalists, the simply crazed out Slovakian idiots, the Hungarians under that tinpot-Fuehrer Orban, the strong Front National in France, those well-established guys in The Netherlands (and all there !), and the idiots around Mr Brexit Farouge, or whatever his name may be.
They all come together in the European Parliament, an institution they oh-so-terribly despise, but use and suck out like a lemon – like vegans running a McDonald’s for pleasure & profit.
It sucks.
Enough of this nonsense. I am tired. I want a glass of white and a fag.
If you followed me up to here, venerated reader, let’s hear some music now, hope you enjoy it : Let’s tango !

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(Sorry, published a bit too early, still needed correction. But now it stands, hach !)