It’s Dark

Thank GOd it’s Frayday. Just returned from my morning drive, one more turn in the early afternoon, and yahoo ! that is it ; the engine will be started on the morning of the 15th again, not one second earlier.
I do not know what made this week so exhausting – the snow ? It was not that bad, the wind was a bit scary sometimes. But the job itself is all bearable. What is not bearable at times is the foolish gibberish of some colleagues. Sometimes I wonder where these people have their brains, especially when they talk about “die” / “them”, referring to asylum seekers & refugees.
I do not like the word “Flüchtlingskrise”, perhaps best translated as “refugee crisis” – humans are no crisis.
What we see is a crisis of the European idea ; the rise of nationalism throughout Europe with a special emphasis on Eastern Europe and the post-socialist societies (where they happily chop democracy) ; a strong current of xenophobia ; partly openly racist and even neo-fascist or nationalsocialist movements in Germany and elsewhere : Only some days ago a police chief in Saxony spoke about “Pogromstimmung” in some areas there.
Some of my colleagues, the “hard-working” “salt of the earth” – I hope you get the sarcasm – have seemingly no ability (or will) to differentiate. Asked who “they” / “die”, would be it’s Auslänner, Asylande, Neecher – all the same. The sentiment is partly sheer enviousness (” ‘they’ do get everything”, “even i-phones”), or blank racism (” ‘they’ are too dumb”, ” ‘they’ just want our women”, ” ‘they’ never have learned to work”, ” ‘they’ are of no value” etc.), combined with the preference for very simple “explanations” (“Merkel ist schuld !” / “It’s all Merkel’s fault !”) and “solutions” (“Grenze zu – alle in’s Lager !” / “Borders shut, all in camps !”).
All in all it is depressing dumbness. No wonder that “AfD” and “pegida” & Co. enjoy a large clientele – the far-right “AfD” reached 12 % at the last Sonntagsfrage (“If there were elections next Sunday, which party would you vote for ?”), nationwide.
I never thought that I’d say this publicly about a conservative German chancellor, but GOd bless Angela Merkel, may she stay strong and healthy.
I only hope that the brutish simplemindedness of these zombies will not prevail.

Sunday Music

Puuh … here we are. Cold outside, with the occasional drizzle of rain, no freeze, but one has to think about gloves (and something for the ears).
A very fast week it was. I found somewhere an older version of my bookmarks – I remember making this backup before I weeded them out some months ago – so at least this will be solved. (It only takes some hours of sorting, but I guess basically all is there.)
Sadly my old rss-feader is gone, perhaps I’ll try what is built into chromium, because this is the browser I now use (Note: It is not “Chrome” !).
I also found a backup of my photographs, so not all is lost. I really want to play along with these snaps. I always had harboured the opinion that a picture should stay “as snapped”, no darkroom-trickery, etc. but in the end it is nonsense : I want to show pictures just for fun, I want to play with the possibilities of editing. A lot of the results will be simply foolish, crap & boring (giving my penchant for structures), but what do I waste ? My time, yes, & perhaps the time of the few people who want to look at it, but I do not produce waste-waters filled with silver-salts etc., I’m environment-friendly in my own foolery – ha !
Next week I will have to drive regularly, but then it’s a week off and I plan to play around with some photo-editing-software.
The new used (*cue Springsteen’s Used Cars now *) computer refuses to brake down, and does what it is supposed to do (except mashing monsters, those days are over ; but there’s a little Doom anyway, these BSD-gents know their customers : Maybe we are all in the same age-bracket ?) – and that’s it all about, not braking down.
So this Sunday’s Music is a little number by bluesman Eddie TAYLOR (Ger., Eng., bio), of course absolutely gender~ and politically~ incorrect, Please Stop Breaking Down, from his 1972 album I Feel so Bad – hope you feel good !
Now come on, let’s fight through another week of … whatever comes away …

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Sunday Music

Sorry for being late again, this is really a nasty habit forming … maybe I should call it “Monday Music” ? No, I will stick to the old form, I really should be able to do a post at least every seven days. I spent the weekend mostly reading and sleeping, now & then I tinkered with the new operating system. The change of weather & temperature was amazing, from -9 to +9 today, the birds sang this morning, I drove back home in a wonderful red glow the late afternoon sun gently provided, all the snow is gone, over night. Feels like an early spring, but winter is not yet broken, perhaps we’ll see him again towards Easter.
For whatever reasons the sound on my machine now works over earphones, totally sufficient for me ; I had some ancient loudspeakers that simply did nothing any more, not even hum or drone when plugged in, now I do not have them longer.
Driving is easy under these conditions, especially since one of the boys is away for a week, what does shorten my drive noticeably. Next week all will be back to normal, but then a week off looms, called Fastnachtsferien, tough job …
A tough job does imho the young pianist Lukas HUISMAN, who seemingly has a Faible for moderns like STOCKHAUSEN, XENAKIS – to name only the most prominent composers mentioned on his website – and SORABJI (Ger., Eng., archive).
Until some months ago the name SORABJI was totally unknown to me. I do listen to the classic station here for some years ; they cover a lot of other “fields” of music too, like experimental, classic modern, what is called “world music”, of course jazz in all its forms, and sometimes pretty strange corners of the musical universe – but to my best knowledge I never had heard from this man before, be it on this station, be he mentioned by musicians I know, or in another way. And I can of course not describe his music,  or – GOd forbid – “judge” it in any way. All I can honestly say is that it seems to be very distinct.

Here Lukas HUISMAN plays the introito to SORABJIs Opus Clavicembalisticum (Eng.), just some minutes of the total four hours.

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I hope it’s an easy week for all of us – and may my American friends play happily in the snow !

Arg …

I just phoned a friend, we had some gossip, and he told me that he’d listen to some music via tv, because there is an 80s-special program, somewhere in between the 60+ channels he can get with his extra-wide idiot box.
This reminded me of things I heard in the radio over the last days – all those stations jingled onandon “We play the best 80s music”.
What means in the end that they get adventurous and bring some QUEEN.
Whow.
It is depressing. Sometimes I feel like grandpa driving through Mississippi  listening to Grand Old Opry – the image may be wrong, but I guess you get the idea.
DO I have to listen to the same old crap over and over again, because some teenage redacteurs now imagine something like “the wild 80s” ? And if they do & fill their program slots with this stuff, it is always the same : No strange NDW, no punk – but some “Madonna” – JEsus, would someone please brush granny from the stage ? Get The Hook !
Is it a generation thing ? A lack of knowledge, just uninformed ? Bad taste ?
I do not know, I just do not want to hear the same old stuff over and over again. One of the local stations (here) now and then does a bit of different stuff and even plays something that could be called “R&R”, others can’t see beyond the status quo. Forget the Bavarian Stately stations – they are beyond description, with the notably exception of the classic station BR 4 (or Bayern Klassik as they like to call it now) ; forget the local stations – they all do this 80s-hype and are only relevant for local news.
The only one that plays different music is EGOFM – and what I hear there, sometimes does shake me a bit. I have no clue about the artists they feature, the names are unknown to me & do not speak to me, but some of the stuff is done very well : Some re-invent 60s, 70s or even 80s music. Prima facie they sound genuine, then you listen to the texts or realise something else and you understand it is different. What strikes me is how they use the old forms – and when it is good it is not imitation, but something new. But this is rare, I think.
Any way. We are doomed. We are forced to repeat. Over and over again. With minimal divergences. And every generation again and again has to discover that there is something else, whatever it may be, for them or for else, the different. A perpetual search.
But my curiosity fades, at least in the 80s-respect. What surely means the first symptom(s) of getting old.
On the other hand my curiosity does not fade, but steeply increases, regarding the next American election. President Trump seems not to be so out of reach as some months ago. And with vice-pres Palin – yeah.
Words escape me. It will be great, for sure.
If this happens, for reals, I seriously wonder if I will have to serve my country again in one way or another.
Ach was soll’s, I’m tired, I had my share of stupidity this week, and the radio was playing crappy music. In the end nothing a glass of Silvaner couldn’t solve.