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Music Monday … The Negative

Over the last week or so the Waitress recording and I really hit it off. Thanks to my lovely friend A. I own the Sara Bareilles concept-kinda album in addition to the Broadway album and I love them both.

One song I particularly like isn’t featured on the Sara Bareilles album, but it is still important as well as funny and interesting music-wise.

Not only has is the main lyric really funny (“Focus on the negative…!”), but it features one of my favourites lines from the show:

Jenna: Funny how one night can ruin my whole life!
Girls: Don’t go there yet, we don’t know what the test says….

(it happens around the 1:30min mark)

Please, take a listen and tell me how funny these lyrics are with what the music tells us at the same time. I burst into laughter EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Have a great week and I hope your August is off to a good start.

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Music Monday … For a Minute

Hey my dear theatrical friends, it has been a while!

What could possibly be better than a good ol’ #MusicMonday to somewhat get back into the blogging thing?

Let’s start again with a relatively recent find music-wise to shake it up a little bit.

If you are following my Instagram or my Facebook-page you might know that I basically spend the first half of July in New York City (“the greatest city in the world…” – bonus points for everyone who just read this in full-on Angelica-mode) and got to see many, many amazing things on stage specifically.

One of the most exciting days EVER ended with me and my Mom (best travel-companion EVER!) at 54below one table over from @BroadwayGirlNYC listening to Drew Gasparini and his fabulous guests being amazing and presenting new songs and older ones. (and enjoying the strong Gin Tonics they serve there. I am not kidding these Gin Tonics are….well….let’s just not talk about an aging Theaterkind and the alcohol)

What probably was my favourite song of the evening (along with “Float”) made it onto Youtube and I have to admit I’ve listened to that one more than once since it went up. Much more.:)

So, sit back and enjoy!

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Special Day

A short thing on why May 27th was a very special day for me

On May 27th an era kind of came to an end. I saved a 85 pages Word-Document as a PDF file, hit the copyshop and printed it out five times, had it bound and took it home. There I put three of the copies in an envelope, put the address of my university on there and got it ready to take to Leipzig the next day.

That, ladies and gentlemen, was my Master thesis.
It’s finished.
It’s dropped off at the Prüfungsbüro.

Now the era of not thinking about sex and musicals and feminism in musicals all day every day begins!

On Friday I took my mother to see my friend Eric Lee Johnson for his solo show debut at a small and very charming theatre in Berlin Schöneberg. I remember when we last got together for a coffee Eric told me he might sing a song by Marc Schubring that I translated for a student of his earlier this year (which marked the first time someone asked me to translate something). To be honest I was all ike: Yeah, let him talk – and let’s see if that REALLY happens. (sorry, Eric…)

Then last Friday I met a mutual friend of ours and she was like “You know, he’s gonna sing “Completely Different” – and Marc’s gonna be here!”. And then that’s what happened.

As I’m still in the very beginning of my translating it’s VERY exciting to hear my German words being sung by people who aren’t me torturing my neighbours with endless shouting and trying to be a soprano or a tenor… Only when someone that isn’t me sings those German words I can listen to it as a dramaturg and judge it the way I would do translations by others and that’s not only very productive, but also a rather healthy thing to do.

And last week’s Friday Eric sung those words and it was the first time ever someone sung a translation of mine without me being in the back producing it, organizing it, putting together musical rehearsals or trying to make everybody feel comfortable about the lack of said rehearsals…and it was A MA ZING!

Thank you, Eric!
And thank you, Marc, for the music that works so well (I think) with German!

That special Friday was more than a week ago today, but I’m still mesmerized and I’m sure I’m gonna treasure that day for a while longer.😉 Even and especially after I’ve graduated from my current MA programme and I’ll be an unemployed dramaturg.

But before that will be the case my classmates are organizing a festival in Leipzig – and they need money, because – let’s be honest here – who doesn’t? We’ve 11 more days of startnext crowdfunding left, and honestly I think everyone should be wanting to be part of the funding crowd for a dramaturgy-festival. Who has ever seen such a thing?

Wanna help? Head over to: https://www.startnext.com/INTROLeipzig

 

 

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Music Monday … To Build A Home

This #MusicMonday was inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda who shared this video on his twitter and brought this back to my mind.

I guess we all know the song, right? It’s from Jason Rorbert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County (that will be done in Germany next season!) – so this week isn’t that much about getting to know a song although it’s gorgeous and everyone should listen to it. All the time.

I wanted to make this week’s #MusicMonday about purity and courage (and maybe even honesty) in performances. Because this, ladies and gentlemen is an AMAZING example.

But sit back and see for yourselves.

And think and enjoy the sun (at least here in Berlin).

 

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Music Monday … with no music?

Late night #MusicMonday?

Yes, please!

After a weekend full of talking, meeting and sitting on trains travelling across the country (Berlin – Stuttgart – Hanau – Leipzig – Berlin in four days) I’m back home and thinking about music. (no, that’s wrong: I’m thinking about my MA thesis and about stuff.)

Anyways – I really don’t have to share a song with you today. I listened to Hamilton A LOT this past weekend plus whenever the wifi on trains was working I took advantage of my iTunes music subscription to listen to the Jasper in Deadland album that was just released last week.

 

So today I ask you: What are you listenting to these days? What’s your favourite musical theatre associated song theses days? What’s something you return to over and over and over again?

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Music Monday … Blackout

On Saturday I realized I hadn’t listened to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first big Broadway hit In the Heights in quite a while. I don’t know exactly why, but In the Heights really is a summer-listen to me and although temperatures dropped over the last couple of days (don’t even get me started on how cold I was when I rode my bike home at 3:30 in the morning on Sunday) I decided it’s that time of the year already.

There’s a lot of fabulous songs in that show, that make me cry on a regular basis, but one of my all-time favourites definitely is the Act I finale “Blackout”. And I really have nothing else to say about that.

Just listen and feel a little bit summery already!

 

#12v12 Mai

Schon wieder ein Monat rum?!?!?

In nächster Zeit stehen sowieso ein paar deutsche Posts hier an und da hab ich mir gedacht, fange ich doch gleich mal an mit etwas, was eigentlich “dazugehört”. #12v12 ist ein ziemliclh lustiger Ding auf Instagram, bei dem einige von mir verfolgten Blogger_innen immer wieder mitmachen, ob es nun die hochverehrten Kulturfritzen sind (die jetzt tatsächlich seit neuestem Plural sind!) oder Ella von Ringelmiez. “Konzept” dieses Hashtags ist es, einmal im Monat – nämlich am 12. – 12 Bilder aus seinem manchmal furchtbar langweiligen, manchmal ganz aufregenden Alltag zu teilen.

Dieses Mal fällt der 12. also auf einen Donnerstag. Donnerstage sind bei mir meistens von Büroarbeit geprägt, dieses Mal irgendwie nicht….aber von Anfang an.

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Dieser 12. fing also an mit Füßen. Und Wasser, viel später als ich eigentlich momentan mag, aber mein lieber Freund D. hat am Mittwoch gewissermaßen seine Abschlussprüfung bestanden (wörtliches Zitat: “Ich bin Diplom!”) und das musste gefeiert werden. Also wurde es spät – zumindest nach den Maßstäben einer langweiligen Tante wie mir.

Ich trinke wenig Alkohol, was dazu führt, dass ich dann im Fall des Alkohol-Konsums relativ schnell relativ lange was davon habe (#KOPF!). Also gab es nach dem Frühstück gleich noch einen Kaffee hinterher, gemeinsam mit ein bisschen Feminismus und (zumindest in der Theorie) Arbeit an der Masterarbeit. Weil ich an selbiger die letzte Zeit über vor allem zu Hause gearbeitet habe, ist es immer ein Highlight, wenn ich tatsächlich doch mal rausgehe und dafür “etwas Richtiges” anziehe – in diesem Fall: Jeans. Ich war überrascht von mir selber, aber wenn ich erwarte, dass ich Kollegen treffe, bin ich doch lieber ‘richtig’ angezogen und nicht nur in Yoga-Leggings unterwegs, ne?

In der Bibliothek war’s dann weder besonders spannend, noch besonders fotogen oder produktiv.😉 Das Kapitel über den Feminismus und die Frauenkörper habe ich aufgeschoben bis zum Schluss und jetzt müssen die Augen zu und durch. Am Dienstag soll eine Textfassung spätestens ein paar wunderschöne Menschen erreichen, die sich einmal dadurch quälen und korrekturlesen sollen. Bis dahin muss ich noch eben dieses Kapitel sowie Einleitung und Fazit schreiben. In zweieinhalb Wochen ist Abgabe!

Was ‘ne ganze Zeit lang “kein #12v12 ohne Zahnbürste!” hieß, ist jetzt anscheinend “kein #12v12 ohne Foamroller!”. Weil mir Leute sagen, er sähe mit seinen Noppen so seltsam zweideutig aus, habe ich den ebenso zweideutigen Slogan des Intro Festival Leipzig, das Studierende meines Studiengangs Ende Juni veranstalten, draufgeschrieben: Lass dich einführen. (hier steht er natürlich für das Streching und die Entspannung nach dem Sport, zwei Stunden war ich im Fitnessstudio und es gab BodyCombat und BodyBalance) Und dann gab’s eine kleine Schummelei: Nämlich einen Throwback nach München, als mein Strick-Bestie Aleks und ich uns von anderen fotografieren lassen mussten, weil beide unserer Mütter ein Bild verlangt haben. Nur noch zwei Monate und dann sehen wir uns endlich wieder, diesmal auf ‘ihrem’ Kontinent!

Nach dem Sport war ich noch ‘kurz’ im Bioladen, wo ich meistens eher nicht so ganz gesunde Sachen kaufe….diesmal musste es mal wieder ein Glas Erdnussmus Crunchy sein, dieses Granola und die Milch, weil ich auf alles abfahre, wo Kokos drin ist. (von dem Joghurt bin ich nicht ganz so überzeugt). Ein Teil des Einkaufs schaffte es dann auch sofort auf den Abendbrotteller!

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Als letzten Akt des Tages musste ich noch meinen Joghurtbereiter (ohne Strom) bestücken, damit ich zum nächsten Frühstück etwas für mein Müsli habe…Meistens mache ich nämlich meinen Sojajoghurt selbst.

Das war also mein 12. Mai, viel Bib…und wir müssen ja niemandem erzählen, dass das nur 11 Bilder waren, oder? Mal im ernst – wer hätte auch noch ein viertes Bild aus der Bibliothek gebraucht?

Am 12. Juni werde ich die Arbeit schon abgegeben haben, mal sehen, was ich dann mache…

 

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Music Monday … Sorrow Done

The other day Ryan Scott Oliver – and people know I value his work BIG TIME! – uploaded a number of videos from the We Foxes / Rope concert at 54below back in March. This concert actually happened the very same day German versions of two of his songs from 35MM premiered at schreib:maschine in Berlin – total conincidence, right?

 

Anyway – I never knew many of the songs really well before, but these videos changed EVERYTHING. It’s just real good music (and cool orchestrations!) played by amazing instrumentalists (that violinist!) and sung by amazing singers. Over the last couple of days I became totally obsessed with the performance of Kerstin Anderson as Willa – seriously, she’s AMAZING. And while Sorrow Done is a real good example of that I definitely suggest that you check out the whole playlist RSO has created for the We Foxes part of the concert, because it’s just….ah….I have to repeat myself….really cool.:)

 

 

and here’s the complete playlist:

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Music Monday … For Good

“Good Lord, Lisanne! Are you serious? Giving us such a blockbuster kind of song for #MusicMonday?” – that’s what you might say.

And I say: YES!

After I’ve spend the past week with Stacy Wolf’s AMAZING book “Changed for Good. A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical” (it’s amazing! If you have the opportunity to read it, READ IT!) I needed some Wicked in my life. So yesterday for my Sunday afternoon spend in the library I pulled out my old and baggy Wicked hoodie I got when my Mom took us to see the show in Stuttgart when I was 16 or 17 years old, and today I’m giving you that good ol’ tune (not to mention that I’ll definitely will wear that hoodie again, because: Why not? Girl gotta be comfy while working, right?).

Have fun!

And it’s Stephanie J. Block singing – who can say no to this?

And while we’re at it…can we please take another minute out of your Mondays to listen to Emmy Raver-Lampmann riffing the sh*t out of “The Wizard and I” – I swear to whatever you like me to swear to that THIS will make your Monday be filled with joy and happiness.

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5 Things I am looking forward to…

…doing once I handed in my MA thesis

I have talked about my MA thesis on here before, but now that it’s like around 5.5 weeks before I have to hand in that bad boy (or girl, haven’t decided yet) on June 1st my motivational list featuring ALL the amazing things I’ll do once I have this thesis finished grows. And I though it’d be fun to share. Especially since I guess there are a couple of things on there that only SOUND really attractive right now but won’t be anymore the moment I officially had time for them – the procrastination-witch probably makes them sound soooo good, then.

  1. watching the 5th season of Homeland. During the first two seasons I was like a die-hard fan of that show. Wasn’t too sure about the third and even more the fourth season then. Anyways – the 5th season is set in Berlin and it’s airing in German right now so basically everybody and their dog is watching it. I am not. Because I’m saving it. The fact that it basically will be summer once I’ve handed in the thesis won’t stop me.
  2. getting back into translating. The last thing I translated was Ryan Scott Oliver’s “Leave Luanne” for the last installment of schreib:maschine mid-March. Since then I’ve been riding my bike belting out German translations to one specific song, realizing that I’m neither a tenor nor a soprano (who knew? Well….I did!). And there’s a whole show waiting to be translated.
  3. cleaning, tidying up and purging – well, that might be a thing the procrastination-witch makes sound VERY attractive. But I have the feeling in case I have to move this summer I’ll happy about every box of books that I don’t have to move. Very, very happy. And maybe I’ll read Marie Kondo’s hit-book and get on the very hip minimalist-band waggon?
  4. making more of the last months of my BahnCard100. Since I have been a long-distance-commuter between Berlin and Leipzig for the last four semesters I have this very handy thing called BahnCard100 which entitles you to go on basically ANY train in Germany free of charge – because you paid for it in advance. It’s like a train flatrate. And I have placed to go this summer because I want to see all my friends and acquaintances perform in their summer shows. And I kind of decided I want to pay a return-visit to Lotte in Wetzlar since I’m REALLY up for a good cry and listening to the CD just doesn’t fix that.😉
  5. Looking forward to the things that might come up. Or not. As of today my future is not set. I don’t know what I’ll be doing come fall. And I really try not to be too stressed out about that. Let’s see if that works.

5.5 more weeks. Good lord, time flies. I can’t wait to hand it in but at the same time I really don’t want to…Aaaaarg.