Jan 23 was a domestic day. I worked, cleaned the apartment, got some groceries, took out garbage to get ready for my friend G.’s arrival. I was motoring. G. is coming to visit me in Berlin, all the way from Vancouver for one week.
It seems that I was busy all day, but all I have to write is this one paragraph. There must have been more to that day. I may have inadvertently forgotten an outing to a Burlesque club, or a train ride to Madrid.
But I now remember that I started receiving the first of a batch of CDs that I ordered from Amazon Germany a few days ago. I am collecting the soundtrack of my Berlin stay: music I’ve heard on the radio or at concerts, music other people introduced me too, music by artists I liked in the past, music I’ve discovered online. I was especially thrilled to find some classical music CDs based on a saxophone recital that Nina took me to at the Akademie der Künste Berlin.
I would create a playlist on Spotify, IF Spotify was available to us Canadians, but it is not. So here are the titles and artists of some of the CDs I bought:
Guten Tag — Paul Kalkbrenner (famous German DJ in Berlin)
Berlin Calling — Soundtrack to a movie with Paul Kalkbrenner
I walk — Herbert Grönemeyer
Ballast der Republik — Die Toten Hosen
Sorry We’re Open — Bonaparte
MTV Unplugged II — Die Fantastischen Vier (German rap)
# Beste — Sido (German rap)
Seeed — with Peter Fox (Berlin singer)
about:berlin — a compilation of popular Berlin hits in 2012
Beirut — Gulag Orkestar
Semantic Spaces — Delerium (a Vancouver band!)
Karma — Delerium
Bozza, Lopatnikoff, Gauarnieri, Milhaud, Martinu, Beal — DePaul University Wind Ensemble
Carter, Puccini, Desenclos, Donatoni, Singelée, Bryars, Gershwin — New Art Saxophone Quartet
Schulhoff, von Borck, Martin, Milhaud (Saxophone Concertos) — Detlef Bensmann (the saxophone instructor at the Berlin Academy)
Schulhoff, Jacobi, von Knorr, Dressel (Berlin saxophone music) — Frank Lunte, alto saxophone, and Tatjana Blome, piano