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A Song That Should Be Played When You… / the Music Saga [Part II]


Given the circumstances of people around me recently getting disappointed or their heart broken by significant other’s I thought it might be time to cheer them up and show them not just my affection but that I am ALWAYS (in capital letters!) there for them whenever they need me. And, another thing that might help is the knowledge of the existence of people everywhere getting their heart broken almost any minute but most of them get back up, hold their heads up high and their hearts wide open to put themselves out there in order to one day find someone who knows they are worth fighting for. (And worth being the only one to date or fuck or touch at all.)

So here is Part II of my Music Saga – A Song That Should Be Played When You…

“…it’s alright, OK – I’m so much better without you! I won’t feel sorry.”

Ashley Tisdale – It’s Alright, It’s OK
[Album: Guilty Pleasure]

Ashley Tisdale - It's Alright, It's OK (Single Cover)

“…What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller. Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone.”

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
[Album: Stronger]

Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) [Single Cover]

“…Trying to apologize, you’re so ugly when you cry. Please, just cut it out.”

Rihanna – Take a Bow
[Album: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded]

Rihanna - Take a Bow (Single Cover)

“…Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”

Adele – Someone Like You
[Album: 21]

Adele - Someone Like You (Single Cover)

“…I will love again. Though my heart is breaking I will love again. Stronger than before.”

Lara Fabian – I Will Love Again
[Album: Lara Fabian]

Lara Fabian - I Will Love Again (Single Cover)

“…I’m a survivor (What?). I’m not goin’ give up (What?). I’m not goin’ stop (What?). I’m goin’ work harder (What?).”

Destiny’s Child – Survivor
[Album: Survivor]

Destiny's Child - Survivor (Single Cover)

“…nothing’s fine I’m torn! I’m all out of faith. This is how I feel.”

Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
[Album: Left Off the Middle]

Natalie Imbruglia - Torn (Single Cover)

In the end… all that a heartbreak mostly results in is pain and tears and emotional wasteland. But, with these songs, with a little help of your friends, with a lot of screaming and allowing yourself being angry and hurt you will be the one who stands up tall and eased and self-confident because you know you are stronger by going through the hard times. By working it out. By making yourself realize that if someone breaks up with you – he/she does not deserve it and isn’t worth the tears.

XOXO

Mr.StrictlyIntimate

P.S.: Those who I call my friends know one things – no matter what time it is, no matter how far away I am – I am ALWAYS (again, with the capital letters) there for you.

A Song That Should Be Played When You… / the Music Saga [Part I]


If there is one thing to mark your life every single day in every possible phase of living and breathing it is music. Music makes the heart go crazy – it makes the hard go wild. Music gives me all the love I need, all the support I could ask for. When I am down it either puts me back onto my feet or it helps me to carry on with my sadness because I just need to. Music is what unites the world. Music is here and there. Music breathes with me and sleeps with me. It carries me into the sweetest of dreams but also can be the best companion through the loudest of nights. It is the blanket when I am cold and it is the water when I am hot. It makes me fierce. It makes me strut my stuff. It makes me walk down the streets like walking on a runway.
And here I go and sing and dance and smile because it is what keeps me alive besides fashion! MUSIC.

A song that should be played when you enter a room

Lady GaGa – Fashion

‘…I am, I’m so fabulous. I’m so, fierce that it’s so nuts…’

A song that should be played when you are in the mood to dance all night long

Britney Spears – Till the World Ends

‘…hotter than the A-List. Next one on my Hit List. Baby let me blow your mind tonight…’

A song that should be played when you face the coldest of times after someone broke your heart

Leona Lewis – Better in Time

‘…It was the longest winter without you. I didn’t know where to turn to…’

A song that should be played when you embrace the night to sleep

Chantal Kreviazuk – Feels Like Home

‘…it feels like home to me. It feels like I’m all the way back where I come from…’

A song that should be played when you want to get it on

Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

‘…soft lips are open. Knuckles are pale. Feels like you’re dying…’

A song that should be played when you are flirting with a cute woman / man

Jessica Cornish (Jessie J) – Sexy Silk

‘…a kiss can last all night. You’ll have to seduce me…’

I guess this is it with the first six songs of my music saga – so part one is done but you should stay tuned for part two. Never forget: Music unites the world, Music makes love go around, Music oh beautiful, sweet, gentle, tough, hard, sexy, vulnerable, fierce, perfect Music… I know you’ll never leave me.

XOXO

Mr.StrictlyIntimate

Letter to Amy: Let the Angels Sing


Dear Amy,

I actually do not how to start so I will try to find my beginning in telling you what is on my mind right now. I miss you already – and the weird thing about such a comment is, that I neither knew you nor had (or still have) the slightest impression of how your personality really is… but still I miss you. Your unique voice singing always gave me the chills and when I think back to you Back to Black album and every song it contains (I have to say here, that my most favorite of your songs hits my iTunes in a loop but I will come back to that later on in this letter – I promise) holds a special memory for this album helped me so much in troubled times I actually never talked about. But considering the fact of your sudden and shocking death I have to say that it might be a good reason to talk about it.

You know (actually not, how could you possibly know), today, when I turned on the radio and the news speaker said your name I could not believe my ears. I just sat there and my mouth literally fell open in shock and in trying to find any words to say. The people around me actually must have been thinking I was going crazy because of my facial expression but what they do not understand is that it hurt me deeply to hear that you won’t be breathing or singing anymore. Do you know what you have done to yourself and to the people your songs helped over hard times? Do you realize that you were a role model to all those who had lived the dream of becoming famous for everything they were – not just their vocal talent or their spirit in writing beautiful lyrics but for being someone with a certain personality that simply can’t be ignored or that might sometimes be simplified to just being weird, though, in fact those who were called the weird ones, were all the dreamers, all the fighters and all the talents who admired you deeply and sincerely?

I can’t really blame you for losing yourself and the matter of caring about yourself in an industry that obviously always only cares about the next catchy headliner (and we both know you had some there) and not about the artist, but still you should have been stronger and more capable of withstanding hallucinogenics for you were so unbelievably talented that a lot of celebrities and wanna be stars simply had to take a bow when hearing your voice singing those hauntingly painful and sad lyrics.

It is sad and I am sad. I really am. I just remember one situation I needed help the most and your song was just there – Love Is a Losing Game. It definitely is, I have to admit on that. But still the essential of my saying is that when I was lost because of the biggest hurt and disappointment I have ever had to meet your song was there, encouraging me to hate love, encouraging me to being angry and sad, allowing me to being angry and sad and above all being behind my back telling me that it is okay – everything. And you were right somehow. Life is always about memories and painful happenings, but still life (and so is love too!) is about moving on and getting up when being knocked to the ground because you get stronger every time you can make yourself stand back up. Thank you so much for that – you can’t imagine how much this really meant to me… I think no one could possibly imagine what I feel towards listening to this song (still running in a loop on my MacBook) if they haven’t been in such a situation themselves and yet again I do believe that out there must be a countless number of broken hearts and knocked down people that just stand up because they have your support playing on their iPhones, iPods, MP3-Players, BlackBerries, Laptops, MacBooks and so on.

Oh Amy… it is a shame that you have left. It is a fucking sad shame that you gave yourself away so easily. But still we can’t be mad. I hope you find your peace wherever you are. Because in the end that is what you deserve – peace of soul. I love your music. And I love how it feels to me when I listen to one of your songs. I will miss you. I already do.

Rest in Piece wonderful, beautiful, talented miss Amy Winehouse.

(And here I break my XOXO-tradition in honor of your work!)

Yours,
faithfully, sincerely and above all admiringly

Mr.StrictlyIntimate

Indie/MaterialGirl Party


Indie Magazine/MaterialGirl summer party

Indie Magazine/MaterialGirl summer party

If you want to attend a special party tonight full of fun, good music and stylish people I would advice you to go to Pratersauna – it is THE place to be tonight if you want to enjoy your life and if you want to become acquainted with another sparkling facette of Vienna – the fashion crowd.

XOXO

Mr.StrictlyIntimate

Song of the Day: Ready to Love Again


Well, some of you maybe did not quite know a little fact about my music taste, but I have to admit, that I honestly love Country music from artists such as Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, the Dixie Chicks, Melissa Etheridge and of course Taylor Swift. To me, this kind of music is one of the most honest and most sentimental, which is actually what I truly love about it. The pure affection. The honest dedication. The admiration for God. Every single aspect makes me love Country music.

I found myself an interesting new Country music band called Lady Antebellum that I totally adore. Their song ‘Need You Now’ is quite a masterpiece, because it transfers emotions that make me sensitive and that I can connect with my own emotions, matters of my heart and memories. The song I am going to post here is called ‘Ready to Love Again’ [it is going to be their next single from their album 'Need You Now'] and I have a special connection to it since it seems to me that they are singing about the thoughts that I could not dare to speak out truly. Sometimes you need a song [or various songs] to realize what truly lies behind your walls of perfection and pretense that everything is fine and that you feel good 24/7 – well sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way and then you have to step back, take some time for yourself and listen to some music that touches your heart.

Ready to Love Again
Seems I was walking in the wrong direction
I barely recognized my own reflection, no
Scared of love, but scared of life alone
Seems I’ve been playin’ on the safe side baby
Building walls around my heart to save me, oh
But it’s time for me to let it go.

Yeah, I’m ready to feel now
No longer am I ‘fraid of the fall down
It must be time to move on now
Without the fear of how it might end
I guess I’m ready to love again.

Just when you think that love will never find you
You run away but still it’s right behind you, oh
It’s just something that we can’t control

Yeah, I’m ready to feel now
No longer am I ‘fraid of the fall down
It must be time to move on now
Without the fear of how it might end
I guess I’m ready to love again.

So come and find me
I’ll be waiting up for you
I’ll be holding out for you tonight

Yeah, I’m ready to feel now
No longer am I ‘fraid of the fall down
It must be time to move on now
Without the fear of how it might end
I guess I’m ready, ready to love again.

To me, loving again doesn’t only mean loving someone new, but maybe even falling in love again with someone you have always been in love with. Realising that he might be the one. But sometimes it means moving on, opening your eyes to someone new and maybe falling in love again.

It’s up to your own heart, what the songs says to you.

XOXO

Mr.StrictlyIntimate

I have heard annoying People by Day and London Calling by Night


It was yesterday, at about 1:42 p.m. when I was sitting in a small cafe in the first district at the corner of Stephansplatz, Kärntnerstraße and Graben – THE most wonderful spot in Vienna. It is a place where different cultures, traditions and point of views mix, match and meet. Actually it is my most beloved place in this city, my home base. I have never felt anywhere more at home than I do here, where I shop, live and love. It is the most fashionable shop as well as the most traditional both at the same time. It is the life of Vienna – in all its colours, varieties and facets.

The most vivid place, where Austrians and tourists come together – where people shop [no matter if it is at Gucci's and Valentino's or if it happens to be H&M and Zara] – where people show there decadence – where people show their style – where some are disturbingly poor and others highly rich. It is a spot, where all kinds of people come together and live coexistently.
So I sat there, stared outside the large windows and watched the rainy street. People trying to hide beyond their umbrellas or several buildings. I actually did smile because it was somehow quite funny to see how fast such a crowded place can be empty if the rain starts to drop down on us. So I did light myself a zigarette, absorbed the smoke that fill my lungs within seconds and took some last sips of my rooibos tea that had a kind taste of caramel in it which I totally enjoyed. I paid the bill, packed my stuff, took my jacket and went outside to enjoy the beautiful rain before I will have to work for a couple of hours at a fashion store, where tons of people annoy me and my wonderful frenemy N. [believe it or not!] works too. I thought I was on the blink when I saw her walking in at our very first meeting – believe me, I wanted to stand up and go, but I decided to be a little bit more grown up and try to destroy her reputation from within the core of work – well I admit this option doesn’t sound that grown up, but it is way more fun!

A couple of hours later I was kind of exhausted because work was quite lame and a bit boring I decided to go to one of my best friend’s flat – so B. opened the Martini and some bottles of beer and there we were – laughing, shaking and having fun. So after drinking a bit we went off to Flex Club where my favourite Music was the theme of the night, and one of the most fashionable cities the host – London Calling.
After about half an hour B. met a guy – two hours later they were making out – well, that’s my fabulous B. – always on the hunt. But at least several people paid compliments on me, my style and my outfit – well what can I say?! I did look good, but you know, that is just me.
After chatting with P. [that's B.'s making out guy] the three of us went inside and believe me three definitely is a crowd. But you know what? I just had to look at B. and I felt happy for her and kind of satisfied – but that actually came from shaking my ass of to the fabulous band that was playing this night and captured me in their sounds. It was awesome and wonderful.

I have never heard any song of the band before, but believe me, that I have never felt that connected to lyrics, sound and performance as fast as I did yesterday, so I decided to use my blogger trumps card and got backstage [after buying their debut album 'Schwörende Seen, Ihr Schicksalsjahre!'] to talk to ADOLAR about their style and musical inspirations.
They did not only autograph my album, but they also answered my questions relaxation and complete open-mindedness.

Mr.StrictlyIntimate: What are your musical role models/icons/antetypes?
ADOLAR: Deftones, Tocotronic, Block Party, Refuse…

Mr.StrictlyIntimate: How important is fashion in music industry in your point of view?
ADOLAR: We actually do not set views on high fashion or special style – we just wear what is comfortable and looks good in our point of views such as jeans, perforated trousers the usual used look, but definitely no washed out jeans.

Mr.StrictlyIntimate: What does fashion mean to you?
ADOLAR: To us it is identification. Less is more. Fashion has a lot of various directions. Worn-out shoes. Hats. Since 6th grade in High School [note on the text: the band was found on 21st January in 2008] when we started in various bands, we did not hope that one day someone will copy our personal style.

Mr.StrictlyIntimate: Give me four words [one for each band member] that describes your style [in fashion sense as well as in music industry].
ADOLAR: Tom [Bass Guitar and Vocals] – Past. Jan [Guitar] – Future. Frank [Drum Kit] – Misplanned. Michael [Guitar, Vocals and Synthesiser] – Soul.

After doing the interview I said goodbye and looked forward to listen to their first Album – Schwörende Seen, Ihr Schicksalsjahre! which will be available in stores and on iTunes on March 5th. You can also order it, of course!
Some call it Alternative, some indie and some punk – I do not quite want to categorize ADOLAR’s sound – it is what it is. Hard. Great. Animating. Profound. Black and Blue and Red and Pink and Grey. Real. Authentic. Music at its best!

Here is a preview – their very first single ‘Kitt’:

Enjoy the video – shake your body and lose your mind to the sounds of ADOLAR!

Have a nice weekend my dear readers and party on this marvelous saturday night.

XOXO

Mr.StrictlyIntimate

P.S.: N. you better watch out what is going up behind your back – never forget my promise to take you down. Ruthlessly!

a Song dedicated to Loss and Hope


I have something for you – as some kind of gift to remember all the ones you lost and still love with every inch of your heart. A song that follows me deep inside – through every motion, emotion – every step I take and every little, single move I make. It is heartbreakingly honest, sad and makes me cry every single time I listen to it, because it reminds me of the fragility of life – the omnipresence of loss and pain, tears and bitterness. It makes me realize that I have to be aware of losing this life sooner than I can imagine, or that I might lose someone that I love more than my own life.
Listen to it and close your eyes. It is said, but it gives hope, if you lost someone on the way.

JEM – YOU WILL MAKE IT
[Album: Down to Earth]

Go to bed every thing’s alright
Don’t know the whole
world’s changing
As you sleep through the night
Wake up slowly and it’s a
different world

Hear the news and the
floods begin
Screams so loud but only
felt within
Heart is shattered
The pieces can’t be found

I feel your pain, I wrote this
song for you, for you
You will make it, you will
make it through
I promise you, he would
want you to

Months go by, still living
in a daze
Don’t know what you’ve done
With the last seven days
Soul is numb and life
is like a dream

Helping hands but you
push them away
How could they understand
Don’t wanna share your pain
Afraid to heal, ’cause that
would be goodbye

I feel your pain, I wrote this
song for you, for you
You will make it, you will
make it through
I promise you, she would
want you to

One day sunlight hits
a photograph
And it makes you smile
The memories dance
around you now
And they make you smile
You’re not alone
You’ll never be
Just like the stars
They oversee
And they whisper to you
You’re still, you’re still,
You’re still, you’re still alive

I feel your pain, I wrote this
song for you, for you
You will make it, you
will make it through
I promise you, they would
want you to

Do not stand at my
grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds
that blow
I am the diamond glints
on snow
I am the sun on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the
morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that
shine at night
Do not stand at my grave
and cry
I am not there, I did not die

I hope you like that song, and I hope that it strengthens you at least a bit, if you feel hurt, weakened and lost right now.
I am there for you. I always will be.

XOXO

Mr.StrictlyIntimate

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