Archive for Berlin
Mr.StrictlyIntimate is back in Vienna. But the big question is: Where has he been?
Well, the answer is quite easy – Berlin.
Yes, almost one year after my last visit I found myself again in Berlin for one day. Anna of Xpress, Julia of Miss, Lena of Katha, and I have been invited by Katha Agency in cooperation with JUKE and Universal to attend a private gig with Nelly Furtado celebrating the release of her new album ‘The Spirit Indestructible’ on September 14th, which is, exactly TODAY! So go buy it because it is really catchy and inspiring.
Checking it at the new Indigo Hotel directly situated at the Alexanderplatz I was ready to take a shower after the flight and ready to read a bit of Vogue in the perfectly comfortable bed that reminded me of the urgent necessity to buy more pillows!
Two hours before the show started I was ready to get dressed and prepared for the big event – there was prepping, there were outfit changes, there was a hint of make up and then there was the perfectly prepared Mr.StrictlyIntimate…
So there I was on the red carper right in front of her – a hugely famous singer and entertainer. And then, there came the moment when I was allowed to go up to her to ask her some questions and the first and really most important one that came to my mind was actually inspired by her song ‘Spirit Indestructible’ because to me it seemed that she wanted to create a new kind of anthem and that the new album would be different and new.
Here is her statement to this question:
‘I wanted to do an album that was raw and agressive and I think it has a real humanity in the album. I always strive for that. I feel like I make music for other people so I have to live a real life in order to do that. That’s why it takes such long breaks in between my albums, so I can really live. I can fall down on my face and get back up again and write about those mistakes and successes in the songs. And I think that’s what makes the songs real. So, for me music is like soul food and I can give that to my fans.’
After all the interviewers and photographers were through it was time to enter the location, get a drink and shake to the sounds of wonderfully nice Nelly Furtado.
Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)
Powerless – with fade into – This Is the World We Live In
All Good Things Come to an End (Special Guest appearance Rae Garvey from Raemonn)
Manos al Aire
Turn Off the Lights
I’m Like a Bird (Ballad Version)
Parking Lot (New Single)
MEDLEY: Nobody Quite But You / On the Floor / Morning After / ‘Having Fun’
Waiting for the Night
Say it Right with final Chorus to the melody of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana
Let me tell you – Nelly Furtado blew me away! She is a beautiful, amazingly friendly and absolutely inspiring person and I was really thrilled for receiving this invitation and the possibility of meeting her. Afterwards the four of us went back to the hotel where we drained a third bottle of wine (and a fourth later on) before Anna and I decided to jump into a taxi to get the best Doener possible in Berlin – the city of the Doener with apparently the nicest taxi drivers I have ever met.
Right after eating and draining a forth bottle of rosé I decided to go to bed and make myself mentally prepared for coming back to Vienna. Where I am again. And that is good at the moment. Somehow. Because I know, right now, here – there is more to come. Way more. For YOU. And ME.
P.S.: You can watch the whole concert for one week on Tape.tv as well as on NellyFurtado.de, plus: JUKE will make make material from the concert available for streaming at MYJUKE.COM! If you want to watch an amazing show as well as see the most beautiful version of I’m Like a Bird, you will definitely have to check it out!
As a tip – check Waiting for the Night from her new album The Spirit Indestructible because that is the song I am dancing to through my whole apartment right now! Come on folks dance along!
the Adjustment Bureau: Visualizing the Great Plan of Life or ‘Is There Someone Leading Us Into a Right Direction’?!
It is a rainy Sunday afternoon (gosh how I love such rainy times when I am able to sport my beautifully crafted trench coat in the most fashionable manner) and I am sitting at Starbucks sipping on my second triple grande latte macchiato with soy milk (extra hot!) while booking my flights and checking the hotels I am about to stay in when I come to go on my first real vacation in five years! I can’t believe that I have finally managed to reschedule some things and appointments in order to finally meet myself in a relaxed kind of way – a way I actually never got to meet myself in a couple of years now. And since I am spending my trip with my beloved K I know that it is going to be both – great fun and a big bang tour!
Nevertheless, I remember, sitting all by myself thinking about life and love and about the people surrounding me (just like I always do when I totally enjoy some alone time – just me, myself, my music, my MacBook, my Phones and I) watching the Adjustment Bureau yesterday and so I irrevocably come to think about life as a big mixture of chances and something that is called the big plan. A plan that shows how a certain human being develops throughout his or her life but always heading into a direction that was written down for them centuries ago or at the point they were born – there are several ideas on that. Non the less I come to think about THE great plan and if there is such. Is there such? Do you believe in something like a big grand plan that wrote down what will become of you before you knew it yourself? Do you believe that some people are simply meant to be just because it was written down somewhere? Do you believe there is the ONE person that was meant to be for you? Created to fulfill their own kind of goal but still being an important and life changing part in everything you do and everything that has been created for you – made up for you as something that seems to be a map of various directions with one particular way to go in a particular direction? Is there a possibility of going only one way and no way else? One direction? Straight ahead? Doesn’t that sound rather one dimensional and above all quite silly?
(And an even better question: Why does Emily Blunt always looks that stunning without seemingly trying hard – what is it with her that she just appears to be perfectly beautiful without any effort? Makes me jealous actually!)
Well, since I neither believe in fate nor in a great plan written down for each and every human being in a customized way I also doubt the theory of one particular person existing to change your life irrevocably and incontrovertibly. In my own opinion there is not just one right one for you – there are millions of people existing on this planet so how anyone in their right mind can believe that in these millions of people only one was meant to be for you and just for you?! Seems a bit narrow minded considering the availability of hearts to conquer or people to impress in order to get a date or to have sex or to maybe have a serious commitment to any of those bespoken millions of people, doesn’t it? Though there were times back when I was young and foolish and poorly naive when I believed in things such as the one or the only right person for you or something like eternal love or something like happily ever after I have to admit that I am kind of happy that I met a point of waking up to see the rampant reality of us committing mostly because we can’t bear to be alone or can’t cope with the thought of possibly being alone until the end of our living days. I have been de-romanticized by the harsh and unfair life we live on a daily basis, by daily routine and by people showing me that true love is something the mind created centuries ago to make living easier because you have created yourself a thought to live for instead of really living for something that makes you happy, that fulfills you and your needs and that is simply something you always wanted to achieve… and to be honest I am glad it happened to me (I am still talking about being de-romanticized, of course) because if it wouldn’t have I might still be rushing through this world searching for someone that simply does not exist. Never mind the fact that society wants us to be with someone in order to appear as a ‘normal’ kind of human being, whatever ‘normal’ is in this society.
I wonder if it will ever be accepted for people to officially declare that they are single and that they actually enjoy to have it that way without people judging instantly and secretly and sometimes too obvious to hide?
Back to my thoughts on the master plan and the way the film created it to be in my head somehow – if there is something like an Adjustment Bureau (and yes I am completely taking the thought transferring it into our society!) leading people onto their ways the way it was written down for them by a high inspector (we all know who is meant by that, don’t we?!) then why do some people lose themselves in addictions and diseases and fights and mass murders? Why do people obviously can go the wrong way if there is someone leading them into a certain direction? Or is this film really trying to pinpoint that some people are just meant to be drug addicts or alcoholics or murderers or rapers? I dearly hope it does not. And if it (the film) does mean to say so than I truly hope the grand plan means something different for me than becoming more sarcastic and cynic that I already am not leading me into temptation such as drug addiction or trying to be with someone that is highly inappropriate for me. Until my researches on whether something like a grand plan exists I have to say that I decide for myself to not be tempted believing that everything will turn out the way it is supposed to be but keeping on working as hard as I possibly can to achieve everything I have set in mind.
Therefore, work your asses of because one day it will all pay off because you deserved it and not because you believe it is meant to be!
P.S. Knowledge of the Day: Rain suits my wardrobe and me better than any sunny day could. I can’t let go of trench coats and cardigans. I simply can’t. XO
I am in the middle of what I would call a Spice Girls revival – in my head and on my MacBook everything that makes a sound is like an homage to the 90’s back when Geri, Mel B, Mel C, Emma and Victoria where the greatest female artists in the world – nut just for myself but for a crowd of millions of girls and boys (mostly gays) and still they are like heros for me. What they have achieved in a world where men always lead the way was not just an inspirations for all those girls but still is for hundreds of artists in the growing.
This is the perfect song to say goodbye to a nice weekend with my best friend K who did not just invite me to take part in a great trip to the Austrian Shoe Museum but also gave me the chance to meet a group of new wonderful people from Berlin who are sassy, sexy and cool – my girls you know I speak of you!
Yesterday the group of us – including K’s absolutely perfect boyfriend W who gets along with every one of us more than a boyfriend actually could be expected to (thanks to making such a great choice K!) – was invited to attend the annual Shoemaker’s Ball and it was a great experience coming to terms with meeting myself a little bit more closely in realizing that I am actually not the typical gay as everyone would describe it. Even though you can see the pink aura from a million miles away when I walk past you there is still a big male factor in moi (saying ‘moi’ sounds actually quite gay when I think about it more precisely).
When I was sitting with W in the smoking lounge – smoking our cigars, talking to him – man on man I have realized that I am not just gay. I am a man and that is what I stand for. So do not try to talk me over by saying I’m girlish because I am definitely not! I am a man and I love to be a man – and that is why I can handle a friendship to straight guys better than I could ever do with a gay guy. It disgusts me to see them playing a role of what they think they should be instead of simply being who they are.
Something that I have learned while listening to the Spice Girls – even though their main message might be ‘Girl Power’ this message perfectly fits into our society and our culture that is developing steadily and rapidly. It is not just about girl power or gay power… it is about POWER after all – the power to stand up and speak for yourself, the power to be who you really are (even then when others look at you and might laugh – happens to me often, believe me), the power of waking up in the morning and feeling happy being alive, the power of looking into a mirror and seeing yourself and not a facade, the power of being independent because no one owns your heart but yourself, the power of conquering the world in your own shoes and writing your own story!
That’s their message and that is how I am going to start in a whole new week! A new state of mind – a new state of grace – and above all a renewed will to write my own big, slashing, fucking awesome story!
Viva forever, I’ll be waiting
Everlasting, like the sun
For the moment
Ever searching for the one.
[Lyrics by Spice Girls – Viva Forever]