Love Is In Da Blog 28 ~ Thank you for the Music!!!!

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen for our last post for “Love Is In Da Blog 2019”. My post is a dedication and huge THANK YOU to all of you who have taken part. You have made this dreary month of February a joy with sharing so many interesting, loving, creative, old, new, serious, humorous etc songs. I had so much fun visiting your blogs and experiencing often new to me songs. It was a blast and I hope you had one too.

So please my dear readers if you haven’t visited these great blogs yet do it today and find some great reads!!!!!

LightmotifsII,

A Unique Title to me,

TeleportingWeena,

My Rattled Cage

Janet’s Smile

TherapyBits

Pensitivity101

From Cave Walls

The Abject Muse

Manuscript.Head.Drawer.

You fellow bloggers rock!!!!!

All that’s left for me is to say “Thank you for the Music” but really ABBA does that much better 😉

video credit and source: ABBA via YouTube

Love Is In Da Blog 27 ~ My favourite Love Song from a Film & Prompt Post for February 28th

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen, so glad you are still sharing such gorgeous songs and I hope you enjoy these last two days of Love Is In Da Blog. WOW, only one day more and March is here. Where is all that time gone?

I am asking myself the same when it comes to my music choice today. The film I want to feature is 1994’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” which introduced me to a new English expression: It’s the F… word and that film is the reason why for many years I never realised how rude it is. Well, my bad ;-).

I loved it and saw it several times in the cinema. I was in my second year of studying social work and didn’t only love this comedy because it had great humour but also because they depicted deaf and gay characters. I am sure there have been films before which did that but I never saw a comedy that did it in such a loving way. If this “Love Is In Da Blog” would be about poetry I would choose to showcase Auden’s “Funeral Blues” which made me a life-long Auden fan (who would have known that I moved into an area where he went to school). But it is about music so it’s going to be “Chapel of Love” which is of course not Elton John’s song but I love his version in the film.

And I love the credits of the film where “Chapel of Love” is played and whenever I hear the song I think of all those couples who made it, in the end, may it be in reality or in fantasy ;-). That video probably makes no sense to anyone who hasn’t seen the film but hey, just enjoy the song then!!!!


Video Source: OldManAlex via YouTube

Credits: Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich
Performed by Elton John
Produced by Steve Lindsey
Published by Mother Bertha Music, Inc.
By Arrangement with ABKCO Music, Inc.
And Carlin Music Corporation by arrangement with Trio Music, Inc.

LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 28th

The end is near, my dear fellow Love-Is-In-Da-Bloggers: only one more day to go and the prompt for that day is simply

Choose what you want!

You don’t even have to choose a song  😉 ! Please enjoy!!!

And to remind ourselves how to take part:

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      1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first day or week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
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      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end

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and have lots of fun 

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Love Is In Da Blog 26 ~ My favourite Love Song from a Musical & Prompt Post for February 27th

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen, can you believe it we are nearly at the end of our musical discovery of love. So today we are in for some musicals and the one I chose is “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

It is, of course, “I don’t know how to love him” and Yvonne Elliman’s version. I won’t make a long post today even though I could again go into the feminist topic. No, I only share with you a memory that’s connected with the song: I met the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world at the supermarket where we used to work. He worked in a different department than me but he had to walk along mine very often. I watched him walk by and wanted him so much but at the same time didn’t think it was a good idea to jump from one (not well going ) relationship to another.

So I watched him go by and sang to myself:

I don’t know how to love him
What to do, how to move him
I’ve been changed yes really changed
In these past few days when I’ve seen myself
I seem like someone else

I don’t know how to take this
I don’t see why he moves me
He’s a man he’s just a man
And I’ve had so many men before
In very many ways he’s just one more…

Jesus Christ Superstar – Don’t Know How To Love Him Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Now, don’t get me wrong: I didn’t have many men before him but the questions were the same: How do I get my head around what I feel for him which I never felt for any other man and at that point, I didn’t know if he was into me too. He was a man just a man … in very many ways he’s just one more… would he treat me badly too or ignored my realities of abuse? Is he just another one of those…

It was a very emotional time but in the end, it worked out well. We both had to do some emotional work to get our relationship working but it will be nine years this year that we are together and I can honestly say he is not just one more 🙂 !


Video Source: Yvonne Elliman via YouTube

Hope you enjoy it!

LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 27th

Music and film are intrinsically connected since silent movies are gone for good. And even then there was an organ playing to make the film work better. And there are glorious love movies out there. That is why tomorrows prompt is:

My Favourite Love Song from a Film

And if you don’t like this one please feel free to choose any love song that floats your ears

😉

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      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end

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Love Is In Da Blog 25 ~ My favourite Love Song from an Opera & Prompt Post for February 26th

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen, what awesome music you have shared. It is amazing how much beautiful music is out there.

Yesterday I asked you to choose your favourite love song from an opera. And as often, the case I do cheat a little ;-).

The song I chose is not considered a love song. In fact, it’s rather the opposite. I am talking about “The Magic Flute”, one of my favourite opera’s, and the Queen of the Nights aria. Now, if you are not familiar with “The Magic Flute” here is a short summary. Sarastro a servant of light and wisdom has taken the Queen of the Night’s daughter Pamina captive and she tries to persuade Prince Tamino to save her. Turns out Sarastro isn’t the baddie but the Queen who tried to make Pamina assassinate Sarastro. This is where she sings her aria “Der Hoelle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen…” (The rage of hell is burning in my heart).

Now in traditional explanation, the Queen of the Night symbolises everything bad (probably many emotions) and the cult of Sarastro the victory of logic and enlightenment. I have always found it rather irritating that the mature woman was considered a bad influence as well as the idea that only logic will save the day. In my opinion, we can see today more than ever how logic and science have gone awry with climate change and capitalism. To me, the Queen of the Night Aria symbolises the rage over not being taken seriously, being abused and often simply ignored that many women feel but still are not able to express. The Queen of the Night is a powerful lady and it seems that power in women is still a scary concept. She is enraged and she expresses it powerfully:

The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart,
Death and despair flame about me!
If Sarastro does not through you feel
The pain of death,
Then you will be my daughter nevermore.
Disowned may you be forever,
Abandoned may you be forever,
Destroyed be forever
All the bonds of nature,
If not through you
Sarastro becomes pale! (as death)
Hear, Gods of Revenge,
Hear a mother’s oath!

source: ThoughtCo

But this whole opera also symbolises to me what might be our problem: There is only light or dark, two opposites that can’t be brought together. However, if you look into life there are all sorts of grey in between light and dark: Hitler was a vegetarian and loved his dogs deeply and Gandhi didn’t treat his wife always that nice. I said it before, that I believe if we don’t develop the ability to see the darkness inside of ourselves and acknowledge that we are beings of light and darkness we won’t be able to bring peace and a liveable future to this planet.

So, I believe this aria, in fact, is a song about self-love, about the acknowledgement of rage, personal power and healthy boundaries as well as natures rage about our misuse of natural resources and out of balance lifestyle. However, it might be that the union of Tamino and Pamina shows that Mozart was aware of all the grey and the necessary duality of humankind.

video source: Royal Opera House via YouTube

Further reading:

ThoughtCo: “Der Hölle Rache” Lyrics and Text Translation
ROH.org.uk: Accessible Arias: The Queen of the Night’s Act II aria from The Magic Flute
                         Die Zauberfloete/The Magic Flute
Servants of the Light: The Magic Flute
FranceMusique: The Magic Flute
Kansas City Opera: The Magic Flute (PDF file)

LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 26th

Let’s stay with music theatre for tomorrow:

My Favourite Love Song from a Musical

And if you don’t like musicals please feel free to choose any love song that floats your ears

😉

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      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end

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from a Musical

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Love Is In Da Blog 24 ~ My favourite Love Song in a Foreign Language & Prompt Post for February 25th

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen, we are not only travelling in time but also in space with “Love Is In Da Blog”. Today we are inspired to share our favourite love song in a foreign language and while I thought yesterday I would choose a Swedish one I haven’t in the end. I figured all the Swedish artists and their songs I like are in English but I have a current Icelandic love song that just makes me sigh.

It is Kaleo’s “Vor í Vaglaskógi” which means “Spring in Vagla Wood”. I could not find out much more about the song besides that is is an Icelandic love song from the 1960s and so I just give it to you today without much explanation. Please switch on the subtitles for the English translation. Find out more about Kaleo here and an interview with the band here.


Video credit and source: Kaleo via YouTube

LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 25th

Do you feel I am a little all over the place with my prompts? I feel like it but I also feel its fun this way. So tomorrow we choose:

My favourite Love Song from an Opera

Of course, choose another genre if you are not into opera. Love is free and so is “Love Is In Da Blog”

🙂

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      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end

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Love Is In Da Blog 23 ~ My Favourite Song from the Country I love the most & Prompt Post for February 24h

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an honour to spend a musical love month with you!

I asked you yesterday to find a song from the country you love the most. As I mentioned before I find it a little difficult because I am not a fan of patriotism. But each to their own 😉 . Surprisingly, neither Germany where I was born nor Great Britain where I live now fall in the category of “Country I love the most”. The Uk used to be the one until that fateful day in June 2016 when a tiny majority of British people decided that I account for a scrounger and problem in this country and that leaving the EU will solve all their problems.

Sorry for my bitter statement, if you voted for leave. I do respect your decision even though I do not understand it and believe you have been cheated. It’s just how I feel about this country and that part of the citizens who voted to leave.

So which country would qualify? Well, it is both Ireland and Sweden but as we have the “love song in a foreign language” tomorrow today will be Ireland. It captured my heart ever since I set foot in it for the first time in 1991 and I hope I can go back one day.

I have posted several songs by Irish musician Hozier over the last couple of years and the song I chose today is a newer one called “Nina Cried Power” which is a love song and dedication to great musicians like Nina Simone and Marvin Gay but also the movements of social change their music inspired and supported.

I find it is a very powerful song that has given me a lot of solace in the last few months when Brexit, Trumps Wall and the rise of the political right and populists all over the world has threatened my very sanity and hope for humankind. I have to admit until today I haven’t really researched the story behind the song nor read its lyrics. It’s the melody and lines like “It’s not the waking, it’s the rising…” that seemed to have given me a push into putting my money where my mouth is and to become more active.

And it looks like my reaction to this song and video without knowing much about it fits in perfectly with its intention as Shona.ie states:

…In case you haven’t see it yet, Hozier’s new single “Nina Cried Power” is a powerful celebration of some of the amazing people who are creating change in Ireland. These people, who all dedicate their time and energy to equality, civil rights, social equity and diversity, and the work they do will benefit all of us…”

I have always admired people who were able to create positive social change either with their writing or their actions and leadership. It is reading and learning about them that lead the way for me to not succumb to negativity and the pain inside. It is so easy to hurt others because you have been hurt and I have done my fair share of it. Sorry, to all whom I have caused pain!

But in the end, I have chosen love and life and positivity and if I can shine a small beacon of hope in someone’s life then I haven’t lived for nothing.

If you want to know more about the song have a look at Shone.ia “The Story behind Hozier’s “Nina Cried Power” Video” and Latinamericanpost’s “Nina Cried Power: Hozier is back!“. You can find the lyrics here and more about the artist here.

video credit and source: Hozier via YouTube

And on we go…

LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 24th

Are there really only four days left in February? I can’t stop being amazed at how time flies. Thanks for being with me on this musical journey this month. It is such a pleasure and honour to read your wonderful posts.

Tomorrow’s prompt is:

My favourite Love Song in a Foreign language

This sounds like fun!

And to remind ourselves how to take part:

“Love Is In Da Blog” Rules/suggestions

      1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first day or week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
      2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part.
      3. Tag your post either with “Love Is In Da Blog” or “LoIsInDaBl” or “Love Is In Da Blog 19” or #LoIsInDaBl19. You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure.
      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end

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in a foreign language

and have lots of fun 

😉

Love Is In Da Blog 22 ~ My Favourite Heartbreak Song & Prompt Post for February 23rd

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen to “Love Is In Da Blog 2019”. Let me tell you that I appreciate all your input to this crazy blog event and I am amazed at what a diverse universe of music we have created. Thanks so much for taking part.

Yesterday I asked you to share your favourite heartbreak song which of course is an inconsistency in itself. How can you love a heartbreak song? But I believe once we are over the pain some good things come back to us and music often is that good thing.

I am going with another German artist whom I’ve seen live a couple of times and whom I connect with my ex-husband the poor soul. It’s me who caused the heartbreak because I left him and I hope he found happiness after all that happened to us.

The artist is Reinhard Mey a German singer/songwriter who became famous with some humorous songs in the seventies. Wikipedia says about him: ”

Reinhard Mey was born on 21 December 1942, in BerlinGermany, where he spent his childhood. At the age of twelve, he had his first piano lesson, and at the age of fourteen he got his first guitar. He taught himself how to play the trumpet. During his school years he gained performance experience by playing Skiffle music with friends. In 1965, Mey was offered the chance to perform at a Liedermacher festival at Waldeck Castle, a converted castle ruin. This led to his first recording contract. In 1961, he became part of the group Les Trois Affamés, with Schobert Schulz.

In 1963, Mey graduated from the French Gymnasium in Berlin, receiving the German Abitur as well as the French Baccalauréat, and thereafter began vocational training as an industrial trader at Schering AG Berlin. He broke off his university studies in economics in order to concentrate on songwriting and singing, and has been a successful performer in Germany, in France, and in the Netherlands ever since. He has written songs in German, French, Dutch and English. He records his French material under the name of Frédérik Mey. In 1967, he married a French woman named Christine. Their marriage was dissolved in 1976.

Today, Mey lives in Berlin-Frohnau in his second marriage (since 1977) to Hella Hennies (born in Hannover), and had three children in the marriage: Frederik (born 20 November 1976), Maximilian (born 28 January 1982; died May 2014), and Victoria-Luise (born 19 November 1985).

I did my gap year in Frohnau after I left school in a home for children with special needs where I  met my first husband and he went to see Mr Mey for a signature for a book full of his songs for my birthday and he got it. I was rather impressed.

This was in 91/92 so you can imagine that it was a rather cool time to live in Berlin as the border was just open for two years and the scars of communist rule were still visible. In fact, the home I worked and lived in was directly at the wall in the north of the city and we walked along it often watching people chipping bits out of it to sell in the city.

I cannot believe that this is nearly 30 years ago and OMG it is 30 years ago that the wall came down this year!!!!!! Such a shame so many people either still have a wall in their countries or want to build new ones. But let’s not go down that route.

Well, Mr Mey is one reason why I have become a vegetarian because he wrote a song about the tragic lives of pigs who are farmed for eating. It is called “The Dignity of the pig is inviolable” and it had a huge impact on me later on when I delivered newspapers to a farm which on a regular basis transported pigs to the slaughterhouse. Believe me, if you ever hear that sound pigs make when they are ushered into the transport vehicle then you know they know. It is the most awful sound you can imagine. The farm treated the pigs well so no small pens and such but still I just could not go on eating pork without remembering the sound. It still needed me some 10 years to fully become a vegetarian but here we are now.

In fact, thinking of it, their cries did break my heart and so I am going to chose it for today’s song:

Video source: Respekt Tiere International e.V. via YouTube
Video Credit: Reinhard Mey

Lyrics via Reinhard Mey unofficially translated by The Bee

In einer engen Box war es,/it was in a small box
Auf Beton, unstandesgemäß,/on concrete, not befitting its station
Daß sie die Glühbirne der Welt entdeckte./that she discovered the bulb of the world*
Sie war das Ferkel Nummer vier,/she was piglet number four
Drei andre lagen über ihr./three others lay on top of her
So ein Gedränge, daß sie fast erstickte!/such a throng she nearly suffocated!
Schon nach zwei Wochen Säugakkord/Just after two weeks suckling piece rate
Kam jemand und nahm Mutter fort,/someone came and took mother away
Doch noch als die Erinn‘rung schon verblaßt war,/but even when her memory was nearly gone
Fielen manchmal dem jungen Schwein/the young pig remembered
Der Mutter Worte wieder ein:/Mother’s words:
„Die Würde des Schweins ist unantastbar!“/”The Dignity of the pig is inviolable

Der Kerker wurde ihr Zuhaus‘./The prison became her home
An einem Fleck tagein, taugaus./At the same spot day in, day out
Und immer im eigenen Dreck rumsitzen./always sitting in her own shit.
Die feine Nase, der Gestank!/The sensitive nose**, the smell
Sie wurde traurig, wurde krank,/she got sad, got ill
Und als sie sehr krank wurde, gab es Spritzen./and when she got very ill, she got injectios
Sie wurd‘ zum Decken kommandiert, –/she was commanded to breed
Das hat sie niemals akzeptiert,/she never accepted it
Daß Schweinesein nur Ferkelzucht und Mast war:/that being a pig means only to breed and feed
Und wenn man ihren Wille brach,/and when they broke her will
Dachte sie dran, die Mutter sprach:/she remembered what mother said
„Die Würde des Schweins ist unantastbar!“/The Dignity of the pig is inviolable

Dann fuhr der Viehtransporter vor,/then the livestock transporter came
Man packte sie an Schwanz und Ohr/they grabbed her by her ears and tail
Zusammen mit ihren Leidensgenossen./together with her companions in suffering
Die zitterten und quiekten bang/they shook and squicked afraid
Und fuhr‘n und standen stundenlang,/and were driven for hours and hours
Viel enger noch als üblich eingeschlossen./a lot more squished together as usual
Das Schwein ist schlau, so ahnt es schon/the pig is clever, she already sensed
Die tragische Situation./her tragic situation
Sie wußte, daß dies ihre letzte Rast war./she knew it was her last rest
Sie hat den Schlachthof gleich erkannt,/she recognised the slaughter house immediatly
Und sie ging ohne Widerstand./and she went without resistance
Die Würde des Schweins ist unantastbar!/The Dignity of the pig is inviolable
Sie hat den Himmel nie gesehn,/she never saw the sky 
Durft‘ nie auf einer Weide stehn,/was never allowed to stand on a meadow
Hat nie auf trockenem, frischem Stroh gesessen./never sat on dry fresh straw
Sie hat sich nie im Schlamm gesuhlt,/she never had a mud bath
Freudig gepaart und eingekuhlt –/or breed happily and snuggled together
Wie könnte ich dies Häufchen Elend essen?/how could I eat such a huddle of misery?
Die Speisekarte in der Hand/with the menu in my hand
Seh‘ ich über den Tellerrand/I look over the rim of my plate***
Und kann die Bilder wohl nie vergessen./And can’t forget the images
Ich möchte nicht, du armes Schwein,/I do not want to be complicit, you poor pig
An deinem Leid mitschuldig sein,/to your misery
Weil ich in diesem Restaurant zu Gast war./because I was a guest in this restaurant
Und ich bestell‘ von nun an wohl/and it looks like from now on
Den überback‘nen Blumenkohl./I order Cauliflower Cheese instead
Die Würde des Schweins ist unantastbar!/The Dignity of the pig is inviolable

*”to discover the light of the world” is an expression in German for being born
**Pigs have a very sensitive sense of smell
***”to look over the rim of ones plate” is a German saying that means you widen your horizon

LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 23Rd

Ok, tomorrow’s prompt will be a bit difficult for me because it could be interpreted as a patriotic post. I am not a patriot. In fact, the older I get the more the concept of countries and nationalities becomes suspect to me. But you have the freedom to interpret it as you please 🙂

Tomorrow’s prompt is:

My favourite song from the country I love the most

And to remind ourselves how to take part:

“Love Is In Da Blog” Rules/suggestions

      1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first day or week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
      2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part.
      3. Tag your post either with “Love Is In Da Blog” or “LoIsInDaBl” or “Love Is In Da Blog 19” or #LoIsInDaBl19. You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure.
      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end

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Now go,

share A Love Song for

your favourite country

and have lots of fun 

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Love Is In Da Blog 21 ~ My Favourite Song about God’s Love & Prompt Post for February 22nd

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen to another instalment of “Love Is In Da Blog 2019”. Today’s prompt proved to be a little more tricky than I expected.

Originally I wanted to write about my childhood on the Swabian Alb in the South of Germany. There used to be a festival in May called “Kinderfest” (Children’s Festival). According to legend, the children of Steinheim saved the village in the Thirty Years War from an attack.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember more and could not find anything online either.

This legend was used though for a community festival in Steinheim am Albuch where I’ve been born. I am not sure if it still exists as I could not find anything online. However, when I was young it happened at the first weekend in May and our school did a parade with different topics every year. It went from the school pretty much in the middle of Steinheim up to the festival place at the northern hilly area of the village.

You have to know that I was born in the crater of a meteorite. Yes, you heard right. The village was built right in the middle of the crater around the rest of the meteorite in the middle of the crater. So, the village was/is surrounded by hills. Please find an image here.  Ok, where does God come into play? Well, the beginning of the parade always started with a song by Paul Gerhard called “Geh aus mein Herz und suche Freud” meaning “Go forth my heart and seek delight”. Needed to do some digging to remember it.

I loved that song and it reminds me of the more positive parts of Protestantism I grew up with which was heavily influenced by Pietism.  At first, though I thought that song would not be on YouTube so I went for his song.

video credit & source: Calvin Harris via YouTube

I like the first lines:

Oh, I remember when this world was my own
I pray to God, I just don’t know anymore

because they describe my relationship with God quite nicely: When I was young it was all easy: there was the Christian God who loved me and all was well. But then life happened and I started to think for myself and things just did not add up and now I just don’t know anymore. But we better don’t go any further into that 🙂

In the end, I did search for “Geh aus mein Herz” and did find several versions of it on YouTube so I can share it whith you anyway 🙂

video source: Anke Zoom via YouTube

And here a translation from Hymnary.org

Representative Text

1 Go forth, my heart, and seek delight,
While summer reigns so fair and bright,
View God’s abundance daily;
The beauty of these gardens see,
Behold how they for me and thee
Have decked themselves so gaily.

2 The trees with spreading leaves are blessed,
The earth her dusty rind has dressed
In green so young and tender.
Narcissus and the tulip fair
Are clothed in raiment far more rare
Than Solomon in splendor.

3 The lark soars upward to the skies,
And from her cote the pigeon flies,
Her way to woodlands winging.
The silver-throated nightingale
Fills mountain, meadow, hill and dale
With her delightful singing.

4 Fast grows the wheat, like waving gold,
And gives delight to young and old;
All nature with thanksgiving
Lauds Him whose mercy measureless
Vouchsafed the soul of man to bless
With goods that grace his living.

5 Thy splendor, Lord, doth brightly shine
And fills my heart with joy divine
While here on earth abiding;
What, then, may be in store for me
And all who heaven’s glory see,
In golden halls residing?

5 O choose me for Thy paradise,
Let soul and body till I rise
Still flourish, tiring never.
With Thee alone will I abide,
Thine honor serve, and none beside,
Both here and there forever.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #645

Ok, I admit today’s post offered some different songs but I think they express well how I see God’s love: Shows itself in many ways, many of which we just can’t understand 🙂

But now off to tomorrow…

LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 22nd

I hope tomorrows prompt doesn’t bring up too many bad memories. “Why?” you might ask if you haven’t seen the prompt list yet :-): Because it is

My favourite heartbreak song

No explanation needed :-).

And to remind ourselves how to take part:

“Love Is In Da Blog” Rules/suggestions

      1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first day or week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
      2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part.
      3. Tag your post either with “Love Is In Da Blog” or “LoIsInDaBl” or “Love Is In Da Blog 19” or #LoIsInDaBl19. You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure.
      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end

Description for visually impaired readers: Illustration of three trees with differently coloured canopies to left. To middle big black writing saying: Love Is In Da Blog 2019

Now go,

share A favourite

heartbreak Song

and have lots of fun 

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Love Is In Da Blog 20 ~ A Love Song for our Pets & Prompt Post for February 21th

Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen, for giving the “Love Is In Da Blog ~ Music Festival” a go and even run with the prompts that do not come easily to you. I appreciate this a lot!!!!

Yesterday I asked you to find a song for your pet and just share any song if you are not into pets (sorry if that sounds iffy 😉 ).

I have been pondering that prompt for a week now and the only song that comes to mind is Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Claire”. I love the romantic melody. To me, it is one of the “happy songs” that instantly raise my mood and the lyrics express a lot that I/we feel for our rescue greyhound Sherky.

Description for visually impaired readers: Side of black greyhound with grey lead on sandy beach. It’s shadow stretches ahead

However,  I do get a little irritated with the beginning of the song where it is not quite clear if it is about a girl or a grown woman. You could not publish a song like that nowadays or at least I wouldn’t.

But meeting children has a life-changing influence on us and I believe it was not written with any unsavoury intentions. When reading up on him I found out that he is married since 1980 and has two daughters. I think keeping a marriage alive being in the music business is quite an achievement and so I am happy to dedicate this song to Sherky 🙂

LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 21st

Ah, my dears we are nearly at the end of “Love Is In Da Blog 2019” and I am grateful for all who are taking part and enjoy the event. Ladies and Gentlemen you rock!!!!

Looks like I have a hand for controversial prompts as the “Queer” prompt on Sunday suggests. And tomorrows might be another

Find a Love Song about God’s Love

Not everybody is into spirituality or even religion, however, I believe that love and music is at the heart of all religions it is just what some followers make out of the religion that has more to do with power and suppressing others. So please, if you do not feel comfortable with this prompt chose any love song that takes your fancy.

Thanks for going on this musical journey of love with me!!!!!

And to remind ourselves how to take part:

“Love Is In Da Blog” Rules/suggestions

      1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first day or week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
      2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part.
      3. Tag your post either with “Love Is In Da Blog” or “LoIsInDaBl” or “Love Is In Da Blog 19” or #LoIsInDaBl19. You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure.
      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end

Description for visually impaired readers: Illustration of three trees with differently coloured canopies to left. To middle big black writing saying: Love Is In Da Blog 2019

Now go,

share A favourite

Love Song

About God’s Love

and have lots of fun 

😉

Love Is In Da Blog 19 ~ My Favourite Wedding Song & Prompt Post for February 20th

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen and I am so glad you are celebrating with me!!! Your input and your love songs are appreciated!

Yesterday, I asked you to share your favourite wedding song but I have to admit I do not have a favourite wedding song. However, I think that love and marriage go together as I said yesterday so here we go.

Which song would I like to be “our” song or “our wedding” song???? Well, that is a bit tricky because the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world’s and my music taste is not particularly similar. There are, however, three artists that we both like and who just released a song together: Sia, Rihanna and David Guetta and guess what? It is called “Say Yes”. How fitting is that???

It’s a dance song, I can’t find the lyrics anywhere and so “just” give you the song and hope you enjoy it!

video source: All Talent Entertainment

LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 20TH

Tomorrow’s prompt might be a bit curious 🙂

A love song for my pet

There are many forms of love and love for our pets is one of them. Do you have a song that expresses that love? Please share it with us.

And if you do not have pets or even don’t like them: Just share any love song you like. There is enough for all of us 😉

And to remind ourselves how to take part:

“Love Is In Da Blog” Rules/suggestions

      1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first day or week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
      2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part.
      3. Tag your post either with “Love Is In Da Blog” or “LoIsInDaBl” or “Love Is In Da Blog 19” or #LoIsInDaBl19. You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure.
      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end

Description for visually impaired readers: Illustration of three trees with differently coloured canopies to left. To middle big black writing saying: Love Is In Da Blog 2019

Now go,

share A Love Song

For your pet

and have lots of fun 

😉

 


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