Radio Times

There’s a song by P!nk (I like to spell people’s names right) that says “count your blessings now”. Now, this song is outdated in the way that it hasn’t quite acquired the status of a classic jam, but it is also way too old to be called ‘new’. So exacty the kind of spong that they never play on the radio. You would think so. My friends, I have news for you: German radios defy all conventions. If they like a song, they just keep playing it, for years and years. Until now I have had an ambivalent opinion about it (after all they seemed to keep playing exactly the songs you did not want to remember from an era), but I think I am now ready to embrace it.

In the UK, I always found it hard to find a radio station that I could listen too for a longer period of time. Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent stations there, but they just don’t have the qualities that my homemade playlists had: Variety, most of all. If I listened to BBC Radio 1, I was always exposed to super hip music, Radio 6 played extremely alternative and indie music 24/7. Now, I think even Australia’s Triple J, which I just adore, could be improved by a more diverse repertoire. I must admit, they are doing it pretty damn good already, with rap music (the good kind) alternating with pop tunes followed by alternative rock. But, you know, how about inserting some 80s tunes into the mix? Or the best of the last twenty years? Okay, I can’t help it, here is my list of the top 10 songs that I’d like to hear on Triple J, jumbled in between their usual mix:

  1. Toploader – Dancing In The Moonlight
  2. Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous
  3. Men At Work – Down Under
  4. 50 Cent – In Da Club
  5. Jlo – Jenny From The Block (or was it ‘Da Block’?)
  6. Foreigner – Cold As Ice
  7. Toto – Africa
  8. Anything by Blondie or the Bee Gees
  9. Anything by Britney, The Black Eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfield, Shakira, Backstreet Boys or Sean Paul (remember that guy?!)
  10. Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra

So here I am, counting my blessings. One of them is definitely the defiant manner of German radios, playing all the gems (and everything else that couldn’t exactly be described as such).

B x

Keeping Up With… Music

And on and on we go on this journey through the cultural highlights of my life. Today’s topic: Music! In particular: How to keep up with contemporary music! Yay! So, here we go:

I love music. Really, really do. My problem: There is just SO MUCH music out there. When and where am I meant to listen to all of that, make up my mind about whether I like it or not AND the listen to it repeatedly (learn all the words, go to the artist’s gigs, become a wholehearted fan,…). It just seems impossible. And this is just music. Music is probably the most low-maintenance of the things I’d like to keep up to date with. I can listen to music WHILE doing other things. This ain’t so easy with things like books or TV that require our more or less undivided attention. Still, I mainly end up listening to music that I know and love.

The solution: Radio! Ay! The easy yet classic answer to my problem.

Now, to pick up the pace a bit: My favourite radio station is called Triple J (you can listen to it here). You will find that it is Australian which renders all kind of things besides music absolutely useless (especially weather forecasts and anything like morning shows, seeing as they are in a completely different time zone) but all the more fun to listen to.

Plus, most importantly, they have a great mix of the newest, hippest music. The highlight: Every year, the listeners vote the ‘Triple J Hottest 100’. This year’s countdown will take place on January 26th.

Are there any other radio stations you listen too that I should know about?

B x

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire…

So, here we go: Appropriate to the time of the year and the music currently playing on the radio, I’ve chosen to share with you some festive tunes, that can serve you as an alternative to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” on a loop during the next few days. This is the best Christmas album I have come across so far and it is excellent. You know how you have to be in a certain kind of state to enjoy the Sinatra Christmas classics and the new auto-tuned, dolled up versions they play on the radio get old pretty quickly (plus, they all sound the same!), this album is the answer.

It is such a nice, laid back, but still merry collection of some of the best classic tunes: They do a smashing cover of Madonna’s “Santa Baby”, and have included everything from “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to “Silent Night”. My personal favourite is track number seven, but please, please listen for yourself and make up your own mind.

You can download the whole album here, and another great thing is that there is no set price!! This means you can literally pay what ever you think is appropriate and if you’re too broke (or too stingy, no judgement..), just put “0”. Hint hint: This also makes a great present.

Wild Child – Christmas Mixtape, Volume 1