Sunday, February 28, 2010

Musical Monday: Mahler

Gustav Mahler's Piano quartet in A minor. It's not completed and the only piece of chamber music Mahler wrote that survived.
This piece is stuck in my head since I saw Shutter Island yesterday. The movie has an exceptional soundtrack and the Piano quartet has a sort of key role in the movie. They also used music by John Cage and other experimental artists to create an eerie atmosphere and man, it worked. So many movies have soundtracks that are just music in the background or that sound like that other soundtrack from a movie a while back, but this one is unique and an important part of the movie.

What's moving you on Musical Monday?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Musical Monday: Heroes del Silencio

Heroes del Silencio were a Spanish rock band, unfortunately they broke up in 1996 (I think). I love their music, although I don't speak a word of Spanish. I learned Latin, though, and with that and my English/German, I can at least guess at the lyrics ;) I re-discovered them when I sorted through my CDs and now I'm listening to them all the time again.

What's moving you on Musical Monday

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Earphone Guy kindly reminded us yesterday to drink more cheese.
This is getting surreal. Maybe he's just into Dada, that would explain a lot.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Musical Monday: RoterSand

RoterSand are a German EBM band and this is my favourite song - I'm a big Doctor Who fan and the Daleks are just awesome and really creepy (especially considering how absurd they look).
RoterSand played live in Hamburg yesterday and we had a blast. Exterminate Annihilate Destroy is always a lot of fun live, with the whole audience chanting the chorus.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Earphone Guy

I work parttime in a public library and like all libraries, we have our share of slightly weird people. There's this guy who dresses ... um, unusually (pink hooded sweater and big earphones), who comes a few times a week and most times stays for several hours.

After some time he always ends up in front of the counter, stares at whoever works there and then uses even the slightest eye contact as reason for short proclamations like "You really should drink multivitamin juice" or "Don't eat dead meat". I always have to bite my tongue not to say "Yeah, well, I prefer to eat my meat alive anyway".

Last week he watched a co-worker for a while and then said, totally apropos of nothing "Could you dye your hair blue?" My colleague answered with a slightly shocked "NO!", but he wasn't discouraged and asked her to change her name to Redcheeks. He left after the usual dead meat warning, leaving us to share a WTF?-moment.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Musical Monday: Genesis

Excuse the minimal video, I couldn't find a decent one for the studio version.
Anyway, Home by the Sea is one of my favourite Genesis songs ever, even since before I understood what the lyrics are about. Once I did understand that it's a pretty creepy ghost story, I liked it even more ;)

What's moving you on Musical Monday?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Libraries, part whatever

During the last year, I sorted through the Monday and Tuesday libraries and now I'm done. It's more than a bit depressing, both libraries contain mostly books that are 30 years or so old and of course no-one reads those anymore. I threw out much, especially school books, but if I had thrown out every outdated book, there would have been nothing left.
In the Tuesday library, the head of school agreed with me that such a library is useless and that we should build up a whole new one. I asked the teachers from the different departments to come by and take a look at the books so that we could decide together what was needed, but so far only the Latin department has done so. So I'm going to do it by myself, using the curriculum as a guide, starting next week I hope.
For the Monday library, I have an appointment with the head of school next week and I hope that we can come to a similar solution.