Posts for Tag: music

When you go to a concert and belatedly realize you've seen the band before

Sunday night I went with my friends Thomas, Kristian, and Jens to see a German singer-songwriter called clickclickdecker. There were actually 3 people on stage, does that make it a band?

Despite listening to their albums a lot on Spotify the past week, it wasn't until I was standing in Lido (the venue), when I had a vague feeling that I might have seen clickclickdecker play before. What's the best way to find out? Since I can't trust my memory, I turned to my external brain archive, Gmail, and turned up this blog post from January 2009. Mystery solved! I have seen clickclickdecker before, almost exactly 8 years ago and in Hamburg.

Warning: shaky phone video clip but having walked down nostalgia lane already for this post, I'm preserving it here for posterity... in 2025 when Kamala Harris is sworn in for her second term as president of the United States and I go to another clickclickdecker concert 

Also, the whole night I had this sensation of people I should know being behind me. Turned out it was a poster for my friends Laura & Andreya's band Gurr. They're playing there on Feb 20, everyone should go see them!

German Singer-Songwriter ClickClickDecker

I don't know why it surprised me that Germany would have singer-songwriter types, but they do! One of the guys I work with, Christian, had an extra ticket for the concert tonight since his girlfriend is sick, so I went along.

I was kind of tired by the time we got there (around 11pm) and was in a movie theater, so there were these nice soft seats. It was sold out, so the place was pretty packed and warm, so while I liked the music, it really got hard to stay awake towards the end...

Biggest takeaway -- the movie theater it was at has a sneak preview every Tuesday night... and I need to get out more.

Stand By Me played by musicians across the world

I'm not sure why, but just watching this brought tears to my eyes. Ben E. King's song has always been special to me, in fact, I can't remember a time when I didn't know it.

Basically, Mark Johnson had musicians from around the world play together across geography and time. Each performer added and built onto the combination of the artists before them.

PlayingforChange via Metafilter

Here's the description on the Youtube video of this project. There's also a trailer for the documentary.

From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe. This and other songs such as "One Love" will be released as digital downloads soon; followed by the film soundtrack and DVD early next year.

Join the Movement to help build schools, connect students, and inspire communities in need through music.

There's also an Bill Moyers interview with Mark Johnson. It's a little long (about 20 minutes), but what's that compared to the 10 years that it took to make the documentary?

Update: Okay, the Bill Moyers interview is kind of meh. A little trite, but I guess you get some insight on the whole endeavor.