Art Journal Monday- I Don’t Want A War, My Friend

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Over the weekend (apart from my mild freakout concerning Lightroom + Photoshop and existing solely in my PJs while deconstructing the Ultron trailer second by second with other fellow enthusiasts on tumblr ) I had the unique pleasure of being inspired by a person who, while very far away, managed to virtually shake my hand and call me friend with some enthusiasm. Distances feel so insurmountable some days, but then there are others where I feel like I could fold up the distance like a map and plunk myself down in a Snow Patrol song, with no regard to time zones or cultural barriers. Friendship seems so often overlooked in the spectrum of influential relationships a person can have, slotting in somewhere underneath “mentorship” and “family” but for me, it’ll always be numero uno.

My musical playlist for these pages was, as usual, utterly strange and I take a special kind of pride that my brain hasn’t dispersed into a cloud of fine mist through my ears from the abuse I’ve hounded on it this weekend.

-Back Home to Me- Sophie Milman
-Chasing Cars- Snow Patrol
-Weird Fishes (Arpeggi )- Radiohead
-Tell Me that You’re Alright- Motion City Soundtrack
-Nara- Alt J ∆
-MGMT- Kids ft. Mia Wray
-The Man Who Sold the World- Nirvana
-Often- The Weeknd (Kygo Remix)
-Lijo- Alina Orlova

Now if only I could find some good songs in German to indulge in while I practice my (really rather lacking) vocab skills. Not that I really need to add more to the nutty-ness but still, broadening horizons are good yeah?



  1. marinegirl1 · October 27, 2014

    If you’d like some recommendations to German music I’d be happy to help (if not just ignore this comment). My all time favourite bands are Silbermond, Revolverheld, Die Toten Hosen and Madsen. Some other good artists are Clueso, Bosse, Tim Bendzko, Phillip Poisel or Adel Tawil :) All of them have very good lyrics.

    • FablesandCoffee · October 27, 2014

      Ooh yes please! I am very literally writing down all those bands down in my notebook (and then searching for them on Spotify!) right this minute :D Do you have any favorite songs from those bands, or any specific recommendations? If not, i’m just going to go through and listen to their top songs and go from there :P I’m still pretty basic when it comes to my German skills but I think listening to music is the best way to figure out pronunciation, not to mention really get into it beyond just remembering how to spell words like entschuldigung correctly.
      (Currently listening to Himmel auf by Silbermond and I think it’s going on the repeat list :D )

      • marinegirl1 · October 31, 2014

        sorry for the delay in this reply (I’ve been travelling back to Germany these last two days). So my favourite songs would be:
        Silbermond: Kartenhaus, Krieger des Lichts, Zeit für Optimisten & Das Beste
        Die Toten Hosen: Hier kommt Alex, Oberhausen und Das ist der Moment
        Revolverheld: Mit dir chilln, Ich lass für dich das Licht an, Spinner, Ich werd die Welt verändern
        Madsen: Du schreibst Geschichte, Die Perfektion, Das muss Liebe sein & Goodbye Logik
        Clueso: Chicago, Geisterstadt, Morgen Gestern & Niemand an dich denkt
        Bosse: Istanbul, Vive la danse, Alter Strand & Tanz mit mir
        Tim Bendzko: Nur noch kurz die Welt retten
        Adel Tawil: Lieder, Zuhause, Neujahr (also as part of a band called Ich und Ich the song ‘Vom selben stern)
        Philip Poisel: Wo fängt dein Himmel an, Scweigen ist Silber, Wie soll ein Mensch das ertragen
        Hope this list will help give you a starting point :) and I denfinitely agree with you listening to the music is a big help when learning a new language, it was a big part of learning english (basically just attempting what the lyrics are about is a big part in my opinion).

  2. Erin · October 29, 2014

    This is a beautiful post.
    I love listening to music on repeat + I love it when someone you’ve never met just ‘gets’ it, it’s 1000x brilliant and that’s what keeps me going.

    • FablesandCoffee · October 29, 2014

      Thank you!!
      We should think about exchanging mix cds one day, I think it would interesting and probably at least a little artistically inspiring :P

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