A week ago, I moved to my new apartment here in Cologne. As the place I have been living at before was fully furnished, I also had to get my furniture from Hamburg. There was still plenty of space in the transporter we rented, so I decided to take my guitar as well. I hadn’t been playing for more or less ten years, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I needed some kind of distraction from the never-changing uni routine of reading and writing texts.

So I finally started practicing the guitar again last week. I have been playing for at least half an hour every day since then. On the weekend, I even played for around four hours. I had forgotten how much fun playing the guitar is. And I’m making progress quickly, so I enjoy it even more. But even though it is so much fun, I can now proudly cite Ringo Starr (never mind him playing the drums and not the guitar…): “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!!

My Guitar

My Guitar

It does take some getting used to to play again on such a regular basis. Plus, I never did play the guitar for long – I gave up so quickly the last time I tried. But now I need some distraction from uni so badly, I think my guitar skills are already better now than they ever have been ten years ago. What I’m playing can still not be called “good” though…

But the guitar is only one part of my “music life”. Last weekend I went to the first dorm party in quite a while and I really enjoyed talking to so many people from abroad. In fact, I was the only German for a large part of the evening. With people from so many countries present and all different kinds of music playing, we eventually started dancing each person’s home country’s typical dances. I watched people dance (and partly tried dancing myself) Arab group dances, Indian dances and Latin dances – especially salsa, among others.

Also, I really enjoy looking for new music recently. I’m listening to music every single day – it’s like a drug I’m addicted to. But recently, I have started watching certain music related TV shows again and now I have new artists to listen to. Here’s a little selection of what I’m listening to recently.

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Bebe (Spain). I found her after listening to her song “Siempre Me Quedará”, which I really like. I have bought two of her albums recently: Pafuera Telarañas and Un Pokito De Rocanrol. Here’s one of the songs I like most:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6STD_qUQlE

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Gardens & Villa (US). Their song “Black Hills” popped up when I was listening to the Black Keys on MySpace. I really enjoy these two songs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wom9OXjGdb8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7T5KknVUMw

Now I’m eagerly waiting for more songs from them.

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Evi Vine (UK). She was featured in Tracks on the German / French TV channel Arte. Her songs calm me down immediately after a long day at work / uni.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki6d2T82Z_Y

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The Milk (UK). All time favorite since quite a while. My brother showed me the song “(All I Wanted Was) Danger” some time ago, and I finally bought the album Tales from the Thames Delta at the end of last year. Although it’s not included in the album, I really like this song:

https://soundcloud.com/thisisthemilk/express-yourself

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Dikta (Iceland). I bought their album Trust Me when I was in Iceland last summer and also went to their concert in Cologne last December. This is my favorite song from the album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YePZzGm1OrI

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This should be enough for a start. Let me know if you want more music recommendations and I will be happy to provide you with more.