Wednesday, April 20

just update

 Went to Neuchatel yesterday, needed to be near water. The lake is actually pretty nice and the town is charming.  I just sat there basting in the sun, vitamin D my friends. On my travels as a nomad I observed more and more that the French speaking Swiss region is much more cheerful and polite than other places. Children still greet you on the streets, grown ups too. Total strangers, with a smile on their face. Refreshing. These days I run more and more into people who have a story to tell, sometimes quite astonishing and also valuable. I am not sure what this shift is all about, but I suspect that times are in change, the old must leave to make place for a new openness between human beings. 
In that vein I would like to announce that two of my songs will be played on the radio tomorrow (Thursday), 8PM central European time, in Freistadt Austria. Here is the link:
Just an other attempt for openness.

I am not quite certain what this world is aiming for, the future is a bit misty in this shadow of present unruliness and natural disasters.
It seems to me that we all need to compound focus, faith, compassion and optimism. In loss of that, the boat will sink. A tragedy indeed!

Saturday, April 16

The fountain of youth

Went to visit Basel the other day, had a blast, smiled a lot, watched the people. It is a diverse city, a fine cultural mix of peoples of all countries and different paths of life. From the beggar to the banker, to the old lady on the park bench, there is always something happening. Sit down at that bench, exchange a few words with that lady. Little efforts, but those moments  will eventually change the world, your efforts to be human to an other human being. Simple as that.
The fountain of youth and rejuvenation is in our own hands, I can not prove it,  but I believe it is so. And the fire of passion only burns as long as you kindle it with desire.
Thirty years ago I was a waiter across this fountain of Tinguely. Of course it was a love affair. It is always like that. She was a blond super orthodox, awesomely pretty religious knucklehead. I fall for blonds, can not help it.
So I revisited today my "fountain of youth", smiled, took a picture and then left...

Life is that way.

About Tinguely: Tinguely's art satirized the mindless overproduction of material goods in advanced industrial society.
Tinguely grew up in Basel, but moved to France as a young adult to pursue a career in art. He belonged to the Parisian avantgarde in the mid-twentieth century and was one of the artists who signed the New Realist's manifesto (Nouveau réalisme) in 1960.

Oh, the person on this picture is totally random, I believe he is cheering up his little son, that is how I remember it.

Tuesday, April 12

Fukushima, and then what?

I am not sure if I can express myself adequately anymore. There are too many simultaneous shifts to follow and to record. We sure live in a time of great challenges.
The civil war in Libya and the Ivory Coast. Why do get exited? They are always at war, even in so called times of "peace". Same thing in the Middle East. People think they have a purple/jasmin/lavender revolution. Perhaps it is a good thing. I will not judge.  But on the bottom of it, it is always the same fucking story: Who rules whom!
Japan is a bit different. Japan is a very fine groomed society from what I can perceive from my Eastern friends. They do not fight amongst each other, perhaps some street-thugs do so now and then, but that´s about it. The society at large, they have a sense of unity and respect for each other.  I like that.

 What I do not like, is the earthquake and all the following consequences. It is a bit too much to bare, even if you are thousands of miles away.  I mean, you all know the latest details, why waste my breath...

What I would suggest, we will find new ways to communicate locally. And that must also be true for countries that are presently not in unrest. It means us all.

My credo is: Politicians are fine just to keep some of our infrastructures running, as servants for the people. Beyond that, let them perish. Same old story.
Democracy does not work, you figured that one out by now.  Democracy is a fine marketing tool to persuade the masses to obey and bow to a sliver of the elite. They then do what they want. Hey, it is the "Greek Way", that is the cradle of so called Democracy. (have some olives, I like them. Can not give you the branch with the dove. That would be exuberant. )
Democracy my ass, we all will have to decentralize, pick up a pitch and a fork,  do it ourselves whatever there is to do as humans for humans, and let the ruling parties wither in their ways...
Enough for today, and no sexy pictures either...