My day in Berlin …
I’m a Complicated Guy
I just thought that I’d pass along some of my thoughts of a “Day in Dave’s Life” in Berlin … at least, what goes on in his head!
I started out to go on my usual VERY long walk along the Spree River, but it felt like it was going to rain (now, it is) and I went back for my umbrella, so the shorter, more straightforward walk was in order. It was a good time walking along my usual street (I’m becoming a Charlottenburg local) … So I hit the streets with a good stride.
The Times They Are(n’t) A Changin’
I’ve been having strange feelings lately about things, the tides of “something”. I’m actually pretty good at telling when somethings about to change (a gift that I’m told I inherited from my mother). First off, it’s interesting being in Deutschland while the US is contemplating “another” war. We’d better watch our high-horse attitude, cause the world not looking at us kindly (I think most US citizens feel equally as bad about this crap). There are ALWAYS ways to do something without bombing! … but I digress. Next set of thoughts are about Russia and the whole gay thing … Then I got to thinking that this is not a new thing … I think there “may” be hard times ahead. Let me explain! I’ve been reading Nile Rodger’s AWESOME book “Le Freak: An upside down story of family, disco and destiny”. It’s a MUST READ for musicians! He talks about the golden days of disco, that was stopped dead by the “I Hate Disco” movement. This was a movement by straight, football-lovin’ blokes that were afraid of a sexual freedom movement (I’m sure I oversimply). But it had a chilling effect … I can’t help but wonder if the Russia thing is a similar reaction. They’re probably sayin’ … “We have to stop this NOW, Vlad!” … or maybe some big-guys son was caught with his pants down … who knows. I’m just feeling that care a vigilance is the word for the times (whatever that means).
Next, I came to an old Deutsch bar that is full of locals … Which strikes fear in my heart. WHY? Because there’s no English to fall back on … you sink or swim. Last Spring, I walked by and had to go to the bathroom and so I went in a panic (walking very fast by the locals). They said “auf Deutsch” .. “Hey, arent you going to say HI” … so I said “sorry, I’m an American” (as best I could). They were very sweet to me. So today, I walked in sat down and ordered a beer (those who know me, know that I don’t like beer) … and started to talk. Since my Deutsch is quite a bit better, I started in on a conversation and had a great time for an hour or so with a patron and the barkeep. I had a BLAST and was VERY proud of myself.
Walking home, I put the new Daft Punk album on my handy (cell phone) … I have to say that the whole album is a total game changer for electronic music and I SALUTE THOSE GUYS! It’s all about a good song, a great recording (thanks Mick) and MELODY (thank gawd). I’m really sad that I wont be at the Grammys this year to see both them and Mick get a well-deserved Grammy for this landmark. I will be in LA (on our way to Mexico) for the event, but I won’t be in the room (I think … well, we’ll see). Take a good hard listen, then dance your ass off!
My kickstarter is two days old and is doing well … thanks to some kind and awesome people! Thank you!
Tomorrow, I go to hang at nhow Hotel Berlin and do a soundcheck (I did a set in my room today and it ROCKED!) … Those of you in Berlin should stop by Tuesday, 10pm, nhow Hotel – Berlin.
those are the highlights of my day!