coffeechatSunday / Monday night – the weekend is over already. And with it January, too. How did this happen? The first month of 2015 has breezed by, just like that.

Can you guess it? Leslie’s prompt for this week’s Coffee Chat is – no prompt really, a freebie to rant or to talk about anything we want. So, I think that is it for me for a rant already. Well, at least for the one(s) that I want to make public. Some things better stay off the web.

Now how about some randomness? This past weekend saw me re-discovering some of my German roots. It all started with a friend posting the #1 song in the US charts on her birthday. Curious as I am I obviously had to look for mine. And since I am feeling mostly ‘international’, I looked up the US, UK and German charts. Are you ready?

USA – Sound of Silence | Simon & Garfunkel

UK – Keep on Running | Spencer Davies Group

Germany – Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht | Drafi Deutscher

Now you can guess when I was born. Or most likely Google will tell you. In any case the German #1 kind of had a revival not too long ago and was almost cool. Of course, I had to play it to David and then it started. One song led to another and pretty soon we were singing and dancing along songs of the Neue Deutsche Welle while making dinner Saturday night. Obviously there was Nena, Major Tom, too many to name them all. While we do have some of them on disc, I actually searched for them on Deezer, an internet radio service on our Sonos streaming system. Which, by the way, I love. Both of them. The one thing though that sucks about Deezer, well, not really Deezer, but – there are a lot of songs, most especially German, European ones that cannot be played or rather streamed here in the US. I only say ‘licensing’. Understandable, but still annoying when you find a song or playlist and then half of the songs cannot be played. Apart from that minor issue I really love Sonos streaming as the sound is really good and internet radio.

So, fast forward to Sunday morning and before sitting down at our breakfast table my dear husband requests ‘why don’t we listen to some more NDW (Neue Deutsche Welle) and take in some more German?’ Really?! I tell you my American husband can be more German than I am. Since we weren’t prepared we were searching through the songs and playlists and had a lot of fun re-discovering old songs. My next mission will be to put together a playlist of German songs we both like.

songographyAnd that was it. Our weekend with lots of German for a change. And no super bowl. Sorry, we do not like to watch that ever so slow and boring sport. So instead of watching the tv and as a result of listening extensively to German songs in general and Nena in particular, specifically 99 Luftballons / 99 Red Balloons, I felt forced to create the image below. Not a masterpiece, but fun for a Sunday afternoon. Just another ‘Ordinary Day’ – this weeks’ chosen title for Kathy’s Song-ography, which I have not played along in too long.

99 luftballons, balloons, nena

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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