coffeechatThis week Leslie wants to talk about if we are more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? in her Coffee Chat. You know this is actually pretty easy to answer for me: I always worry (to a point) of doing the right thing, because it is part of my German heritage, being a perfectionist. But, then again, just because somebody says it is right does not necessarily mean it is right, right? Although if it is right for me, I think that is a pretty good start to doing the right thing. Hmm, not sure if all that sounds right. But then again, I am not too worried about doing things right – LOL – yep, I am one who likes to improvise, wing it and wing it good. So, that it ‘looks’ good, perfect and nobody actually notices, except for very close friends, maybe. I usually do not like to follow a straight line, yet I do like straight lines. As a guide, but not as a rule. I am German and rules have their reason (that is in my German blood!), but there can be too much of… just about everything. So, basically – get to know the rules, the reason, evaluate what people think is the right thing and then do what feels right to you, the best way you can and do not worry too much about it anymore. That is pretty much me. Today’s me. Way back is a different story.


And ‘way back’ is my prompt for this week’s Song-ography. Kathy’s You’ll-shoot-your-eyes-out  has given us a joker, a freebie, our choice of song. Yay!! So, the few people reading this blog that actually know me in real life are probably expecting something like Pearl Jam, U2, The Alarm (hmm, maybe I should rethink my choice…), Nirvana, GreenDay or, phew, too many to name. So, I will actually do something different and go back, way back into the 70s and 60s. Yes, I will give you two songs and one picture. Oh, and Kathy, I am sure you know at least one of the two.

o.k. the first song is a 60s song of a pretty famous German singer. Der Traum vom Fliegen by Alexandra, who tragically died aged 27 in a car accident before she could make it to fame in the US. But I bet she would have. With that voice and talent and, yes, looks? A voice that gives me the chills whenever I listen to her songs (which is admittedly not that often). Sorry, but I did not find an English recording of any Alexandra song, so you will have to live, if you choose to, with the German version. Click right here and you will see an English translation of the lyrics with a little extra – they are worth it, promise, you won’t regret it 🙂

And the second song is You light up my life. The original by Kasey Cisyk for the film of the same name (lip synched by Didi Conn), but brought to fame by Debby Boone. Who, I just found out – thanks to Google and IMDB, was born just around the corner from here and is the daughter of Pat Boone, married to the son of Jose Ferrer, and her spouse is 1st cousin to George Clooney – wow. Anyways, I saw the film way back and I don’t remember it, but the song stuck with me. And the 1st time she hits the highs in the refrain still gives me the chills – totally cheesy, but oh so beautiful. There are many of her versions available on YouTube and also many other versions by the likes of Whitney Houston or LeAnn Rimes, but I chose this one, because it has a very original 70s feel to it.

dream, flying, moon, full leaves


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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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