Schneeliebe (a rousing reprise)

2010/12/03

December has made a very impressive start in Germany.

First Snow

It is the soft new world, formed in a whisper,
tiny wonders breathing through the trees,
both chaos and perfect geometry.
It lays a hush across the city
and all would do well to listen.
It takes all that we hold to be real, unchanging
and solid, and grants us one more chance
to make every detail over again.
It is the childlike play of wind spirits,
laughing silently as they follow and scatter.
It dresses us in sky, puts stars beneath our feet.

mr oCean, Dec. 2010

And with this splendid white fanfare of Winter across the city, I am delighted to invite you all to Eric Eckhart’s final concert of 2010, accompanied by Sam Wareing and me.  It’s at St. Gaudy Cafe, Gaudystr. 1, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg.  It is also the cafe’s 1st birthday, so will be a kicking affair.  Get there early for drinks and maybe even a spot of nosh, and then we’ll belt out some tunes from about 20:30.

To sample the musical delights awaiting you, and to read the latest tour blog entry (the snowy delights and warm hospitality of Munich and Stuttgart), pop by Eric’s electric website.

And while I’m wielding the announcement shoehorn…  I’ll be premiering my new song at Joe’s Bar’s open mic on Tuesday evening (7 Dec.) – Schönhauser Allee 157, Berlin Prenzl-Berg, starting 21:00.  And come along to Meaganfest on the 11th: friends have organised this to raise money for an expat shoehorn-wielder who’s currently in hospital.  It will be 12 hours of music, poetry and comedy, and probably a goodly measure of madness and booze.  I’ll be spouting words sometime in the afternoon (details will follow when available).  The Community Space @ Schlesische Str 38, Berlin Kreuzberg, 2pm-2am.

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Ah, delights… Hallo nochmals, liebe Berlin.

2010/05/28

I am back in Berlin after a couple of splendid weeks of Italing.  And the night after returning, it was onto the BeatStreet stage at Joe’s Bar for the 3rd and final launch of SAND journal, which is truly splendid and should be on all your bookshelves, coffee tables and/or bedsides, if not in your hands.  And I protest that this is an honest opinion, not swayed at all by my being in it.  A simple glance at MC Jabber‘s contribution, for one, should be ample to seal the deal.  Here ends the sales pitch.

The gig was great fun, even if I did feel a little rusty, and I was chuffed with both Eric Eckhart‘s guitar accompaniment and the great vibe from the large audience.  The other performers, Alistair Noon, Ryan T. Jacobs, Linden Horvath and host, Rob Grant, were all in top form.  Seek them out if you’ve not heard them yet.  (The easiest way to do this, of course, is to pick yourself up a copy of SAND, which you can get from St George’s bookshop, or soon, also from Dialogue.)

Water Garden Tea

To celebrate last night’s public premiere of my newish words and music piece, The Happy Plant, I’ve posted a version of it on my electric MySpace page.  It was recorded by the multitalented and marvellous Ms Sam Wareing at what I would argue is Berlin’s 2nd-finest accoustic space (Sam will understand what it’s trailing, and that this is no insult).  It also so happens that this piece will be performed in selfsame space at the first of the Moabit Kulturtage Sofa Sessions gigs on 18 June.  Check my events page here or on The Sofa Sessions Blog for details.  The series also features the delicious talents of host, Wasp Summer, Eric Eckhart and the globe-spanning Mesalina Trio.