The song of April 3rd, 2016

Hi!

I finally caught up with the updates. Also, today’s Sunday. It’s International Sunday! Today’s song is in German. It is Still (Silent) by Jupiter Jones.

During 2015, we were taking care of two dogs, which we called Tina and Mika. They were puppies and hence adorable. I quickly fell in love with them. We had them for six months, until they got some disease which affects a lot of puppies, and is fatal in most cases. They got worse until there was nothing we could do.

The day they passed away, I was sad, but I couldn’t cry. I felt a terrible guilt because of my lack of tears (I felt as if I didn’t really love them, but I knew I had loved them). I somehow needed to listen to this song. I put it on replay and, although I couldn’t quite understand the lyrics, I felt this was the right song for the moment. I had this sadness which I couldn’t express through tears, but words wouldn’t help neither. My dogs passed away and I couldn’t cry. I felt terrible.

After some time, I looked for the translation of the lyrics and found them. I was shocked because the song expressed precisely what I was feeling. It was like there was some sort of connection which transcended language barriers. Since then, this song has become one of my favorites. This song helped me understand my feelings on that day, even if I couldn’t understand the lyrics.

In that moment, I found that music is powerful. It can heal, it can be there when no one is. It can say things you can’t. And this was an example of the universality of music, where words are not required to express something. Sometimes a song can do a lot.

It’s because of experiences like this that I will keep on with this blog. And I hope you like this song.

– Karl


P.S. You can read the original (German) and translated (to English) lyrics here.

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The song of September 28th, 2014

Hi there!

Today’s International Sunday! What does this mean? Well, as I said before, every Sunday I will post a song in a language which is not English. Why? Because many non-English songs are important to me, and they do deserve a spot on this blog. Today’s song is in German. It is Nie Vergessen (Never forget) by Glasperlenspiel (The glass bead game).

I had a friend. We were so close and I considered him my best friend. We were about 8 years old but the friendship felt really strong. And it wasn’t only by me. He sent me Christmas cards saying I was his best friend. He had to switch schools and we grew apart. Those days, there wasn’t any Facebook or Messenger, and we didn’t have cell phones. We had no way of communicating with each other.

I thought it would last. But it didn’t. We haven’t seen each other since then. I sometimes read those cards and remember him. I think, I should search for him, at least on Facebook. But I don’t, because I don’t know if he’ll remember me. And then I prefer to let it the way it is. It is a good memory, and even if I tried, it would not be as it was before. We have each made our own friends, experiences and personality; and they may not be the same as those of the 8 year old boys who played tag at school.

But I cherish those moments we spend together. He made me feel special and he has a special spot in my memories. If destiny decides to join our ways again, I’ll greet him with a smile. I hope he does the same. I will never forget him.

– Karl


P.S. Here are the original and translated lyrics (German and English).

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