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Songs, Chansons, Lieder
For as long as I can remember, there has always been music inside my head. Even as a little girl I was already humming little melodies, just for myself. For over 20 years I have been writing songs in folk/chanson style. However, it is not me who finds the songs – they find me. The songs, or rather the ideas, come to me in their respective language. This can be English, German or French - sometimes this is quite a challenge, but it’s also a lot of fun! It’s also fascinating to see where the songs are taking me. Thanks for being here and for accompanying me on the way!
Aussi longtemps que je m'en souvienne, j'ai toujours eu de la musique dans la tête. Petite fille j’étais toujours en train de fredonner quelques petits airs. Depuis plus de 20 ans j’écris des chansons dans un style folk/chanson. Cependant ce n'est pas moi qui les trouve, ce sont elles. Les chansons, ou plutôt les idées, me viennent dans les langues respectives. Cela peut être en anglais, en français ou en allemand - c’est un véritable défi parfois mais j'y prends énormément de plaisir! C’est aussi fascinant de voir où les chansons me portent. Merci pour être là et de m’accompagner sur mon chemin!
Schon immer habe ich Musik im Kopf gehabt und als kleines Mädchen leise Melodien vor mich hergesummt. Seit über 20 Jahren schreibe ich Songs im Folk/Chanson Stil. Dabei ist es nicht so, dass ich die Lieder finde, sondern sie mich. Die Lieder bzw. Ideen kommen zu mir in ihrer jeweiligen Sprache. Das kann Englisch, Deutsch oder Französisch sein - das ist manchmal eine ziemliche Herausforderung, aber es macht auch ungeheuer Spaß ! Es ist spannend zu sehen, wohin mich die Songs tragen. Vielen Dank, dass du hier bist und mich dabei begleitest!
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"Full of broken heart and untethered bonds, [By Your Side] speaks out for those who have love and lost, for all the unfulfilled promises and empty spaces. But don’t let yourself be brought down, as this song, even with its sad background, is a sweet, melodic, organic and nostalgic tune that will keep you swaying all the way through..."
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At the beginning of February, I came across a post of a fellow singer-songwriter on Instagram talking about the RPM Challenge. The text beneath the photo explained that the challenge consisted of producing a single, an EP, or an album within February, the shortest month of the year! WOW!
I was immediately intrigued because I thought I had just the right project for this. For years, I have been wanting to record my very first songs and even revised some of them last year. In fact, I had already started working on the next album - but sometimes life has other plans. And so I laid the work for the album aside and started working on my EP called Nostalgia. As for the songs I wrote all of them between 1991 and 1994, hence the EP title. Can you believe that back then I wrote down the lyrics on my dad's old typewriter?
The first song I started recording was By Your Side together with Nathan Peter Illes. I wrote the song in 1994 when I fell in love with a French guy called Stéphane who lived in Berlin at the time. Sadly, he had to leave the city and go back to France before we really had the chance to get together. I had always intended a 2nd voice in the chorus and while working on the song with Nathan I had the idea this could be a duet.
However, in the middle of February when By Your Side and one other song were finished, I realized that I probably wasn't going to be able to finish the EP by the end of March. The RPM Challenge, so I learned, is for much simpler projects, which is exactly what I'll aim for next year. But these songs are so special to me, I wanted to record them with a full arrangement. Luckily, I was able to switch my original goal and submitted the one single that was finished, By Your Side.
As I mentioned before, I revised the lyrics for most of the songs. Even though it was quite fun to revisit these songs after all this time, it was also quite a challenge since I wanted to tell the same stories, just in a better way. So, I had to go back to how I felt at the time and come up with better lyrics that matched the same feeling I had back then. So, I didn't change the songs completely - they still reflect the same emotions and tell the same stories I experienced back then. So, this EP is a bit like a journey to the past. Are you coming with me?