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Music convergences

12 April 2008 · 1 Comment

One of the nice things about living in Berlin is the huge amounts of cultural opportunities. Last weekend, Paul and I went to the IMAX theater to watch the new U2 – 3D movie. Not a movie that makes you think a lot, but I was in a mood to listen to loud music, so it was perfect! The 3D effects and the huge IMAX screen was great combination.

This week, Billy Bragg is coming to Berlin. He is playing in the same church that I saw the Cowboy Junkies play last spring. Very cool setting. Unfortunately, I will be Vienna at the European Geophysical Union meeting. I use the term ‘unfortunately’ very loosely as I am going be hanging out in Vienna for a week. Not soooo bad. I was pondering flying back to Berlin just for the night to watch the show, but my presentation is the same night as the show! Ugh. Probably for the best anyway. I have wanted to see Billy Bragg for a while now. I hope to be able to get this done before I leave Europe. I bought Billy’s new album, Mr. Peace & Justice. It is very good.

I also managed to get R.E.M. tickets for later this summer. I have read good reviews from their new album, but it has not been released in Europe yet (as of last weekend). I am pretty excited about seeing them. I saw them play a LONG time ago in Los Angeles after their Orange album came out. Yes, that is a long time ago.

Here is a video I found a little while ago that (sort of) sort of converges around this topic, or at least the last couple of paragraphs. It is Michael Stipe (of R.E.M) Billy Bragg, and Natalie Merchant (who is one of my favorite singers) singing ‘Hello in There,’ written by John Prine. One of my favorite shows I have ever seen was John Prine (in Fairbanks). So I guess it all converges….

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  • 1 Paul Overduin // Apr 14, 2008 at 20:19

    Thanks for a great video, Bob. Great tune, singers, setting . . .