Hello there inmates!

So February has finally arrived! This year is continuing along at pace, I must admit. Maybe it’s true what my parents say that the years go by faster as you get older. I’m unsure if that’s a good thing or not. Anyways, how is everyone doing this week? Getting back into post-lockdown life? I know it’s been a while since the lockdown (at least in this country) but the world has seemed rather slow and sedate in getting back into the swing of life. The job market is one big example of that right now…

Enough about all of that real life slop. You’re here for virtual slop! The Harlequins writing music to be specific. I posted a clue earlier on for todays musical theme. I feel like it was a reasonably obvious one this week. Did you see it?

Todays musical theme is the great nation of Germany! Yes, our germanic cousins over on the mainland continent! A land of great culture and personality. I know that the germans have something of a stereotype of being stiff-lipped and unemotional, but I personally have a soft spot for them. Obviously the country has a long and varied history. Conflict and oppression and innovation. Much of which you’re likely to be aware of yourselves.

There is a great amount of musical influence from Deutschland. I would even say the nation has given us a few genres of their own. One in particular that I’m a huge fan of is industrial. I would even say that industrial music is quintessentially german, though obviously people of other nations partake too. I feel like I’m rambling again. This has become slightly listless hasn’t it? Haha! Wanna hear some of my favourites?

Without further nonsense, join me as we delve into the musical minds of Deutsch artists the land over!

Megaherz – Vorhang Auf

Rapsoul – Gott Schenk Ihr Flugel

Rammstein – Mein Herz Brennt

Mark Forster – Ubermorgen

Revolverheld – Immer Noch Fuhlen

And there we have it! Fantastisch! There’s some interesting ones there eh? I was almost tempted to just put industrial music on this list, but I think that would be doing Germany a disservice. I hope that guys enjoy this list and give each of these artists a good look. They all deserve it, even if you don’t understand the German language so well.

So, something you might understand a little better is social media stuff! The asylum has a page over on Facebook, an account on Instagram and a page over on Twitter as well! Please consider following me over on those pages as well. It really helps me out! Also, if you really understand what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page! Thanks for everything my friends!

Until next week, auf wiedersehen and have a very crazy day inmates!

  1. shauna says:

    Interesting! Yes, one of my regrets…maybe not so much a regret was wistfulness…is that my father’s mother grew up speaking both German and English, as her grandparents were immigrants from the German/Russian border. However, due to the times, and needing to speak English in rural America (even though the community to which they moved after arriving in New York was primarily immigrants), she did not teach it to my dad or his siblings. Fun factoid: there was a small prisoner of war camp in the town near where the family lived. Grandma Hess would bake bread and take it to the fence, and speak to the young soldiers in German. 3 of Dad’s older brothers were serving in WWII. So to her, those soldiers were no different than her boys who were serving their country in a war that was the making of political machines.
    A few years ago my mother and I were traveling home from a craft show, and a small sign near the Highway enticed us to do a side trip. My father had spoken frequently of traveling to Aulne, Kansas where his grandparents and great grandparents on his mother’s side were buried. The small cemetery we found had very few markers. But the one we found was inscribed in German. 💖💖

    • Osharlequin says:

      Oh wow, what a fascinating story! Stories like that do remind me how small the world is really. Do you happen to speak any German yourself?

      It’s a country I’ve not yet had the pleasure to visit unfortunately (much like the US in that regard).

      The Oldschool Harlequin

      • shauna says:

        No, I do not, except for good bye and thank you, lol.
        I have not visited other countries myself, except for a very brief foray into Juarez Mexico with my parents back in the 70’s.

      • Osharlequin says:

        I’ll confess I’m not any better versed myself. Haha! I’ve been to a few European countries, but not Germany unfortunately. I suppose proximity does make it a little easier for us British. 😅

        The Oldschool Harlequin

      • shauna says:

        It is a bit expensive to “hop over the pond”! Lol

      • Osharlequin says:

        I can imagine! Haha!

        The Oldschool Harlequin

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