Musical Monday – I Need You Now

Being transplanted into Deutschland has changed me musically. I’m a rocker by nature who is saddened by no “classic” rock station. Alongside rock I enjoy both pop and country… of the two only pop is available to me in Germany. No longer can I simply dabble in a little bit of country by spinning my radio dial. Nope, here in Berlin there is only one “country music” radio show, and that plays on Thursday night. If I want country, I have to go to Internet Radio or to my own CD collection.

No more. In the past weeks I’ve been hearing a lovely country power ballad on Berlin’s pop stations!! Imagine my surprise when I hear these lyrics coming out of my radio, “It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now. Said I wouldn’t call but I lost all control and I need you now”. OH YEAH! The Drunken Booty Call! ONLY country music would pay tribute to drunk dialing your ex.

Today I did a lyrics search and found out that it is performed by Lady Antebellum, a trio of two men and one lady with what I’m guessing is an as of yet untapped voice. As far as soft-pop-leaning country ballads go, this one is right up there. It has all of the elements. No, this isn’t your mommy’s crossover country hit. Shania Twain never stepped into this territory. It feels like late Dixie Chicks, trying to walk the fine line between country and pop… keeping both markets open for the selling.

As for the group, I like it. The sound is a mite bit overproduced, but I think they need that to get the feel of the country and the pop in there. In fact I bet there are several different versions laid down to track, one is VERY country, the other is VERY pop. This one is a hybrid of the two.

The singing… yeah, I like her voice. When Hillary Scott sings “and I NEEEEED you now” you believe it, you FEEL that NEED. Not like you would feel it from Billie Holiday or K.D. Lang, but her voice makes you feel it in a way which has been lost for some time in country. Reba McEntire has it, maybe this little lady can make a career for herself along those lines.

Locks of Love over the river SeineI find the song writing stellar. The point of writing a song is to get people to relate to it. Who hasn’t been there? Maybe not all of us have gone so far as to do the drunk dialing, but after a few drinks, feeling all alone… um, yeah. All I can say is that I’ve been there. I’ve been on the receiving end of some horrific drunk dialing sessions.

Come on… I’m not alone here am I?
Drunken booty calls? Getting that drunk ex on the phone in the middle of the night? Is that only me?

Lady Antebellum lyrics “Need You Now”

Picture perfect memories scattered all around the floor
Reachin’ for the phone ’cause I can’t fight it anymore
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now
Said I wouldn’t call but I lost all control and I need you now
And I don’t know how I can do without
I just need you now

Another shot of whiskey can’t stop looking at the door
Wishing you’d come sweeping in the way you did before
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now
Said I wouldn’t call but I lost all control and I need you now
And I don’t know how I can do without
I just need you now

Guess I’d rather hurt than feel nothin’ at all
It’s a quarter after one I’m all alone and I need you now
And I said I wouldn’t call but I’m a little drunk and I need you now
And I don’t know how I can do without
I just need you now
I just need you now (wait)
Ooo, baby, I need you now

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Music Monday – Eurovision 2010 – Germany

Prepare for an “Ohrwurm“.
I’ve warned you.

We’ve been hearing a catchy little tune on the radio these past weeks. Driving with Sweet No yesterday this cute little ditty came on and suddenly it got cranked up a bit to better hearing level. No said that she liked the tune and wanted to hear the words. I told her it was about unconditional love, then the next phrase out of the singer’s mouth, “…I even painted my toenails for you…” Yup, unconditional love.

Today I heard it again on morning radio and decided to research it a bit. Turns out it is the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest! LOVE IT!
Goofball… I think Germany has a winner here.

Cutesy and a mite bit goofy. The singer is Lena Meyer-Landrut, better known as just “Lena”. 19 years old and her singles are going platinum in Germany. Not bad.

The song is “Satellite” by Lena Meyer Landrut
See it bigger.
29 May, 2010 She’s a winner. OK OK, so maybe she doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell seeing as how she’s competing for Germany and we just don’t have the political backing to win. But it is fun to think about it!

Satellite by Lena
I went everywhere for you
I even did my hair for you
I bought new underwear, they’re blue
And I wore ‘em just the other day

Love, you know I’ll fight for you
I left on the porch light for you
Whether you are sweet or cruel
I’m gonna love you either way

Love, oh, love, I gotta tell you how I feel about you
‘Cause I, oh, I can’t go a minute without your love
Like a satellite, I’m in an orbit all the way around you
And I would fall out into the night
Can’t go a minute without your love

Love, I got it bad for you
I saved the best I have for you
You sometimes make me sad and blue
Wouldn’t have it any other way

Love, my aim is straight and true
Cupid’s arrow is just for you
I even painted my toe nails for you
I did it just the other day

Love, oh, love, I gotta tell you how I feel about you
‘Cause I, oh, I can’t go a minute without your love
Like a satellite I’m in an orbit all the way around you
And I would fall out into the night
Can’t go a minute without your love
Oh, love, I gotta tell you how I feel about you
‘Cause I, oh, I can’t go a minute without your love

Where you go, I’ll follow
You set the pace, we’ll take it fast and slow
I’ll follow in your way,
You got me, you got me
A force more powerful than gravity
It’s physics, there’s no escape

Love, my aim is straight and true
Cupid’s arrow is just for you
I even painted my toe nails for you
I did it just the other day

Love, oh, love, I gotta tell you how I feel about you
‘Cause I, oh, I can’t go a minute without your love
Like a satellite I’m in orbit all the way around you
And I would fall out into the night
Can’t go a minute without your
Love, oh, love, I gotta tell you how I feel about you
‘Cause I, oh, I can’t go a minute without your love
Love, love, love, love, love

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Update on my human training progress

Me again.
Let me assure you that my stay in this hotel is OK, the servants are nice, the food is good (mozzaralla once in a while for desert), and I have the whole couch to myself whenever I want. What else does a cat need?

OH, and the toilet facilites, well Grandpa is better than my other main human. He actually cleans it everytime I hop out of it. Yesterday I got in and out without doing anything just to watch him jump up to check. HaHa!

My main human slaves must be far away, something about a HUGE catbox alongside an ocean. I wonder when they will come back? That’s OK, I will just have to keep my temporary slaves on their toes by puking in different, hidden places every day.

Well, I feel a cat nap coming on. I’ll go see if the dining room table is comfortable at all.

I will leave you with this human training video. Training like this everyday will soon result in absolutely perfect human behavior.

You can’t look at a sleeping cat and be tense. — Jane Pauley

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A good dog is an invisible dog

Hello, me again.

It is the 6th day of my imprisonment with these silly bipeds.

My harebrained humans went on holiday leaving me in a strange house with two hairless creatures who think that they speak kitty language. What is worse is that they say it funny, “miau” is not my language. Stop trying to speak to me in German or in “kitty language”, I know only two languages, English and bad English.

Even worse, they have no idea how to read MY kitty language. When I bite, this means “put me down and don’t hug me any more”. How much more clearly do I have to say it?

My two slaves have once again closed the bedroom door, not allowing me in to walk all over them as they try to sleep. Somehow they are managing to ignore my pitiful cries and insistent scratches on the door, thus I have decided to help myself to the computer again.

Someone needs to redesign and rename this “mouse”.

Since there are only so many times a guy can play “Castle Cat 4” without getting bored, I found my way to this nonsense.

Can you believe this? Humans are soooo stupid. DOGS! HA!

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through the snow. — Jeff Valdez

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