22 February 2014
This is part of a new grand plan to induce Nena to come to the USA to perform :^)
That cover enticed me into looking for other Nena material and was I surprised. She produced an album Made in Germany that has, in my opinion, some of her best material ever. This video is from the finale of a concert in Berlin supporting that album.. Needless to say I like it quite a bit. I had to choose between this or another song Schmerzen. Since Der Anfang a better quality video I selected it.
This was quite a show, the audience participation was enthusiastic, and Nena does her best to make them feel to be part of the whole experience. What I found most interesting is that her material that is going on 30 years old is still that good. 99 Luftballoons was always just a pop tune to me, but Fragezeichen was, and remains, an anthem; the version that night was stupendous. Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann preceded Der Anfang, and it too is pushing 30 years since first recorded. Finally, Kudos to Nena, and her management team for allowing her music and videos on YouTube. I ended up going to Amazon and iTunes to get earlier and later material, which is the function of advertising after all.
16 November 2013
For whatever reason I stumbled upon this cover. I cannot say it's a particularly innovative cover, she all but copies the tempo and arrangement of the original, but I will say the music is as relevant as it ever was. Her voice retains that ingenue quality, which makes this version so interesting.
16 October 2013
The site is large, comparable to contemporary university cooperatives. It reportedly has a temperature range of 15º C, which when you think of its sunlight budget, means one can grow nearly anything.
The real work is overlooked - literally and figuratively. The drainage underneath the terraces tolerates a rainy season during the summer and a long dry season in the winter. The design is marvelous, when presented with an abundance of water the terraces allow the excess to easily slough off, and during a shortage they retain and disperse the moisture. The height and depth of the terraces create microclimates that can be controlled by both water and position. This is facet afforded the Inca agronomists the ability to search for climate tolerant variants.
FYI, Washington and Jefferson both thought it was incumbent upon them to host experimental farms on their land. They independently imported wide varieties of fruits, vegetables, grains, and other plants to their estates for the primary purpose of finding a cultivar to disseminate to the countryside.
16 August 2013
|Just a little snow|
|The next day|
But the next day... 15,000' + pass on a 10 mile day? A nice walk in the park, eh?
Towards the end of the video there is the realization that this thing was going to hit us. I yelled turn around, and it soon engulfed and pelted us with ice, snow, and cold cold moisture. Luckily we were dressed well enough - no swimmers - to endure it.