Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dolly Parton verzaubert Köln

Dolly Parton verzaubert Köln



Für Countryfans aus aller Welt bot sich gestern Abend, 5. Juli 2014, das Ereignis des Jahres in der Lanxess Arena in Köln. Dolly Parton kam nach vielen Jahren endlich wieder nach Deutschland und machte ihrem Ruf der Country-Ikone alle Ehre. Gleich zu Beginn bedankte sie sich für die Jahrzehnte lange Unterstützung und betonte, dass sie auf das dadurch eingenommene Geld angewiesen ist, denn es sei teuer so billig auszusehen wie sie. Mit dieser Selbstironie führte sie durch das Konzert und erzählte zu vielen ihrer Songs Geschichten aus ihrem Leben. Ihre Kindheit und Jugend verbrachte sie auf einer Farm in Tennessee und das Leben dort inspirierte die mittlerweile 68-Jährige zu vielen ihrer Lieder. My Tennessee Mountain Home ist eines davon und auch mit Coats of Many Colors erinnert sie sich an das ärmliche, aber liebevolle Zuhause, das ihre Eltern erschufen.

Die Erwartung, bei der Blue Smoke Tour viele Lieder des gleichnamigen, aktuellen Albums zu hören, wurde glücklicherweise erfüllt. Dolly freute es besonders, dass die neueren Songs, wie beispielsweise Blues Smoke, bereits von vielen Fans mitgesungen werden konnten. Auch ihre erfolgreichen Hits aus früheren Zeiten kamen nicht zu kurz. Jolene und Rocky Top waren zwei Highlight, genau wie der Song 9 to 5, bei dem das gesamte Publikum textsicher und Dolly so gerührt war, dass sie noch einmal den Refrain anstimmte und ihre Fans allein weiter singen durften. Emotionen spielten bei der knapp zweistündigen Show stets eine Rolle und es rollten einige Tränen, als Dolly ihre Ballade Little Sparrow a cappella zum Besten gab.

Ihr musikalisches Talent offenbarte sich nicht nur durch ihrer einzigartigen Stimme, die immer wieder in ein Flüstern übergeht und für Gänsehaut sorgt, sondern auch durch das Spielen diverser Instrumente. Mit Saxophon, Flöte, Mundharmonika, Fidel, Gitarre, Banjo und anderen Zupfinstrumenten begleitete sie ihre Lieder und zeigte damit, dass sie Musik lebt und die Freude, die sie dabei fühlt, übertrug sich gestern automatisch auf ihre Fans. Obwohl die Lanxess Arena nicht ausverkauft war, machten Dollys Fans genug Stimmung, um die Country-Queen gebührend zu feiern und sprangen bei Songs wie Two Doors Down und Islands in the Stream auf, um mitzusingen und zu tanzen. Der Song Lay Your Hands on Me ist im Original von Jon Bon Jovi und Richie Sambora und wurde kurzerhand von Dolly zu einem Gospelsong umgewandelt. Eingeleitet durch ein Orgelspiel von Dolly höchstpersönlich, verwandelte das Lied die Arena in eine Kirche und das Publikum klatschte und sang angeregt mit.
Als Zugabe sang Dolly ihren Hit I Will Always Love You, der für echte Dolly Parton Fans auf keinem Konzert fehlen darf und bot damit einen sentimentalen sowie großartigen Abschluss eines unvergesslichen Abends. Mit den Worten „I will always love you“ verabschiedete sich Dolly Parton von ihren Fans und wurde mit Standing Ovations, lautem Jubel und tosendem Beifall von der Bühne begleitet.

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Book Review: CoffeeShop Blues - Writers Musicians Poets & Artists


The International literary arts journal, “CoffeeShop Blues,” has really come out of the corner swinging. The 156 page book doesn’t really fit in any general category. It’s not a magazine, even though it has a few advertisements. It’s not your usual literary journal, although it does contain different genres of writing. It’s not truly an anthology, although it does contain different writers. And it’s not truly a book, although it will be listed in both the library catalogues and book sellers’ lists. It seemingly defies all logic.
Let me start with the advertisements. In the letter from the editor, Jeremy Frost writes that none of the advertisements have been paid for. Being a brand new independent press, he and his partner, David Stewart, have outlined that a new edition will come out every six months. That may make one think that it’s a literary journal or magazine of some sorts. Based on the size alone (6”x9”), you will walk away after looking at it feeling dumbfounded. The literary journals that I’m accustomed to seeing are much smaller, and the magazines are much larger.
The first edition of “CoffeeShop Blues” grabs hold of the reader and starts them on a whirlwind tour. This journey takes the reader across the world in a very unique fashion. Each artist is introduced with a map of their location, a bio and links on how to get a hold of them.
The first stop is in the Philippines where you’ll meet Edwin Cordevilla, a renowned romantic poet. As a matter of fact, he is one of the last of his kind. His resume itself could be considered a ‘lifetime achievement award.’ But, his poetry will leave you breathless. Next, you’ll travel to the United Arab Emirates where Sheikha A. gives you an in-depth look into the minds of women in the region, putting a face to help you understand the similarities and differences of a culture that most know nothing about.
Robert Natello steps up to the plate next. A proven spoken word artist on the stage and a poet on the page, Natello won’t disappoint. His writings are a documentation of his life and the times that make him who he was and now has become. His pen is true to life. And, I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon.
After that you’ll head back across the sea and into Asian, taking a break in Taiwan. Jeff Hwodzecki brings you down into the streets of Hsinchu where at times the sounds around remind you of some smooth jazz. A picture of how it feels out and about immersed in the nightly routines of the city.
Then, maybe you get a bit hungry and need to take a lunch break. Why not follow Nathaniel Schellhase Hvizdos through fifty days of lunch breaks in Northern Virginia? Nathaniel serves it up with a side of his own artwork. At times it may make you laugh, at others it may have you questioning if that could ever really happen. But, that’s the beauty of writing. It can leave you in the lurch. Debbie Keller comes up toward the end but really belongs with Cordevilla because of her beautiful romantic style.
From India comes Koyel Mitra. Her style of writing I have only come across in ancient Persian translations of poets. While sometimes her writings are a bit religious others you’ll find are about women’s issues in a marriage they feel uncomfortable in. Lennart Lundh has four pieces of flash fiction that demonstrate his remarkable writing ability.
You have some incredible musicians being listed in the book as well. You have Sam Gunderson. A blues musician located in Alabama who has played stadium venues with some of America’s greatest. His latest album, Dirt, should have just been released.
Next, there is Lucy Malheur. She has just released her latest album, Vintage, and is extremely well known for her past ones. Her picture graces the cover of the book. She has at least three older albums and is currently touring in Europe.
All of these artists are extremely personable. There links can not only be found in the book, but also on the www.Coreopsis.gs website. Go in and check them out. CoffeeShop Blues can be found on Amazon.com, Amazon.UK, and now on Kindle.
Oh yeah. Last but not least, there is Eric “Mobius” Morlin with both art and poetry. He’ll leave you questioning, Are There Zombies in Heaven? 

Amazon.fr: CoffeeShop Blues: Writers Musicians Poets & Artists 

Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine


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