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Translation of Franz Kafka: The Next Village.

My Grandfather used to say: “Life is stunningly short. Now, looking back it compresses so much for me that I can hardly understand how a young man can make up his mind to ride to the next village without fearing that – disregarding unhappy accidents – the time of the normally and happily elapsing life will never be enough for such a ride.”

Franz Kafka. Translated from German by Detlef

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The VIP-Video

June 6, 2009 2 comments

This is my song about those very special people who believe themselves to be the cream of mankind.

I think VIPs and certain animals are a perfect fit. Okay: with a “sorry” to the animals whose inherent dignity knows nothing about special treatment.

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There's a song in every thing

May 24, 2009 1 comment

Did you know that there is a song in all those things seeming deep asleep in the night of unconsciousness?

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There is a song in every thing
sleeping secretly unheared.
and the world will start to sing
if you speak the magic word.

— © Detlef Cordes 2009

The words are my free translation of a poem by romantic poet J. v. Eichendorff.

If It's Due It Should Be Done

March 11, 2009 2 comments

I am not the ‘Due-&-Done-Guy’ – unfortunately. I don’t like to do anything just because is due.  In fact, most things that are due I don’t like to do for the exact reason that they are due. I have to do this? Okay: mañana a la mañana. But mañana will have another mañana and so on.

So I am not the man to give any advice – but here it is:
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See this at YouTube

You will have forgotten this as you leave this website.

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Sometimes I Don't Have Anything to Say

March 10, 2009 7 comments

Today I took my old friend, the bass guitar out of its case for the first time this year. It was a little offended, the air in that case apparently got a little thin. I even found a Christmas candy which it had refused to eat. Couldn’t have had such a hard time then.

Here is my song about babbling on while having nothing to say. That’s when talking is most relaxed – isn’t it? I even sing when I don’t have anything to say!

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See this at YouTube

Sometimes I don’t have anything to say
but I babble on anyway.

Hamburg – Faces of a City

February 15, 2009 2 comments

My home, the place where I live, the city of Hamburg, Germany. I didn’t photograph the tourist highlights but rather tried to capture how it feels to live here in pictures and music and to show some of the faces of this town.

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This is my first video in 16:9, I had to experiment a little and to resize it. I uploaded it to  YouTube, but I decided to present it in this way, as the quality is better.

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Piano Bossa: Two Willows

February 14, 2009 2 comments

Two Trees by the River Elbe
By Detlef.
A Piano Improvisation about these willows by the river Elbe in Hamburg.
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Somehow this twosome struck me as funny, like a symbol for a relationship. Unspectacular to others, who would rather admire the river and the ships. Two_Trees_by_the_River
By Detlef.
Here they are, savagely cut back by river patrol – but persevering together.

I don’t know the lyrics to this song – do you?

The rhythm is a shuffled Bossanova, actually played by hand and not programmed, as the trained ears might possibly discern.