Archive for September, 2012

Back again with another post of the “thing” that keeps annoying me. Today’s post is an example of what he can do with two pairs of his shoes…

Schuhe im Flur

Schuhe im Flur

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It‘s not getting any better. This is how he left his shoes Wednesday after work. And they remained there until Thursday evening, as I stopped putting them away. In the meantime he even left another pair of shoes in the middle of the hallway, I didn’t manage to take a picture though, without him noticing. The brown shoes you can see in the background are his, too. I’m not complaining about those… Didn’t figure out yet whether there is a system behind it…

Schuhe im Flur

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As I told you yesterday, I was listening to Wagner’s Lohengrin. The most famous part of the opera is the bridal chorus (“Brautlied”) at the beginning of Act 3, which is – in defiance of the actual text – often referred to as “Here comes the bride”. I think, everyone has already heard this song. As television suggests, it is performed at nearly every wedding. A little YouTube research seems to confirm this. Personally, I have never heard this song at one of the weddings I’ve attended (as a guest as a matter of fact). The first line is

“Treulich geführt ziehet dahin, wo euch der Segen der Liebe bewahr’!”, which Wikipedia translates as:

“Faithfully guided, draw near to where the blessing of love shall preserve you!”

The chorus is performed after Elsa and Lohengrin’s  wedding, when the women accompany Elsa into the bridal chamber. At weddings it is normally performed as an entrance song (apparently). Anyone experience with gay wedding music?

The thing is: Once the chorus is performed, it doesn’t take long until the marriage is in shambles. Only minutes after the women leave the bridal chamber, the newly weds start arguing and finally split up. Actually their wedding didn’t last for more than one hour after the chorus is performed. At the end of the day Lohengrin will have left the country (in a rather uncommon way), transform a swan into a boy and Elsa will have an emotional breakdown which she immediately dies of. And that’s not the whole tragedy. Lohengrin even kills an (evil) intruder (Friedrich von Telramund) in the bridal chamber while they are arguing.

Considering this, Lohengrin’s bridal chorus will definitely not be performed at my wedding.

The bridal chorus at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich directed by Richard Jones with Jonas Kaufmann (Lohengrin) and Anja Harteros (Elsa). Bridal chorus starts at 2:22:22 (!):

And in Bayreuth 2011 (not what you would call a “traditional” production): starts at 3:00:

And this is kind of weird:

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Well, the shoe issue continues. Last night his shoes made it to the bedroom, where they still are now… :)

Schuhe im Schlafzimmer

(By the way, in case you wonder whether I’m a bit bored… Yes, indeed :) I’m sick at home and listening to Wagner’s Lohengrin (about 4 hours) at the moment. That’s one of the good things about being sick. You can read and listen to some stuff you’re usually too busy for. Listening and watching operas is one of these things, especially if it comes to Wagner. Tristan und Isolde is next…:)

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Just got an award (“Liebster Blog Award”) by fellow blogger Verschwende Deine Zeit, a blog with wonderful pictures and anecdotes of everyday life’s curiosities in Berlin.

I’m completely speechless, this is why I have to quote Kathy Griffin‘s acceptance speech at the 2007 Emmy Awards which stirred up quite a controversy. I just can’t put this into words myself. I just hope, Bill Donohue won’t chase after me now…

As far as I understand the rules of this award, it’s up to me now, to give this award to five fellow bloggers. As I’m fairly new to WordPress, I still have to figure that out! If you’re interested, please let me know :)

(I kind of like the word speechlessness now… )


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