Month: November 2015

Buy, Buy For Christmas

Finally the Christmas season has started. Shopping centers in the cities and a huge mass of online shops lure us to buy as many Christmas presents as possible. They’ve been promising special bargains and disgusting discount codes to get our money. Of course, Christmas symbolizes love as long as you give what merchants love most: your salary. If you haven’t received a Christmas bonus from your employer, I strongly recommend you to look for a new job to purchase more presents in 2016!

Well, let’s change the topic quickly. In November 2013 I came up with a Christmas present for my fans. It’s a Christmas song called “Buy, Buy For Christmas” which was exclusively released at my Bandcamp site – FOR FREE! It not the typical Christmas carol like “Jingle Bells” or “White Christmas”, but my personal attitude towards the Christmas business.

For the video I filmed a couple of sequences at a gigantic shopping temple in Berlin. Some big brother must have watched me because a security guy suddenly appeared, asking me to delete the material. I pretended to follow his order and claimed to be an innocent village girl who had visited the majestic capital of Germany for the very first time in her life. By the way, the man is visible in the video! 😉

If you are religious, please don’t feel offended by the Jesus picture. God’s son has also been exploited as an idol for the Christmas money-make machine. Hardly anyone celebrates Christmas for the sake of Jesus’ birthday! Nevertheless, I wish you to be surrounded by your loved ones to feel happy and loved during the holidays. Indeed, it’s a very nice custom to give presents to other people if the presents come from the heart such as my song “Buy, Buy For Christmas”!

Tribute To Freddie Mercury

Today 24 years have passed since Freddie Mercury’s death on November 24th, 1991. For me he has never been gone, but unfortunately I was born too late to see him live on stage. I consciously discovered Freddie’s music about two years after his death when Queen was generally considered as uncool among kids. Nobody else at school liked my passion. My classmates rather had a crush on Nirvana, techno and euro dance. In my opinion Freddie had the best voice in the whole universe and it didn’t take a long time till I joined the International Queen Fan Club in London.

Being a school-hater, I learned more from Queen than from my uncreative teachers. Suddenly my English flourished tremendously and the other kids started to wonder who had taught me all those words. No-one tracked down my secret. Of course I had picked up my vocabulary from Queen lyrics and the monthly fan club magazine. Learning English became one of my beloved hobbies in those days, making music my destination in life.

Fascinated by fellow cat lover Freddie, I tried very hard to write a tribute song about him. My very first attempt was called “Immortal Genius”. Every day my mother told me how awful it sounded and my best friend from school days agreed with her. Thus, I dropped the idea for many years. Luckily I rediscovered it three years ago when I wroteThe Show Goes On, the last track on the Alien Pop EP. The song is actually my personal reply to “The Show Must Go On” from Queen. As far as I remember, I was busy with the composition around November 24th, 2012, Freddie’s 21st anniversary of death.

Every year at the end of November my old friend Magnus (Herr von Keil) hosts a party at the cosy gay bar Betty F. in Berlin. Wearing hilarious costumes and playing Queen  records which are only interrupted by our live performances is our way to commemorate one of the most wonderful voices in the history of rock music. Last Saturday I dressed up as Freddie from the “I Want To Break Free” video. As you can see on the photo, I looked like a guy and other guys seemed to take me for a man … When I sang Queen’s “Thank God It’s Christmas” and my own Christmas carol Buy, Buy For Christmas, I could not hide my biology any longer. Anyway, it’s always a lot of fun to sing for Freddie and dance to Queen music with my friends who share my fate of being born too late. We will definitely keep our queeny tradition which also means drinking lots of Caipirinha. Freddie might have chosen champagne, though!

 

Nocturnal Blue-Eyed Inspiration

After reading this article you will probably take me for a freak. I think I am, but at least I’m a creative freak with a certain talent to learn foreign languages. During the night from Tuesday to Wednesday I woke up in the middle of the night, thinking that I had never truly liked the German verse on Tvoje Plave Oči. You know, I automatically visualize a stupid German tourist looking for fun with sun-tanned beach boys! 😉 That’s not what I am. I’m a good girl who would never dare to … Well … 😉

First verse for Tvoje Plave OciI tried to get rid of my thoughts at quarter to three in the morning, but closing my eyes would not help me fall asleep again. Suddenly I remembered a line from a Croatian rock song I had listened to a couple of hours before: “Ne mogu zaspati” (I cannot fall asleep). I switched on the light, took a pen and a piece of paper to write down my new first verse for track 6 from my latest EP The Muse – in Croatian language! It didn’t take long to search for the words. Seemingly the song lyrics had always been there expecting to be discovered. Not bad for a person who started exploring that kind of vocabulary only four months ago! Somehow it felt spooky and unreal.

On Wednesday I almost believed in a dream. However, it was naked reality as I found a piece of handwritten evidence next to my bed. Happily I also remembered the booking of a trip to film the video for “Tvoje Plave Oči”. Since Tuesday evening it has been fixed and scheduled for June 2016, and for private reasons I will not reveal the settings to you! 😉 Just be sure that after the holiday I will release two new versions of the love song: one version completely in Croatian and “Your Blue Eyes” in English. Yesterday I’ve also made slight changes on the instrumental arrangement.

It’s the first time for me to edit a song which has been released before. Maybe “Tvoje Plave Oči” is a story still waiting for its ending or perhaps I’m in love with its language. In fact, I can hardly wait to produce the video! I know I will look beautiful in it, but never as beautiful as the scenery to be featured in it. By the way, here’s the beginning of all this blue-eyed nocturnal inspiration: The Story Behind “Tvoje Plave Oči“ … Very sentimental, isn’t it?

Anna Aliena live at Galerie Studio St.St.

My Successful Record Release Party

Foto: Anna Aliena

Last Friday my new EP The Muse was released. I celebrated the record release party at my favourite spot of the Berlin art scene: Galerie Studio St.St. This gallery is run by the charming painter, songwriter and living art work Juwelia Soraya St.St. In my opinion Juwelia is the sweetest transvestite this city has ever seen – a friendly funny host who opens her cozy gallery every weekend to present her colourful pictures and her hilariously trashy songs. Visitors are invited to chat and to contribute all kinds of art themselves. If you want to meet me by accident, come to the gallery on a Friday night. You might find me there while performing opera or my own songs.

As I have always appreciated the warm living-room atmosphere of Juwelia’s world, I decided to launch The Muse at Galerie Studio St.St. Due to the typical traffic delays I arrived a little bit late, wearing a stunning olive green velvet dress made by my favourite Berlin fashion designer Daniel Rabe. The gallery had already been crowded and a couple of my best friends gave me a very warm welcome. Everything was perfect to feel good during the show which was opened by Juwelia.

Foto: Albert EwertAt first I sang all the title songs from my first four EPs, starting with “Silly Little Boys” from 2011. None of those boys had gathered among the spectators, not even my three muses from The Muse. Thus, I was merely surrounded by nice boys and girls who made me feel good. I truly enjoyed the interaction with the audience this time. In fact, it was the best record release party I have ever had! Unfortunately some friends were forced to be absent because of the flu or geographical distance. In my thoughts, however, we were all connected …

If you were not able to come to my show either, please feel free to have a glimpse at the concert photos on my Facebook page. The EP itself is available at my CD shop or at iTunes and other digital download platforms.