What do you think, when you think of trees? – Really now. Think!

If you were not in the Generator in Dublin last night, you lost out on a brilliant night with absolutely brilliant music by some of Ireland’s finest. Here is a taste of what you missed.

Here is the launch of “Pádraig”:

And here are the Dreamboaters going stronger and stronger:


Finally, here is Maitiú with a few words:


A huge big Thank You to all of Pádraig’s friends who sang the songs and shared their love for him. You all have no idea how much this means to him, and to us – it simply keeps him, and us, going, trying, living.

Here is something you could do: Tell all your friends about the song and send them to http://www.amhrandophadraig.com to download it.

In the meantime: have you thought about what comes to your mind when you think about trees?

You know, Germans have a deep, historical, mythical connection with trees. There are poems, songs, and tales about the German trees – and they literally turn up at every corner in Germany.

When I arrived in Ireland, the first thing I did was to plant a tree. When we moved to our new house in Iona, again: I put a tree into the front garden, and several others into the back garden. I love trees, but discovered that the Irish have a different relationship with them than a German would. They almost hate them: because during the summer they block off the sunlight and during the winter they shed their leaves and destroy the garden.

We were lucky that planted all those trees in our back garden – where else would Pádraig have put up his hammocks?

Today’s German Music Tip
Alexandra, Mein Freund der Baum (1968). Here is Alexandra talking to a dead tree. Compare that with Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi (1970) and the tree museum she’s singing about. Would be a nice topic for an essay on alterity…
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The German word/phrase/verse of the day
Da siehst Du vor lauter Bäumen den Wald nicht mehr.