Sunday, May 26, 2024

A Funky German Walk

I hit the streets of Bremen early in the morning

After I was diagnosed with aggressive cancer last year the doctors started me walking to keep up my strength. I hit the streets of Bremen early in the morning. The weather was uncommonly nice. It's just a few weeks before winter but it feels like the beginning of autumn.

I never take a music player on my daily walks because I have a massive playlists embedded deep inside my cerebral cortex. The sights and situations inspire the appropriate soundtrack to accompany me.

As I left the hotel "Spring Affair" by Donna Summer was playing in my head. The entire 8:32 album version. Maybe because I was in Germany, or maybe because of the pleasant weather, or maybe both? I'll always think of Donna Summer as being on Oasis Records, the German label owned by her über producer Giorgio Moroder, whose real name is Hansjörg Moroder. He also did Munich Machine's "Get On The Funk Train" - which I sang next as I walked in the park in front of my hotel.

When I saw a family feeding birds across the lake I started singing "We Are The Robots" by Kraftwerk. I don't know why but I figured they do this every day. Between Donna, Giorgio, and Kraftwerk I had A Funky German Walk.

Doing A Funky German Walk on stage with the CHICettes

Donna Summer "Love to Love You Baby" Single on Giorgio Moroders Label

Giorgio Moroder "From Here to Eternity"

Munich Machine "Get on the Funk Train"

Munich Machine

Kraftwerk "We Are the Robots"


VIDEO: Donna Summer "Spring Affair"


Le Freak:
An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny
Written by Nile Rodgers

Category: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians; Music - Popular
Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: October 2011
Price: $ 12.99
ISBN: 978-0-679-64403-3 (0-679-64403-2)

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You will hear a Nile Rodgers song today. It will make you happy.

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