January 27, 2023

Lucky, From Zero to Hero Audiobook!


Exciting news! This week I have forced myself to get out of my comfort zone. I have decided to do my very first audiobook production in English and German.

Our lovely Ambassador LUCKY was born during the lockdown in 2020 and has been our first Lily4Refugees Ambassador. Meanwhile, eight more adorable characters have joined our team. 

But LUCKY is very precious to us, so I had to do the voiceover myself. And I have to admit, doing voice-over is much harder than I thought. Especially when you do everything from recording to editing yourself. And when you have no acting or voice-over experience like my amazing German narrator Dirk Jacobs (Lilys Botschafter), Sharda Laskowski (Lilys Ambassadors), Carl Lindquist (Teddy & Lily), and Beverley Murray (Bon Voyage).

Nevertheless, I’m proud of my first audiobook production and I really hope you enjoy Lucky’s fun and inspiring story!

Lucky, From Zero to Hero

This is the story of an unhappy and nameless dog stuck in a smelly and unfriendly animal shelter in Ireland. Just when you think there is absolutely no hope for a better and more meaningful future, life surprises you. Lucky shares his incredible and exciting life story and how he became a hero from zero.

Lucky’s story will teach young listeners about the importance of education, school, and work. He was born during the lockdown and is the first Lily4Refugees Ambassador. That’s why he is very precious to the writers Lily and Sima Amis and why Lily Amis has narrated the story herself.

Written by: Lily & Sima Amis
Narrated by: Lily Amis
Duration: 17 minutes
Language: English
Release: January 2023

English: www.books2read.com/LuckyFromZerotoHero

German: www.books2read.com/LuckyGerman




January 22, 2023

WTF!!! Stupidity is ruling our world!


What is going on? So much BS is happening right now and I feel like the world is going mad. Or maybe it has always been like this and I recognize it more and more lately. 

This week Ukrainian president Selenski was demanding Europe and USA for military support. He is making battle tanks and gun claims at Davos Forum. I quote “More weapons, but fast.” Seriously? As if more weapons are the solution!


According to the German TV channel RTL News this week, in 2021 Germany had a budget of 51 Billion for the military. France had 52 billion, Russia had 61 Billion and the USA had 740 billion. Do you see the numbers? 

The world could be a peaceful place for everyone if this amount of money would be invested in PEACE instead of sponsoring and creating bloody wars!

I honestly can’t believe that next month it will be one year since we are dealing with another war in the heart of Europe. I released my song4refugees “80 MILLION PEOPLE” only two days before the war started in Ukraine. In the following month, I released my anti-war song “BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED” and honestly I am worried about what will happen in the following weeks. I’m afraid that the situation will escalate because it becomes more and more obvious that it is in nobody’s interest to stop Russia. After all, war is a lucrative business. Rich countries and corrupt governments sell and buy weapons like they are selling and buying goodies and sweets!


And while Selenski is begging for more weapons, I see a sponsored post on Instagram from UNHCR with American actor Ben Stiller who is begging people to donate money for blankets and tents for refugee camps so that the refugees will survive the cold winter!

Seriously? I said it before and I say it again, blankets and tents are not the solutions. Only stopping bloody wars will end the global refugee crisis! Wake up! Stupidity is ruling our world and destroying innocent lives, today as well as tomorrow's generation!!!

THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD! I HAVE NO OTHER EXPLANATION FOR SO MUCH STUPIDITY ANYMORE! 







January 15, 2023

Lily’s Ambassadors Audio book in American English!


We are happy and excited to start January 2023 with another highlight. Three of our adorable little dogs Lovely, Lucie, and Laila are now recorded as an audiobook in American English!

Lilys Ambassadors” will be available by end of January in all major audiobook shops. Three charming characters share their emotional and unusual life experiences with important messages. Acceptance and tolerance as well as anti-discrimination, anti-racism, anti-bullying, love, and loyalty are the most important topics in this entertaining audiobook for children from eight years and adults.

This inspiring audiobook is dedicated to all the hopeless and helpless refugees worldwide, who dream of a free and independent life in dignity and those who have lost their lives during their escape to freedom.

We are more than happy to do a giveaway to our loyal friends and followers. If you like to win a gift code, please don’t hesitate to send me a DM on Instagram @lily4refugees or @lily.amis or on Twitter @nassimadesign and answer the following question.

“Why should you win a gift code?”

Good luck everyone.  All winners will be contacted by end of January with a personalized code for Spotify! 



Lovely is a little spoiled Chihuahua living in the heart of Paris. The little dog’s life is perfect until her owner Josephine decides to move permanently to London. Lovely is heartbroken and desperately unhappy about the upcoming changes. What happened? Where is Josephine? Will the two ever be reunited?

Lucie shares her life story while she is stuck in a rescue boat crossing the ocean from the Middle East to Europe after she has lost everything back home because war has destroyed her life overnight. Fleeing from a war zone, there is only one thing that keeps the little dog looking forward: hope and a strong belief in a better and safer future!

Laila is a young orphan dalmatian living in a refugee camp in Greece. She often feels like an outsider and isolates herself from everyone because of the colour of her white fur, marked with black and brown-colored spots. But everything changes when a foreign lady opens an art workshop for refugee children. That’s the beginning of a joyful life for little Laila and all the refugees. All of a sudden, their gray and hopeless lives find some colour of happiness, and life-changing events are around the corner…

Written by: Lily & Sima Amis
Narrated by: Sharda Laskowski
Duration: 1:10 minutes
Language: American English
Release: January 2023
Cover by nassima-design


January 13, 2023

Global Media, seriously?


For weeks young Iranian are being executed for nothing but their desperate desire for freedom! But liberty is a human right, regardless of age, nationality, skin colour, gender, level of education, work position, income, lifestyle, IQ, and RELIGION! And every person who says otherwise is a fool, crazy, brainwashed, or simply criminal!

For weeks the media has only one single topic! PRINCE HARRY and his memoir SPARE. As much as I have understanding for this mentally and emotionally damaged young man, there are millions of innocent young Iranian right now, who are facing execution, and the ones who will survive the prison time are surely damaged mentally as well as physically for life!

As we all know now Prince Harry is not the privileged young prince that we thought he is. He suffered a lot of heartbreak and pain in his early life BUT now he has everything he wanted. He is married to the woman that he loves. They have two adorable children and he has all the freedom to live a happy, independent, and fulfilled life in freedom and wealth with limitless opportunities and possibilities. He is free to decide whatever he wants to do or to be in the future.

But what about those young Iranian who have absolutely nothing? No freedom. No hope. No future. No rights. No dreams. No goals. No opportunities. No possibilities. They have absolutely NOTHING! Who is talking about them? Who is helping them?

Honestly, I'm sick and tired of the corrupt global media coverage. Focusing on only one person’s misery and ignoring everyone else is brutal, heartless, and a CRIME!

Global Media, global world leaders, and politicians, the global human right organization, Embassies, where are you? WAKE UP! It is time to wake up and act. It is time to stand up and fight for EVERYONE's HUMAN rights! 

It is time to put an end to this unbelievable and unnecessary bloody crime! It is time to take your job as a journalist and reporter seriously. For the love of God, leave Harry live his life in peace and be the voice for the innocent and voiceless Iranians who are being KILLED for absolutely nothing but Freedom!!!!!

Remember and say their names: Mohsen Shekari, Majid Reza Rahnavard, Mohammad Hosseini, Mohammad Mehdi Karami - RIP !

Every single person in power who is witnessing this crime and is doing nothing (because of their benefits, contracts, and deals with this regime), remember KARMA is around the corner! 


January 12, 2023

Tune in Blackpool and Happy New Year!

 


2023 is here and I'm excited that my Christmassy song THE THREE OF US landed on 26 Playlists on Spotify and was also aired in Blackpool in the United Kingdom at Toby Gribben's show at Shout radio stationToby's program airs every Thursday and Friday from 3 pm.

You can still catch up and listen to his entertaining shows from 22/23. December 2022 as well as 5/6. January 2023 where Toby also played my anti-discrimination song BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED! 

We are currently working on new projects and I will keep you posted about everything. Meanwhile, we wish you and your loved ones a joyful and successful 2023! 









December 05, 2022

2022, what a magical year & TIME OFF!


2022 is coming to an end. It was a wonderful and positive year for us, despite the world's madness. First the ongoing senseless, horrifying, and bloody Ukraine/Russian war, and now the brutal and inhuman Iranian protests.

As an Indie writer and lyricist who has been writing song lyrics for over a decade, 2022 has been truly a MAGICAL year. If it wasn’t for my online petition #HumanityB4Nationality I wouldn’t have released my first song 80 MILLION PEOPLE with the brilliantly talented British producer, singer, and songwriter Thir13een. This incredible artist became my voice and so we continued our collaboration.

BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED! was my second song release this year. The rap song is an anti-war and anti-discrimination song with meaningful lyrics and messages.

In August I released the pop song THE STOLEN YEARS inspired by my memoir THE STOLEN YEARS IN ZURICH and now I am finishing this musically magical and exciting year with THE THREE OF US.


We like to thank every single person who has been streaming our four lovely songs. 

In November I released my first German audiobook. "Lilys Botschafter" includes three beautiful and sweet memoirs. The story of Ludwig, Lennon, and Leonardo are three of nine inspiring stories in total. The book "Lilys Ambassadors" and "Lilys Botschafter" are available in English and German. 


Our musical journey will continue in 2023. Meanwhile, I’m taking time off from my blog and social media and will be focusing mainly on writing new stories and songs. We wish you all a merry and magical Christmas and a peaceful and happy 2023! 

We hope you enjoy browsing through our free annual blogger magazine Read My Mind 2022!

December 02, 2022

TUNE in Colorado USA!



The greatest thing about living in this time right now is the unlimited and unimaginable possibilities. While people who know you don’t bother to support your projects, miles apart on another continent incredible people like DTong play your music on their live shows and support Indie artists like me. 

Happy to inform you that my two connected songs THE STOLEN YEARS and THE THREE OF US have been played on the BEST Indie Music Show on the radio and on the Internet hosted by DTong along with other great Indie artists from around the world. DTong is playing the hottest new independent music. His shows air on MusicMondays, MusicFridays, and Midweeks.

The great thing is if you can’t catch the show live, you can check it out anytime at several platforms archives!

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mid-week-indie-music-playlist-powered-by-wayward-galaxy/id393761183?i=1000588403387

Spotify: 
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3GoQ4rbfcVGw0hcSSZBu7g

TuneIn Radio: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Sports-Talk--News/DTong-Radio-Indie-Music-Showcase-p421911/

RadioPublic: https://radiopublic.com/dtong-radio-indie-music-showcase-GmA2MG/







November 26, 2022

Great review for THE THREE OF US!


Great first review for THE THREE OF US by the blog DANCING ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURE from 26 November 2022!

The Three of Us is a song that comes from the heart and is based on experience. And even though the events that the song is based on happened decades ago, sadly, in these ever-darkening times, it still seems pertinent.

The song documents what it means to be an outcast in society, a refugee in a land where phrases such as “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” have long since lost meaning. At the time, it seemed that doors were not only being shut in the narrator’s face but actively slammed and locked. But it is only with hindsight that the realisation that there were better angels, good people and a higher authority watching over them, even if their presence couldn’t often be felt.

And so the song takes a skittering, dance-pop beat, an R&B groove, Thir13een’s of-the-moment vocal style and an accessible stance and reminds us that even in our darkest hour, there are people you can turn to.

This is the latest song from Lily Amis to deal with significant issues such as immigration, refugee status and a fractured and intolerant society. Songs such as 80 Million People deal with the plight of refugees worldwide, Blood is Always Red deals with issues of war and discrimination, and The Stolen Years is a musical extension and summary of Lily Amis’ memoir, The Stolen Years in Zurich.

Unfortunately, we need artists such as Lily Amis and songs such as these, but we do…perhaps more than ever before. Having a platform to reach out to whole swathes of people is one thing; using it to spread such poignant and powerful messages is another. Thankfully people such as Lily Amis realise the power of music and spreading the word…the word being tolerance. (And empathy, love, compassion….)
 


November 24, 2022

The Three of us - My song lyrics in German

Mein viertes Song-Projekt mit dem Künstler Thir13een ist ab sofort überall erhältlich!

Es ist die Fortsetzung Song von "The Stolen Years" (Die Gestohlenen Jahre). Und hier ist der übersetzte Liedtext und eine kleine Erklärung: 

„Von Regentagen bis Sonnenuntergänge“ im Refrain symbolisiert die Tage, an denen wir vor Traurigkeit Tränen geweint haben und die Sonne und Trost in der Dunkelheit vermisst haben. 

„Von kühlen Tagen zu stürmischen Nächten im Winter“ im Refrain symbolisiert die ängstliche und unsichere Nächte während des Krieges und den Bombenangriffen und später als verstoßene Flüchtlinge für unsere existenzielle Unsicherheit und Zukunftssorgen, während alles stillstand wie im Winter, wenn alle Pflanzen und Bäume schlafen.


WIR DREI (THE THREE OF US)

Lily Amis featuring Thir13een für nasSima

Weltweit erhältlich!

 

Du warst immer für uns da

Immer nur wir drei

Von Regentagen bis zu Sonnenuntergängen

Von kühlen Tagen bis zu stürmischen Nächten im Winter

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

 

Heute Morgen habe ich Lilys Buch in meine Bibliothek zurückgebracht und

fand ihren versteckten Brief darunter, unter dem Weihnachtsbaum

Es ist an dich adressiert, also lass mich es lesen

Lass mich es dir vorlesen …

 

Lieber Gott, Menschen mögen unterschiedliche Geschichten haben

aber wir alle teilen ähnliche Sorgen

Verletzlich und ängstlich, aber unsere Liebe und unser Glaube

hat uns geholfen, die gestohlenen Jahre zu überleben

 

Mitten in der Nacht betete ich im Stillen

Ich sagte, die Bombenangriffe scheinen wie eine Ewigkeit

Lieber Gott bitte lass uns überleben oder wenigstens gemeinsam sterben

Es ist schrecklich, in Angst zu leben

schrecklich, endlose Nächte in Tränen zu überleben

Jeder Tag hätte der letzte sein können

Lieber Gott, dessen waren wir uns bewusst!

 

Du warst immer für uns da

Immer nur wir drei

Von Regentagen bis zu Sonnenuntergängen

Von kühlen Tagen bis zu stürmischen Nächten im Winter

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

 

Es brauchte viel Mut, geliebte Menschen und den Krieg hinter uns zu lassen

Dieser Schritt war ein Zeichen, ein Zeichen der Verzweiflung

Ohne Trost und emotionale Unterstützung

Wir drei haben bei null angefangen

Mutter beruhigte mich und sagte

Ich verspreche dir, wir werden wieder alles haben, was wir mal hatte

 

Ich habe schon früh gelernt, Menschen kommen und gehen

Mein egoistischer Vater hat mich mit fünf Jahren verlassen

Ein gewalttätiger Stiefvater hat uns in so vielen schwierigen Zeiten missbraucht

Eine lieblose Ehe mit nur zwanzig

Habe nie wahre Liebe und emotionale Sicherheit gefühlt

Die Zeit heilt alle Wunden, sagt man

Aber man kann gebrochenes Vertrauen und offene Narben nicht heilen

 

Du warst immer für uns da

Immer nur wir drei

Von Regentagen bis zu Sonnenuntergängen

Von kühlen Tagen bis zu stürmischen Nächten im Winter

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

 

Du bist immer für uns da

Es sind immer nur wir drei

Lieber Gott, danke, dass du uns beschützt

Zusammen für immer, nur wir drei!

 

Du bist immer für uns da

Es sind immer nur wir drei

Lieber Gott, danke, dass du uns beschützt

Zusammen für immer, nur wir drei!

 

Als wir im Kreislauf des Lebens gefangen waren

Der Verlust unserer Identität war ein emotionaler Albtraum

Der Kampf gegen jahrzehntelange Ablehnung eine seelische Folter

 

Du warst immer für uns da

Immer nur wir drei

Von Regentagen bis zu Sonnenuntergängen

Von kühlen Tagen bis zu stürmischen Nächten im Winter

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

Ja, du und nur du! Ja

 

Gott, ich habe nicht deine Postanschrift

Also benutze ich meinen Schornstein und leite Lilys Brief an den Weihnachtsmann weiter

November 22, 2022

The Three of us - The song lyrics!



Exciting NEWS! 

My fourth song project with my featured artist Thir13een is out today! 
It is the follow-up song to THE STOLEN YEARS. 

And here is the song lyric and a little explanation: "From rainy days to sunsets" in the chorus symbolizes the days that we were crying tears of sadness and missed the sun and comfort in the darkness." From chilly days to stormy nights in the winter"  in the chorus symbolizes the fearful and uncertain nights during the war and the bomb attacks and later as rejected refugees our existential insecurity and worries of the future while everything stood still like in winter when all the plants and trees are sleeping. 

Here we go.... 


The Three of us

Lily Amis featuring Thir13een for nasSima

Release: 22.11.22 worldwide


You were always there for us

Always just the three of us

From rainy days to sunsets

From chilly days to stormy nights in the winter 

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

 

This morning I took Lily’s book back to my library and

I found her hidden letter underneath, underneath the Christmas tree

It was addressed to you, so let me read it

Let me read to you…

 

Dear God, humans may have different stories

but we all share similar worries

Vulnerable and afraid but our love and faith

helped us survive the stolen years

 

In the middle of the night, I prayed silently

I said the bomb attacks seem to last forever

Dear God, please let us survive or at least, all die together

It’s terrifying to live in fear

horrifying to survive endless nights in tears

Every day could have been the last

Dear God, we’re conscious of that!

 

You were always there for us

Always just the three of us

From rainy days to sunsets

From chilly days to stormy nights in the winter 

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

 

It took allot of courage to leave loved ones and war behind

Taking this step was a sign, a sign of desperation

With no comfort and emotional support at all

The three of us started over from zero

Mum calmed me down and said

I promise you, we will have everything we left

 

I’ve learned from young age people come and go

My selfish father left me at five years old

A violent stepfather abused us during so much difficult times

A loveless marriage with only twenty

Never felt true love and emotional safety

Time heals all wounds they say

but you can’t heal broken trust and open scars

 

You were always there for us

Always just the three of us

From rainy days to sunsets

From chilly days to stormy nights in the winter 

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

 

You ARE always there for us

At all times it’s just the three of us

Dear God, thank you for protecting us

2gether 4ever it’s just the three of us!

 

You ARE always there for us

At all times it’s just the three of us

Dear God, thank you for protecting us

2gether 4ever it’s just the three of us!

 

When we were trapped in the circle of life

Losing our identity was an emotional nightmare

Fighting decades of rejection a mental torture

 

You were always there for us

Always just the three of us

From rainy days to sunsets

From chilly days to stormy nights in the winter 

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

Yeah, you and only you! Yeah

 

God, I don’t have your postal address

So I use my chimney and forward Lily’s letter to Father Christmas