May 24, 2022
May 15, 2022
I guess I have always been inspired by meaningful lyrics. Not many German-language songs made it to the US charts. "99 Luftballoons", a song by the German band NENA from their 1983 self-titled album though is a world-famous song. An English-language version titled "99 Red Balloons", with lyrics by Kevin McAlea, was also released on the album 99 Luftballons in 1984 after widespread success of the original in Europe and Japan.
The English version is not a direct translation of the German original and contains lyrics with a somewhat different meaning. In the US, the English-language version did not chart, while the German-language recording became Nena's only US hit.
Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen is a German keyboard player, producer, and composer and was the keyboardist of the band NENA and co-wrote their world-famous hit "99 Luftballons". Here is the translated lyric of the original German version that I have found on Wikipedia:
99 balloons are mistaken for UFOs, causing a general to send pilots to investigate. Finding nothing but balloons, the pilots put on a large show of firepower. The display of force worries the nations along the borders and the war ministers on each side encourage conflict to grab power for themselves. In the end, a cataclysmic war results from the otherwise harmless flight of balloons and causes devastation on all sides without a victor, as indicated in the denouement of the song: "99 Jahre Krieg ließen keinen Platz für Sieger," which means "99 years of war have left no place for winners."
The anti-war song finishes with the singer walking through the devastated ruins of the world and finding a single balloon. The description of what happens in the final line of the piece is the same in German and English: "Denk' an dich und lass' ihn fliegen," or "I think of you and let it go.”
Imagine our surprise when my mum and I met Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen at the Berlin Airport back in 2006! I knew Uwe because of THIS song but also as a TV judge at the German talent show (Popstars) and other music projects and collaborations. He was as friendly, kind, and charming as we had expected. I wish more talented songwriters would use their talent and write and produce meaningful songs and inspire the younger generation!
May 13, 2022
Music has always been a universal language even decades before the world wide web was invented. From Mozart, Beethoven, and Johannes Strauss to legends like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Whitney Houston, Prince, and Michael Jackson to today’s living legends Elton John, Madonna, Tom Jones & co!
And yet, it is fascinating for me to see my songs “80 Million People!” and “Blood is always red!” being danced to in China and Africa! Two countries on different continents that I haven't been to and probably won't ever visit.
Two song lyrics written in Switzerland, recorded and produced in the United Kingdom by my talented featured artist Thir13een, and danced to by the Chinese dancer Lily.
We really live in an amazing time. Despite living miles apart and on different continents, we manage to create something special for music lovers from around the world. I hope my meaningful lyrics combined with Thir13eens outstanding voice and Lily’s dance will inspire the young generations. I hope you understand what a privilege it is to live in this awesome time. Nothing can hold you back from fulfilling your dreams and desires. There are no borders to create something special. Be creative, be active, be productive and enjoy all the possibilities and opportunities that we have in this difficult time!
If you love my songs "80 Million People!" and "Blood is always red!", please show your solidarity. Dance or lipsynch to my songs and post them on your social media pages like Instagram or TikTok. Don't forget to tag me in your posts, like the dance group from Africa in the TikTok Video below! :-)
@lily.amis My song BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED is available here on TikTok and all the streaming platforms. 🎼🤗❤#lilyamis #thir13een #bloodisalwaysred #blutistimmerrot #lily4refugees #refugees #newsongout #ForYourPage #foryoupage #Lipsynch #duet #dancing #dealdropdance #challenge #dancechallenge #unity #solidarity #mirrorchallenge #blacklivesmatter #chocolatematters #caramelmatters #vanillamatters #chocolate #caramel #vanilla #songchallenge #Lipsynchchallenge #stopwar #stophate #stopdiscrimination ♬ Originalton - Lily Amis
@lily.amis My song BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED! performed by the talented dance group @diamondancer5650. The song is available on all streaming platforms. #lilyamis #lily4refugees #thir13een #dance #dancedancedance🥰 #dancer #dancelove #blacklivesmatter #discrimination #endwarnow😭 #humanityb4nationality #musik #tanzen #outnow #stopwar #dancing #performance ♬ Originalton - Lily Amis
May 12, 2022
May 09, 2022
It's been a while since I had a fellow writer on my blog for a Q&A. I'm excited to introduce to you American Author Lizzy Stevens. She writes paranormal/ romance and woman's fiction. Lizzy is a wife and mother of 2 boys and has been writing most of her life but got her first official contract in 2008. 2013 was an exciting year for Lizzy. She became a Best Selling author on Amazon.
Lizzy welcome to my blog. Tell me what do you enjoy most when writing your stories?
I enjoy watching this story that was up in my head start coming to life. I sit down at my computer and start typing. It might change along the way as it develops or I might add different characters than I was planning. It’s fun watching a small idea you have turn into a finished story.
When did you write your very first story and what was it about?
I was the kid growing up who was always reading and always writing little stories down. So, my very first story would have been when I was a child. My first published story was 2007. It was a romance.
You are an Amazon bestseller author. How did that happen?
A lot of hard work and long hours. There are millions of books on Amazon on any given day. You have to get your book out there in front of readers. You have to learn to juggle many things because while you are promoting the book that came out you have to be writing your next one. I became an Award-Winning author in 2021. That was very exciting.
You have published a few stories with Steve Miller. How different is the writing process from collaborating with another author?
Actually, Steve is my husband. We write great together. I do the typing it out part. That would not work out very well for one person to type a little bit and then say ok your turn to type a little LOL So we plot out the story and I start typing then we discuss along the way and make changes along the way. It’s fun for us to create stories together. He is used to my craziness LOL Just the other night it was about 2 in the morning and I got up out of bed really quick and grabbed a pen and paper. He said what are you doing? I said I just got an idea and I don’t want to forget it LOL He’s used to nights like that so he laughed and asked what it was about lol
What genres do you enjoy reading the most?
I like women’s fiction, paranotal, fantasy, mystery, romance and the list goes on and on. If the plot sound interesting to me I’ll read it. I don’t keep myself trapped to certain genres.
Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? I’m like probably most authors out there. Stories are always swirling around in my head. Then I decide which ones are just small thoughts and which ones I want to develop into my next book.
You have also published three audio books? Tell me more about them?
I actually have a lot of my books in audio. I like to give the reader options. So I have ebook, print book and audio books available.
From all your books, which one is your favorite and why?
That is a really hard question. I have different favorites for different reasons. The very first book I published with Steve is one of my favorites. Then I wrote one with my 2 boys. That one will always have a place in my heart. My boys are everything to me. Then the one that made me an Award-Winning author I will always love. When you have been writing for as many years as I have it’s too hard to pick one favorite. Each story that you write has memories of their own. Each story holds a place in your heart for its own reasons.
Lizzy are you working on a new story right now?
Yes. I’m always working on new stories. I recently wrote a few short stories for a contest. I’ve also wrote stories for Amazon’s new Kindle Vella platform. I really enjoyed doing that. I have a couple more Vella stories in the works and few others. I should have several new books and stories out over the next couple of months.
Great. Thank you so much for being my guest. I wish you and your husband the best of luck with your future book releases!