Monday Motorway Music™, July 7 – Music And Sun As Long As Eye And Ear Can Tell

2014-07-06 21.13.14

Yep, spent the weekend at the Roskilde Festival 🙂

OK, some would say I didn’t – this year, we chose the luxury (some would say old-man…) version: bought a pay ‘n’ park ticket and drove home to sleep each night. After all, we were there primarily for the music and not to party and get drunk. Not to say we didn’t sample the beer…

Nevertheless, we got 11 concerts under the belt:

  • Lykke Li
  • Rolling Stones
  • Warpaint
  • Haim
  • Damon Albarn
  • Hymns from Nineveh
  • Jenny Wilson
  • Icona Pop
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Kasabian (retrospectively, only unlucky choice – shold have gone to Mø instead)
  • Stevie Wonder

2014-07-05 23.37.41In my ears, all three headline names delivered – Stones, Arctic and Stevie Wonder. Maybe, with the music analytical ear, there’d be things to point a finger at – but this was a festival. And the music did what it had to do in that setting and did it well!

The other main line I will draw out of this year is that of a strong female artist presence. No longer just pretty faces in front of a microphone – though some of them certainly also qualify on that count (and that is to be understood solely as an honest compliment, nothing more and nothing less). No, these young women grab the guitars, wrestle the keyboards, hammer the basses and the drums and create music and emotions and magical moments galore. Warpaint, Haim, Jenny Wilson with her sister on guitar, the Icona Pop girls. A welcome addition to the diversity and equality that music is and helps creating!

By the way – and if this comes across as mysogynic or even just bad-boys-taste, apologies* – over a handful of beers in Istanbul lately, my two American colleagues and I had a lively discussion with lots of laughs. One of them launched the question as a quest and I hereby bring it on to any guys – and girls! – who want to participate: Who is the hottest chick in rock? (mind you: not pop – rock!). I still stick to my first reaction: Joan Jett. Participations welcome!

A short drive to work this Monday – summer vacation’s on, traffic is off 🙂

I Wanna Be Yours – Arctic Monkeys (yes, put that on to remember Saturday night!)
Bring Me Some Water – Melissa Etheridge
Gold Dust Woman – Fleetwood Mac
If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher

Photo by me
* This should be taken as no more than “Oh Dear, guys’ talk” over beers. And yes, there is so much more to girls than looks. In fact, I find intelligence more sexy than most other traits. But there’s a time and a place for all sorts of discussions – just saying… 🙂
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