October 2008


I've just found yet another beautiful song just by chance.

It was the very last song at the end of a German film called "THE EDUKATORS ". The ironic thing was that I wasn't even watching the film! But the first few words just grabbed me and I just had to know who was singing it. Unfortunately the print on the TV was too small so I looked it up on the internet and have found out that it is a song called "Hallelujah" sung by Jeff Buckley. Apparently Leonard Cohen originally wrote the song and there have been many covers by various artists. There are several recordings by Jeff Buckley of this song as well but I have found the ULTIMATE version on YouTube. Click here →Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

I am so grateful that this version was captured on tape especially as Jeff Buckely is no longer with us. (He died tragically in a drowning accident when he was just 31,eleven years ago.)
At the end of the song there is even someone in the background who says "Wow!" in amazement, which just shows you how special this performance is. It is simply amazing and so inspiring to see that we, as people,are capable of openning our hearts to that extent - fully and totally.

Even if it were for just a few minutes in my entire life,my dream would be to be able to do this on stage some day.


When I was in London during the summer I went to a brilliant exhibition - "Vilhelm Hammershoi 'The Poetry of Silence'" - at the Royal Academy of Arts. A friend of mine had sent me a post card of one of his painting a few years ago and the image had stayed in my heart. As soon as I arrived in London this summer I saw one of the posters for the exhibition and immediately recognized the painter from that post card although it was a different painting. The friend who had sent that post card kindly invited me to the exhibition and it was absolutely beautiful!

The title of the exhibition "The Poetry of Silence" says it all. Many of the paintings are of his wife in their apartment,although she is almost always only showing her back.The colours are very subdued and the light is always very soft - I guess typical European winter light. But this undercurrent of quiet but deep love between them is always felt,leaving one not feeling loneliness but melancholic. It reminded me of a poem that was quoted in a film which I am still trying to find who wrote it.

"Love dances lost between laughter and tears
With the whirl of Joy
and the embrace of Melancholy"