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if in doubt…

August 2, 2011

Im Zweifel für den Zweifel

Das Zaudern und den Zorn

Im Zweifel fürs Zerreißen

Der eigenen Uniform
Im Zweifel für den Zweifel

Und für die Pubertät

Im Zweifel gegen Zweisamkeit

Und Normativität

Im Zweifel für den Zweifel

Und gegen allen Zwang

im Zweifel für den Teufel

Und den zügellosen Drang
Im Zweifel für die Bitterkeit

Und meine heißen Tränen

Bleiern wird mir meine Zeit

Und doch muss ich erwähnen:

Im Zweifel für Ziellosigkeit

Ihr Menschen, hört mich rufen!

Im Zweifel für Zerwürfnisse

Und für die Zwischenstufen

Im Zweifel für den Zweifel

Das Zaudern und den Zorn

Im Zweifel fürs Zerreißen

Der eigenen Uniform

Im Zweifel für Verzärtelung

Und für meinen Knacks

Für die äußerste Zerbrechlichkeit

Für einen Willen wie aus Wachs
Im Zweifel für die Zwitterwesen

Aus weit entfernten Sphären

Im Zweifel fürs Erzittern

Beim Anblick der Chimären
Im Zweifel für die Bitterkeit

Und meine heißen Tränen

Bleiern wird mir meine Zeit

Mir bleibt noch zu erwähnen:
Im Zweifel für Ziellosigkeit

Ihr Menschen, hört mich rufen!

Im Zweifel für Zerwürfnisse

Und für die Zwischenstufen
Im Zweifel für den Zweifel

Das Zaudern und den Zorn

Im Zweifel fürs Zerreißen

Der eigenen Uniform
Im Zweifel für den Zweifel

Und die Unfassbarkeit

Für die innere Zerknirschung

Wenn man die Zähne zeigt
Im Zweifel fürs Zusammenklappen

Vor gesamtem Saal

Mein Leben wird Zerrüttung

Meine Existenz Skandal
Im Zweifel für die Bitterkeit

Und meine heißen Tränen

Bleiern wird mir meine Zeit

Und doch muss ich erwähnen:
Im Zweifel für Ziellosigkeit

Ihr Menschen, hört mich rufen!

Im Zweifel für Zerwürfnisse

Und für die Zwischenstufen
Im Zweifel für den Zweifel

Das Zaudern und den Zorn

Im Zweifel fürs Zerreißen

Der eigenen Uniform

tocotronic im zweifel für den zweifel
background: tocotronic used to play die grossen weissen vögel (from der abendstern) by ingrid caven after their shows. this did bring some people to listen to ingrid caven and got the attention of the management of ingrid caven. contacts were made and this somehow led to the above video.

der abendstern

July 29, 2011

thinking of ingrid caven‘s record der abendstern i always hear that litte voice in my head saying c’est quand-même très allemand. to say it in english: for me this seems to be her most german record. which has nothing to do with the lyrics being in german. it’s the music.

the music taps deeply into the tradion of german popular song of the 60’s and 70’s. it does border on the cheesy – and that is why i suspect that i hear that french voice, for i believe for a french, or more general, any non-german-speaking listener this record could indeed be mistaken as cheesy.

but then maybe not, because there are certain indications that it has to be listened to differently, the most obvious for any listener being her voice. this voice is just too good. there is a gap between the sweet pleasent- and pleasingness of this music and this strong artistic voice going way beyond of what is expected to sing such songs. suspicion should also arise as by closer listening the music does reveal itself as too clever – there are certain manierisms, there is a certain feeling of too much, of too well done.

then there is the extra-musical context: why would a woman with known association to the cultural avantgarde of germany and france do a record full of songs on the simpler side of german schlager? the answer is easy: she didn’t.

on this record ingrid caven does the same as ringsgwandl does on trulla! trulla!: use the music. use the music to create certain moods, feelings, and memories of germany in the 60’s and 70’s, the bundesrepublik, to support the lyrics. and the lyrics are anything but simple and cheesy.

so it might be not ingrid caven’s most german record, but her most fassbinderian record. as fassbinder captured in his films the atmosphere of the bundesrepublik through the visual, so much that at times one believes to smell it, for the purpose to heighten the impact of his sharp analysis of this germany executed through the script and the dialogues, ingrid caven on der abendstern uses the music to create a germany which tried to hide all the things she sings about.

so i propose you do have a listen for yourself and find out if you can actually smell it. enjoy.

paris 1978

July 20, 2011

au pigall’s (her first record) was the first record i heard by ingrid caven. H played it to me late one night in his high, high, high ceilinged appartment. and yes, that night i also learned that H met brad davis on a train crossing france. a night-train, if i remember correctly. yes, there was envy on my side – although i guess i would have gone for the other one…the facial hair-thing, i know. years later i did spend 2 nights with brad davis in some manner of speaking.

 

i knew of ingrid caven, as C introduced me to daniel schmid’s and rainer werner fassbinder’s work (and the french and the german reiser and so much more…) many years before when i was still in my teens. funny enough C did meet fassbinder in munich when he studied there. contrary to the above story i do not know what “meeting” here meant.

but i have to admit that ingrid caven never fully registered with me. not until i saw her singing brahm’s lullaby in hors saison by daniel schmid. my mother sung it to me, too. giving this, and my liking at the time of exactly these places as shown in the movie (old hotels with many ghosts in the alps) the scene really stuck with me. so this is the moment i became consciously aware of her. and yes, the movie is very beautiful.

as it turned out it was difficult to impossible to find her records. well, it still isn’t easy to find her records as they are all out of print. and over the years ingrid caven somehow disappeared again from my radar….until i found a copy of chambre 1050. and then i had a request for some more caven. yes, this was quite a long time ago. but eventually i got around to ask H for his copy to make rip. funny thing is that not a week later i did find a copy for myself at a local thrift store. to my pleasure this particular streak of luck continued. this just as an outlook of posts to come…

breathless. that’s the word that springs to my mind listening to this record. certain songs leave me breathless. one would expect the singer to become breathless with these songs, but no, it is the listener. so, enjoy a great voice under full control by a great singer on au pigall’s, ripped lovingly from vinyl. fomr H’s copy, of course. take a deep breath and enjoy.

frau fassbinder

August 9, 2007

time for some music. music from frau fassbinder, better known as ingrid caven. she sings smoky chansons in french, english, and german. compared to the other german actresses / singers moving to paris, lotte lenya and marlene dietrich as well as to edith piaf she certainly is a singer not to miss. unfortunately the distribution of her records seems to be good in france – but not so good anywhere else. so here (link killed) you find her record chambre 1050 from 1999.

ingrid caven chambre 1050

i actually wanted to post a live recording, but since H neglects me these days terribly i was unable to get his copy for digitalization.but as a bonus you can listen to an interview with her on german radio inforadio.de from january 2007. yes, it is in german. you can listen, download or read the transcript here:

http://www.inforadio.de/static/dyn2sta_article/329/166329_article.shtml

and here is the official ingrid caven website.