Gosh, this isn’t a positive statement, but it’s nonetheless poetry. Normally I’m not a fan op poetry and I don’t have much understanding of it. In the past I thought the words had to rhyme, but that seemed to be a misunderstanding. Someone explained to me that the reader had to made his own interpretation of the words written and I thought Why writing something what nobody understands and not just telling what you want to say. Forgive me my rudeness at this point. Then somebody else explained to me that poetry is all about the feeling you have when you read it. No matter if you can explain the feeling or not. OK, this was a plain explanation. I feel nothing at all, except terribly bored, by reading 99% of the poetry I was asked to read. I think that makes me the wrong candidate to ask for an opinion. We could have a very long discussion here about what is poetry and what is not. To make it easier I would say it’s in the eyes of the beholder.
Poetry I like, and this sounds very hypocrite after my statement above, are the lyrics of the German Metal Band Rammstein. A fact that makes my family frown in disgust. I don’t understand that, but the good new is that I don’t have to understand everything. Also, I don’t understand what’s the message behind their songs. Lead singer Till Lindermann states: To explain the lyrics would be to take away the whole attraction and afterwards perhaps the fans would even be disappointed. I would rather leave things in this area untouched so that everyone can bring their own interpretation and their own feeling to it.
Again, it’s all about the feeling you have. I can’t explain why I like it and there is no need to do so either. There is no need to analyze and explain all our feelings.
In 2002 I was at a Rammstein concert, when they were the closing act of the biggest Dutch Pop/Rock festival Pinkpop. Together with my friends I stayed on a save distance at a beer stand. It was amazing to see their pyrotechnical show. I thought that it wouldn’t take long and the whole stage would be on fire, but luckily no accident happened.
My favorite song of Rammstein is Mutter (Mother) the title song of one of their albums. I just like it. Maybe it’s the guitar riff in the end. I don’t know exactly but it has absolute nothing to do with my feeling about my own mother. For a while I was thinking about putting an English translation on this blog, but after surfing on Youtube today, I found something better: The video with English subtitles.
Enjoy! Here it is:
As always please don’t hesitate to comment and tell me if I made some ugly typos or if you think that my English sucks. I love to learn from you.
Until next time!