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Here is another tip - this time for our music lovers - from our beloved teacher Nico. Nicolas is currently teaching our A1.1 intenisve course and our B1.1 evening course. With Nico's wonderful Spotify playlist, we can turn our homes into a dance floor and dance ourselves to ecstasy with some rocking' German music:
Hello Transmittis! Here is your Nico. Soon it's "Nikolaustag" (06.12.), but I already have a little present for you: A Spotify-Playlist with songs and instrumental pieces that have a "German connection". A colourful mix to relax, dance or scratch your head. Have fun! :)
We absolutely love your idea! Thank you, dear Nicolas, for sharing your list with us. We would like to ask you a few more questions about this project:
Transmitter: How did you get the idea for the playlist?
Nico: Since I have been teaching German as a foreign language, I am also interested in what the course participants know about music from Germany. My parents come from Poland and have a close relationship with music. My father listened to German classical music as well as experimental jazz and funk. My mother listened to the Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand and Tina Turner. A totally interesting and inspiring mix, but there was little German influence. When I ask in a course which singers or bands they know from Germany, they usually just say "Nena" or "Cro". That's not a bad result, but nevertheless the German music scene has more to offer, right? At least that's what I thought and that's how I started my own research for great songs and songs that have a relationship to Germany.
Transmitter: Since when does the list exist?
Nico: "Nicos Schlager" has been around since August 2020 and currently has 27 titles.
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Transmitter: What is your favourite song on the list?
Nico: That is a trick question!
Transmitter: Can we sent song suggestions, too?
Nico: Sure. But that does not mean that the song would end up on the list :) Before Corona I once played in the Berlin club "Schwuz" and one person came from the dance floor to the DJ desk with their smartphone. They showed me on the display a song from RuPaul that they wanted to jam to. What a coincidence! That was also the next song on my setlist. When I played the song, suddenly several people with their smartphones came up and waved their song request in my face. 80% were Rihanna songs that I really didn't want to play. This was an interesting and important experience for me.
Transmitter: How do you choose your songs?
Nico: It's very simple: If I have a smile on my face while listening, everything is fine. 😊
Have fun dancing and singing along! <3