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Music — this thing that is as much part of our life as it shapes it. Whether we’re going through the perks of early mornings or in search of the perfect catalyst to get a party started, we all have a mental playlist for specific memories and moments. This month we asked all-around artist Hanne Louisia to take some time to reflect on moments in life and the music that completed them.
This song played at a moment in which I felt both free and restless, as if everything that was fixed or for sure at that time just disappeared in that specific moment. Every time I listen to this song, I feel like celebrating the nowness by dancing in a way that makes it look as if my body is being cradled by the song.
Contemporary pop culture and how people such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga etc. profile themselves, interests me a lot. Miley Cyrus is someone who I find endlessly inspiring and surprising. Not only the songs, but also her looks, interviews, social media, videoclips… On the one hand she is this very flux person, constantly changing identity, but on the other hand she always stays Miley Cyrus. I am in love with her album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. As she speaks about a lot of personal things, uses different personas, different genres and influences.
Of course I couldn’t leave out a song from the album Psycho Tropical Berlin by La Femme. It is my favorite song to listen to in the car. It gives me so much energy and makes me want to move and dance wildly while sitting in the car seat. Especially at night, when you only see the white stripes on the highway passing by as a visual metronome for the song.
Because I think The Velvet Underground & Nico is, both musically and in terms of content, one of the most interesting albums ever made. The people that I am close with or who love(d) me, very often kind of hate me for acting like an egocentric bitch sometimes. The last person with whom I’ve had a discussion about this started laughing when in the middle of our chat this song came on the radio. He said that he would make sure it would be played at my funeral. I don’t know if I have to hate or love that idea, but maybe that’s what it’s all about.
I love the artificial, almost mechanical sound of her music. It causes a variety of reactions, negative and positive, and it is not clear if she’s making a parody of pop music or if it’s something completely new. For me, it’s all about identity and about who she is in this world. I feel as if Sophie is brutally soft, both vulnerable and strong, real and artificial, open and mysterious. It gives me courage to think beyond the conventional of what for example art or music should be.
Because wherever Christine is playing it feels as if every little action turns into a moment.