I’ve been inspired by some friends who are doing a “Song of the Day” blog since January. While I couldn’t keep that up for a whole year, I thought I could at least do it once a month and try to relate it to our expat life or travels. So here goes… I’m already a late with the first post, but let’s start with February anyway.
Song: Das Rote Pferd by Markus Becker
Why: There are so many differences between skiing in the US and Europe. If someone accidentally steps on your skis in the US, you at least get a “sorry”. Here you can’t avoid it with the pushing crowds, so no one even acknowledges it. That aside, one of my favorite things in Austria is “Apres Ski”. After long hours on the pistes working up a thirst, the bars at the bottom are ready, pumping out loud music and serving up drinks. Your experience isn’t complete until you’ve seen people dancing the night away in ski boots (or been one of them).
Now about the music… most of it is “Euro Thump Thump” (my thanks to a friend who coined this term) with crazy lyrics set to a fast bass beat. Mixed in are some Top 40, Oldies, and sometimes even some 80′s Metal for good measure. Usually the “classic” songs are in German, but many have some “la la la la” parts so that everyone can sing along, even if they don’t speak the language. This one is a few years old, but a perfect example… just google for a listen or search for “apres ski musik” to find some other equally silly songs. .
I’ll be back soon with March’s song… In the meantime, here’s my view from a lounger at the top of Nassfeld last week.