Actors having bands is nothing new. And who can blame them? Everyone secretly wants to be a rock star. Prominent German actor Tom Schilling is no different. The popular actor has a band: they are called Tom Schilling & The Jazz Kids. Just last week the group released their debut album Vilnius. And in May they’ll be hitting the road and paying their dues with plenty of live shows. Let’s get to know this new band and practice German language skills with music. This month’s German language music act is Tom Schilling & The Jazz Kids!
We’ve all seen the talent shows on television where singers compete to be their country’s next big star. But even if you don’t end up winning the show, the exposure can be enough to propel your career. Take Max Giesinger, for example. The smooth and soulful pop singer only finished fourth in the debut season of The Voice of Germany. But he’s won plenty of awards and his songs have been in the music charts of the German-speaking world. Practice your German language skills and sing along with this month’s German music recommendation for German language learners: Max Giesinger!
Punk rockers Die Ärzte have been known to call themselves the best band in Berlin and the best band in the world. While they might not be as well known internationally as their peers Die Toten Hosen, Die Ärzte have played an important part in the German punk scene. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of punk rock or not, check out Die Ärzte — this month’s music recommendation for German language learners.
Using music to learn the German language can be a great tool but it is not always easy. Sometimes it can difficult enough to make out the lyrics of songs in your own language. Recognizing the lyrics of a German song? It can be a whole other challenge. But with legendary German electronic music band Kraftwerk the challenge is not so great. With clearly delivered lyrics, catchy rhythms and songs that aren’t too quick, Kraftwerk are actually a great way to learn and practice the German language.
Whether you’re in the car driving, working out or just hanging out at home, music is the soundtrack of our lives. That’s why each month I feature a different musician or band whose German language music will excite and educate you. There’s no better way to learn German than to not feel like you’re learning German. The best part about music is that there is always something for everything. From hip hoppers like KIZ to Wien rock’n’roller Voodoo Jürgens.
Looking for some festive music for your holiday party? Or just some tunes to listen to while you wrap gifts? Perhaps you just want to put on some music and get into the Christmas spirit? The reason doesn’t matter. But now isn’t the time to slack off with your German language practice. May your days be merry and bright with these German Christmas songs! Learn the carols and make new traditions and memories that will last a lifetime! Here is ten of the most popular and beloved German Christmas songs.
For those of us who aren’t fluent in German, sometimes you need a good challenge. A good kick in the pants, so to speak. Vienna’s Voodoo Jürgens is just that challenge. It’s like the days before digital, when you sat down with your liner notes (whether vinyl or CD) and poured over the lyrics. But instead of deciphering the lyrics of your childhood, sometimes you just have to translate Wienerisch, the Viennese German dialect to Hochdeutsch.
Or, you can simply enjoy good music because it’s good.
There seems to be no shortage of young bands making music in the German language right now. In Austria, Bilderbuch and Wanda are attracting attention. Elsewhere Kraftklub and KIZ continue to keep things fresh from the German perspective. While there is still the notion you won’t be “successful” (whatever that means) unless you write and sing in English, the German/Austrian/Swiss music scene is hot. And good for them! (And us, as German language learners!) This month’s featured German language music act are Berlin-based indie band Von Wegen Lisbeth.
There is a German language music revolution happening but it isn’t in Germany. Just south of the border in Austria, the pop bands performing music in the German language just keep coming. Graz based Granada are one of the newer bands in the Austrian music scene. The five-piece have only just released their self-titled debut album. Get in on the ground floor, so to speak. This month’s featured German language music recommendation is Granada!
Squeaky-clean, conservative and religious, American singer Pat Boone left more than a few scratching their heads in 1997 when he released In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy. The album saw Boone covering hard rock and metal hits like Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Deep Purple. As if that wasn’t enough, the conservative and religious singer made appearances to promote the album in all-leather outfits, including a dog collar choker necklace. He was 63 years old.
Compare this with German Schlager and traditional singer Heino‘s appeal to a younger audience. In 2013, the then 75 year old Heino released Mit freundlichen Grüßen, a covers album that saw him doing versions of Sportfreunde Stiller, Rammstein and Die Fantastischen Vier, among others. The album went to number one in the German charts. Despite being one of Germany’s best selling singers for nearly five decades, this was his first number one album that went platinum.
Admittedly, Heino’s traditional tastes in music might not appeal to everyone. But, for German learners his style of clearly enunciated vocals is ideal. That’s why this month’s featured German language music recommendation is Heino.