Looking back, with my eyes closed, I have had 3 major inspirational influences in my life, which means that inside my head you can find 3 fairly large chunks of information from all three of them.
Steffen Brandt‘s lyrics guided me through life in Denmark and they became the basis of my Danish vocabulary. His philosophy about life – seize the day – live your life before it’s over – live your dreams – has definitely had its effect on my life as well. I think it is safe to say that however sad it was to leave him and his music behind in Denmark he more or less pushed me to London as I could see I had to live my dreams. I still listen to their music often but there now is a distance to the language which no longer feels that natural anymore.
Not surprisingly Bill Nighy is the second one, still very much present. If Steffen Brandt pushed me too London, he was metaphorically standing at the other side of the water pulling me over. If my Danish consists of quotes from TV-2 songs, my English is filled with all possible quotes from films he has been in. He made me realize how cool Brits really were, how I loved the English language, he gave acting a whole new meaning and became the force to get me to give screen writing a go in the first place. Not bad.
The third one however goes quite a bit longer back.
When I was a teenager (gosh that sounds as if I am about to retire!) I was a major fan of The Police. I had a ring band with all their lyrics in it, and knew every single song. When on high school there was another girl in my class who was just as big a fan, and we had invented a game. We would pick a song and turn that song into a drawing, handing it over for the other to guess which song it was. It was big fun. I also wrote a limerick about them which got selected and read in the Dutch radio show De Avondspits (website in Dutch only) in the pop limerick section of the program. I never really fancied Sting but I respected him as a song writer . I did manage to see Sting live once, in the Ahoy in Rotterdam, but I somehow never managed to see The Police, who really were my musical heroes at that time, play.
When I heard they were getting back together to go on tour again I thought it was about time I did something about that, here was the chance to catch up on my past. I have to admit that on the newly released pictures Sting still looks the same, but Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers certainly look quite a bit older! I managed to get a ticket for the 9th of September, they play the Twickenham stadium in London.
There is one thing that annoys me a bit though. If you thought that Sting was a man of principles, think again. Looking at the ticket prices for their concerts, I’d say his principles are clear – and they have everything to do with shoving in loads of money.
But OK, I simply have to see them live, just to be able to tick that off my long to-do-in-life list.
It’s surprisingly becoming a year of concerts, just when I thought I was more or less through with that. Bob Dylan, Tina Dickow, The Police are all lined up and tonight it is time for AIR in Kentish Town.
Have you had any major inspirational figures in your life? And if so who were they?