Berlin, 2019

A couple of years ago, I got word that a show at Berlin’s historic Friedrichstadt-Palast, VIVID, had licensed “She’s Like the Wind” for a touching and funny scene. Through the office of Sony/ATV, who handled the licensing deal, the producers extended an invitation, saying that if I visited Berlin I’d get a behind-the-scenes tour, meet the creative directors, etc.. I happen to have studied German for six years, and was even an exchange student in Düsseldorf for a few months in high school. I figured I have to go, and stopped in London on the way to and from Berlin. I received the star treatment by Sony/ATV and the show’s creative team, and it was a thrill to hear 2,500 people cheer and clap when my song started.

I stayed half a block from Checkpoint Charlie, and was fascinated by the city. It’s fun and vibrant, but at the same time the museums and monuments are sobering reminders of a very dark history. I was especially moved by the Jewish Museum Berlin, and the photo of the young woman with her bicycle was taken as I was walking to the museum. She caught me, and her look is one of consternation and bemusement. I showed her the picture, she liked it, and said she had no problem with me using it. It’s probably my favorite from Berlin.

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