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My Favorite Songs and the Stories they tell

Music has always been such an important part of my life and I wanted to collect all my favorite songs in one place. Most of them are tied to special memories that would be worth blog posts of their own. As I would not enjoy the process of trying to rate the importance of memories, I decided to stay short in the description and randomized the order in which you see the songs now. I also created a Spotify playlist for it. 

 

 

Love & Relationships

The Neighborhood – Wires
‘Our song’ of me and my favorite ex-boyfriend

Lord Huron – The Night We Met
The soundtrack to a love story of mine that never actually happened

Radical Face – Welcome Home, Son
‘Our song’ of me and an ex-boyfriend that I have no contact with anymore

Wir sind Helden – Ein Elefant für Dich
A song that speaks for my first (honestly a bit co-dependent) long relationship

Wincent Weiss – Hier mit Dir
‘Our song’ of me and a non-ex of mine

Roy Orbinson – I Drove All Night
A song that’s symbolic of the connection with a special person

Cigarettes After Sex – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby
A song that I play very often after having had sex

 

Breakups & Heartache

Blaue Blume – Lovable
A song that taught me to overcome the trauma of a somewhat toxic relationship

RHODES – You and I
A song that made me cry after a non-breakup of mine

Keaton Hanson – Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us
A song that made me cry after a mess-up

Karpatenhund – Notfalls werde ich für immer warten
A song that in many ways describes how my very first ‘boyfriend’ and I didn’t understand each other

Troye Sivan – could cry just thinkin about you
A song that made a non-ex of mine cry

Patrick Wolf – Time of my Life
A song that made me feel less alone after leaving a 7-year relationship

 

 

Friendship

Fever Ray – When I Grow Up
A song that reminds me of my one-month Interrail trip with my former best friend

Casper – Michael X
A song that reminds me of someone who died way too young

Taylor Swift – Invisible String
‘Our song’ of me and my best Berlin friend

David Guetta x Afrojack x Charlie XCX x French Montana – Dirty Sexy Money
‘Our song’ of me and my best Graz’ friend

 

Party & Downtime

Kartoffelsuppe – Grossstadtgeflüster
A song that reminds me of one of my most important and life-changing days ever

Tourist – Kin
The song I always play when the police arrives to bust a party

Alanis Morisette – Ironic
The first song I ever sang at Karaoke

Michael Gray – Weekend
The first ‘techno’ song I remember falling in love with as a child

Röyksopp x Trentemøller – What Else is There
My favorite electronic song I often play when I DJ

The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
The song being played during our nude performance at Tuntenball Graz

 

 

Growth

Josef Salvat – Human
A song that, when I needed it, reminded me of how I am not responsible for anyone else

Josef Salvat – Hustler
A song that speaks to me on more levels than I could even try to describe

Grimes – Delete Forever
A song I was obsessed with when it came out and then learned to play on the guitar

Portishead – The Rip
My overall favorite song that touches me deeply whenever I listen to it

Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong
An important song that helped me get through high school by my favorite band Linkin Park

Jennifer Rostock – Schlaflos Pt. 1, 2 and 3
Incredibly beautiful stories that go deep under the skin

 

Early Memories

Placebo – Black-Eyed
My favorite song from one of my favorite bands that reminded me I didn’t have it so bad

Slut – If I had a Heart
One of the first songs I found that perfectly fits into the kind of dark beauty I enjoy so much

Idlewild – No Emotion
A song I was obsessed with as a child and still am

Björk – Hidden Place
A song that inspired lots of my teenage artwork

Evanescence – My Immortal
A song that not only reminds me of my teenage Emo phase but also about being bullied at the time

Dave Gahan – Kingdom
A song that inspired one of the few songs I ever recorded myself and later recut and used for my short film Fractures

 

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Compulsive nonconformist who left the 9-to-5 world after studying psychology and has since then devoted himself to design and writing on a freelance basis. Has at least four different kinds of chips at home at any given time.

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