I haven’t been able to watch television for the past 4 years or so, which is exactly when I started writing pop songs…no coincidence.
It seems that TV stimulation somehow interferes with my ability to compose music.
But I used to watch TV – documentaries about the second world war, cooking shows and an occasional trending series.
I don’t miss it but I don’t rule out that I will feel like watching again.
When I became passionate about reading as a child, I began with horror and murder mystery novels. As I entered my teens and twenties I tended towards more literature, poetic or philosophical books (Kerouac, Sartre, Shakespeare, Hume, Tolstoy, Hemingway), with an occasional novel from time to time.
Recently I read books as research and to learn. This started with cookbooks and health and fitness books, followed by mathematical books and now music mixing and mastering how-to books. Basically, I discover that I lack knowledge somewhere and I then research books that will help me reach the answers I am seeking. So far this has always worked.
A small selection of my favourite novels: “Salem’s Lot”, Stephen King; “On The Road”, Jack Kerouac; “Trustee From the Toolroom”, Nevil Shute; and “Tagebuch einer Berghebamme”, Roswitha Gruber (“Memoirs of a Mountain Midwife”).
The same goes for films as for TV – I can’t watch any.
But, I consumed films for years and years. I loved looking for underground films but also thoroughly enjoyed popular Hollywood films.
My favourite film of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, by Frank Capra, which I have loved since I was a child and makes me cry tears of happiness every time I watch it. It is a great lesson to not put too much value on money.
A more recent film that had me very impressed is “Inception” by Christopher Nolan.
I enjoyed “Trois couleurs” by Krzysztof Kieslowski and the experimentation of “Memento”, by Christopher Nolan. I have seen most movies by Joel and Ethan Coen and really enjoy them.
I love so much music – I listen to classical, jazz and pop/rock/alternative music on a regular basis. I am a musician – a composer and a performer and more recently a recording non-expert and a mixing non-engineer.
Classically, my absolute favourite pieces of music are Beethoven’s late string quartets, especially Opus 131 in c# minor.
Jazz-wise…Coltrane and Mingus move me over and over. “Olé” by John Coltrane is one of my favourites, as is “Mingus Live at the Bohemia” by Charles Mingus.
“The White Album” by The Beatles is such a wonderful collage that has pleased my ears on so many occasions that I almost cannot listen to it anymore and the chord world of The Doors is blissful.
“Blood Sugar Sex Magic” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an album I find brilliant, as is “The Beekeeper” by Tori Amos. I cannot forget to mention “Check Your Head” by The Beastie Boys – another favourite album.
Put me anywhere in Holland and I am happy; Burgundy, France, San Francisco and San Diego, California; New York, NY.
Munich, Germany is my home base and it still feels a little like vacation here, even though I have been here 11 years.
I eat what I need, no more, no less.
I drink black coffee and Spanish white wine, with water in between.
Pawel Kuczynski whom I discovered on Instagram (@pawel_kuczynski1), MC Escher, Mondriaan, Picasso, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Munch, Monet. I love visual expression that moves me. All of these artists do that.
“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” William Shakespeare
Elizabeth Everts was born and raised in California and currently lives in Munich, Germany. Her energetic and dynamic songs, honest voice and soft lyrical touch culminate to achieve an intimacy in her music.
Her voice has been called “haunting and beautiful”.
Her first album, “Obstruction Destruction”, was released in 2017, followed closely by the release of an EP entitled “EEEEP”.
In 2018 Elizabeth released a series of singles followed by her most professionally produced and musically daring release yet, the EP “Contraband”, which was released in May of 2019. She is currently working on a second album.
For Elizabeth, songwriting is a necessity, an expression and an attempt to evoke affinity in listeners.