Emily’s Playlist: Bands I saw in Europe
In 2015, I moved back to the US after more than five years of living in Germany. It’s very hard for me to put into words how those five years changed and shaped me as a person. I went from initially feeling like I was there on vacation, with constant parties and weekend getaways throughout Europe, to ultimately feeling like it was my home (with the normal day-to-day bills and responsibilities). I moved to Germany on my own with four suitcases and I moved back to the US with my husband, a baby girl, a dog and a 42-ft shipping container filled with furniture and personal items.
For me, there’s nothing that can transport me back to a moment in time the way that music can. Hearing certain songs triggers something in my brain that brings me back to a time from the past. The music that I listened to while living in Germany does that for me today. I’d like to share with you some of my favorite songs from the bands I saw while abroad.
Within two weeks of my arrival in 2010, a coworker and I went to go see Lady Gaga. I was shocked that we were able to get tickets. In New York City, it was nearly impossible to get tickets to such a big name musician!
My husband and I met thanks to Arcade Fire. We were a part of an expat list-serve that planned events for expats. He emailed the group letting everyone know that Arcade Fire was coming to town. That set off an exchange of emails between the two of us, and then a meeting at an Irish Pub to discuss music further.
Two weeks after my daughter was born, we got a babysitter and went to see Ed Sheehan. We were so excited and proud of ourselves for finally getting out of the house. We had tickets for the standing floor, however, and I quickly found out that standing through a 3-hour concert was not something that I was able to do two-weeks post-partum. I spent most of the concert sitting on the dirty, beer-stained floor, but I still have fond memories of the concert.
On our very last night in Germany, before moving to San Francisco, we saw U2. It seemed odd to close our German chapter watching an Irish band, but Bono (cliche as it may be) does a great job of reminding you how small the world is and how we’re all connected in a rally for world peace.
Emily’s Playlist of the Week
Below is this week’s playlist, made up of my 5 favorite songs from some of the bands I saw during my time in Europe.
Monday: “I and Love and You” by The Avett Brothers.
Tuesday: “When Your Mind’s Made Up” by Glen Hansard
Wednesday: “Neighborhood #1” by Arcade Fire
Thursday: “Hey Ho” by The Lumineers
Friday: “We Are Young” by Fun
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