Metal night at “Sing mein Song”: In the sixth episode of the exchange concert, the focus was on the songs by Floor Jansen and her band Nightwish. So it got loud and bad? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that. “To a lot of people, metal music is just bad men with long hair. But metal isn’t just that”, Floor Jansen clarified right at the beginning. Dag-Alexis Kopplin, himself a big metal fan, agreed: “I think this evening is also about showing many people who may have prejudices about metal or don’t know metal at all what a sensitive, delicate, deep and warm music that is.” Metal is not only “therapy” but also “prevention of depression”, the SDP singer was convinced.
For those who aren’t that familiar with the genre: Nightwish were formed in Finland 25 years ago. Floor Jansen, who comes from the Netherlands, joined as a singer in 2012. The band can look back on shows in over 40 countries and had three number one albums in Germany alone. Feeling it was time for something different, Floor Jansen also released her first solo single this year, “Fire”.
“I’ve fallen in love with this song,” said Elif before she performed her interpretation and made Dag-Alexis Kopplin enthusiastic. “It’s not just your voice, Elif, but also how you stand, how you move, your whole charisma,” enthused Kopplin. “You have so much dignity. That’s so diva-like!’. Meanwhile, Lotte did a kind of Billie Eilish version of the Nightwish song “Noise”.
Meanwhile, Clueso took on “Sleeping Sun” and sheepishly added: “I have to apologize a little bit.” After reading the title, he just started to write. “I’m sorry it doesn’t have as much to do with the melody anymore. I understood ‘sing my song’ differently at this point.” But no one took it amiss – on the contrary. His rocking version, reminiscent of Rage Against The Machine, was well received. “You’re the grunge type. Clueso Cobain. Kurt Clueso,” joked Dag-Alexis Kopplin.
Host Johannes Oerding once again caused tears with his version of “While Love Died”, a piece by Jansen’s side project Northward, which is about the end of a relationship. Oerding turned the angry rock song into a reduced ballad that brought tears to Floor Jansen’s eyes. “I felt that way,” she sobbed. With such kind words, Oerding didn’t mind that she had announced him as Johannes Oerdinger before his performance. “A Dutch woman can always say Mr. Oerdinger,” he laughed.
In between, Jansen chatted a bit about her private life: the 41-year-old lives on a farm near Gothenburg with her husband, Sabaton drummer Hannes Van Dahl, and their five-year-old daughter. “It’s quiet at home, lots of nature. I have many animals: three cats, a dog, a horse,” she said. “I need this.”
The most memorable moment of the evening, however, came from Kelvin Jones. The Zimbabwean-British soul singer had chosen “Storytime”, a song about dreams. Before he took the stage, he read his colleagues a passionate text that he had previously written down. “I’ve always dreamed and my parents always told me that all dreams can come true,” he began. But when he was 14 and wanted to become a lawyer, his father told him that as a black man it wasn’t possible. That day he gave up his dream.
“I am so incredibly grateful to be here now. Not just because of me, but because of all the black people I represent. But I’m scared as shit that I’ll let my people down,” the 27-year-old continued. He worries other black people won’t get the kind of opportunity he has. “What I’m saying is, this isn’t about me, it’s about every single black person out there that’s feeling that pressure. That pressure to fit in, to fit in,” Jones continued. “It’s about the dream of being enough as we are. The dream of being normal To be respected.” He considers it a privilege to dream, “but it should be a fundamental right.” Jones ended his emotional plea with the words: “I would say to my 14-year-old I today: Don’t stop dreaming. Dream even bigger!”
After the moving speech, Jones turned the song “Storytime” into a bluesy empowerment anthem including a newly written part in which he rapped: “I will dream when there is no dream left to dream” (in German: “I will dream, even if there is no dream left.”) Floor Jansen then knelt in front of him. “What a speech! It came from the heart,” she gushed. And host Oerding summed it up: “It was one of the craziest, if not the craziest, sermon you’ve seen here.”
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