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If my web site looks crap...

... try deleting the "s" after "http" from the URL. That is try using http://bernd-harmsen.com instead of https://bernd-harmsen.com.

Okay, I'm bone-lazy. I've thought about changing my web site since ages. My entries hardly deal with the lyrics writing process anymore so the title does not fit any longer. I had said all there is to say about lyrics writing from my point of view and begun repeating myself. Now, what I'm doing most of the time is publishing my latest completed lyrics, or trying to promote my music. Therefore, I guess I should adapt the site accordingly. And, obviously, modernize its look since the old fashioned "serendipity" template doesn't work properly with the now encrypted standard protocol https instead of http (not, that I will ever understand why all that banalities on the web need to be encrypted).

I'll keep it in mind. But I will take my time. Writing new lyrics and music is more fun than tinkering about with my web site.

Cheers!

Spotify, iTunes,Youtube, Amazon... It's out there!

Rock-hard & Soul is 'out there'. You can stream the songs on Spotify or iTunes (and many other portals), or buy it from Amazon or CD-Baby.

To give you an idea how much money an 'artist' (including all the other people or the label involved) 'makes' from streams and sales per song:

CD-Baby - $0.90 (download)
Amazon - $0.80 (download)

Spotify - $0.002
iTunes - $0.001
Youtube - $0.001
Facebook - $0.000

On average, you need 1,000 streams to earn one dollar. My first four 'albums' made $3.50 (that I won't ever see in my pocket because transferring the money would cost more than that). Should you actually like a particular song maybe you should consider buying a download. Thank you and

Rock on!

10 days countdown: rock-hard & soul

September 1st. is the official release date for my 5th digital 'album', "rock-hard & soul". Two songs will be available before that date: the rock version of "cold as the mountains" (only on Spotify; but I also already published an acoustic version in my series "Folk Bernd live at home" on Youtube), and "rock the boat" (on several other portals).

Here is the acoustic version of cold as the mountains (on Youtube)

don't cross the line

I sang it this morning. While doing so I decided that less is more. Longer rests in the vocal line did seem to do the song good, so I deleted nine lines of text and added three words - "but I believe..." - in the repeated part (sort of a refrain, but since it is Blues...). The result reads like this:


I don't know what will come to pass
I don't know if our love can last
thoughts of vengeance, bitter feelings
frenzied raging, your head reeling
sure, that I am the one to blame
I was shameless, you are blameless
but I believe we can be fine
if you don't
cross the line

it was not such a big affair
we just enjoyed some hours we shared
maybe I was in a muddle
needed solace, a little cuddle
what do you want? what can I say?
I'm repenting, you're resenting
but I believe we can be fine
if you don't
cross the line

I understand that you are stirred
I understand that you feel hurt
what we're feeling, what we're having
lies worlds apart from my brief fling
let's talk a bit, let's have a drink
let's get tipsy, let's get cozy
'cause I believe we can be fine
if you don't
cross the line