Sunny Afternoon


And I love to live so pleasantly

Live this life of luxury

Lazing on a sunny afternoon

In the summertime…

— The Kinks (1967)




This is Jochen Hein’s shadow looming over a gathering of frightened empty wine bottles… fairly reminiscent of Max Schreck as Count Orlok… in F.W. Murnau’s expressionist masterpiece “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror” (1922)…






… and here are the corks… oh yes the corks… might just as well show you the corks…






… and the wine list… now this is purely incidental, but if you would like to have a closer look at the paintings on the wall…






Aspiring photographer – – and struggling recording artist Felix Adelmann… in search of the lost chord… out in the studio backyard… while stacks of crates behold his shoes in silent admiration… those uber cool loafersFelix – we’ll miss you…






… still more surreptitious product placement… Alfa hubcap and Gibson guitar…






… Tiger Beer and Orange… … taking it easy in their not quite so uber cool sandals and shirts, watching…






as the handyman fixes a drainpipe with gaffer tape… applying the same acumen and circumspection he’s usually reserved for his painting…







 … another job well done!Yes, the artist’s life is ardent and strenuous… full of privations… a never-ending struggle for truthfulness and authenticity…






Help me, help me, help me sail away,

Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay?

Cause I love to live so pleasantly,

Live this life of luxury,

Lazing on a sunny afternoon.

In the summertime

In the summertime

In the summertime…








Peter Bies © 2009




Thank You For The Music



Basically, it’s human relationships that make a life worth living. 

— Wilhelm von Humbold








Hi Nick!


How’s the old brainbox today, huh?

Functioning properly yet?

Grinding and churning?

Good for you!




So you can be really, really proud of yourself.


I hope you’re feeling better, Nick.

After all, you’re the expert.

Being in the know.

Full of resolve.

As usual.

Now go!


 Indulge in deep and profound communication!


Make proper use of your flat rate!




Make lots of friends!




You gifted expert.


 Expert okay?

I’m just asking…

You understand that, don’t you?


I’m sure you understand that, Nick.


You have no competition.


Not by a long shot, Nick.

Not by a long shot.


For you are a truly unique individual.




I’m sorry – I can’t hear you for any reason.

What did you say?

I can’t hear you.












Abba – Thank You For The Music (1978)




Peter Bies © 2009