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I first illuminated this woman in the Menopausebarbee Monday Spotlight on October 17, 2011.
Today I’d like to update that post. She only gets better with time.
I, along with some other friends accompanied her to Paris this last weekend for the opening to her solo exhibition and mini concert:
in the series Portrait of Artists —
Amy Antin, New Works,
Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre
10 rue des Beaux-Arts
It was really something special to watch her perform her own songs while observing her audience listening and admiring her art work.
The exhibit will run until Sept 27, 2014.
Congratulations again Ames. Well done!
This Menopausebarbee Monday, I’d like to introduce you all to Amy Antin.
As you will read here, Amy, a former teacher is an accomplished author, writer, singer, painter and musician. Originally from New York, she has resided here in Cologne for nearly two decades and has successfully put her mark on the city. She is at once a gracious and humble woman. When she says, “How ya’ doin’ Trae?” I know she means it. I am proud to call her my friend.
Amy Antin was born in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and having completed a Ph.D. in literature (her dissertation was on the French critic, Roland Barthes) and taught literature for two years at New York University, she then took off to Cologne, Germany, to finally do what she always wanted to do, –live for and from her music, and write songs and sing them. Parallel, she painted, and today she is not only the author and lyricist of over 600 songs, but is a highly prolific and successful painter. Recording artist with Herzog Records, Hamburg (her album “Heart of Clay” is available through Amazon.de), she performs her music either solo with guitar (three concerts with literary expert Elke Heidenreich), or with her “trio”, bassist Bernd Keul and drummer Philipp Imdahl. The trio features two distinct programs, one of songs based on visual art and artists (her Rothko Cycle is the most known of these)and the other on themes such as life, love and the pursuit of an apartment in Cologne (Küche, Diele, Bad”), where she has hung her hat now for almost 20 years.
A Cologne institution in the singer/songwriter scene, her work is most known in the prominent Cologne venue, ‘Stadtgarten’, where she has both performed in countless concerts and hosted a concert series called ‘Amy Antin’s Room’ which then evolved into ‘Amy Antin’s Room for Peace’, now going into its 11th year.
A mini-festival of sorts, ‘Room for Peace’ concerts feature fifteen to twenty other performers and musicians who generously perform for free. All proceeds of this yearly event are donated to various charitable organizations. ‘Room for Peace’ has supported Aladdin’s Children, an organization responsible for building and maintaining a children’s hospital in Afghanistan; Alzheimer-Selbsthilfe Köln, e.V.; as well as medica mondiale, e.V., Cologne, to support a program to aid women and children in Ruanda who, due to the violent civil war of 1994, were victims of rape and abuse.
I asked ‘Ames’ how she felt at this stage of her life being in the menopausebearbees club and what lessons she’s learned along the way that she would like to share. I also asked her to offer up her feelings on her ‘baby’ ‘Room for Peace’. Here’s what she said:
“What I’ve learned over the years is gratitude. I’m grateful to still be here. What I’ve also learned is that it helps to hook up my expectations with my reality, not expect more than I can accomplish, and try to feel satisfied with what I have and what’s been given. Oh, and breathe. Breathing is very, very important. Balance, too. And tenderness. Tenderness is the part that makes it beautiful.
‘Room for Peace’ grew out of ‘Amy Antin’s Room’, a monthly concert series in the Stadtgarten, here in Cologne. I’ve always thought the world needed more peace. Singer-songwriters like my colleagues and I need to feel our songs are heard, it provides us with a sense of fulfilment and joy. So this yearly benefit concert provides a ‘room’ for all that. A sort of contemporary mini-Woodstock. For me, the work I do, whether it’s directing and performing in ‘Room for Peace’, my own concerts, or painting or writing– these are all forms of that gratitude I was talking about. And the music itself– that’s the tenderness. This amazes me every time, how songs can give so much to others.
And last but not least, let’s not forget love and friendship. These are what you remember always. Even more than music and all the arts, it’s the love you take with you.
Love you, Trae, Ames”
Love you too Ames.