Choice between what?

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March 8, 2022

Choice

Of course, we condemn the war in Ukraine, but what choice do we have after that?

Yes, the war in Ukraine is terrible. Just as terrible as the war in Yugoslavia, the war in Syria and hundreds of wars before. After the horror comes the analysis, and this is where it gets complicated. Of course, one can say that Putin has gone mad, and that almost the whole world condemns the attack – see UN resolutions. But this is only half the truth.

If we approach the problem analytically, we will find the cause of Putin’s insane decisions in the collapse of the Soviet Union. That collapsed because of glaring economic weakness. Most people were in a very bad way and hoped for improvement in the independence of their peoples with a turn to democracy and capitalism as an alternative to failed communism. Now they are waiting for the improvement. How long are we going to make them wait? They have been waiting for 30 years. Another 20 or 100 years – forever?

Democracy lives on the possibility of each individual to live his life with dignity and beyond poverty. This is true not only for the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, but also for Africa and many other regions. If the so-called free world does not manage this, there will be more wars – until nuclear showdown. We have to understand these connections.

Russia in the person of Putin wants to return to being a world power. Why is he now not attacking Central Asia (which he already tried to do in the Caucasus war, for example), but Ukraine? Because Central Asia can wait. The people there are still doing badly and Russia has good prospects that the republics will fall voluntarily into Russia’s arms again! Most people in Ukraine, however, have chosen democracy and capitalism completely voluntarily – and their living conditions have actually improved because of their proximity to Europe. So the danger is that democracy and capitalism guarantee a better life. Putin, of course, cannot let that stand – and neither can China.

China has chosen a path that has mixed two worlds. On the one hand, the communist power apparatus, and on the other, economic freedoms. So far, this path is proving extremely successful – at the expense of the people’s personal freedom.

Unfortunately, capitalism in its ugliest form also shows the division of the population into very rich and very poor people. This can be observed even in the seemingly consolidated capitalist democracies. Trump has clearly demonstrated the explosives contained therein. So democracy will never win the final victory, and we would have to keep waiting for the nuclear showdown.

I’m sitting here in my mini-studio right now, desperately fighting for my personal economic survival as a music producer. A prime example for many people in capitalist democracies. Yes, I have been busy! An extensive academic music education was followed by many grueling years on the stages of this world – until burnout. After that the struggle for life continued. New profession – new happiness – until the next burnout. Now I try to supplement my pension with music production.

Yes, I can express my opinion freely. No bombs fall on my head and I have enough to eat. So am I doing well? No, because as an experienced artist in the music business I experience again how economic power drastically restricts my personal development. So-called gatekeepers want to take the last shirt off my back before my productions can even reach the ear of a listener. This is what competition looks like in capitalism.

The progressive privatization (capitalization) of the cultural landscape means that today, more than ever, the following applies to artists: “No chance on the market without financial investment“. It may sound like complaining on a high level to many, but as Ovid already said: „Resist the beginnings“. This kind of freedom will never reach the hearts of the people. If the majority of the population is excluded from personal and economic growth due to a lack of financial power, it will soon become bleak. Then we will only have the choice between plague and cholera.

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My name is Horst Grabosch and I am the mastermind of all projects presented on this website.

I was born in the largest coal mining area in Germany, known as the “Ruhrgebiet”. After school I worked as a professional musician until I was 40 years old. This time is well documented on WIKIPEDIA

After a burnout I had to give up my job, moved to the south of Germany, to the Munich region, and did an apprenticeship as an information technologist.

Another burnout forced me to rebuild my existence again, which collapsed just because of the corona crisis. In expectation of poverty at retirement age, I began to build a second career as a musician in 2019.

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Die Geschichte von Oberförster Karl-Heinz Flinte - Horst Grabosch

Die Geschichte von Oberförster Karl-Heinz Flinte

A new story by Horst Grabosch from the “Heroes of Work” series. This time the focus is on the profession of forester. Of course, Karl-Heinz Flinte does not fit the stereotype of a forester. On the cover, he looks more like a climate activist. But that is exactly Grabosch’s twist. The three episodes reveal the diversity of the activity. Flinte also occasionally shoots a boar when necessary, but he also suffers with the weakened trees and cares for the forest’s human visitors – after all, that’s what he’s paid to do. Just as with his music, he sits between all chairs, but the chairs always represent only a limited view. Grabosch always chooses individual themes and musical genres for a song, but in the process they form a whole picture over time. This picture is irritatingly diverse in terms of pattern formation. Perhaps this is precisely how Grabosch demonstrates our general lack of acceptance of the complexity of the world. But he always keeps his humorous wink.

Die Geschichte von Bademeister Adelwart - Horst Grabosch

Die Geschichte von Bademeister Adelwart

With the story of pool attendant Adelwart, Horst Grabosch presents the second release from the series “Heroes of Work”. With three episodes in this maxi-single he pays tribute to people who daily make their peaceful contribution to the functioning of our world. All three contributions of German poetry and musical eclecticism have the same jazzy base and vary in the small poems in German that form the song lyrics and in the soloistic elements. We are once again surprised by the variety of styles in Grabosch’s songs. There is jazz in this song and the jazz trumpeter, who was internationally successful many years ago, shows how to integrate styles when you have practiced them yourself.

Die Geschichte von Krankenschwester Hildegard - Horst Grabosch

Die Geschichte von Krankenschwester Hildegard

With the story of Nurse Hildegard, Horst Grabosch opens a new box of his imagination. With three episodes in this maxi-single, he pays tribute not only to professions that are socially important, but even more to the people who daily make their peaceful contribution to the functioning of our world. All three musical pieces have the same musical base and vary in the small poems in German that make up the lyrics of the song and in the solo elements. Other tributes to other professions have been announced. The series is entitled Heroes of Work. We are looking forward to more humorous episodes with new musical styles, as we are used to from the eclectic Grabosch.

Der Preis des Wollens - Horst Grabosch

Der Preis des Wollens

This downtempo track sets to music the poem of the same name, which deals with peace of mind. The academically trained musician speaks the text himself over a charming chord progression and poetic electronic sounds. Sophisticated but pleasing “Deutsche Poesie”.

LUST - Horst Grabosch

LUST

Quite a thick one! Horst Grabosch doesn’t leave it at a music album, but writes a book to it – unfortunately in German. But we have to accept that, because it is his native language. We already know the music from the singles, but it is so catchy and profound that you can listen to it more often. The book should increase the pleasure even more, because it describes thoughts and feelings about each title. Therefore, we think the title “LUST” is quite appropriate.

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