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January 18, 2022
Historic Moods by Horst Grabosch is a compilation of songs that take up historical events and comment on them in the style of the period.
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The series of productions on which this compilation is based were virtually born out of necessity. I intended to produce a song on the occasion of Christmas 2020. But it was not to be one of the usual Christmas songs. “Silent night, holy night” has always been my favourite Christmas song. It took me back to my childhood. So I started working on an unusual version of this song.

This words are from the first track “Introduction to Compilation Historic Moods”. Read more in “Making of”.

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The series of productions on which this compilation is based were virtually born out of necessity. I intended to produce a song on the occasion of Christmas 2020. But it was not to be one of the usual Christmas songs. “Silent night, holy night” has always been my favourite Christmas song. It took me back to my childhood. So I started working on an unusual version of this song. As is actually always the case in my creative processes, I let the universe carry on the work. Surprisingly, the universe mixed the beginning of “Silent Night, Holy Night” with a song that was sung to me at my bedside as a child, namely the “Lullaby” by Johannes Brahms, to a text by Clemens Brentano. I remembered that the line: “”Tomorrow morning, God willing, you will be awakened again,” had always shaken me very much. It wasn’t death, which I wasn’t even aware of at the time, but just the fact that something can go either way. It’s called ambivalence, and the knowledge of ambivalence became one of my significant traits.

In the end, I gave the song a title to balance out the maudlinness. The idea for a series of songs that treat events and musical styles during my lifetime like a documentary grew out of that title. Now the series is available here as a compilation.

Of course, ambivalence also pervades this series of songs. Events and musical styles alternate as the occasion, and the documentation of the styles is anything but stylistic. That’s just the way it is with me. The call for consistency produces fierce defensive reactions in me. In the meantime, however, I also consider it nonsense, even harmful in terms of a free coexistence in colourful diversity. I would prefer responsibility as a maxim. “Heroicplus Audiofile Greenpeace 1971” marks the 50th anniversary of Greenpeace, and is stylistically vague. 

The following three titles are dedicated to the musical styles of reggae, disco and metal. This was the way the series was actually planned, but things turned out a little differently. Of course, purists will again have their hair stand on end, but I don’t care – I had my fun.

My review inevitably had to end with “Powerplus Audiofile Metal 1991”, because at that time I had to give up my job as a musician after a brilliant burnout. Due to enormous problems with my damaged hearing and a nerve-killing tinnitus, I listened to almost no music at all for about 20 years. So there are no musical influences from that time. I made a virtue out of necessity and went back to events that were important to me for the years 2001 to 2021. Of course, Corona was such an event in 2021. For 2001, Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey” from 1968 was a suitable occasion, and for 2011 I was able to fall back on recordings by my son, who more or less stood in for me during the musicless time.

With Ambitionplus Audiofile Spotify 2011, the series was more or less complete, but intuitively I was urged to look into the future. For this, I worked up a draft from my experimental box in the song “Abstractplus Audiofile Future 2071”.

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