Quickly done. Sorry for any grammar errors. I'll fix them later. Remember, I'm no professional - just a fan! :3
Frau Kerner, a friend of ours dreams of being able to go to a Nena-concert with her daughter someday. The little one will be old enough in 2016. Would you still be on Tour then?
Nena: "No clue. I can't think so far ahead. I am happy, that I still may perform and people come at all. I don't take it for granted."
Do you think of quitting?
Nena: "I've thought of quitting my entire life. Even at my first concert in 1978, I thought shortly before the appearance that I didn't want to do it anymore."
Does that sometimes happen today?
Nena: "Yes, certainly. That's just life. One cannot enjoy everything one does. That is never so elementary, that I would drag myself completely into doubt."
Your concerts have become family parties. How is that for a popstar?
Nena: "I think it's super. Children stand in the first row, then comes the mothers. This time, I've made a special area for the children. It is simply magnificent when they jump around and sing along.
Which songs do the children know? Rather the older or the newer?
Nena: "It depends. The Luftballons are known by all, naturally."
In four weeks, you'll be fifty. Is it a compliment to call you the German Madonna?
Nena: "I find it human to point out comparisons. We are all similar and are all from the same origin. And still everyone brings their own feature with them. If one leaves the 'man-alive' in peace and enable themselves to develop freely, then they'll have a desire to meet other people on the same level. Then, one doesn't compete with the others, rather they strengthen and inspire each other mutually.
Is Madonna an example?
Nena: "With the word 'example' I can start a little. I have never placed someone before me and said: "I want to be like you" I don't want to be like my parents, nor like Mick Jagger."
Where does Nena orientate then?
Nena: "I let myself be inspired. I suck all impressions in. Even here in the interview situation. I see, sometimes you shrug together and think: "She's actually as stupid as they say." And then in the middle of the conversation you rehash and think: "Ah, she is actually pretty nice."
We've already thought that she would surprise us from time to time.
Nena: "For me, that's not ambivalent, just as life is. You come in a situation and it is completely clear: everyone reacts completely different. I find it interesting, when they feel ambivalent. For me, that is inspiration - I learn a lot about people."
Today, are you still a full time popstar, or rather a mother and grandmother, that makes music alongside?
Nena: "That doesn't put other things out. But I really love to be a mother and always gather experiences with it. The children bring new aspects in life, which one must explain. That is work, so to say people-work."
Is Mama a popstar for your children?
Nena: "Yes, they see the layer naturally and find it funny even."
Do they only find it funny, or do they also have problems with it?
Nena: "Earlier, they didn't always have it easy. Even in school, many teachers reacted strangely. But, lately, they've only strengthened."
How does Nena really bring up her children? Are there actually rules applied in the Kerner house?
Nena: "Ah, I've tried several by all means. But I have experienced that one shouldn't make the children come with the pointer-finger. It helps if one takes them seriously and talks about worries with them. They have complete antennae for it and are intelligent enough to get why I don't find it good when they sit in front of the tv for hours. I believe it does nothing to make the shoulders broad because ofL "So long as you put your feet under my table..." So, we've never lived with these vibes."
By the way, Vibes: How were your vibrations really in the eighties? Was it simply a casual time, or are you happy it's over?
Nena: "I can't wrap a couple years of my life up with one headline. It was really a totally intensive time, that's made up of many small puzzle pieces. I don't like this retrospect."
But you can certainly remember how it felt to suddenly be a star?
Nena: "When I started to make music at seventeen I didn't know that there would be gold record. There I was in my little city, Hagen, on the way and was simply glad to have met the guitarist that wanted to make the band with me. There, I had no thoughts of red carpets, exclusive parties, or limousines to lavish. There it started in order to make music. Because everything was so supplied later, I actually consider it with a wink. I can't take it so seriously today, though.
You are a well-known Osho-fan, practicing dynamic meditation and pontificate happily about life. Many find it a bit silly.
Nena: "I'm really a Osho-fan, which I've lived happily. I also find Jesus good and it is important to remain open. I don't feel I'm a lecturer. I simply speak about my experiences and if anyone finds that's too much, then they should close their ears."
Whether you can speak German or not - it's grand! Check it out!
I decided I'm going to translate written interviews as I find them. To better understand the German I read, I generally type it up anyway. It may be a little rough, but I think I've gotten the gist of it. Those who struggle with German more than I may find them lovely. Here's the first!
For more than 25 years, pop-singer Nena has been successsfully on the scene. With "Nur geträumt" began everything, and in 1983 the Megahit "99 Luftballons" followed, which would become her trademark.
The well-Hamburg resident, mother of four, and Grandmother of two, celebrates her 50th birthday this Wednesday. In the interview with the German press-agent, Nena speaks about dreams and deeps, hubbub and touring.
She just made preparations for the new tour, plotting a tv-show along the way - and that's all with her birthday thrown in the middle. From where does she get her energy?
Nena: "For me, everything always feels new. I have made no routines. For example, the touring: It is not my first, even though it feels that way for me. No concert is like another, every encounter with people is always new. And so I take everything in - I can't abandon anything in my life. It gives me unbelievable power, that life is so full of surprises. Life is really a agile process, one that I take in day for day exceptionally happily."
Are there still days in which Nena does nothing?
Nena: "Without a doubt! I overwork myself, and therefore always have a need for peace and quiet times. It's not always so hectic, but there's always situations in my life that make me simple exhausted. Then, I must ensure peace and quiet, in order to scoop out new power."
What awaits the public on the new tour? After your birthday, aplenty party with the fans?
Nena: "This feeling, that I go on tour with, is already extraordinary: to turn 50 is absolutely something special. To have been here for half of a hundred - I can't really comprehend it, but I take it very emotionally. And I would absolutely love to expand this wonderful feeling. I have no fear of age. We begin getting older from the very moment of our creation. And we have a life for a long time to add to this process. But we don't do it, we adamantly refuse to take that life is a limited time, that sometimes skips something else."
And how will you privately celebrate your birthday?
Nena: "I have wished to celebrate simply. Around 250 guests will come - I wrote the guestlist. Everything else will be done by my man and my children. I let myself be suprised and gladly accept it. What I've also wished for: to make music. My band belongs to my family, other colleges will also be there. I, too, will, in any case, sing a couple songs. I decided which songs on the spur of the moment."
Besides all the good wishes that you've gotten for your birthday: What wishes do you have still for yourself?
Nena: "That I can always view my life as calm, always find more peace within me. Everyday I'm always happy to wake up and am really completely thankful for it and find that goes without saying."
You are one of the most sucessful musicians in Germany, mother and grandmother. Haven't you already fulfilled so many of your dreams?
Nena: "One must always have dreams in their life. There's unfortunately no fairy that regulates with a magic wand. That's something one must do for themselves. And the things that I have dreamed of, I have transcribed."
Does it annoy you or please you when someone compares you to Madonna?
Nena: "Well, I understand the basic principle, that people make comparisons, because we're all somehow alike. There's really some individuals, and they bring their own information with them in this life, but we have similar habits. I don't think it's bad to point out comparisons, but I don't particularly like to do it. Something is always better in the other anyway - one always finds something. That is not necessary at all, because everyone is unique and has something beautiful to give."
As Mother, grandmother, and founder of a school, one must latterly ask for educational tips...
Nena: "I am not the life counselor here, because I really don't know how life functions. I hunt and experiment just like everyone else. I know for myself, which way I currently go, but am completely open for inspiration. People who meet me and henceforth move me to see something completely different. It's important to me in the commerce of children to respect and see things on their level - to give them room to enable them to develop freely."
Was there ever a moment in all your time on the scene that you wanted to plonk everything down?
Nena: "Yes, at any rate! As for stopping - well, several years of doing nothing more - I've thought of it again and again. What's important is that one allows oneself these moments, where simply nothing works anymore and one also has no confidence anymore and is full of doubts. Such phases belong absolutely to it, because I scoop power out of it. The gloomy moments are just as important as any in which people feel light and happy. That, I learned in the walk of my life."
Your tip for March 24, 2020: Will you also go on a 60-year-old tour?
Nena: "Who could know that? For now, I can say nothing else. So long as I'm having fun and comply, I would defintely do it. "
I think I've accomplished quite a lot tonight. I definitely need to change the stock banner up there. Once that's done, I'll start sending this out to friends. If you somehow stumble upon this beforehand, hello! Would you like to help me? I'm running a one-girl show here!
Anywho, I added a biography, the 'about,' discography, lyrics for "Made in Germany," along with a translation for 'Geheimnis'.
Hope to get more on later!
Bear with me. Creating a website is not easy work. However, I'm having a lot of fun with this, so expect things to be running smoothly soon. I've not found another English-based Nena fansite, so I hope I'll be able to communicate and assist other fans of the band and singer.