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Gentle Storm is the first single of the Rotterdam band 'A Berlin Heart'.
On May 14 1940, the city center of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed by German bombers during the Rotterdam Blitz.
In the decades after the war a new city center rose from the ashes and the debris; a new heart, providing a blank canvas for innovation, experimentation and creativity. A raw but vibrant breeding ground for architecture, art and music.
A Berlin Heart is a nickname for an artificial heart used in medicine. You might call the heart of Rotterdam an artificial heart as well, forever connected to Berlin by history. A Berlin Heart, a fitting name for the birthplace of this band.
We are A Berlin Heart
The frames in your picture are all I can see.
This static momentum is everlasting
as white teeth are consuming.
The scars in your face are telling me your story.
So loud, so clear.
Your message arrived on one of those hurtful days.
It sure will show them how broken you were, how fragile you turned.
I’d wish you think twice and pick up your notes.
Cry a new letter for me.
Straighten your bones.
Your message arrived on one of my hurtful days.
A simple reaction on a cry you wrote.
It made you numb
Forced to fight.
Full of hate.
Anxious to step on the ledge.
Our useless endeavours were never a loss to me.
released May 10, 2017
Music & recordings: A Berlin Heart
Mastering: Roman Schönsee