Brina and Summer

A beautiful singer in every way. Above is her new song Raj (“Paradise”) and here is her Poletje (“Summer”) which holds a special place in my heart. But first the story.

Before I met you for the first time, you asked me which songs I would like to listen to during out time together, so that our first meeting would have its own soundtrack. You bought little speakers too. You told me to send you my favourite songs and you would add your favourites to the mix. I started to do what I love so much – namely lists. I made a list of Slovenian songs, another of ex-Yugoslav songs, a short one of Italian songs and the forth of worldwide songs (I include them at the end of this post for the curious, with links).

And Poletje was the first song I thought of. I put it happily at #1 but then sadly realised that it was not available online. The only thing I could find was half of the song. But you said not to worry. Soon after I sent you the first list, your message came: “We have Poletje by Brina!” Now I see that there is the myspace link (above) which allows us to hear it in full, and I’m grateful for that.

This might have been the first song I put on the list, but not the first we listened to together. When the lists were finished I was thinking how cool it would be to put all the songs on random. I’d never know which one would be next and yet I’d have something familiar in a completely unfamiliar setting, as we are driving, in the room, on the beach.

I was very very curious about which song would be the first one played the first time we turn the player on. Somehow, I thought it would be prophetic. A sign of things to come. Options were infinite (including It was a too nice a day to die, Metka cannot play ball any more, You were strange already as a child, You don’t fool me, You don’t love me and I know now, Mother – let’s be friends, Spring is far away for us, As tears go by, Don’t let me be misunderstood, He loves me – he loves me not and Sad).

And then, as we reached the hotel room after the drive from the Termini (and by that time I knew so much about you already, the way one drives is soooooo telling) and you showed me the player and I clicked play, the first words that came out of the little speakers were:

I wanna live with a cinnamon girl
I could be happy the rest of my life
With a cinnamon girl

And when I had my farewell party before moving to Italy to live with you about eight months later, my sister told me to give her three numbers from 1 to 230 and when I did, she gave me three lyrics of the songs to choose the one I’d sing. Let’s just say that my I’m a Slovenian was faster than Ntoko‘s.

≈ Manja Maksimovič ≈

NOTE: The links to the songs below are not being refreshed any more here but rather on my new blog. Therefore many have stopped functioning. Please have a look over here.
Slovenia

1. Poletje by Brina

2. Ledena by Olivija

3. Vonj železniških postaj by Andrej Šifrer

4. Življenje včerajšnjega časopisa by Andrej Šifrer

5. Stoj, Marija by Andrej Šifrer

6. Ko zvonovi zapojo by Andrej Šifrer

7. Siddharta by Siddharta

8. Kloner by Siddharta

9. Platina by Siddharta

10. Samo edini by Siddharta

11. Nazaj by Murat & Jose f/ Benč

12. Ta noč je moja by Trkaj f/ Benč

13. Pleš by Trkaj

14. Prvič by Trkaj

15. Ni več tko by Zlatko, Trkaj, Mirko, Omar

16. Da te spomnim mal by Zlatko in Optimisti ft Črnobelo & Juliette Justine

17. Tarzan by Ali En

18. Vrž me na planet by Ali En

19. Za koga by Ali En

20. Stremetzsky by Ali En

21. Rojen leta 72 by Res Nullius

22. Spet doma by Vlado Kreslin

23. Čuden si bil že kot otrok by Vlado Kreslin

24. Še je čas by Martin Krpan

25. Praslovan by Lačni Franz

26. Čakaj me by Zoran Predin

27. Na svoji strani by Lačni Franz

28. Lipa zelenela je by Lačni Franz

29. Stari vojak by Lačni Franz

30. Zdravljica by Lačni Franz and friends

31. Voli me, ne voli me by Buldožer

32. Žene i muškarci by Buldožer

33. Svaki čovjek ima svoj blues by Buldožer

34. 24000 baci by Magnifico

35. Silvija by Magnifico

36. Pesem XIV. divizije by Bossa de novo

37. Selma by Bossa de novo

38. Sestanek pod rjuho by Bossa de novo

39. Sonce by Planet Groove

40. Caro Papa by Terrafolk

41. Bograch a la Turca by Terrafolk

42. Rodovnik vina by Tomaž Pengov

43. Črna pega čez oči by Tomaž Pengov

44. Vandima by Iztok Mlakar

45. En glaž vina mi dej by Iztok Mlakar

46. Stonesi spoznajo moje stare starše by Marko Brecelj

47. Dan ljubezni by Pepel in kri

48. Mati, bodiva prijatelja by Oto Pestner

49. Reper by Slon in sadež

50. Sreča na vrvici by Marjeta Ramšak

51. Avsenik medley by Perpetuum Jazzile

52. Anita by Halo

53. Črta by Slavko Ivančič

54. Moje laži so vse kar imam by Prizma

55. Pogum by Prizma

56. Budnica by Prizma

57. Marie, ne piši pesmi več by Hazard

58. Vsak je sam by Hazard

59. Kot nekdo, ki imel me bo rad by Ditka Haberl

60. Bil sem mlajši kakor ti by Lado Leskovar

61. Daleč je za naju pomlad by Adi Smolar

62. Samo nasmeh je bolj grenak by Ditka Haberl

63. Lahko noč, Piran by Anika Horvat

64. Vse, kar si želim v tem trenutku by Patetico

65. Vse najboljše, mama draga by Patetico

66. Vsi ljudje hitijo by Neca Falk

67. Oda Ireni by Tomaž Pengov & Mladi levi

68. Sava šumi by Dekameroni

69. Ajda pa znova cveti by Aleksander Mežek

70. Klub ljudi z resnimi problemi by Zmelkoow

71. Smisel življenja by Zmelkoow

72. Sentiš-navadni by Zmelkoow

73. Pa si šla by Mi2

74. Črtica by Mi2

75. Veter z juga by Tinkara Kovač

76. Slab spomin by Big Foot Mama

77. Lublan-ska by Ana Pupedan

78. Lep dan za smrt by Niet

79. Bandiera rossa by Pankrti

80. Metka by Pankrti

81. Oče by Racija

82. Pejd ga pogledat Brane by Otroci socializma

83. Tko je zgazio gospodju mjesec by Videosex

84. Slovenec sem by Ntoko

85. Zig Zig by Ntoko

86. Flisarji by Ntoko

87. Orglice by Janko Ropret

88. Mojca by Klinika za cinike

89. O Anja (o tebi se mi sanja) by Melanholiki

90. Ko so lipe cvetele by Orlek

91. Pokaži nam Edi by Ultimat

92. No brains no tumors by 2227

93. I’ve seen that head before by 2227

94. Sama by Avtomobili

95. Ljubi me, divja zver by Agropop

96. Kako lepo je by Aleš Hadalin

97. Dež by Demolition Group & Helena Blagne

98. Reel Love by Miladojka Youneed

99. Mama Leone by Laibach

100. Your River Wild by the Tide

101. Outta Control by Kill Kenny

 Ex-Yugoslavia

102. No sikiriki by Edo Maajka

103. Gansi by Edo Maajka

104. Biološki sat by Hladno pivo

105. Olivera by Djordje Balašević

106. Oprosti mi, Katrin by Djordje Balašević

107. Život je more by Djordje Balašević

108. Ti si mi u krvi by Zdravko Čolić

109. Šejn by Haustor

110. Budjav lebac by S.A.R.S.

111. Makedonija by Dado Topić & Time

112. Caracas by Drago Mlinarec

113. Bacila je sve niz rijeku by Indexi

114. Crni leptiri by YU grupa

115. Nekako s proljeća by Crvena jabuka & Kemal Monteno

116. Ti znaš by Crvena jabuka

117. Uzmi me kad hoćeš ti by Crvena jabuka

118. Obrati pažnju na poslednju stvar by Azra

119. Gracija by Azra

120. A šta da radim by Azra

121. Kao da je bilo nekad by Ekatarina Velika

122. Budi sam na ulici by Ekatarina Velika

123. Djevojčice kojima miriše koža by Zabranjeno pušenje

124. Pišonja i Žuga by Zabranjeno pušenje

125. Surfing at Bembasha by Elvis J. Kurtović

126. Good Bye Teens by Plavi orkestar

127. 442 do Beograda by Bajaga

128. Tišina by Bajaga

129. Rekla je by Riblja čorba

130. Dva dinara druže by Riblja čorba

131. Loše vino by Bijelo dugme

132. Djurdjevdan by Bijelo dugme

133. Najdraže moje by Novi fosili

134. Još te volim by Novi fosili

135. Dom by Film

136. Dodirni mi kolena by Zana

137. Kao ti by Parni valjak

138. Vjeran pas by Termiti

139. Izgubljeni by Let3

140. Di si ti by Daleka obala

141. Ribari by Vinko Coce

142. Zbog jedne divne crne žene by Kićo Slabinac

143. Voleo je ženu svog života by Zlatko Pejaković

144. Ono što pokušavam sada by Partibrejkers

145. Hrvatski velikani by Tram 11

146. Ne daj se Ines by Rade Šerbedžija

147. A sad adio by Oliver Dragojević

148. Pokušaj by Laka

149. Tamo gdje je sve po mom by Jinx

150. Halid invalid Hari by Rambo Amadeus

151. Skopje by Leb i sol

152. Sarajevo ljubavi moja by Kemal Monteno

Italia:

153. Vacanze Romane by Matia Bazar

154. Tu sei l’unica donna per me by Alan Sorrenti

155. L’Amore È Femmina by Nina Zilli

156. Non ho l’età by Gigliola Cinquetti

157. Tutti mi chiamano bionda by Orietta Berti

158. Il cielo è una coperta ricamata by Luisa Ronchini

159. Quel mazzolin di fiori by Lidija Percan

160. Per Lucia by Riccardo Fogli

161. I treni di Tozeur by Alice & Franco Battiato

162. Caruso di Lucio Dalla

163. Parlami d’amore Mariù by Giorgio Gaber

164. Sarà perché ti amo by Ricchi e Poveri

165. Non scendo by Anna Oxa

166. Scemo by Rossella Caprioli

167. Voglio il tuo profumo by Gianna Nannini

168. Non voglio mica la luna by Fiordaliso

169. Siamo solo noi by Vasco Rossi

170. Ogni volta by Vasco Rossi

171. Gabri by Vasco Rossi

172. Albachiara by Vasco Rossi

The world:

173. Do You Love Me by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

174. No, No, No (You Don’t Love Me) by Dawn Penn

175. Need You Tonight by INXS

176. One More Cup of Coffee by Bob Dylan

177. Hurricane by Bob Dylan

178. Diamonds and Rust by Joan Baez

179. You Don’t Fool Me by The Queen

180. Marlene on the Wall by Suzanne Vega

181. Sympathy by Rare Bird

182. Rain by Jose Feliciano

183. The One I Love by REM

184. Anchorage by Michelle Shocked

185. Drinkin in LA by Bran Van 3000

186. I Started a Joke by Faith No More

187. One Headlight by The Wallflowers

188. Up on the Downside by Ocean Colour Scene

189. Sylvia’s Mother by Dr. Hook

190. Lady D’Arbanville by Cat Stevens

191. The Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie

192. Police & Thieves by Junior Murvin

193. The Man I Love by Billie Holiday

194. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

195. The Soft Parade by The Doors

196. All Day and All of the Night by The Kinks

197. Last Request by Paolo Nutini

198. Private Investigations by Dire Straits

199. Hey You by Pink Floyd

200. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd

201. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

202. Final Cut by Pink Floyd

203. Maybe by Janis Joplin

204. One Night Stand by Janis Joplin

205. Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin

206. Perfect Day by Lou Reed

207. Creeque Alley by The Mamas and the Papas

208. Cinemmon Girl by Neil Young

209. Comes a Time by Neil Young

210. Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen

211. Chelsea Hotel by Leonard Cohen

212. Woodstock by Matthews Southern Comfort

213. Vietnam Song by Country Joe & the Fish

214. As Tears Go By by Marriane Faithful

215. Bang Bang by Nancy Sinatra

216. C’est La Vie by Emerson, Lake and Palmer

217. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals

218. A Horse with No Name by America

219. Macédomienne by Philippe Lafontaine  (Eurovision 1990)

220. Hell and High Water by Black Stone Cherry

221. Spiritual Love by Urban Species

222. Africa by Salif Keita

223. Ya Rayah by Rachid Taha

224. Beng Beng Beng by Femi Kuti

225. Hard Sun by Eddie Vedder

226. Black by Pearl Jam

227. Parachutes by Pearl Jam

228. Immortality by Pearl Jam

229. In My Tree by Pearl Jam

230. Sad by Pearl Jam

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