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Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's my birthday and I've got a CD to go with it!


For my birthday, how about buying yourself my Sampler Album as a present?

(Cost: 5€ + 3€ shipping)



Using PayPal, your purchase includes my 5-track Sampler Album (a selection of tracks), shipping, and of course - love.

Make sure to include your shipping information!

xo Miss Natasha Enquist


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Le beaujolais nouveau arrive, along with an old friend... - Blog post by Miss Natasha Enquist

I hope you got your tickets in time for this Thursday's party!!

I'll be celebrating my birthday, while performing at La Cocotte's "Le beaujolais nouveau arrive" event this Thursday, November 21st, 2013!

As I have been preparing for this party, I reunited with an old friend: beautiful french music. How could I have forgotten about you? I loved you deeply from the beginning. You were a HUGE reason I wanted to learn the accordion... My accordion missed you so much too. You're also a HUGE reason I got my Guerrini, for it has a lovely 'musette' setting on it. Where did you go? Where did you go...?

Well, I got swept up with many other genres, and gigs, and Disney, and accompanying people, comedic repertoire, catering to other things to learn along the way - that's where you went... You got lost in the mix. Oh how badly I wanted my own solo show in the France Pavilion at Epcot, oh how I love wearing a beret...

My heart is beating hard and fast knowing I have found this music again.  I'm not going to let you go this time!

Illustration by Silent James
Event details:

Event:
Le beaujolais nouveau arrive at La Cocotte

When:
Thursday, November 21st, 2013 @ 18:00

Where:
La Cocotte
Vorbergstraße 10, 10823 Berlin, Germany

For more information: 
www.facebook.com/events/528436877231896/
www.lacocotte.de

Saturday, November 16, 2013

What colour is your schmerzen? - Blog post by Miss Natasha Enquist

Photography by Philippe Deutsch


I feel like I've been punched in the uterus. Not figuratively.

I spent 4 nights in a German hospital. Wow, what an adventure.

10% of the nurses speak English, but luckily I had 2 roommates, (one at a time - I had a shared room for 2 patients) that both spoke a bit of English and helped me so much with translating.

As I was being introduced to the anesthesiologists, and they jabbed me at least 5 times to find my non-existent veins in my hands, they asked why I came to Berlin from Canada. How Canada is a place they all want to go, and "why Berlin!?". I usually get this question from people that aren't as close to the art/music/fashion scene in Berlin, and perhaps don't know what it is this city can offer.

As they began to administer the anesthetic, they told me to "Think of something nice..." as you usually are told to do. "Think about the Canadian Rockies!" he said to me, and I thought "Uhhh, no...." since that doesn't bring me any kind of peace, calmness, or happiness. He then said "Think about being somewhere nice and warm, like Florida!" and I was like "NO-AGAIN!" and thought how comical this situation was that he was suggesting places I've lived and have left, since he has no idea of my history.

So, there were 3 incisions for my laparoscopy surgery. I spare you all the details... but I had a 5cm sized tumor on my uterus removed and lost a bit of blood.

When I was waking up from my surgery, in the recovery room, I would get asked in German if I had "schmerzen" which means "to hurt" or "pain". I remember waking up and moaning and crying a bit, cradling my tummy - it hurt. I was able to say "Ich spreche ein bissen Deutsch" or something, and then I would get asked "What colour is your schmerzen? From eins to zehn?"

German nurses are great. Most acted like Mom's or good friends, and were always helpful and encouraging with any progress that was made. The German doctors were great too, very thorough and I loved how both the nurses and doctors would say my last name, "Enka-viiiiist!". I made two new friends, Martina who left after my first night, and then Andrea. Both were having cervical cancer surgery.

I had a few visitors, which was very nice, but otherwise felt so terrible that I didn't really want to be seen and sleep was my friend - except for in the middle of the night, when you're so tired of sleeping on your back and for some reason you are wide awake. Then your roommate is your friend, and you talk about anything together.

Breakfast and dinner was good, lunch was always gross. The frühstück buffet was lovely, as all food really is in Europe. Fresh rolls, croissants, meats, cheeses (not for me), apples, pears, tea, marmalade, hazelnuss creme.... mmmm :)​

​So, that's that. I can't be too active for 2 weeks, and should be great in 6 weeks. I'll most likely need and have help with having my accordion carried to any upcoming gigs for the next month, since I'm not supposed to do any heavy lifting. ​The healing process feels like something new every day, and as certain pains leave, new pains begin, but I know things are only getting better.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A smile will make you younger - Blog post by Miss Natasha Enquist


Tomorrow the dark side of the moon will be removed from my womb.


If all goes as planned, and bureaucratic administrative confusion doesn't get in the way, I will be having a tumor removed from my uterus/ovary. I wasn't expecting the admin hang-ups I did today, so there is a small chance the surgery will be delayed to clear up these details. Wish me luck!!

Leading up to this, I had a lovely 24-hours with one of my bestest buddies, Gillian. We did all that can be done with 24-hours in Berlin... beers, burgers, laundry, napping, mud-masks, packing...


After our burgers, we had Fortune cookies, and I got a similar fortune as one that I already have. I loved the previous one so much that I brought with me, from Canada, and have it posted in my kitchen. Now I have two :)


All that packing I did earlier did me a lot of good (not) as my luggage didn't arrive with me to Italy, making for a very stressful trip for me. Prescription medication, costumes, other essentials, all missing. At the same time, I was in paradise and appreciated the view as much as I could.


The stress and upset caused me to need to return to Berlin early, and to a very lovely note from my lovely friend :)


During my stressful trip, I told my buddy Victor in an email "Don't tell me some Rumi quote right now, I don't want to hear it". After my trip we were Skyping and he searched "Rumi" and "quote" and sent me the first one he found. Thanks, and I don't get it. I need a Rumi translator.


My Dad has a nice tradition of sending me poppies for Remembrance Day (November 11th in Canada). My Dad's Dad (my Grandpa) was in the Canadian Forces, and for 3 years my Father and his family lived in Westphalia, while my Grandpa was stationed in Germany. I love knowing my Dad first heard the Rolling Stones while living here. The men on my Mother's side of the family, including my passed-on Opa, all fought in the German army, so Remembrance Day is meaningful for me.


I keep having to laugh when I re-read this one line from an email of my Dad, "Good luck with your surgery, Germans can fix anything". I'm so glad this is TRUE. 

I feel I am in very good hands with these doctors. Things here in Germany are beyond thorough. I'm also feeling I'm in good hands with the friends I have here. My Berlin family makes me feel well taken care of. I'm still a ball of stress despite the support, but am trying to keep a smile through it all.

I may be without internet for a few days, while in hospital, so auf wiedersehen for now! Tschüßies!

xo MNE

Monday, November 4, 2013

"The Secret Liberation of Clothes"

I met the Berlin-based Fashion Designer Katharina Tenschert, of the label Substantielles Minimum, at an art gallery opening recently. I was quite smitten with her use of various materials of (in the designers words) "abandoned clothes and home textiles" in her designs that she was exhibiting at the opening.

We chatted, exchanged contact info, and now she is using a song of mine for her fashion video, which is debuting her latest collection "The Secret Liberation of Clothes".

My song, "Vanishing Memories", was used to soundtrack this fashion video:


Video credits:
Music by Miss Natasha Enquist: natashaenquist.com
Pictures by Tonio Mundry: toniomundry.com
Model Charlotte Iwaniuk: cciwaniuk.com

Listen to the track on SoundCloud:



Purchase the mp3 here:
http://natashaenquist.bandcamp.com/track/vanishing-memories



xo MNE

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