Song Story 11: On Berlin and change

Time flies. It has been already 26 years since Dutch band Klein Orkest released their single ‘Over de muur’ (Over the Wall). The world was a different place then, especially in the place this song is about: Berlin. The wall from the title no longer exists, the division between East and West has gone; Berlin is now one again, and the German capital. But other places, like Unter den Linden, Alexanderplatz and Kurfurstendamm that are mentioned in the song are still here. And so am I for one night. A stop in our three-day trip from Latvia to The Netherlands, and my first visit. Even though the Berlin of Over de muur has changed, I can’t help but hearing it played over and over again in my head. And being happy about change.

Can one young guy change the world?

I have a new friend. His name is Luke, he’s sixteen and he’s from Ireland. He wants to change the world, and acts on it. His friends tell him it’s not going to work. One person can’t change the world, and that type of excuses. Well, maybe he can’t change the world by himself, but he can contribute. And we might be able to help him with that. To prove his point, he has created a fundraiser project on Crowdrise. Wouldn’t it be a great ‘Sinterklaas’ or Christmas gift, to him and yourself, if you just donate a small amount – say $5 – to save the rainforest? You might help Luke to change the world. And convince his friends that it is possible to do so, and that acting is better than doing nothing.