Music & Me with … Ava Bonam- 01 Jul 2020 -
Image: Ava Bonam from Berlin, Germany
When were you first introduced to music?
There was no silence, the radio was always turned on and there was one in every room. But the first time that I was consciously aware of music as something you do, was in kindergarten, probably around age 4 or 5. I remember, I was sitting in a circle with other children and a grown-up was teaching us a song and when I began to sing, I felt this great physical sensation of my voice in my body, my eyes were wide open and all the other children were staring at me. That is the first memory I have.
Tell me about your favourite teachers
For quite a while, I was rather sad about not having experienced an authority figure in my life that acted like a teacher or mentor to me. I chose a rather rebellious path, so I guess life itself taught me the big lessons. But when it comes to music, my former piano teacher was exceptional. I knew what I wanted to learn and she just supported me in that.
What are your fondest musical memories?
I think I don’t exaggerate when I say that every memory I have is somehow related to music. Music is always present and tightly linked to everything I did and do. If I listen to a song or a record, I know exactly who I was at that point in time. The soul of my memories is music.
What is your favourite TV theme tune and/or film soundtrack?
I don’t watch TV and I probably only watch 2 movies a year. But at times, the melodies that suddenly sound in my mind are those of The Lord of the Rings series. Probably because I enjoy the works of Tolkien so much, that every time I read one of his books, I remember the emotions that Howard Shore so perfectly set to life.
What was the last music download/ CD you bought?
The Livelong Day by Lankum is such a wonderful album. I ordered the CD before I even listened to their new songs. I knew they would create something I love.
Imagine you’ve been given €300 to spend on anything music-related. How will you spend it?
Pay the amazing people I work with.
How do you balance music with your other obligations?
I structured my life around music. Creating is my focus. I try to live my life as playful as I possibly can – so nothing really feels like an obligation to me.
Happiness is … love, nothing else. If you’re capable of loving, you are happy. Hermann Hesse said that, I totally agree.