Switzerland is a small country. The alpine state to Germany’s south has a population of fewer than 8 million people. Compared to Germany’s 80 million people, Switzerland is even smaller than Niedersachsen. But still it has produced many famous people in its time, like the tennis star Roger Federer, the painter Paul Klee and, of course, Heidi. Probably its most successful cultural export of the last five years however is not a tennis player or a painter, but a soul and pop singer: the now 23-year-old Stefanie Heinzmann from the canton of Valais (Wallis).
Most people first saw Stefanie Heinzmann in 2008 on Stefan Raab’s talent contest with the funny name „SSDSDSSWEMUGABRTLAD“. Although the name was a joke, the people who sang on the show were serious about their music. Stefanie Heinzmann won the competition and went on to start a successful music career. For the last year, Stefanie Heinzmann has not been singing. Like Adele, she had an operation on her vocal chords. But now the singer, who is famous for her black-rimmed glasses, piercings and tattoos, is back with a new album. „Diggin’ In The Dirt“ is one of the songs from this album. Everybody has some dirt in their lives, bad things they might have experienced, bad things they might have done. Life can’t always be happiness and sunshine. And often it is the bad things we experience which make us who we are. There is no day without night, no black without white. Stefanie Heinzmann’s song is about „digging in the dirt / to find some soul“.
“It doesn’t matter / how many times you fall / just as long as you get up standing tall . . . It doesn’t matter / how many times you cried / just how many reasons you find to smile . . . Digging in the dirt / looking for gold / getting through the hurt / for something to hold . . .“ Lyrics which have a message, lyrics which may be about Stefanie Heinzmann and the way she sees her life. One thing is for sure: the young singer from Switzerland has got lots of soul.
population = Bevölkerung;
compared to = im Vergleich zu;
serious = ernst;
vocal chords = Stimmbänder;
black-rimmed glasses = schwarz umrandete Brille
dirt = Dreck;
to dig = graben;
soul = Seele
it doesn’t matter = es ist egal;
to stand tall = aufrecht stehen;
reason = Grund;
hurt = Schmerzen;
to hold = halten;
message = Botschaft