His writing started with music -- loud, full of bass and rhythmic. Author Marcel Beyer, born in 1965, (“Flughunde”, “Spione”, “Graphit”) wrote for the music magazine Spex in the 90s. His prose texts, essays and poems have something musical. His first novel “Das Menschenfleisch” includes a citation reference that lists Prince, Laibach, Erik Satie and others. Prince is one of his holy favourites. He is prizewinner of the “Büchnerpreis”. Reggae, dub and jazz form the pillars of his enormous record collection. “Literature supports me,” he said during the Corona shutdown in spring, “and music comforts me”. He described his daily routine as follows: I stand in the beautiful spring sunshine every morning, look at my record collection and decide which music to play. One day it’ll be Marvin Gaye (…). On other days, many other days, it has to be London jazz saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings with his Sons of Kemet, with his trio The Comet is Coming, with his band Band Shabaka and The Ancestors. At the Enjoy Jazz matinee series “Music Was My First Love”, you can find out what jazz, soul, reggae and classical music do to Marcel Beyer, how music came into his life and how it influences his thinking, feelings and work.