In Switzerland, Tina Turner Is “Simply the Best” in Hearts and Memories
“Your voice is dead but it’s still in my heart”, said a Tina Turner fan as he laid flowers in front of the residence of the “Queen of Rock” in this very wealthy city not far from Zurich.
Barbara Burkhalter is part of a steady stream of fans who have gathered outside the gates of Algonquin Castle, Kuesnacht’s stately residence, where the 83-year-old artist who lived for nearly three decades died Wednesday.
Barbara says, “Someone like him should live forever.”
The 69-year-old woman says, “I came with flowers and a little card. I really had to come.” “On Tuesday I noticed that there were no lights in the garden, which is very unusual. It was completely dark,” she says.
“She was my favorite of all the women. I live just four minutes from here. I saw her a few times when she was out shopping. We loved that she was there but we would never bother her.”
Prudence and respect for the private sector has attracted more than one star to Switzerland, as well as an attractive tax system.
– “Comfort in Power” –
Several bouquets of flowers were placed at the entrance to the palace, along with around forty candles, cards, handwritten messages and tributes to the United States-born superstar.
When the sky is overcast, a woman wearing a baseball cap lights a candle and leaves a message: “Tina, thank you for your music, your voice, your smile, your inspiration, your dance moves, your enthusiasm. Your Neighborhood. Rest in Power”. The fan takes “Rest in Power”, an expression of mourning for those whose lives have been marked by injustice or discrimination.
In addition to her music and showmanship, Tina Turner’s fight to overcome domestic violence has influenced many women around the world.
Guia Greaves, another fan, remembers a Tina Turner, who was known in her adopted town as a kind person, a good neighbor, discreet and unassuming, who made it a point to learn German and integrate into the community. Worked hard
“He paid for all the Christmas decorations,” Guia Greaves told AFP. “I don’t know how many times I’ve walked by her songs and said ‘Hey, Tina!'”
“And I really admire that she is the epitome of domestic violence: the way she flourishes without hate.”
“We now have a treasure trove of his music and we should keep listening to it,” she says.
– “She was very strong” –
Tina Turner moved to Switzerland in 1995 with her longtime German partner, producer and actor Erwin Bach, 67.
In 2013, three months after marrying him and receiving her Swiss passport, Tina Turner renounced her American citizenship.
The couple has long rented Algonquin Castle due to restrictions on foreigners.
The gardens surrounding the magnificent mansion are surrounded by immaculately maintained hedges and towering bushes painted in pink and blue.
The three-story White House is protected from prying eyes by planting cedar trees.
Jerrica Seiler, 48, published “A Candle for Her Soul.” The fashion designer says she’s met Tina Turner several times at local restaurants over the past 20 years.
And she remembers the time the “Queen of Rock” rolled down her car window, saying “Hello and smiling. I was sobbing I was happy!”.
“I went to three concerts. I started reading her book a few years ago and every time I saw her film I always cried. She was so strong.”
Tina Turner will “always” be “just the best” in his eyes. “Simply the Best”, one of Tina Turner’s biggest hits.