Month: March 2016

Where were you when…?

Some people still know where they were when JFK got shot. I have no talent for such precise memories. I literally only know where I was when 9/11 happened; at work in The Hague. To be more precise: at KPN, the Dutch national telecom provider. It was around 15:00. Internet bandwidth was still an issue…


Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!

Rage against the Machine were big in 1992. ‘Killing in the name’ was their biggest underground hit. We, intelligent young people, the future of our nation, jumped up and down to it at parties. We listened to the song, we listened to the singer and we shouted: ‘fuck you, I won’t do what you tell…


The Mixtape – Part II

Continuing the quest for the ultimate mixtape, here is the final set of guidelines. 7. Find a balance between optimistic and pessimistic (bleeding heart type of) songs. Longing is good, depression is definitely bad. Again, you want to send a positive message, not encourage suicide. 8. Understand the lyrics of the songs you select, and…


The Mixtape – Part I

After reading Cassette from my Ex, I started thinking about the lost art of creating mixtapes. When I was young the mixtape was a way to declare love without actually doing or saying so. It was a gesture of liking beyond liking. It allowed you to translate love (or desire) into song titles, lyrics or…


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