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There is a light that never goes out (best of 2017)

Light goes out. Of course, it always does. Even the sun will one day stop to shine. There is no light that never goes out, unless it’s love, as Morrissey proclaims.I tend to believe him, both in romantic and societal sense. I also believe Leonard Cohen, whom I quoted last year. There is a crack…


You want it darker? (the end of 2017)

Towards the end of 2016 I was in shock. Not about Brexit, Trump’s election or right- and left-wing cultural wars that dominated the news cycle. Not even about the failure to systematically report on the one real problem facing humanity; climate change. No, Leonard Cohen’s death in November 2016 made a bad year truly horrible….


This one goes out to the one I love to hate

I’m not starting a political blog, but with the days of contemplation approaching, I dare you to think about the following: “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” (Isaac…


Funeral songs

It could be my last act of musical education, the one no one really wants to be confronted with. It would definitely address my annoyance with the way most funerals are being run. I don’t expect happiness and joy, but a bit more tasteful and unusual music would be nice, if nice can ever be…


Re-make/Re-model

I’m an old soul when it comes to cover versions. I believe musicians should first and foremost be judged on their performance and not on the quality of their songwriting. When Jimi Hendrix covered Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a couple of days after The Beatles released the album with the same title he…


Unknown pleasures – never thought that song was so great

Did you know that almost all music players and online streaming services don’t really offer a randomiser? Do you also know why? It is because people can’t deal with randomisation and start sending complaints when the randomiser ‘decides’ to play the same artist twice in a short period of time. I love my randomiser, even…


Mixtape – Around the world in 20 songs

A bit of fun. Playlist based on the notion of travelling around the world, using only songs with the name of a city as title. Nothing more than just that.


Mixtape – Ultimate moody mixtape for family days

If freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose, then boredom and moodiness must be other words for having nothing left to desire. Think about it, if you are always struggling for survival I don’t think you ever experience a boring day. You might be depressed, like me on days like this. Truly…


Mixtape – My own favourite 80’s list (or at least one possible version)

I’m a kid of the 80’s. I can probably compile 20 different playlists with 80’s music, all thoroughly enjoyable and all equally plausible as the ultimate 80’s playlist. This is just a version. It contains old favourites like ‘All lined up’ (Shriekback), ‘Road to Nowhere’ (Talking Heads), ‘A song from under the floorboards’ and ‘Repetition’…


Mixtape – Desolate women

My second playlist in this new-found reality of sharing musical combinations and permutations with potentially everyone. I called it ‘Desolate women’ because women are better at getting across feelings of desolation and because we hear too much music created and produced by men anyway. Side A of this mixtape ends with Neko Case. Side B…


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