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Mixtape – Tough love

It suddenly struck me. I used to have a lot of fun compiling mixtapes. I wasn’t one of those guys who only created mixtapes to impress potential lovers. Granted, I didn’t do it for purely altruistic reasons. It was ultimately a means to and end. The end being: demonstrate how much I knew about music….


Through the grapevine – Pinot Noir

Of all winegrapes Pinot Noir is the easiest and the most difficult to pair with music. Easy because Pinot can be so many things, difficult because it is hard to grasp the essence of the grape. In ‘Grapes & Wines’ Oz Clarke writes about Pinot Noir: “Is it pale, ethereal, with a scent as sweet…


Best and worst of 2016 – Part II

8. 50 year anniversary of ‘Revolver’ In August 1966 The Beatles released ‘Revolver’, a remarkable and magnificent album for many reasons. On its 50 year anniversary I will only focus on one aspect, the way it paved the way for ‘cut and paste’, tape loop based (electronic) music. With ‘tomorrow never knows’, the closing song…


Best and worst of 2016 – Part I

2016 has been a particularly eventful year. I don’t think I liked it too much; it was a year full of death and other negative surprises. One might almost forget some pretty amazing music was released in the same year. Will 2017 be any better? I don’t think so, lets just hope for less death,…


Through the grapevine – Syrah

Syrah is the one grape that just radiates sex, and when I say sex, I mean the kind of passionate, dirty and slightly kinky sex no one ever talks about. Vanilla love-making is not in its DNA, Syrah is wild, rough and dirty. In ‘The wine bible’ Karen MacNeil describes Syrah as ‘the kind of…


Through the grapevine – Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a straightforward grape. It is easy to recognise and easy to love. Red wine based on Cabernet tastes remarkably similar, no matter where it is planted. One could argue it is even a bit boring. It doesn’t possess the mysterious qualities of Pinot Noir or the wildness of Syrah. Cabernet is more…


Thank you for the music

My kids are at an age they begin to develop a taste in music. Sometimes they even fight about who would inherit my music collection. I watch and think about the past. There was a time music was not at our fingertips. There was really a time before Internet and (illegal) downloading. There was a…


High School Hell

Even in retrospect I hate High School. My High School years were by far the most unhappy years of my life. Big deal, you might say, every teenager is unhappy, right? But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m not talking about growing up, feeling insecure about your place in the world and your relationship…


Does humor belong in music? Part II

Let’s continue our journey through humour and music. Lets list some more songs, hilarious lyrics, painfully honest confessions and absurd descriptions of equally absurd situations. Lets forget seriousness for a bit and have another half an hour of laughter. “Weird Al” Yankovic – Eat it. I have a soft spot for Weird Al. I don’t…


Does humour belong in music? Part I

Does humour belong in music? Yes, obviously. Only dogmatists and fundamentalists don’t believe in humour. Does humour belong in today’s music or society? I’m not that sure. Too many people too serious of what they are or belong to. First thing those people kill is humour. Such a shame. For all of you who do…


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