Music

Wish you were here

Yesterday evening we had a very nice get together with some of my direct colleagues. I had with my colleague Tridip a very nice talk about music. What kind of music we like, concerts we have been to. Turns out he has a very good taste of music!

There was a request for a bit more relaxing and Tridip asked me what I thought was the best song that kind of music. There was right away one song that popped up in my mind: “Wish you were here” by Pink Floyd.

“Wish you were here” was the first album that I got to know from Pink Floyd, the first of many to follow. Which is of course not strange as Pink Floyd belongs to the legends of music.

Here the lyrics of the oh so awesome song and below the lyrics the song it self!

“So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
And how we found
The same old fears
Wish you were here”

Rob
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Life is there to… enjoy music!

by Rob on

Some people noticed that I buying lately quite some CD’s. They are right, but that was not very hard to guess as I place every new CD on my Facebook-page.

You may wonder why. Well, I have this great iPod Classic that can hold 80gb of music. I had my complete music collection on that iPod and I had a docking-station connected to my media-set, so I could play the music from my iPod on media-set and enjoy it without a headphone.

That was nice, until I placed one day a CD directly in the BluRay-player of my media-set. To my surprise the quality of the music was much better than using the docking-station. Trying it with more CD’s confirmed this.
Someone who has a lot more knowledge about music equipment, told me that the docking-station is the weak spot. The iPod gives music in high quality. My Pioneer media-set is capable of handling music of high quality. But the docking station is the weak link that bring down the quality of the music played from the iPod.

A lot of my music is bought through iTunes, so I have no CD of that music. So bummer there…
But there were some options to solve this. I could buy a better docking-station… or I could use the network that I have in my house to stream the iTunes music to my media-set. But I went for the most simple (although not the most cheap) solution: I started to buy CD’s.

I was amazed how many second hand CD’s there are available for a few euro on “De Marktplaats” (some kind of Dutch eBay). And all CD’s I bought this way are of good to very good quality and mostly after paying quickly delivered.
To keep it all affordable I have all the time I am just buying one CD at the time through “De Marktplaats”. This means that from the moment that I do a first bid on a CD (and mostly one bid is enough), until the moment I have the CD here at my place, I do no other bids on other CD’s. This means that I can buy one or two CD’s per week.
Of course when I see something I really want in a shop I most likely will buy it. I “hate” it that there is a Free Recordshop at Sloterdijk Railroad Station (I pass that station every working day and often on my way home I have to wait here a bit…).

Well, as soon I started to buy these CD’s I bought one CD rack in style of my other furniture. This first rack was quickly more than half filled. So I bought a second one, just to be sure.
Then last week I bought a third rack. Mostly likely to be sure that the shop where I bought these would not change collection and I could not get these anymore.
For now I have I more than enough space for new CD’s. When all three racks are full, there will be close to 700 CD’s in there. After that I have to re-think what I will do with more CD’s.

Yesterday, while I was doing some things for my work (on remote from home), Marion placed the third rack together… which gave me some interesting views! Not that I watched. I was busy with my work of course *WINK*


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Vonder & Bloom

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When I travel home from work (Hoofddorp to Heemskerk) I sometimes I have to change trains at Schiphol.
Some time ago the train I was on was late and I had to change at Schiphol. And because that train was late I missed the next train.
I wandered around on Schiphol, when I suddenly heard some very nice music. I went to look where the music was coming from. I found two very attractive young ladies making this music and I really liked what I heard. Very good music!!!! When I walked away I decided that I would try to get their CD.
At home I ordered at “bol.com”, but Bol made a mess of it (so they could forget about the order). Good old loyal iTunes gave me music within minutes :).
I really enjoy the music… on my iPod, but also at home (I can connect my iPod to my media centre and play the music through it).
Lots of people who I let listen to the music said they liked it. Marion also bought the music through iTunes for her iPod. Patrick also said that he really liked it.

So today I missed again the train at Schiphol. Normally I would grumble at the Dutch Railroad Company, but today I was grateful to them. This because I heard this very nice music again… I walked up to the two ladies and listened to them playing. After they finished a song I asked them if they would be willing to sign a CD if I would buy one… and they said they would….

As some know, I like it to have signed CD’s from the artists I like.

And oh, Marion…. The two ladies had a world map standing behind them and everyone who is travelling and bought their CD can mark the place where they will bring the music of Vonder & Bloom to. Now is my Heemskerk not that interesting, but as you have the music on your iPod as well, I marked Hawaii for you!

And Marion… it is an signed CD *grins evilly*


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About music…

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That I have wide interest is very different styles from music is something that is rather well known, I think.

Just browsing through the music on my iPod shows that. My iPod is a 80gb one and holds my complete music collection (close to 5500 songs and good for almost 15 days non-stop music :P).

Many people see me as the guy that goes to rock, metal and goth concerts. Sure, I do. I like the atmosphere at that kind of concerts. But that doesn’t mean that I only like that kind of music.
Let me mention some artists and groups I see when I browse through my iPod (and that should make clear how many styles of music I like)…. 10cc, Within Temptation, The Who, Veldhuis & Kemper, Vaya Con Dios, Vangelis, Uriah Heep, Ellen ten Damme, Toto, Toontje Lager, Tony Hazzard, Suzanne Vega, Supertramp, Steve Miller Band, Sinéad O’Connor, Satanna, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Roxette, Alan Parsons Project, Mannfred Mann Earth Band, Re-Vamp, Krypteria, Queen, David Bowie… and many more…

And yet, I still manage to surprise people… :)

This afternoon Peter, a nephew of Marion, did visit me here at my home. He knows about all the concerts I go to and things like that. He couldn’t believe his ears when he arrived here and “Concerto For 2 Violins In D Minor” of J.S. Bach sounded through my apartment :)

Yes, I also like classic music… and that is something not many people know. Classic music often helps me to relax and that is a good thing I think :P


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Wonderwall

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Yesterday evening was fun. Singing very loud the Wonderwall from Oasis together with a friend. I cannot else then admit that her voice is a lot better then mine :P. I am still surprised there were no complains from any neighbors, but then again that might be advantage of a free standing house.

The more I read the lyrics, the more I like it. Tonight I will look if iTunes has it available so I can buy it and send it to my iPod.

*starts to sing again*

(And no…. no one should try to see things that are not there :P)

Wonderwall
(Oasis)

Today is gonna be the day
That they’re gonna throw it back to you
By now you should’ve somehow
Realized what you gotta do
I don’t believe that anybody
Feels the way I do about you now

Backbeat the word was on the street
That the fire in your heart is out
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before
But you never really had a doubt
I don’t believe that anybody feels
The way I do about you now

And all the roads we have to walk along are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
There are many things that I would
Like to say to you
But I don’t know how

Because maybe
You’re gonna be the one who saves me ?
And after all
You’re my wonderwall

Today was gonna be the day?
But they’ll never throw it back to you
By now you should’ve somehow
Realized what you’re not to do
I don’t believe that anybody
Feels the way I do
About you now

And all the roads that lead to you were winding
And all the lights that light the way are blinding
There are many things that I would
like to say to you
ButI don’t know how

I said maybe
You’re gonna be the one who saves me ?
And after all
You’re my wonderwall

I said maybe
You’re gonna be the one who saves me ?
And after all
You’re my wonderwall

Said maybe
You’re gonna be the one that saves me
You’re gonna be the one that saves me
You’re gonna be the one that saves me


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Just remembered why I loved the song below always so much :) 

Africa 
(by Toto)

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
Shes coming in 12:30 flight
The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say, hurry boy, its waiting there for you

Its gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Theres nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do whats right
Sure as kilimanjaro rises like olympus above the serengeti
I seek to cure whats deep inside, frightened of this thing that Ive become

Its gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Theres nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

Hurry boy, shes waiting there for you

Its gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Theres nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in africa, I bless the rains down in africa
I bless the rains down in africa, I bless the rains down in africa
I bless the rains down in africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had


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The Nits

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yesterday I have been with my friend Patrick and his partner to a concert of The Nits. And it was awesome!!

The name of The Nits is one that goes a way back in the history of the Dutch music. Hits as “Nescio” and “In the Dutch mountains” are part of their success stories. And even the “Tutti Ragazzi” from 1988 belongs to that.

Sadly Henk Hofstede had to sit during the concert because some problems he had with one of his feet. But that didn’t take anything from the pleasure that he clearly showing while making his music. A great singer and guitar player… even on some more uncommon kind of guitars.

When I saw the keyboard-man I knew I had seen him before, but somehow I couldn’t connect a name to it… until I was home again and there it did hit me fully…. This was Robert-Jan Stips!!!! This man doesn’t play the keyboards. He does do magic on the keyboards, which he showed so clearly tonight again

On the drums was Rob Kloet. I have seen many persons play the drums, but just a few with the same technics and power. He is one with the drums. Awesome to watch. He and his drums are one when he plays.

I had a great evening filled with awesome music. It was really awesome, maybe even more The Nits where always there from the days when I became aware of music until now. And I hope they will stay there for the longest time.

And ohh… 26 april Ellen ten Damme in Metropool :P.


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Lady in Black

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You hear people often say that the lyrics of a certain song means a lot to them. I can not agree more with that. It can even happen that a song you have known for many suddenly gets a special meaning. That happened for me with the song “Lady in Black” for Uriah Heep.

 

Lady in Black

She came to me one morning
One lonely Sunday morning
Her long hair flowing
In the midwinter wind
I know not how she found me
For in darkness I was walking
And destruction lay around me
From a fight I could not win

She asked me name my foe then
I said the need within some men
To fight and kill their brothers
Without thought of love or god
And I begged her give me horses
To trample down my enemies
So eager was my passion
To devour this waste of life

But she wouldn’t think of battle that
Reduces men to animals
So easy to begin
And yet impossible to end
For shes the mother of our men
Who counseled me so wisely then
I feared to walk alone again
And asked if she would stay

Oh lady lend your hand outright
And let me rest here at your side
Have faith and trust
In peace she said
And filled my heart with life
There is no strength in numbers
Have no such misconception
But when you need me
Be assured I wont be far away

Thus having spoke she turned away
And though I found no words to say
I stood and watched until I saw
Her black coat disappear
My labor is no easier
But now I know I’m not alone
I find new heart each time
I think upon that windy day
And if one day she comes to you
Drink deeply from her words so wise
Take courage from her
As your prize
And say hello from me


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Tony Spinner

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Last Thursday evening I have been with my friend Patrick to a concert of Tony Spinner. I can understand that the name Tonny Spinner does not mean that much to you, but here you can read more about Tony Spinner and you will find out that his name is connected to the well known band Toto (although the music they play is different from that of Toto).

No, not a major big concert with 100.000 people watching them…. but in the back room of café with 40 people top there. Good music, good atmosphere… who wants more?
When I am honest with myself, I like this kind of concerts more then those big ones. There is a lot more communication between the artists and the people watching, they make jokes, you can talk with them during the breaks.
Nice add… I have now a signed CD of Tonny Spinners tour through Europe and Patrick a sign t-shirt (which he framed and hung on a wall in his house). This kind of things give a concert so much more value.
Another thing I noticed, only people older then 30 where there… but then again, the music Tonny plays belong to that generation.

All with all, a wonderful evening. Patrick and I agreed on the fact that we will look more to this kind of events. These kind of things make me realize that I life…..

 

(Credit Photo: Rob)


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