maandag 8 februari 2016

Umbrella



Rodney Smith


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Because when the sun shines, we'll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be your friend
Took an oath, I'ma stick it out to the end


Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
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maandag 1 februari 2016

Life is a drink, and love's a drug

Oh, Angel sent from up above
You know you make my world light up
When I was down, when I was hurt
You came to lift me up
Life is a drink, and love's a drug
Oh now I think I must be miles up
When I was a river, dried up
You came to rain a flood


maandag 11 januari 2016

maandag 19 oktober 2015

Musical Monday: 5x Oldfashioned

I like history. I like swing. I like jazz. And I like anything that is modern and uses any of these. There are some very, very good electro-swing or retro artists or songs out there. But today I'd like to tell you all about those pop-songs which have used vintage influences in their music and/or video's.

Fergie - A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie did some stuff on her own. One of those things is this song for the soundtrack of the newest The Great Gatsby movie, with Leo Di. The entire movie could be called modern-swing and a first watch leaves you flabbergasted. This song and it's video give a good impression. Basically it's a bunch of people doing very loud in clothes and manners that are very 1930s inspired.
The song samples the rhytm and partial lyrics of Duke Ellington's  It Ain't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) from 1931. This song however isn't about swing alone, it's about that good Partay. The song is a little electronic and pop-ish, but it has a lot of nice, electro-swing features. And it surely sounds catchy. Papada. 

Christina Aguilera - Candyman

In 2006 X-tina released her Back To Basics album full of songs influenced by 1920s-1940s jazz, blues and soul of her all time favorites. This song was the third single from that album and is obviously very 1940s swing inspired. Not only in music, but also in the video. Christina performs like the Andrew Sisters in front of a large crowd of soldiers, looks like a sexy pin-up girl and she even imitates Rosie. I actually really love it. 

Outcast - Hey Ya!

This song in itself it catchy, but doesn't refer so much to old music. The video however is legendary. It is a reference to the appearance of The Beatles at the Ed Sullivan Show. Apparently, the director of the video was inspired by the songs musical structure, which is very similar to the way The Beatles build their songs. In this version, Outcastmember Andre 3000 plays all eight members of The Eight Below. We see a crowd of screaming girls and even a very cool family doing the twist. 

Yolanda Be Cool - We No Speak Americano

Thé summer-hit of 2010 (or was it 2011?), is this (until now) one hit wonder by Yolanda Be Cool. It samples a 1954 song Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano by Italian singer Renato Carosone. Especially the fun, slapstick-like video make this song feel very ancient. I love this track, it is fun, it is light and it is danceable.


Pitbull ft. John Ryan - Fireball

I have come to appreciate the songs by Pitbull, though, there is some fluctuation in the quality of his songs. Probably because Pitbulls monotone rapping can't make a full song on it's own, so there is always a featuring artist. Some of these artists are good, and some aren't.
This song is typically Pitbull, bold, arrogant, fun and all Latino. But, this time, with a little old-school mixed in too. The latin-jazzy instrumentals remind me a lot of the song Tequila! The video is in black and white (well, most of it), very burlesque with hot girls in bikini's with a lot of tassels, long gloves and doing all kinds of old school burlesque dancing and acts like fire-breathing. 


dinsdag 29 september 2015

Home sweet home: landleven



Ik haat ze, blogpauzes. Maar ja, soms, zoals ze in het Engels zo mooi zeggen, life throws a curveball. Zo heb je niks te doen en zo heb je zo weinig tijd dat de meest basale dingen erbij in schieten. Op dit moment probeer ik werk, studie, verbouwen én een klein beetje leven in balans te houden, als een volleerd jongleerder. Op de dagen dat ik thuis ben, die er alweer wat meer zijn, want studeren doe ik voor het grootste gedeelte thuis en verbouwen kán alleen in huis, zie ik weer wat van het 'normale' leven. Een leven dat enorm verandert is door onze verhuizing, nu zo'n 6 maanden geleden. Elke morgen, terwijl ik de slaap nog uit mijn oven wrijf, stappen Babel en ik de deur uit om een wandeling te maken van ongeveer een uur. Elke morgen mag ik me bedenken welke route we nemen. Elke dag begroet ik de koeien, de paarden en de schapen in de weilanden van onze straat. Elke morgen is anders. Ik zie voor mijn ogen de seizoenen veranderen. Van de prachtige bloesems in de boomgaarden, volop beschenen door de ochtendzon in juni tot de flarden mist die in de herfst over de velden hangen. Van de warmte in de zomer tot de winter die stukje bij beetje zichzelf begint aan te kondigen in de koude wind. De appelbomen kleurden berustend roze door hun bloesem, waren toen vitaal groen van een indrukwekkend bladerdek en waren daarna overweldigend rood door de grote hoeveelheden rijpe appels.


En met de seizoenen wisselt hier ook de bedrijvigheid in de omgeving. Van aardbeien, naar kersen, naar pruimen en daarna de overweldigende appeloogst. Onze overburen waren van het begin van de ochtend tot het einde van de avond in de weer tractoren, beladen met kisten vol met appels. Fruit hoef ik hier niet meer te kopen. We krijgen het amper voor elkaar om de grote hoeveelheden toegestopte aardbeien/pruimen/kersen/appels/peren (en eieren trouwens) op te krijgen. Alle buren begroeten hier elkaar. Iedereen is in voor een praatje, maar wel altijd lekker plat. Elke week komt er wel iemand aan de deur voor een contributie of deelname aan een loterij of iets dergelijks voor een club, vereniging, harmonie of groep van het ene of het andere. Iedereen is vriendelijk, iedereen heeft belangstelling en iedereen vind ons nog leuk en nieuw. En dat is niet erg.


Okee, ik zal niet zeggen dat alles hier fijn is. De tractoren maken herrie, óók als je wilt uitslapen, en ja, óók op zondag. En de appels, die worden gespoten en dan stinkt het naar zwavel en dan heb ik het idee dat we met z'n allen weer een dag minder leven. De koeien trekken vliegen aan, in zulke hoeveelheden dan zelf onze 3 katten ze niet meer de baas kunnen.. De velden worden bemest met stinkende kunstmest. De paden en wegen zijn na een mooi weekend geplaveid met paardenvijgen, die Babel best wel lekker vindt (koeienvlaaien trouwens ook), maar waarvan hij erg aan de diarree gaat. En na een flinke regenbui moet ik op de meeste zandpaden flink mijn best doen om niet uit te glijden of tot aan mijn knieën in de modder te zakken. En Babel neemt op de meeste wandelingen een vracht aan zand mee in zijn haren, die hij over de dag op verschillende plekken in ons huis weer los laat, zodat wij altijd wel ergens een tapijtje zand hebben liggen.
Maar dit alles hoort nu bij ons nieuwe leven. En het is verdomd goed zoals het is.


maandag 10 augustus 2015

Musical Monday: 5x buns

Last month I made a little body-part list that was very decent, didn't you think? I mean, since a few decades ago it hasn't been a big deal to see someone's legs and I don't think it has ever been an issue to talk about one's feet, although Shakira's converstation-seeking hips might have caused you some hot flashes.

I have noticed, lately there's a trend. Big butts have become some kind of fashion statement. And it's even more hip to sing about it. As a woman with a big butt, I don't particularly mind, though I never quite feel they're talking about my cellullitis-cratered buttocks. And as this seems to be body-fashion, it means in a few years my body will be quite out as well.

Caution, I might have been held at gunpoint when writing this, because I do like these songs, even though I know I shouldn't. 

Sir Mix A Lot - Baby Got Back

Yes, this one is old 24 years (though not the oldest). It's so old, it has become cool again. And if it isn't cool, at least it's cult. I've been aspiring a t-shirt with the text:  I like big books and I cannot lie, for a while, you know, because it's cool, and funny and it instantly gives you this song in your mental-player.
Although the song caused some controversy at the time, and was even briefly banned by MTV, there is a deeper meaning to the song, if you listen carefully, it's also about being confident in your body, even if it isn't in fashion.


Nicki Minaj - Anaconda



If I mention Baby Got Back I should also mention Anaconda, which heavily samples the first song. I even thought Sir Mix A Lot might have had a hand in the production of the song, but the mighty Internet that isn't the case, though Sir Mix A Lot does like the song.
Anaconda in this song isn't a snake, but another bodypart. Though the song is mostly about big butts, and Nicki Minaj is obviously very happy she spend money to enhance her.
I think, maybe, you do not like this song. Or this type of very nude video, but I strongly advise you to watch it and be amazed, lose your faith in humanity, spend the day watching all the parody-versions and keep awake at night because you can't get the lyrics out of your head.

This song, the video and the cover obviously was cause for yet another controversy, which Minaj responded to by showing underwear advertisements which looked rather similar to the cover and stating something like her sexuality was empowering for her.

The Black Eyed Peas - My Humps

Some kind of similar discussion could be said when talking about The Black Eyed Peas song My Humps which is about both a woman's assets, both in the front ánd the back, being used for her own advantage. Does that give her power, or not?
Anyways, I think this song itself sound rather good. So maybe don't think about that, don't listen to it's lyrics and just enjoy.

Jason Derula ft. Snoop Dogg  Wiggle

I find this song very funny. And it sound quite nice as well. Times called it one the worst song of 2014. The song and video do show the dude's side of using/showing/wiggling your bodyparts for some advantage. Please tell me if you still feel confident, empowered and non violated.



Destiny's Child - Bootylicious

Before Beyconé started doing the dry-hump moves in her choreography and wear clothes that were a billboard for whoever does her waxing, she was half of the more fun-loving group Destiny's Child. And they made a song called Bootylicious. And there was a video, in which we rarely see butts. Or in anyway too much skin. We see three confident women goofing around while having a dress-up party. Now THAT is empowering.