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Sister Magic

15 Jan

haimJust heard this song by Haim for the first time. Instand love!! What is it with me and sister-music..? First I thought how sweet it would be to have friends that you can start a band with. To me that seems like one of the hardest things to do. Then I read they were sisters. When I saw The Staves live at Into The Great Wide Open last year they brought me to tears, just like The Secret Sisters did two years ago. I guess I love seeing sisters be so in sync toger. Oh, and.. wiki tells me their music has been called “nu-folk–meets–nineties–R&B”… Yes, people-who-like-to-put-things-in-place, go find that new little box… I just really like it!


Oh the bitter winds are coming in

3 Feb

Just heard this song by First Aid Kit and instantly loved it..! I seem to just love female voices like theirs lately. And again, their sisters. This comes as no surprise since their voices sound great together. Johanna and Klara Söderberg are only 15 and 18 years old and come from Sweden. The video is so gorgeous, I love the colors and the atmosphere of their video. Also The Lions Roar is lovely!

I follow rivers

20 Jan

This morning my love showed me this amazing cover of Lykki Li’s ‘I Follow Rivers’ by Belgian band Triggerfinger. How can you not fall in love with this. The original is lovely too and has a great video, I have to say. I love Lykke Li for I had her album on my album while I was roaming Berlin by myself, which made her music special to me. But the cover by Triggerfinger is slightly better, is my opinion. (Which is NOT the case with Birdy’s version of Bon Ivers Skinny Love, people!!) The song reminds me of what my friend Kim always tells me:

Don’t push the river…

It is a sentence that I think of often and one that Kim reminds me of every now and then, as she did last week. I do wish to follow rivers. In my head I picture the rivers I once stood along when I need to let go of something. I like to throw rocks in them when I really need to let go.

Important big rivers in my live: Deschutes River in Oregon, Ardèche in France, Mississippi River in the Minneapolis area, Rijn in Arnhem (I live about a stones throw away from this river. Lots of stones I have thrown in this one!).

Grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

3 Jan

Yeay! A brand new year… December must be the hardest month to me, a huge summer lovin’ girl. I don’t even want to get into that too much. The last hours of 2011 we spend with two dear friends in a beautiful little town playing music all night. Each of us taking turn finding great songs from the record collection present. After hours of playing records we switched to youtube, which made the night endless! These were the songs that stuck with me:

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

From after the Storm by Mumford and Sons

1. ‘Two Way Street’ by Kimbra: for her amazing songs are even better and stronger than Gotye. Amazing inspiring young woman that brings a great new personal style with overflowing passion.

2. ‘Roscoe’ by Midlake: a song that needs to be listened to while driving in a van through the states.

3. ‘After the Storm’ by Mumford and Sons: for the striking lyrics that fit me so well right now.

4. ‘Proud Mary’ by Tina Turner: for the strong and beautiful women that take that stage and show the world some girl power.

5. ‘America’ by Simon & Garfunkel: for these two voices that work so well together and bring moments of magic to a song when they cross.

6. ‘ I Feel For You’ by Prince: for we had to miss out on the best song by Prince because it wasn’t in the house and Prince is nowhere to be found on Youtube.

Steal back mine

29 Dec

Sometimes there are songs that lift your mood. And if the lyrics mean what you think it does, doesn’t really matter. Most of the time they tell a story that doesn’t exactly fit yours but there are lines that really fit you.

I love how she sings about stealing back her heart and that things are going to change.

I also love the part where she is at the beach with cotton candy! I so love cotton candy. One of the things my love did that made me sure that this was the love of my life, was buy cotton candy for me on the carnival (or what we call Kermis). The guy in the clip obviously has no clue… Don’t (try to) take candy cotton away from a girl…!! EVER!

This is the place my love bought candy cotton for me! ❤

Oh, tie me to the end of a kite

22 Dec

Wow, this must be the prettiest kite I have ever seen! Watching this pretty video made me a little nervous though… I have been flying a kite several times. But in certain situations I made de kite hit the ground in a way that would not be healthy for this one…!

This is the “Little Shining Man”, a kite with 1700 3d printed connectors, carbon fibre rods and cubenfibre aerospace fabric. Conceived by Heather and Ivan Morison, designed by Sash Reading, engineered and fabricated by Queen & Crawford.

You can find some great pics by Matt Porteous here.

I thought of this ‘Kite song’ by Rosie Thomas… which has some great lyrics!

Oh, tie me to the end of a kite
So I can go on, I can go on with my life
Every marigold I pass below will be my guiding light
I just want to go away from here

Oh, tie me to the end of a kite
So I can go on, I can go on with my life
Every time the wind blows stronger,
I will feel my spirit rise
I just want to go away from here

Oh, tie me up tightly by your side
So I may go with you where ever you reside
And anytime the road looks dimmer
I will be your guiding light
I just want to go away with you
I just want to go away with you

The Staves

15 Dec

A great song I discovered lately is ‘Mexico’ from the Staves. I lovelovelove it and the video is just as gorgeous and dreamy! Can’t stop watching it…

The text on their facebook page on their influence is just what I believe & so needed to hear: ”Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable, originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Goddard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to” – Jim Jarmusch