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Post-Amerika

“Neutrality means that you don’t really care . ‘Cause the struggle goes on even when you’re not there. Blind and unaware.” | Rise Against – Collapse (Post-Amerika)

In the past few days, I have doubted whether I would also join in sharing articles and statements about the anti-racism movement that has dominated Western media for the past week. On the one hand, it’s a very important topic that needs to be discussed and that needs to change completely. On the other hand, I personally am absolutely not a fan to suddenly go along with certain popular developments that will probably hardly be talked about in a while. I’m also not someone who regularly talks about racism. In addition, I doubt that my words will add anything to the many messages that have been shared to date. I have therefore decided to give it a try to write about it, and if you read this I have apparently been satisfied enough with the end result to share it with you.

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Jus(t) a Bad Human

About a year and a half ago, I went to the House of European History in Brussels with my fellow students. In that museum, a narrative is told about the origins of Europe, in particular about the past 250 years, and the origins of the European Union. After a tour in the museum, we discussed the following statement: The House of European History is a form of European propaganda. The teachers wanted to use a critical and questionable statement. Given the slightly startled reaction of the woman from the museum who attended the debate, they had succeeded. My team had to argue in favour of the statement and I was allowed to open the debate.

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With All My Favourite Colours

“With all my favorite colors, yes, sir

All my favorite colors, right on

My sisters and my brothers

See ‘em like no others

All my favorite colors”

                Black Pumas – Colors (Black Pumas, 2019)

What I sometimes wonder is; what would the world look like if everyone wore colourful clothes? When I walk through the city on a cloudy day, or when I wait on the bus with many people, I sometimes imagine what it would look like if everyone wore bright colours. Dark colours can be beautiful, but if everyone wears it, isn’t that a bit too much? Doesn’t the world look much more beautiful on cloudy days if people expressed themselves in a colourful way?

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The Playlist that turned into a Musical Diary

Sunday 23 April 2017. On a sunny afternoon I finally decided to turn a plan that had been in my head for a while into reality. A plan to make my own playlist with all my favourite songs from all genres mixed together. The most important rule: I can only add one song per day. The song I add may be linked to what music I listened to that day, what I did or how I felt. When I told a friend about this list a while back, she made the interesting comment that it’s actually some kind of musical diary. And that musical diary celebrates its third anniversary today.

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The Coverart Challenge

A friend recently nominated me for a challenge on Facebook to place an album cover of an album that influences my musical taste five days in a row, without giving an explanation. Unfortunately for her, I have to acknowledge that I don’t participate in social media challenges for several reasons. In order not to disappoint her completely, I decided to do something with it. The challenge got me thinking; what are in my opinion the five most beautiful album covers of albums that I have in my collection? And can I go deeper into that than just share images of it? This sounds like a new challenge.

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Save Praise for a Better Man

Most of you probably know Tom Walker from his song Leave a Light On. A big hit from 2017. Tom remains mainly a one-hit wonder among the general public for the time being, and it would be a shame if he ever goes into the history books like that. I recently wrote that many people no longer buy albums, so they are no longer ‘forced’ to discover more music by the artist. For the time being this seems a bit the case with Tom Walker. That’s why I’d like to focus this time on one of my favourite songs from him, and in particular to its video clip.

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A Study in Pink

The past few weeks I watched the Sherlock Holmes series with Benedict Cumberbatch. I had already seen a number of episodes in the past, and at the time I was quite impressed. Now that I’ve watched all episodes of the first three seasons, of which there are unfortunately only nine, I’m even more impressed. The way he observes and deduces is impressive, and at the same time shows my own flawed skills in it. By the way, I’m also curious how good your skills are.

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Missing Turns in the Musical Journey of Discovery

The music lover I am I often talk to people about music. It is beautiful and interesting to see how everyone is involved with music in a different way. Music is something very personal. (If you haven’t seen it by the way, my personal reveal will be on 23 April.) Music can take you from deep wells, but it can also take you to great heights. I once said to someone that listening to music is a moment for yourself. He disagreed. According to him, it is a moment between you and the artist. A beautiful vision.

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