Cornelis Vreeswijk – “Een Paleis Van Zand” (A Palace Of Sand).

Hi guys! 🙂

Today is the 32nd anniversary of one of my musical crushes – Cornelis Vreeswijk’s – death. I wasn’t even alive yet when he died, yet, in some respect, of all my music crushes I feel the closest to him, despite he is no longer my dominant crush since a couple of years. I just think our brains have a lot in common, despite you really wouldn’t think so at a first glance. 😀

I have no idea if I’ve ever posted any of his Dutch language music, but if not, the time has come today. As you may know from my earlier posts on him, he was Dutch but spent most of his life in Sweden, and most of his songs and poems are written in Swedish. But there are some Dutch ones too, and not only the translations of his Swedish works. The song I want to show you exists only in Dutch and is beautiful! Well, at least that’s my feeling. I don’t speak Dutch yet, although I am planning to and hoping for it very much, and I know lyrics are usually much more important, and the more so more interesting, in his music than the actual music, they never leave a neutral impression on me when I understand them, I always either love them or hate them (the latter is usually about the political and often the more strongly socially themed ones). This song I only understand in pieces, from what I know from Dutch, and from what sounds similar to English and Swedish. But I’m sure it must be really beautiful and it sounds so. So I hope you enjoy it too.

 

Maaike Ouboter – “Wattendag” (Cotton Wool Day).

Hi people! 🙂

I don’t think there’s been much music in Dutch on my blog so far, despite Dutch is one of my favourite languages that I plan on learning at some point. I guess there’s only something by the Flemish singer Hannelore Bedert and perhaps something in Dutch by Cornelis Vreeswijk. But the truth is I don’t listen to much of Dutch language music. Maybe it’s because they do so much of their music in English, I guess more even than Swedes, maybe it’s that I haven’t searched enough, or that perhaps I don’t feel it as much as I do Welsh music for example. But I like this artist. I hardly understand anything from her lyrics beyond some single words or phrases that I can figure out via either English or Swedish or my bits of German, I’m not even perfectly sure if I got the title right, but I like the way her music sounds.