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Concert review: Steven Wilson & Band, Hand. Cannot. Erase.-tour, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht 24/03/15

Well... why not. Another concert review.
It's been a while, I know.
Not that I haven't been to too many concerts lately, I just didn't bother writing about them, lately - there's been quite a lot on my mind the past couple of months - or perhaps, even the past couple of years - so. what.

So there. Mastermind/composer/multi-instrumentalist Mr. SW and his band hit my city with his appearance lately.
And here are my impressions. As usual - yes, I am a fan, but not without criticism. So, you'll have to Bear. With. Me. on this matter.

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Ultimate encore, the lovely title track from “The Raven That Refused To Sing”. And once again ... I missed Theo Travis.

Most of all - I missed this ultimate beauty of a song:

Deform to Form a Star... Now isn't that a lovely song about DEATH, or what?
It also shows very well why I missed Theo Travis so much this concert. Damn. He's fantastic!

BTW, didn't I already say I missed Theo Travis??? ;-)

Well, you just cannot have *everything*, no?

Score: 7.5/10
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Happy 2015 to everybody!

Hope it will be a good one, for all of you!
We had a pretty nice private party at my house, the usual, listening to music (Opeth won our annual 'Best Album'-prize for their fantastic 'Pale Communion', unanimous votes!), and emptied some nice Pommery Champagne bottles between our neighbours and ourselves at 24:00, courtesy from Birdman's boss (surely I never bothered to pay for 'real' champagne, and neither does TBM himself, LOL!).
Nice to meet the current neighbours from... Shanghai. Very nice to find out my new neighbours are in fact ICT-specialists, operating their own firm, from a flat somewhere in Nirgendwo over here, and doing fine at that.
Birdman turned out to be especially interested. I wonder why. Or rather, I don't. ;-)

Okay, now for the annual "what's to stay, and, what's to go in 2015"-list!

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"We suspend our disbeliefs, we are not alone!"

HAPPY 2015 ALL!!!
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Jacco Gardner - Help Me Out- and make 'it' disappear!

So lovely, such a great song!

A live, and much more subtle and subdued version -

Oh man, I. Was. There!
in the front row

In PARADISO EST!, i.e. it was Paradise in Amsterdam, heh.

Looking forward to see Young Mr. Gardner perform live at De Helling in Utrecht, soon! (yup tickets are secured)
And most hopefully, Emilio will be there, too - as HE was the guy who pointed me out on this fantastic musician, about a year ago. :-)
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My best wishes for X-mas and upcoming 2015 for all of you!

Long time no see, but... not forgotten.

Bah. It's that time of the year again. Let it be said, I truly despise the commercialism surrounding Christmas and all so-called 'parties', if it were up to me, I'd gladly choose to wake up not until mid-February again - days getting lighter & longer & warmer -
Spring being in the air, birds singing again, etc...

Here's once again, here's my attempt at The Most Horrible *KITSH* X-mas Tree of All Times -



Well it's a decent attempt, no? That little 'tree' happens to be the same one that's been with me for over three years.
For some obscure reason, it somehow survived its life on my balcony all that time.

I love them fluorescent orange glass balls which I managed to get at a bargain.
Nobody wanted them. Except for me. Quite telling, I suppose.

There's been a lot of concerts I witnessed lately but I just didn't find the fortitude to be able to post about them.
Might have to do with my dearest friend Emilio struggeling with the aftermaths of having to deal with a dreadful tumour in his abdomen.
After a lot of surgeries, he's been declared FREE of all said rubbish now, and bloody hell I am so happy about that!

My dearest friend mr. Emilio, along with DeHuiz and Birdman, just signed up for an upcoming concert May 2015 at my hometown's De Helling, of the most lovely Jacco Gardner -

"... I can't see you, I would like to - CLEAR THE AIR...!"

January, February 2015 - please come AS FAST AS CAN BE.
I want to hear the birds singing again!

In all honesty, Mr. Jacco Gardner's debut album "Cabinet of Curiosities" might well be the most lovely music I've heard in about a decades' time.
Don't tell him - don't spoil him. ;-).
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Stereotypes of The Netherlands -

I'm not all around here all too often but this just made me smile and I wanted to share it with you, as... perhaps some of these stereotypes indeed hide a bit of truth - or even more!, LOL!

You know, that country of which most of Americans think Amsterdam is the capital of Denmark, or vice versa? :p
No, just a terrible, tiny, overcrowded spot located near the North Sea, some of which still think it's Hippy Country (no, it's NOT AT ALL, and smoking pot is more allowed in the USA than it is over here in my country nowadays, just to debunk some kind of silly ideas).


Well, I'm from "Train Delay Central", and my BF is a so-called 'Stubborn Blond Speedskater' aka a Frysian - but he hates snow and ice, and will never be spotted anywhere near it, despite indeed being stubborn and blond. LOL!

I most of all had to laugh aout the comments about our Southern neighbours, aka The Belgians - no, they are NOT stupid, and YES they have splendid beer - but the sidenote 'fix your highways, we need them to get to France!' is just so much spot-on!!! :D

More on that coming soon... as I've just come back from La Douce France, and well yes, I'm in love with that country.
As I've been for over a couple of decades already.
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Cristina. Die Königing der Nacht! - RIP...

Cristina Deutekom, also known as "Stientje", one of a truly miraculous Queen of the Night.

Not to forget her fantastic performance interpreting "Konstanze"'s Martern Aller Artern-aria from Mozart's so much underrated splendid, and funny, opera "Die Entfürung aus dem Serail" .

Or this one. Just imacculate.

Like I said - funny, charming, heartwarming - if only if you allow yourself to understand and appreciate as such!

What a voice. An Angel's.

RIP, you dear lady.

Yes, at times, heavy/doom/trash/metal fans... acknowledge true classical music beauty.

RIP, dear STIENTJE, ultimate lovely singer of BEAUTY!!!
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"Managers", or whut?

I've already known it for a while, but today it got clear that my supervisor - who's a kind, perhaps even a bit TOO kind, a gentleman - who doesn't get on very well with his 'manager' aka the Mrs. Bonobo 'above' him.

I'm no part of this clash at all - Thanks Providence! -, but I know for sure that supervisor D. does indeed try his very best, even if I at times/rather regularly disagree with his - admitted, rather hippie-dippie - attitude. I'm a bit more of the 'hard core'-attitude at the office, in other words, "dear respected client, it's up to YOU to back up your claims, if you aren't able of doing that, than sorry, nothing we can do for you" - sorry folks, that's how it works for me, and that's, unfortunately for D., how it works for Mrs. Manager Bonobo just as well.

To be honest, I happen to agree with that attitude.
Still... that doesn't make me feel alright with her attitude towards Mr. D. Rather the contrary.

I have yet to encounter any "manager" who ever managed to explain to me exactly WHY they think they are entitled to earn so much more dosh than whatever-a-hard-trying-co-worker/professional, ever more, I have yet to find out what "managers" in general DO at all to 'earn' their money, apart from having endless discussions about the "management" the colour of the toilet paper in the loo? or, worse, keeping an eye, controlling their professionals to the point that those professionals don't feel safe to take any decision by themselves at all. Mind you, said "manager" usually has no clue at all of what their coworkers actually try to achieve.
KILLING any professional worker's joy at work - to extinction. This kind of very common 'Management-from-Hell'- beware!
And let's, in this regard, not even try to mention "communication managers", please - ultimate scum of the earth.

We over here have a rather appropriate term for "managers" acting like how that apparently seems normal for them to do: Nek Hijgers.

I'm looking forward to anyone providing me with an appropriate English translation for that, might well come in handy in the future. Please fill me in, folks - if you dare. ;-)

Of course I'm backing up Mr. D...
Well I've been there before... hope I'll do better this time than all of my previous attempts of dealing with scum "managers".
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"I'm Back!"... well... sort-of.

My sincere thanks to those who showed their kudos, and the likes, as the past three months or so haven't been the easiest for me.
It's been a tough time for me lately.

Uhm... yeah.
*Who else* but the lovely Mr. S.W. would be so much able to express my feelings?

Remember Me Lover - indeed...

No worries - it's merely a couple of days when I'll be able to witness my fav musicians play live again.
The BOTH of them, it rather feels like they know that I am in need for some kind of acoustic comfort. LOL!

Daniel? Am I still on that Paradiso guest list? Heh.
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Hey okay...!

I've been away for quite a while, a lot of that having had to do with my current personal life - a mite of garbage right now, I might as well admit. Don't worry to much about me - if you ever felt like that eh? - I'm a lawyer and eventually all will be fine. I'm taking care of things... oh bloody well yeah.

In other words: I've been busy and haven't found time to update this blog lately.
Hope you don't mind.

I did see a couple of concerts lately, namely The Jayhawks and Long Distance Calling in Utrecht, but that was quite all of it, and I didn't managed to post a review of those, sorry about that.

One slight thingie I'd like to share with you - I visited the ABN AMRO tennis tournament in Rotterdam, and guess what happened?

Yep, I somehow managed to meet Roger Federer aka *HIM*, not in an environment with tons of rabid fans reaching out for him at all of his practice sessions - but just late night, outside at the exit of Rotterdam Ahoy's rather deserted parking lot. WOW!

It was some two hours after his semifinal against Nicolay Davydenko. Which I was sure he was happy to have won, as he was down and out, one set and a break down, but still managed to get the win after all. No wonder he was in a rather good mood this night!
Fortunately Peter and Valerie, as well as Diane were as wonderful to make pictures of that meeting, YAY!!! Thank you so much for that, you dear folks!
This said: my THANKS to all of the wonderful fans I met that week. Fortunately, most of them being appreciative, positive folks, being able to cheer for their fav's opponents just the same - and that is what I like to see!

It was a pleasure I can tell you.
What a lovely person he is. Yep. He's sooo 'normal'. I can adjust to that from personal experience.
Notice that pink T-shirt I'm holding? That was from the "Match for Africa"-exho Fed did with Rafa Nadal in 2010 in Zürich. I said to Roger that now that I had his autograph on that tee, I'd do *whatever possible* to get Rafa's as well - hopefully in Halle this year.
He smiled at that, the dearie, and wished me best of luck!

There was a lot more about the ABN AMRO tennis tournament to tell this year, and maybe I will, soon, if time allows me.

Just one remark for now: DORIS - I promised you in the hospital that you'd get your casted foot signed, and I cannot express how happy I am that it indeed happened!!!
LOVE you, dear lady - thanks for everything, the pleasant company, etc!!!

It was a fairytale coming true.

"No fear, no shame, we play this game!"
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