Monday, 30 January 2017


Never before after World War II has there been a country or a leader in the Western civilisation that made people feel like they are right now. Outrage, anger, dispair, disbelief, you name it.
President Trump has, within his first week,  made it all 'possible'. He has given each and everyone of us an uneasy and unsafe feeling. The world is changing, has changed. Espacially since the Muslim ban. When people couldn't even get off the planes and there was chaos and despair.
It all started with the Women's March the day after the Inaugeration. All over the world women (and men ) were protesting against his presidency. He didn't win, Hillary had 3 million more votes, so why on Earth is he now president! He is a narcissist, a white surpremacist, a fascist, need I go on?
All his actions from the last week speak for themselves.

Angela Merkel, the German prime minister (who now is the leader of the Free West to be honest) was the one who had to remind mr Trump of the Geneva convention. She had to call him and tell him.
Trump, having once said he didn't read, doesn't know about the Geneva Convention?
He has forbidden scientist to publish their findings, or to communicate on Social Media, which provoked  protests and rogue accounts.
He still wants to build his stupid wall to keep the Mexicans out and let Mexico pay for it (which they won't) He has whiped away women's rights in one sweep. Planned parenting, abortion, everything America has built through the years is being whiped clean even the websites of the Government.
Trump doesn't believe in Climate change, it's a hoax, so whipe away all data so it doesn't exits anymore.

There once was a country in 1938 where a leader stood up. People started to like him, what he said. he blamed minorities, Jews, gypsies... He didn't talk but screamed his words to get his point across.
He was elected and then the Second World War started.
Millions of Jews, Gypsies and homosexuals were killed.
Later some Germans said; 'Ich habe es nicht gewußt!' (I did not know)
But did they? Or did they just turn away, didn't they just want to know?

What we're seeing now in America is that people are resisting, are protesting, they don't want this, they don't want to be ruled by a demagogue and a tirant.
They don't want history to repeat itself only this time it's not Jews, it's Muslims.
Let's all resist, in every country. Don't let the Nazis win again. It doesn't matter where you live or if they call themselves 'alt-right' they are Nazis, plain and simple and we won't stand for it. We won't stay silent!


© KH

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Music on Sunday; Songs inspired by other musicians

Just last week Elbow's new song came out with a clip some thought looked familiar. It looked like the 1985 Godley & Creme vid 'Cry' which wasn't that odd as Godley directed the video. He's in it and so is Benedict Cumberbatch.
I've always loved Elbow and this song is no exception. They were inspired by Godley and Creme's video and wanted to remake it.
So for today I'll try to find for artists who were inspired by others musicians musically.

this was a homage to the style and work of British singer-songwriter Robert Wyatt.

This is the Pearl Jam equivalent of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" - a song about a deranged female fan who stalks the singer and claims he fathered her child. The song is named after Matt Lukin, the bass player for Mudhoney and Vedder's friend. When Eddie needed to escape his stalker problem, he and his wife would sometimes hang out at Lukin's place.

This Beatles-inspired song was the first single The Bee Gees recorded in England. It became their first international success.

Iggy Pop (note the name: zIGGY), Lou Reed, Marc Bolan, Gene Vincent and Jimi Hendrix ("He played it left hand, but made it too far" - Hendrix was left-handed), were all likely influences on the character Ziggy Stardust, but the only musician Bowie admits was a direct influence is Vince Taylor, an English singer who took the "rock star" persona to the extreme, calling himself Mateus and declaring himself the son of God. Taylor was popular in France in the early '60s, and Bowie met him in 1966, after his popularity had faded.

© KH

Friday, 27 January 2017

Art on Friday; Narcissus

Today the theme is Narcissus. I love Greek Mythology and now and again you will find myths in paintings here as well.

Narcissus was a hunter in Greek mythology, son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope. He was a very beautiful young man, and many fell in love with him. However, he only showed them disdain and contempt. One day, while he was hunting in the woods, the Oread nymph Echo spotted him and immediately fell for him. When Narcissus sensed that someone was following him, Echo eventually revealed herself and tried to hug him. However, he pushed her off and told her not to disturb him. Echo, in despair, roamed around the woods for the rest of her life, and wilted away until all it remained of her was an echo sound.

Nemesis, the goddess of retribution and revenge, learned what had happened and decided to punish Narcissus for his behaviour. She led him to a pool; there, the man saw his reflection in the water and fell in love with it. Although he did not realise in the beginning that it was just a reflection, when he understood it, he fell in despair that his love could not materialise and committed suicide.

John William Waterhouse-Echo and Narcissus

Michelangelo Carvagio-Narcissus

Gerard van Kuijl-Narcissus

Michael Nicolas Bernard Lepicie-Narcissus
Narcissus and Echo
Rene-Antoine Houasse - Narcissus

Solomon J. Solomon-Narcissus and Echo

Gyula Benczúr-Narcissus

© KH

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Music on Sunday; Forgotten music

Sometimes you hear a song on the radio you haven't heard for ages and you wonder what had happened to the artist. A one day fly or just someone who had a hit or two or one great album and never heard of again. Or they only are remembered for their one big hit and no one knows they have other songs as well.
Here are some of those for you today;

© KH

Friday, 20 January 2017

Art on Friday; American presidents

Today is Inauguration day in America. So for this art on Friday American presidents in painting.

This vintage American Civil War painting features President Abraham Lincoln, holding the American flag

Andy Thomas-Nine Democratic presidents playing pool

Andy Thomas-GOP presidental poker party

Emanuel Leutze-Washington crosses the Delaware

Norman Rockwell-John F. Kennedy

Aaron Shikler-John F. Kennedy

George W. Bush-Father and son

Bob Peak-Jimmy Carter

Andy Thomas-Ronald Reagan

Nelson Shanks-Bill Clinton

Dan Lacey-Barack Obama

© KH

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Muziek op zondag; Death and all his friends

Those who are dead, are not dead
They're just living in my head
And since I fell for that spell
I am living there as well
- Coldplay

As I said in my earlier blogs this week; it's been a week of grieving for me. With this blog I hope to conclude the whole week and look forward to a more happier year. 

© KH

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Quotes and Pics 265; Death and Loss

It's been a strange week, in the sense that it's been one of loss and grieving. My uncle died and we had his funeral yesterday. Thursday it was ten years ago that my cousin died age 37 and today my dad would have been 75 if he'd lived. He died almost 15 years ago age 60.
As a child January was one of the birthday months. Dad's, aunts and uncles. But now, nothing but grieving, remembering and a feeling of so many missing. 

So this week my themed blogs are all about death and loss. It's my way of dealing with it I suppose. 

© KH

Friday, 13 January 2017

Art on Friday; Death and Loss

It's not a popular subject but today is my uncle's funeral and I guess it's my way of dealing with it, coping with it. Writing a poem (yesterday's blog) or making quotes (tomorrow) posting songs (probably Sunday) and today this. It's a grieving process of sorts. So for today's Art on Friday paintings about death and loss.

Herbert Draper-The Lament for Icarus

Dante Gabriel Rossetti-Dante's dream about the death of Beatrice

Jean Broc-The Death of Hyacinthos

John Everett Millais-Ophelia

William-Adolphe Bouguereau-The first Mourning

John William Waterhouse-Gather ye rosebuds while ye may

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

Robert Herrick

© KH

Thursday, 12 January 2017

I'll be seeing you

I’ll be seeing you
In all the memories of old
In all my silly childhood memories
I’ll see you in a daydream
Reminiscing of how it used to be
I’ll hear you telling a funny joke
Laughing the hardest about it

I’ll miss you
Every moment of my life
I’ll miss the time we had
Or even the time we could have had
I’ll miss you
Yes I will miss you so

We will see each other again
Someday in other life time
We all leave our mark on this world
And you sure left one in mine

© KH

Ik zal je weer zien
In alle oude herinneringen
In al die malle jeugdherinneringen
Ik zal je weer zien in een dagdroom
Mijmerend over hoe het was
Ik zal je weer horen hoe je een mop verteld
Jijzelf om het hardst lachend

Ik zal je missen
Elk moment van mijn leven
Ik zal de tijd die we hadden missen
Maar meer nog de tijd die we niet meer hadden
Ik zal je zo missen
Ja ik zal je erg missen

We zullen elkaar weer zien
Ooit in een ander leven
We laten allemaal onze stempel achter in dit leven
En jij hebt dat zeker gedaan in dat van mij

© KH

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Muziek op Zondag; Human

Soms denk ik erover om de opzet van het muziek op Zondag deel te veranderen maar waarom eigenlijk? Het werkt best goed zo. Met de actualiteit meegaan wat er eventueel gebeurd zoals overleden artiesten of albums die uitkomen, maar ook gewoon af en toe alleen puur op een thema gebaseerd.
Ik ben ook maar een mens die gewoon van muziek houdt en heel diverse muziek ook nog.

© KH

Friday, 6 January 2017

Art on Friday; Sherlock Holmes

Today is the birthday of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes; a creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this day and age admired by many played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series Sherlock. Sherlock was born on January 6 in 1854.
So for today's Art on Friday I'm posting book illustrations from the many Sherlock Holmes novels.

Happy Birthday Sherlock .

Arthur Twidle-Sherlock Holmes in "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans."
Strand Magazin

H.M. Brock-the adventure of the Red Circle (the Strand)

Alfred Gilbert-The problem of Thor Bridge (the Strand)

Frederic Dorr Steele-The adventures of the Dying detective (the Strand)

Sidney Paget-Holmes and Watson

Sidney Paget-Reichenbach

© KH