Short walk near De Bilt.

β€œWhen we are no longer able to change the situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor Frankl πŸ’¬

🎡 My week in music (week #4 2020)

Making a very easy soup tonight with courgettes, spring onions, lemon and mint.

πŸŽ₯ Currently watching A message from Akira Kurosawa (2000) β˜…β˜…β˜…

Pretty informative documentary on his life and an insightful look into his practice as a film director.

”The practice of art isn’t to make a living, it’s to make your soul grow”

Kurt Vonnegut πŸ’¬

🎡 Listening to one of the oddest (and one of my favourite) World Music albums ever: Fly, Fly My Sadness (1996). A remarkable but successful collaboration between two very different musical cultures.

This Lowlander I.P.A. is one of my favourite Dutch beers of late.

🎡 My week in music (week #3 2020)

πŸŽ₯ The Crown (Season 3) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Loved reading the trivia on IMDb:

Changing her eye color in postproduction was also tested, but (…) “it didn’t feel like her. CGI-ing her eyes seemed to diminish what she was doing.” Eventually it was decided to accept the continuity error.

πŸŽ₯ Rashomon (1950) by Akira Kurosawa β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

4 contradictory accounts of one incident: a classic in cinematic storytelling. Mesmerising cinematography. Can’t believe this was made in 1950.

🎡 My week in music (week #2 2020)

Cooking Indonesian tonight. Inspired by recipes from a Dutch classic Indonesian cookbook from the 60s (Groot Indonesisch Kookboek by Bep Vuyk). With beautiful drawings and photography by Suwondo Sudewo and Icksan Pohan.

Full moon through clouds

🎡 My week in music (week #1 2020)

🎡πŸŽ₯ Monterey Pop (1968) β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜…

The documentary ends with a classic raga performance by Ravi Shankar. Perfectly captured on film and edited by D. A. Pennebaker, we see the audience slowly getting ecstatic by hearing these otherworldly sounds. A true 60s time capsule.

πŸŽ₯ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) β˜… β˜… β˜… Β½

We watched the final chapter yesterday to finish our (re)watch of the β€˜complete’ series. (We started with Rogue One and skipped The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.) Despite many issues storywise, it’s a well made film.

πŸŽ₯ Star Wars: The last Jedi (2017) β˜… β˜… β˜… Β½

🎡 My favourite Rock album of 2019: Diabolique - l’Γ‰pΓ©e

My favourite Hip Hop/Rap album of 2019: GREY Area - Little Simz

🎡 My week in music (week #52)

My favourite Alternative album of the year 2019 is schlagenheim by black midi. A very unique sound with hints of Talking Heads, Long Fin Killie and Gavin Friday/The Virgin Prunes.

My best R&B/Soul album of the year 2019: Black Pumas

My favourite electronica album of the year 2019 has to be Utility by Barker. Contemporary, but also with nostalgic references to Monolake, Basic Channel, Plaid and other 90s predecessors.

Preparing pasta dough for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner and testing out the new pasta machine.