Monthly Archives: January 2018

30 Day Song Challenge #17

Day 17: a song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke. Brooke Fraser & William Fitzsimmons — You Can Close Your Eyes. James Taylor’s “You Can Close Your Eyes” is a drop-dead gorgeous little lullaby. (He’s quite good at that. See also “Sweet Baby James” and “Fire and Rain”.) I haven’t got a clue… Read more »

30 Day Song Challenge #16

Day 16: a song that’s a classic favorite. Grieg: Pianoconcert – Hannes Minnaar – Limburgs Symfonie Orkest olv. Otto Tausk We have now arrived in the part of the list where the categories aren’t always clear. What is “a classic favorite” exactly? Is it an oldie that I like? Is it a piece of classical… Read more »

30 Day Song Challenge #15

Day 15: a song you like that’s a cover by another artist. As the great philosopher Jon Bon Jovi once said, “Whoa, we’re halfway there.” Wende — Au suivant (Jacques Brel cover) I like me some covers. Whether they’re stripped down acoustic versions of hiphop tunes I would usually ignore, plain gorgeous takes on songs… Read more »

First Lines: Turtles All the Way Down

For weeks now I have been trying to find the right words to express my thoughts on John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down. I hereby declare myself defeated, and go with what I have: With Turtles All the Way Down John Green managed to write a book that is not The Fault in Our… Read more »

30 Day Song Challenge #14

Day 14: a song you’d love to be played at your wedding. Claudia de Breij — Mag ik dan bij jou There’s a thin line between being emotionally invested in what you’re singing, and drenching it in pathos. Covers of Claudia de Breij’s “Mag ik dan bij jou” almost always cross that line. Which, is… Read more »