• creativity

    Creative is other ways

    Margriet and I haven’t been making much music together lately. Instead we’ve been creative in other ways.

    From Irene’s pocket collage ‘sketchbook’


    Deck of Cards

    Margriet’s Queen of Hearts

    Margriet’s Queen of hearts collage is part of a year-long collage project on Instagram: #deckofcardscollagechallenge2022. Each week a different card gets drawn and everyone uploads their design. The variety of styles is amazing.

    Collage Workshops

    I was hoping to organize a collage workshop at my church on World Collage Day (14 May 2022), but our church hall was booked, so I held the event on 7 May instead. Then the Ukraine House in Rotterdam came on my radar and a week later – on World Collage Day – I led a collage workshop on their premises, with a group of Ukrainian women and children. More sessions at the Ukraine House are planned for the weeks to come.


    Irene’s Instagram account: @irene.bom
    Margriet’s Instagram account: @margriet.van.overbeeke

  • creativity - songwriting

    In songwriter-mode

    Irene writes,
    In a recent blog post, Gary Ewer mentions Bob Dylan’s analogy for describing a good song: ‘It should be able to “walk by itself.” A good song has life. It has an identity, and it exists long after someone sings it.’ (source: www.secretsofsongwriting.com)
    I’m hoping to write a few of those.
    I’ve been in songwriter-mode for most of 2017, taking part in a year-long course with Lalalab in Amsterdam and attending some songwriting camps. Not that I’ve been prolific, but I do have something to show for it.
    Some recent song tiles:
    Be a little braver
    Do you remember?
    Secret garden
    On the other side of darkness
    It kills me

  • creativity - event

    Two weeks as an artists’ community


    From 10 to 23 July 2012 Margriet and I, together with our friend, Katrin, from Berlin, formed a temporary artists’ community, based in my brother’s home in the Gerard Scholtenstraat in Rotterdam. (My brother and his girlfriend had agreed to swop houses with Katrin for two weeks, to make this possible.) My sister, Daphne, joined us for a few morning sessions, to draw us.


    Here are some of the things we managed to fit into this two week window:

    – play at two open mic sessions in Café de Bel (Gerard Scholtenstraat)
    – attend a screening of a music documentary about Talking Heads at the beach in The Hague
    – go sailing with friends
    – attend a live recording of the TV programme, “Beste Singer-Songwriter van Nederland”, in Amsterdam
    – go to the Boomtown festival in Gent (Friday night)
    – experiment with paper
    – experiment with improvising
    – introduce Margriet to the basics of playing the ukelele
    – work out four Dutch songs for our “Crème Brûlée” repertoire (incl one new tune)
    – make a start on two other tunes for the “Crème Brûlée” repertoire (Irene)
    – watch a BBC video series, “How Art Made the World”
    – perform at ROOM hostel (thanks Arto from Brazil for listening so attentively)
    – do some recording, incl a recording of one of Katrin’s songs
    – make video recordings of the four “Crème Brûlée” songs we had arranged
    – go to two music shops (incl a ukelele shop, where we met Marco and Shelly)
    – check out books on songwriting from Irene’s collection
    – cook, eat, sleep and get on with living …


    We were so busy, there was hardly enough time to work on our own individual projects.