Ram(e)ses


Irene writes: Last Tuesday Margriet and I recorded our Art Rocks video, with our friend, Theo Huijgens behind the camera. It all got a bit late, and I forgot my capo, so I had to play a whole other set of chords. Also, my guitar strings need replacing and our voices were a bit shaky. But we did it. And…

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Art Rocks 2018 song is called “Ramses”


Irene writes, My Art Rocks 2018 song is finally coming together. I’m calling it “Ramses”. I was inspired by the life of Ram(e)ses II and his legacy (as Basquiat obviously was), in particular the striking evidence of his love for Nefertari, his first wife. The tomb he built for her in the Valley of the Queens is stunning – a…

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Working on a song for Art Rocks 2018


Art Rocks is a bi-annual competition linking fine art and music. Irene took part in 2012, and has decided to try again. Last Saturday she attended one of the workshops, to gain inspiration and meet some of the other songwriters. She was the oldest of the bunch by far. The youngest was 15, not much older than when she first…

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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…

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