David Bowie as “Halloween Jack”, jamming to “Rebel Rebel” on ToPPoP, 1974. There are a bunch of photos and GIFs of this amazing performance floating around, but you really need to see the video! It’s just David miming, but man is it hot!
(And for the record, that’s all David’s guitar work on the studio recording he’s miming to, too – I don’t think he gets NEAR enough credit for this crunchtastic riff and overall vibe, all-time peak glam in my book.)
Stick around for David receiving the Edison Award for the Ziggy Stardust album, a very endearing exchange with the Dutch presenter backstage.
Norman Reedus is currently being interviewd with JDM and Gregg Nicotero on Dutch tv and the presenter asked him about his favorite setpiece he kept.
Norman said it was the turtle from his episode with Beth and that he wrote her a little lovenote and gave it to her.
Peak Being Bosnian™: My brother is getting married next year and tomorrow we’re meeting his new family-in-law for the first time. In Bosnia it’s tradition that when you meet them you bring them presents. So my mum wanted to go shopping today. But ~apprently~ it’s some sort of holiday (in Belgium) and all the shops are closed. So she started panicking and she wanted to call off the visit because God forbid we go there empty handed, what a disaster that would have been. But because we can’t really call it off we’re now driving up to Holland to buy some presents.
The Rijsttafel (Dutch “rice table”) is an elaborate meal adapted by Dutch colonists, following the presentation of Nasi Padang in Sumatra, Indonesia. It consists of many side dishes (40 is not an unusual number), served in small portions, accompanied by rice prepared in different ways. Popular sides include egg rolls, sambals, satay, fish, fruit, vegetables, pickles, and nuts. In most areas where it is served, such as the Netherlands, and other areas of heavy Dutch influence (e.g. West Indies), it is known under its Dutch name. Despite its popularity in the Netherlands and abroad, it’s rarely found in Indonesia today. Rijsttafel strives to feature an array of not only flavors and colors and degrees of spiciness but also textures, incl. crispy, chewy, slippery, soft, hard, velvety, gelatinous, and runny. The following is a brief, but not nearly complete, list of foods that may be found on a Rijsttafel:
Babi kecap – Pork belly braised in sweet soy sauce common in the Netherlands, for halal Indonesian version often replaced by beef semur Bebek betutu – Duck roasted in banana leaves Gado-gado – Vegetables with peanut sauce Krupuk – Shrimp crackers Lumpia – Spring rolls Nasi goreng – Fried rice Nasi kuning – Indonesian yellow rice Perkedel – Meat and potato patties Pisang goreng – Banana fritters Sambal iris – Onion, tomato and chilli paste Sambal ulek – Spicy chilli paste Satay – Thinly sliced meats, marinated & broiled on a skewer, such as: Sate Ayam, chicken; Sate Babi, pork; Sate Lilit, seafood Semur daging – Stew of beef braised in sweet soy sauce Serundeng – Peanuts with sautéed shredded coconut Tahu telur – Tofu omelette Telur balado – Hard-boiled eggs sautéed in chilli sauce Sayur lodeh – Spicy vegetable stew in coconut milk Rendang – Aromatic spicy caramelized beef, braised in coconut milk & chillies Lemper – Rice rolls with spicy filling Opor ayam – Chicken coconut curry
Every year a small number of radio DJs from the Dutch radio station 3FM are voluntarily being locked up in a glass house the week before Christmas. The glass house is placed in a different city every year, and has a few commitments for the DJ’s: they aren’t allowed to eat solid food (only liquids are allowed), they must be on air constantly (taking turns as to who sleeps and who’s on air)whilst they’re on air they are exposed to the public, and most importantly; they must raise money for charity.
Every year, a different cause is chosen. This year their goal is to stop and prevent pneumonia from killing innocent children and people. Every year, in the spirit of Christmas, they raise millions for a great cause.
This year, a young boy named Tijn stepped forward, wanting to paint people’s nails in order to raise money for Serious Request. Six year old Tijn is suffering from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), which is a tumour located in the middle of the brain stem, and was being told he has less than a year to live. Tijn’s biggest wish was to raise money for Serious Request, and even though his initial goal was to collect €100 for the charity, he has now reached almost €2,000,000.
The trend Tijn started is phenomenal. Countless famous Dutch DJ’s, TV presenters, actors and actresses, politicians, even the prime minister (the man wearing a white shirt and glasses in the pictures above) and many more Dutchmen have painted their nails and donated to Serious Request.
- If you would like to join Tijn by painting your nails and donating to 3FM Serious Request, please go to to kominactie.3fm.nl/actie/lak-aan/doneer
- If you would like to know more about Tijn or stay updated on the amount of money he is raising, please go to: kominactie.3fm.nl/actie/lak-aan
- If you would like to know more about 3FM Serious Request and/or make a donation (for example by requesting a song) seriousrequest.3fm.nl
- If you would like to bid on products in the auction (for example Bastille merchandise signed by the band, FC Barcelona shirts signed by Messi and Suárez and much more), please go to veiling.3fm.nl
“The tsar was consecrated last Sunday according to the manners and customs of this country. The people and the courtiers were all superbly turned out, dressed in cloth of gold and silver; a number of them had their coats and tall hats very richly embroidered, decked with a quantity of pearls. Prince Mikhail Dolgoruky threw liberal handfuls of gold and silver pieces to the people. There was present a teeming mass of people of all sorts, shouting at the tops of their voices, wishing the prince all kinds of prosperity. However certain of them, over eager to gather up the money, were trampled under foot.” - Van Zeller, a Dutch statesman present at the coronation of Feodor III
Catechismus der muzijk door J. Verschuere Reijnvaen … Amsterdam, J. de Jong en L.J. Burgvliet, 1787. 1 p. ℓ., xv (i), 232 p., 38 pl. (fold.) 22 cm. Engr. t.-p. First edition Amsterdam, 1787.
Rare books for music have an insane number of fold-out pages that are used to illustrate the musical concepts and structure discussed in the text. In honor of the first week of classes here at the University of Iowa, we present Dutch organist Joos[t] Reynvaan’s Catechismus der muzijk, a theory text with THIRTY-EIGHT fold-outs. This rather high number of fold-outs results from an endnote-style presentation of all the text’s musical examples. There’s a fold-out every few chapters that contains the numbered musical examples for the chapters preceding.
Today’s post examines plates 1 and 2.
Plate Number 1: Clefs
Reynvaan uses the first plate to illustrate his initial discussion of scales and clefs.
Figure 11 shows expanded scales on the three most common clefs; treble, bass, and alto.
Plate Number 2: Rhythm and Meter
Reynvaan explains divisions of time in music starting with an empty measure (figure 1) and then launching in the duple and triple meters. Then he gets down to individual note and rest values (figures 4, 8, 15, 17). The figures in between show how how note values align within measures. From what Dutch could be deciphered using the crudest of translation tools (aka, Google Translate), Reynvaan spends a good portion of the text explaining why duple meter isn’t used for everything, which is why I think there are so many example of triplet figured in duple time.
That’s all for today, but there 36 more plates to go!
And to new students of music theory, take a moment to realize that you are learning the same basic principles of notation that an organist taught to his students in 1787. How incredible is that?!?
*As a postscript, it’s possible too much fun was had attempting to translate Dutch in order to write this post.
Hessian and Dutch forces present in Scotland during the Jacobite rising of 1745. Protestant states were happy to hire troops to Britain, aware that a Jacobite success would break the alliance of northern European countries in favour of Catholic France and Spain. The Dutch initially supplied men, but their contract ran out and they returned home before the rebellion could be quashed. They were replaced by German Hessians, who garrisoned Scottish towns and burghs, thus freeing up British Army battalions, who finally cornered the rebels and defeated them at Culloden.