Memorable songs of 11-20 January 2017

The second bath of additions to Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2017 in Spotify. New releases and special songs.

Wednesday, 11 January: Army of Bones – Don’t Be Long

Interesting wave rock by Army of Bones. Their single (released on 7 January) is called Don’t Be Long. On 3 March their debut album will come out.

Thursday, 12 January: You Me At Six – Take on the World

We face the world. What are you bringing in? At least this song by the British band You Me at Six is a nice one. The band’s out on a European Tour.

Friday, 13 January: Phantogram – Parallel Lines – Doobious remix

I was triggered by the Amsterdam pop venue Melkweg that announced a concert by the synthpop duo Phantogram in April. I discovered the brand new remixes EP of Parallel Lines. I took the Doobious remix, the least trippy one 😉

Saturday, 14 January: The xx – Say Something Loving

Love is the difference we can make. From the upcoming album I See You by The xx this is Say Something Loving.

Sunday, 15 January: London Grammar – Rooting for You

Searching for the truth in a spheric song. London Grammar does it for you in their new single Rooting for You.

Monday, 16 January: Armin van Buuren feat. Olaf Blackwood – I Need You

A mellow mid-tempo track from Armin van Buuren featuring Olaf Blackwood.

Tuesday, 17 January: Eric Matthews – Space Oddity

As we all know David Bowie passed away last year. Back in 2016, I couldn’t find the original Space Oddity to include in the Spotify 366 2016 Challenge playlist. One year later Lo-Fidelity Records issued a cover by Eric Matthews.

If you like the Americana sound of Starflyer 59, or the alternative rock that 77’s, Daniel Amos or Terry Scott Taylor used to make in the earlier days of what now is Lo-Fidelity, check out this track.

Wednesday, 18 January: Flor – Hold On

Midweek crisis? Hold On by Flor‘s yours today.

Thursday, 19 January: Rachèl Louise – Far Away (Rui remix)

The Dutch singer-songwriter Rachèl Louise presents a fresh remix of her Far Away song.

Friday, 20 January: San Fermin – Bride

Friday’s a great day to get married.

Derri Daugherty – Hush Sorrow

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a3793281656_16Derri Daugherty, de zanger / gitarist van The Choir, één van de leden van The Lost Dogs heeft met Hush Sorrow een cadeau voor de fans van de Kerosine Halo tour gemaakt. Intussen wordt via Kickstarter onder fans geld ingezameld voor The Color of Dreams, een volgend album. Voor de oudere jongere die zich At the Foot of the Cross (1992) of de City on a Hill serie (2000-2003) van Daugherty met zijn muzikale vrienden herinnert, heeft een goed aanknopingspunt met de akoestische sound en makkelijk mee te zingen aanbiddingsliedjes als Leave It There, Hush Sorrow en Mercy Now. De 8 liedjes zijn als een sandwich verpakt in tussen de noisy instrumentale opener Neverland, pt. 1 en afsluiter Neverland (Coda).  Met I Still Believe is een verdienstelijke cover van Russ Taff‘s klassieker afgeleverd. Hoewel de plaat al in juli 2016 uitgekomen is, is er weinig aandacht aan gegeven. Voor de echte The Choir / Derri Daugherty / The Lost Dogs fan een verplicht nummer.

Jodi Picoult – Small Great Things

small-great-things-hc-400wThis book was offered in the summer of 2016 as a challenge. Would I pick up Anonymous – Can you #ReadWithoutPrejudice? 480 pages without prejudice? I nodded and it took me a 7+ hours to read it entirely without a second a regret. The book later was ‘revealed’ as Small Great Things by New York Times best seller author Jodi Picoult.

African American Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at Connecticut New-Haven hospital. She’s a widow, her man died in combat. Her 17-year-old son, Edison, is pursuing college. Ruth is a role model, valued and with more than 20 years of experience, a great asset in the birth wing. On a routine checkup on a newborn, Davis, she’s told not to touch the baby ever again by its parents, Turk and Britt Bauer, because of her race. As white supremacist in the U.S., a swastika on the back of the scalp and a Confederate Flag tattooed on the arm, they’re fully entitled to express their opinions and wishes. The hospital concedes, but the next morning Ruth is called in to replace other staff members and is left with….Davis Bauer. After his circumcision, the child is suffering a cardiac distress. What’s Ruth supposed to do? Help the child, do nothing, or doing too much or the wrong thing, while feeling so upset about the practiced racism?

The parents seek a scapegoat for causing the death of their Davis. The State charges Ruth Jefferson for murder. The author switches between Ruth, Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, and Turk Bauer as protagonist along the court case. Rich conversation, well-developed characters, and many unexpected twists address morality, truth and lies, the convictions of the white power movement, racial profiling, and the difficulty of unbiased listening and really understanding each other. Equality versus equity, the build-up of a grand jury, support from unknowns, and the luring media attention. Will justice be done? And how Aryan white or African black is your own bloodline?

Can anyone win in this case? Small Great Things is a great book that tackles sensitive topics and challenges the reader with countless questions way beyond the final page.

About the author

jodi-picoult-photo-2014Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three novels, including Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

The publisher, Pinguin Random House, offered me a free review copy through Netgalley in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.

Carrie Stuart Parks – When Death Draws Near

_225_350_Book.1976.coverIn 2015 I read A Cry from the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks. Her third Gwen Marcey series instance When Death Draws Near, takes the forensic artist Gwen Marcey to a new assignment in Pikeville, Kentucky. She has to draw a serial rapist to be caught. One after another the witnesses disappear. A Pentecostal cult with snake handlers, fire blazers and ecstatic use of glossolalia as to take a literal application of the signs following believers as stated by Jesus Christ in Mark 16 set the macabre background for dead bodies popping up in the past 6 months. When Gwen is promised a large reward to infiltrate in the cult and identify its members, the thrill and pace in the book get a boost and keep you hooked to the end.

Can this vulnerable woman, facing a returned breast cancer, broke and divorced, solve this serial rapist, and multiple homicide cases on her own? Can she protect her teenage daughter Aynslee? Macey undergoes intense emotions, really needs God’s answers and help in anxious moments where she cannot trust anyone and seems to be left to her own devices. With poisonous snakes, simple folks turned into drunk political ambitious Halloween partygoers and devastating fires are the enemies to escape from, and death indeed draws near…it’s important to focus and gather the evidence to point the correct killer(s).

The characters are well-developed, the plot convincing and the lively (or deadly) details of snake handlers, this odd branch of Christianity and forensic art contribute to my well-spent hours of reading.



About the Author

Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. She teaches forensic art courses to law enforcement professionals and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing. Carrie began to write fiction while battling breast cancer and was mentored by New York Times bestselling author Frank Peretti. Now in remission, she continues to encourage other women struggling with cancer.

I received a review copy from Thomas Nelson through to provide you my personal opinion.

Adam Young – Mount Rushmore

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rushmore_album_final-lores-800x800Ook al ben je er nog nooit geweest, toch ken je het beeld van de vier in Mount Rushmore in South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest uitgehouwen beeltenissen van de Amerikaanse presidenten Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln en Roosevelt. Beeldhouwer Gutzon Borglum begon met dit project in 1927. 400 arbeiders hebben er 14 jaar gewerkt aan wat Adam Young de Shrine of Democracy noemt. Voor de maand november 2016 is Mount Rushmore zijn gratis verkrijgbare score, ofwel filmmuziek voor de niet-bestaande film over dit aansprekende project.

Zeven tracks ditmaal in een georchestreerde setting, ja soms nog steeds herkenbare synth partijen en fluitjes, zoals in The Black Hills. Strijkers en piano voeren de boventoon. Het album is opgewekt, vol vaart. Rustmomenten als Half a Million Tons of Granite leiden naar een waardig en ingetogen eerbetoon aan de Amerikaanse versie van democratie, en dat als Canadees musicus.