A good friend said to me today:
“Your compositions somehow are the contrary of your personality”.
He is right – until a certain level.
My personality in daily life is light and almost childish.
I enjoy many things like a child.
The internal reflection is far more melancholic.
Because my music is strongly influenced by
what I see and feel “at large”.
Long term visions, a broad horizon.
The music I compose “feels” very ancient for me,
from a period long ago
that was quiet, thoughtful, understanding, very profound.
we’re living in nowadays
are not like that.
You, listener, have to accept my music how it is.
I’m strongly aware of that fact.
Like in real life.
Take things in whatever shape they come to you.
And feel how Spring can be experienced as well.
Spring Ballad – PianoTweet no. 166
Here I go again with my musical and textual reviews,
about my trip to Italy.
Ten years ago, in Umbria.
There I met someone who said to me:
“Sono Dio” – “I am God”.
The words opened my eyes and my mind.
About our system, about us all.
We make the system and we are the system.
All together we create each other,
our common sense,
subconsciousness and consciousness.
I’m still so very grateful for these words,
words that really touched my heart.
My Heart was Touched – PianoTweet no. 165
It’s a well known saying:
Seeing a Light at the End of the Tunnel.
Like facing a solution,
a sign of hope,
approaching an important change;
light after a dark period.
To someone it happens once in a lifetime
other ones experienced it a lot of times.
During my holidays in Italy
I drove through
a 700 meters long tunnel.
The road was a straight line,
so all the way down I could see the Light at the End:
from the start, a small white point that grew bigger and bigger.
A New Life started that day.
Tunnel Light – PianoTweet no. 164
My first friend in Umbria was Angelo Trippini, an 81 year old man.
When we first met and talked to eachother,
he thought I was a German tourist.
Because of the sign of my car…
He was relieved as soon as he understood I was a Dutchman.
I felt completely happy and safe with him.
He behaved like a father to me;
I felt like his little boy.
His story moved me deeply.
During the 2nd World War he was deported into Germany:
he had to work in a Nazi factory that produced arms.
He suffered a lot over there, but he talked about it quietly .
He seemed to have forgiven the Nazis everything.
He had forgiven everybody.
The most beautiful characteristic a person can have is
the ability to feel no hatred at all and
no anger to anyone or anything at all.
That’s how Angelo is.
If only mankind could be like Angelo,
our world should be perfect.
Angelo’s Story – PianoTweet no. 163
(text written on June 11th, 2011)
Today it’s exactly ten years ago.
I had a nice stay in a small village, Monterenzio,
not far from the beautiful city of Bologna.
Great atmosphere, sweet people, cosy terraces, lovely food, amazing old architecture…
But my heart beated a different beat.
Today it’s exactly ten years ago;
me and my car drove down to the south.
To the centre of of the country,
the Green Heart of Italy:
I’ll never forget the emotions of
liberty and joy during that day.
I still did not know
I had to travel into that direction…
From Bologna to Umbria – PianoTweet no. 162
(text written on June 10th, 2011)
The sequence of these notes, all played seperately,
sounded around in my Head the last few days.
Especially the phrase at 21 secs until 29 secs.
What’s the Meaning of that Phenomena?
It feels like a message:
“You have to use this! Do something with it…!”
Allright..! I’ll do that, I promise!
Give me some time and
I’ll let a new composition through.
Using one of my favorite keys, C sharp minor.
The Phenomena in my Head – PianoTweet no. 161
(text written on June 9th, 2011)
During these days in June
my thoughts continuously turn back into the Past.
It’s 10 years ago I made the probably most important decision in my life.
A decision containing a bunch of consequences:
emigration to Italy.
Before that, I enjoyed a three months holiday in
spring of the year 2001;
one of the best holidays I ever had.
Free as a bird, happy like a child.
Then, suddenly, I woke up one morning
of June’s first days:
convinced that I wanted to stay and live in that country.
By the upcoming PianoTweets these days,
I’ll share with you my feelings about that decision:
expressed by music, notes, chords, harmonies and disharmonies,
telling you about a decade ago.
Decision – PianoTweet no. 160