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Post Cage or cagey post?

“I have nothing to say, and I’m saying it.” is one of these memorable quotes by Cage, which traced new neural paths for our perception of art. Months ago I promised myself to reach out a bit more to those who have been willing to listen to the pieces I’ve been concocting for about 40…

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Rebirthday

On May 20th my wife, Iris De Blaere 70. We both barely can believe it. Here on our planet time is still governed by Newton’s laws. One can’t turn back the clock like Christopher Reeve did in this onetime Superman movie we watched together in the cinema. We don’t know anymore what drove us to…

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A Maltese Sonata

The composer/filmmaker Tomas Hendriks made a very nice image for Hardscore’s up-coming audition. Smoke and sun: an apt metaphor for our worries and hopes and humanity’s never ending quest for happiness in an often threatening world . Tomas captured very well the general mood of ‘Carbon Fixation’ and in a way it shows at the…

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Secular Resurrection

The fifth week after the accident almost feels like Yann’s resurrection! No breathing assistance anymore! (his lungs don’t show these worrying infections any more, the doctors told him). The morphine drip has been disconnected. No nocturnal feeding through this nose anymore, which means: Yann again eats real food! The nurses encourage us to bring to…

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Angels in disguise.

Dear people, I can’t say it enough times: please be careful around fire… What I witnessed this week is almost too hard to describe… This is a musical blog, I know. Though describing what Yann had to go through this week might help us all to be more aware of the fiery danger which lurks…

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The meaning of ‘ma’

So many people wrote Iris and I concerning Yann… How can we thank you all??? We only hope that these few words here under might answer some of your questions… I’ll start with yesterday, Saturday 23rd April. Yann talked! Yann managed to talk… The tube was removed from his lungs, and now there’s ‘only’ a…

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Revolution

Dear friends. Again a week passed. A very emotional week for all involved. Yann opened his eyes on 14th April.!!! After been in coma for 12 days, one can’t begin to describe what one feels when suddenly an eyelid rises of someone who’s been laying dormant in a bed for such a long time… In…

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Fighting the void

Dear friends I’m sure you’ll forgive me that in the coming weeks I’ll start this blog with updates about the progress of the health condition our son Yann. He’s still kept in coma, though the first treatments of his wounds have been attempted. A proof that the doctors decided there’s a future for him. These…

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Yann’s portrait

Last night our son’s apartment caught fire. Severely burnt, Yann’s been sent to a special service within the University Hospital Ghent (UZ). He’s kept in coma… His breathing is assisted, because of the great amounts of soot he swallowed. There’s still no evidence about the circumstances of the accident. Iris and I want to thank…

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Scrapped (3)

One could say that the past three months are a perfect example of working to no avail .No results to show indeed. Though the one thing that still drives me on, is this promise I made to myself earlier this year to really try to find a new musical identity. So these empty months have in fact…

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Hey librarians, don’t let us kids alone!

I’m reading a collection of short stories about public libraries by the acclaimed scottish writer Ali Smith, a collection larded with statements made by other writers about the necessity and importance of public libraries. Suddenly it dawned upon me how indeed this kind of communal service shaped my own tastes too. Not only for books,…

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Shelved life

Yesterday evening I had a diner with the widow of Luc Brewaeys, the Flemish composer who sadly died three months ago. Birgit is a very courageous woman, who, together with her daughters, has to cope with a loss which also goes far beyond the personal… Although the personal of course currently matters most… But at…

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