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 go to the cinema for this particular movie. To see one last time Marlon Brando? Maybe I convinced Iris into doing it. Taste buds are fickle entities 🙂
Maybe to prove to ourselves we’re still young at heart.?
Nothing against trying to stay young (internally :-). What I’m objecting to, is ‘proving’. To whom?
Nowadays doing something without the feeling that someone is looking from behind your shoulder, has virtually become impossible. Not being scooped up by the big (inter)net, almost feels like a sin. Which it isn’t of course. One almost cannot perpetrate one’s sins unseen.
The sins I’ve made are numerous. Hereunder you’ll find a short montage of some of my musical sins. 2 sins lasting 7” for each decade I’ve lived with Iris. Starting with one of my latest, a ‘pop’ song for children, followed by a piece from 1976 and so on. What it will show is that indeed I’ve been displaying a rather fickle imagination. Which is sometimes considered a feature of youth. For a classical composer some choices I’ve made might be considered ‘bad taste’. Due to my too fickle taste buds? Maybe I’ve never learned to be less curious. Sometimes a child has to learn the hard way not to touch a hot stove,maybe i never did. Fickle taste buds and numb fingertips: that’s how I started composing, and that’s how I still have to find my way in the kitchen of my brain. Let’s hope the short mp3 stew takes off the edge of your hunger 🙂
Speaking of numb limbs: Yann left yesterday left the intensive care of the burns unit! What a birthday present for his mother! He’ll still have to remain hospitalized for several months, though it’s the first bold step toward a normal life. He’s now read these blogposts too and sends all of you a kiss and a tentative hug!