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Meghan Trainor

My life is filled with music. The credits on my cell phone are mostly spent on Spotify, and though I don’t sing in the shower, I do so in the vehicle. Hell, my car won’t even drive when there’s no music playing!

Lately this lady has caught my ear: Meghan Trainor,


a 22 years old American singer-songwriter and record producer, who wrote, recorded, performed and produced three independently-released albums between ages 15 and 17! She must have music in her blood.

I chose these three songs:

Like I’m gonna lose you, for there is much truth in her words.

The merry Better when I’m dancing

And this one, because I love the text:

It’s all about the bass

Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two
But I can shake it, shake it
Like I’m supposed to do
‘Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase
And all the right junk in all the right places

I see the magazine workin’ that Photoshop
We know that shit ain’t real
C’mon now, make it stop
If you got beauty building, just raise ’em up
‘Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top

Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold tonight.”
You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll
So if that’s what you’re into then go ahead and move along

I’m bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that
No I’m just playing. I know you think you’re fat
But I’m here to tell ya
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top

Because you know
I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble

Meghan, go ahead and make more songs, you have my blessing. 😉

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You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone – better than the original

You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone is a great song. But this cover is even better than the original in my humble opinion. Meet Sam Tsui, Alex G, Kina Grannis and Kurt Schneider.

A great way to start your Sunday. Have fun and keep those cups filled today.

Posted in Border hopping, Music

Bear Festival

Tonight there was a music festival here in Cannonville: the Bear Festival. About twenty musicians performed country and blue grass songs, while they played their violins, guitars and sang. There was even a Celtic drum!

The folks of Cannonville also provided much needed soul food: hotdogs and hamburgers 😉  And they were excellent.

Here’s a short film I shot of a song, I have uploaded it to YouTube:

and a couple of photos, so you can taste the atmosphere.




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Travel theme: Dance

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These photos were taken during a performance of The Spirit of Russia in Rotterdam, Holland – an amazing and colorful show.

More Dancing at Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack?

Do you like to dance? And if so, what kind of dancing? Have a swinging weekend! 🙂


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Sara Bareilles – Brave

New song by Sara Bareilles

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I want to see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I want to see you be brave
I just want to see you
I want to see you be brave
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is
Say what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I want to see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I want to see you be brave
And since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?
Say what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I want to see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I want to see you be brave
I just want to see you
I want to see you be brave
I want to see you

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A must-see

No words this time, you will have to make up your own…

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Doe Maar in Concert

My Saturday in six words:


130216 DoeMaar

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Doe Maar was a Dutch ska band with punk and reggae influences. Their career ran from 1978 to 1984 and they were one of the most successful pop bands in Dutch history. Doe Maar translates as Go Ahead or Just do it.

Yesterday they had their last reunion ever, playing at Tilburg in the Netherlands. And what a show it was! They played for hours. They played all of their hits – which were a LOT. And we all sang and danced along.

Watch and listen to Belle Hélène:

Is Dit Alles (Is this everything?):

Both singers are 64 years old!

Doe Maar – you are, were and will always be terrific.


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Posted in Books, Border hopping, Ireland, Movies, Music, Personal, Photo

People of Dublin

A lot of famous people origin from Dublin. Just think of:


  • George Bernard Shaw – playwright
  • Bram Stoker – novelist
  • Oscar Wilde – playwright, author, poet
  • Bono – lead singer with U2 and campaigner on world debt
  • Chris De Burgh – Musician
  • The Dubliners – folk and ballad group (Luke Kelly, Ronnie Drew, Barnie McKenna, John Sheahan)
  • Colin Farrell – actor
  • Bob Geldof – The Boomtown Rats lead singer and Live Aid organiser
  • Ronan Keating – singer
  • Sinéad O’Connor – singer
  • Maureen O’Hara – actress

each more talented than the other. Here’s a complete list, perhaps you will recognize more. I have heard of these people, know their music, their books, but I do not know them.  What I do know though, is that Dubliners are friendly, merry and very helpful.

My partner and I were studying our city map, trying to decide which road to take to get to our hotel. A guy who was passing us immediately stepped up and asked if he could help. Then a car stopped at the side of the road, an older gentleman got out, walked over and asked the same question. When he saw we knew where to go, he handed me his own map of Dublin, saying that it was much better than the one we were using, and simply walked away again… but not before catching a kiss I blew him. He grinned and drove off. How cool is that?

Hotel, restaurants, pubs, even shops, everyone was so very kind that that alone made me fall in love with this city. I saw so many interesting persons, but didn’t want to intrude on their privacy by taking a photo. I did manage to catch some of them though, so here is my tribute to the People of Dublin:

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A Night at an Irish Pub

As some of you may know, I have spent the last five days in Dublin. Ireland. For decades I have been dreaming about this country. My biggest holiday wish has always been a horse riding vacation in Ireland – though it never came to pass. Green rolling hills. Brick walls. Sheep. Celtic traditions. And of course Irish folk music. I absolutely love Irish folk music.

Friday night we had dinner at the Oliver St Johan Gogarty pub. By that time I was half asleep from walking the streets of Dublin all day. But at 8 PM three musicians unpacked their instruments and started tuning their guitar, violin and banjo. My head lifted and my hand was drumming to the beat. Soon everyone was singing and clapping along. The singer/guitar player asked each group where they came from and you can hear him calling all countries in the video at 2.10 minutes. This talented ensemble gave us a glorious evening.

What a nice short break this has been. After the south of England, yet another island has bound my heart. I called my Mom to ask if there was any chance I have English or Irish blood in my veins. She just grinned and told me she didn’t remember 😉

I will show you more of Dublin later this week. But Dublin, charming as it is, is not Ireland. I really need to see the country side, see the greenness with my own eyes. Experience other cities. So I’m planning on coming back in 2014, traveling from Scotland over to Ireland, to get to know this country better. This was my first taste of Ireland – and Guinness – and already I’m craving for more, much more.