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If – Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Winter is coming

It’s supposed to snow tomorrow. That would be welcome. A layer of snow to cover and temporarily beautify everything. I don’t have to make snowmen or ride a sled. Just watch. I don’t want to think about the gunk that might follow. Maybe the layer of snow will do away nicely after a day. That would be nice. And then next week once more.

Final Live Performance by Johnny Cash

What a loving and gentle performance by Johnny Cash. His aging voice strikes me, fragile and at that day a bit hoarse, as he confessed to an understanding audience. But does it make the performance worse? Not really, people take it into account I believe and even respectfully do not over-sing or over-scream his voice. To give him room and to let him reach them once more I like to think. Wish I had been there.


U kunt dit bericht beter overslaan. Het is namelijk niet leuk. Tenzij u wat vreugde kunt putten uit andermans geklaag. Gedeelde smart is halve smart.

Schoorvoetend en somber gestemd strompel ik het nieuwe jaar in. Wat zal ons dit jaar voor ellende staan te wachten? De gifbeker moet eerst nog leeg. In januari staan al enkele tragedies op het programma. Ik kijk er naar uit.

Zwelgen in misère is ook een kunst. Je moet er al je zegeningen voor in de ijskast zetten. Familie, vrienden, gezondheid, geld, werk, zingeving. Het past er eigenlijk niet in. Het valt van de schappen en kijkt me lachend aan.

Nou, laten we het maar eens gaan proberen met 2021.

Badwater op Ultimate Guitar

In mijn jeugd schreef ik geregeld liedjes. Eentje kreeg zelfs wat bekendheid: Badwater, zo heet het liedje. Het is een smartlap waar we ooit een festival mee wonnen. Meer daarover, hierzo:

Ik heb de tekst en de muziek nu ook op de website van Ultimate Guitar gezet, wat ik zelf ook veel gebruik tijdens het spelen en oefenen. Hier staat het:

Het filmpje is van een lustrumfeest van Studentenvereniging Koko, te Maastricht, waar het nummer altijd aan het einde van de avond gedraaid werd.

Mother Maybelle’s Carter Scratch – A documentary by some of the members themselves, Helen, Johnny and others.

What a wonderfull story told by first Helen, then Johnny Cash, who married June Carter and became the son-in-law of Mother Maybelle. The marriage may well have saved the man from your typical showman’s disasters involving drugs and sex and rock & roll.

And another nice thing to note is the aging voice of Maybelle. She was never a singer with soaring voice but with age she becomes even more careful not to stretch it too far. She stays within her modes range and plays an important harmony role. And she does take the lead in going through the song, and she is always very sure of when to start and when to end a particular part. That is often seen in those who are also strong guitar players, I believe because they have two perspectives on song, the chord progression and the melody.

See more about the Carter Family.

Aging Voices: Don McLean

I find something wonderful in aging voices. Strength gets lost, volume goes down, range decreases and ease vanishes. Still, there is beauty to be found.

Don McLean sings a great version of Vincent. He also sang together with Ed Sheeran a version of this song.

My parents are both aging singers and I hope one day I will be too 🙂

The Carter Family

Here is a nice short documentary about the Carter Family, a musical family that was very important in American country music. The documentary mentions the Carter-style scratch, which I am trying to master, unsuccesfully so far 🙂

And here is a more recent live studio recording that also features Carlene, representing yet another generation of the Carter Family. And a great opportunity to hear Anita Carter sing at a more advanced age, which she did not do in public very often due among others to health considerations. I also love watching June concentrate on playing and singing so intently. In earlier years she was a real front lady but here she takes a more modest role.

The King in Black

The more I listen to him, the more I am a fan of Johnny Cash, the ‘King in Black’.
In his younger years he competed with Elvis for the hearts of the girls. Later he became a living legend for millions of music lovers in the world.

Now, I was surprised to hear a number of people whom I talked to about Johnny Cash say that he was not a very good singer. I think that this old video and many others clearly demonstrate his singing abilities. At age 70 of course the voice becomes less strong and less sure. That is a natural phenomenon.

Anotehr nice element in this video is the typical electric guitar work by Luther Perkins. In the country scene this sound made their music very distinctive.

Life Lessons

I Love this great video by Tim Minchin.

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