Sunday, 23 July 2017

Music on Sunday; Musicians who committed suicide

A few days ago the sad new reached us that yet another singer has committed suicide. I must admit that I did listen to some of the band's songs but I wasn't one of their big fans. Still, it is always very sas when someone takes his or her own life for some reason. So for today an ode to those who we lost by committing suicide which I think is never the answer;

to quote Sherlock;  
Taking your own life. Interesting expression, taking it from who? Once it's over, it's not you who'll miss it. Your own death is something that happens to everyone else. Your life is not your own, keep your hands off it.

This is probably how everyone is feeling now; numb... 
Chester Bennington - the frontman for alt rock band Linkin Park - hung himself in his Los Angeles County home on July 20.

I must admit I'm not the biggest Nirvana fan, but my sons are; 
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain killed himself with a shotgun in the guest house of his Seattle home on April 5, 1994.

I don't understand it myself how I missed this band when I was in my teens but I did; 
Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis hung himself in his Manchester kitchen at the age of 24 in 1980.

In 1988 I saw them at a festival in Belgium 
INXS singer Michael Hutchence choked to death in an apparent suicide in 1997. 

This is one of my favourite songs and I really didn't know until now that singer Brad Delp had committed suicide in 2007! 

Emerson, Lake and Palmer co-founder Keith Emerson committed suicide in 2016 at the age of 72. He reportedly shot himself because he could no longer perform perfectly due to nerve damage in his right hand.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Art on Friday; Florence Harrison

'Emma' Florence Harrison or Florence Susan Harrison, even searching on Google you have to look hard to find an answer who her real name was.

Until a few years ago book illustrator Florence Harrison was listed by book and art dealers under the name of Emma Florence Harrison and biographical detail was limited to phrases such as, "little is known about this artist’s life". Then inspired by a chance find at an antiques fair book collector Mary Jacobs took up the gauntlet and set about researching the life and work of her favourite illustrator.

“I chanced upon a fine copy of “Christina Rossetti poems… The jewel-like palette of colours and the contrasting vibrancy of the illustrations which characterized her early works so entranced me that I immediately set about trying to discover more about her life.”

Mary’s research began by tracing the history of Emma Florence Harrison, who was known to have exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1887, she successfully traced Emma Florence Harrison’s history and launched a website telling the story of the artist’s life. Coincidentally a short time later a retired lady in Sydney, Australia had purchased her first computer and “googled” her Great Aunt Florrie. She came across Mary’s website describing the life of Florence Harrison and realised there was a case of mistaken identity. Her Great Aunt Florrie was not Emma Florence, but Florence Susan Harrison. Florence’s great niece and Mary Jacobs pooled their information and were able to piece together much about an artist whose background had been a mystery for so long.Florence Susan Harrison (known to surviving family as Aunt Florrie) was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1877. Her father was a sailor and Florence spent much of her early childhood on board ships. In between voyages she attended a school in Folkestone, England which was run by a family member.

Most of Florence Harrison's book illustrations were published by Blackie and son. She wrote and illustrated a number of books of verse, on a fairy theme, Rhymes and Reasons (1905), Rhyme of a Run (1907), In the Fairy Ring (1908) and Elfin Song (1912). Her drawings are vibrant, richly coloured and characterized by a strong black outline around the figures.

Among Florence Harrison's most sumptuous books are three volumes of poetry commissioned by Blackie as Christmas Gift Books. Christina Rossetti's Poems (1910), Tennyson's Guinevere (1912) and The Early Poems of William Morris (1913). In these volumes Harrison's use of deep colours and Art Nouveau style drawings are shown to their best advantage.

maiden song illustration for poems by Christina Rossetti

’She Stood on Inner Ground that Budded Flowers.’ Illustration by Florence Harrison (1877–1955) for ‘Poems by Christina Rossetti

Three Maidens, illustration for Early Poems by William Morris


For Alfred Lord Tennyson, Guinevere and other poems,

For A Royal Princess, by Christina Rossetti

A Birthday (ca. 1910) an illustration to Christina Rossetti's poems

Dreamland for Christina Rossetti

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wednesday Wisdom; Benedict Cumberbatch

Vandaag is het Benedict Cumberbatch zijn 41 verjaardag en zoals de meesten die dit blog met enige regelmaat lezen wel weten, ben ik een groot fan. Dus vandaag een quote van Benedict waar ik erg achter sta. 
Happy Birthday, Benedict! 

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Music on Sunday; 12" inch songs

When I was a teen I was very much into New Wave music; still love it to be honest. But I was dressed in black with the heavy black eyeliner to go with it. I didn't go as far as my best friend who wore her hair like Robert Smith of the Cure but I tried as good as I could with my longer hair. My mum didn't like it much and was glad I was 'cured' of that phase when I met my now ex. I never got out of the phase really, only dressed differently to please the guy. (wrong!)
I played a lot of New Wave in my room at the time and on Friday nights we went to a New Wave cafe. In those days the 12"inch records were sold a lot. I was browsing Spotify the other day and found a lot of them on there. So for today I'm bringing you back to those days; I have found around 150 12"inch songs on Spotify so I won't do that here, I'll save some for another day.

I still think this is the best album of the Simple Minds;

I just love the Cult... 

I played this song so many times that my mum even sang it while grocery shopping... ;) 

Depeche Mode definitely belong in this awesome list; 

ah the Cure.... ❤

I had/have the 12"inch album of Howard Jones

Talking about playing a song for long periods of time... I even knew all the John Taylor's (bassplayer) moves ! 

How didn't have a 'Relax' T-shirt in those days? 

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Art on Friday; Landscape Illustrations That'll Make You Say, "I Want to Go There"

When I was searching for a subject for this week's 'art on Friday' blog I saw this title and the art that went with it was stunning so the choice was easy enough!

NB I hope the pictures I'm posting are still visible because I posted my art blogs with photobucket before and they changed their policy so those blogs are now probaly without any pictures. They want their users to pay a $400 fee every year to post pics on their blogs, even their own...
Blackmail I call it so now I'm forced to use other uploading services.

Evening Magic by Eyvind Earle

Brian Edward Miller illustration color sunset mountains

Jane Newland-Camp

Ryo Takemasa: Cover illustration for NON magazine

Aeraalas Woodlands by YoBarte

Entrance To The Sacred Tree by Roseum

'Overgrown Forest' - Series for byxb

Abbey Pansy nature landscape

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