Mad about Mad Men

February 21, 2015 | Retro Lifestyle | 0 comments

You know that gut feeling that you have sometimes? Like a premonition that something is bound to happen? Well, I had it last year in December. I felt a short term addiction coming up. An addiction that wouldn’t go away and would ask for more until…well…until a new season would be made. In December, I finally bought the first five seasons of the Mad Men serie on dvd. Since then I tried to protect myself. By not unwrapping that dvd box with over five seasons and 50 hours of little getaways to the 1960s. But last Sunday I couldn’t help myself. I watched one episode. And BAM. It had begun. That Mad Men addiction entered my life. I was already introduced to the Mad Men serie a while back. However, so many series  and so little time these days. Now I finally have the time to watch this serie.

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January 27, 2015 | Inspirational column | 0 comments

Personal picture made by Als Filmster Op De Foto
Ah…remember the ‘60s? The times of rock and roll, glamorous Old Hollywood movies and a lot of classic songs which survived the radio and CD eras. In fact you are now still playing those songs on your iPhone, Youtube or that playlist on your laptop. Let’s not forget the lovely, colorful retro fashion and let’s also take a moment to remember that the world back then was black and white. And I am not just talking about the televisions right now.
Yesterday I watched an interesting movie: The Help (2011). The setting of this movie is in the 1960s. Back to 1963. We’re in Mississippi, America, in the middle of the Civil Rights Era. We’re following a young, independent (aspired) journalist who is ahead of her time. She decides to write a book with the stories of black maids, that expose the racism they face in everyday …

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For some things one blogpost just isn’t enough. A while ago I explained to you where my vintage fascination came from. One fine day in my personal history (2 weeks ago), I was half-awake and scrolling through my facebook timeline with one eye open. (People who are smiling right now will understand). That morning, one picture about the 1950s gave me a wake-up call. The picture was taken from and old movie scene and had a caption like: “Why didn’t I grew up in the 1950s”. The discussion below the picture was actually quite interesting. Some people resented the statement and pointed out issues like racism, discrimination and the disadvantaged position of women. Although I obviously know how much these issues (unfortunately) were alive and kicking back in the day, I don’t agree with the comments. But…it got me thinking and led to this sequel of the origin of my vintage fascination v.s. the present.
If you think …

Songs of the week: Keep it funky

October 8, 2013 | Golden oldies | 0 comments

Back in the business with another episode of “Songs of the week”. This week those energetic funk classics are on my repeat button. Funk of today has developed a lot since the old days. James Brown played a great part in the development of funk. Funk also lies at the base of the popular disco music style of the 1970s. “Everybody was kung-fu-fightinggggg”…remember that one? Sounds like disco, dances like disco, smells like disco…But no, it wasn’t 100% pure disco.
In the 1970s jazzmusicians began to experiment with funk, which led to jazzfunk. In the 1980s there was like a massive chain reaction against the “overkill” of disco music of the 1970s. The synthesizer was introduced and made a statement in several music genres, including funk. Ofcourse the 1980s and funk have to be mentioned in one sentence with Prince, who took funk to another level. After the 1980s, funk blended …


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