Monthly Archives: July 2015

A Good Place For Us

It’s Thursday night and I’m watching TV. Zapping through the channels and not finding anything I’d like to watch I end up watching the news. Right after the news a documentary starts about the MH17 crash, tomorrow exactly one year ago. I’m watching it for a bit, but it’s a pretty confronting documentary. I turn off the TV and think about that messed up world we’re living in. Lately I’ve been avoiding the news a lot. The only ‘news’ there seems to be is about death and destruction and the crisis. Sometimes I’d rather not know, because there’s nothing positive to find or hear in the news lately.

I put on some music and decide to write a blog. With a glass of wine and Bon Iver playing I’m thinking about the time that I’m off this summer. I’m looking forward to that very much. No work, no obligations, nothing but time for my family and myself. No blog writing, less or maybe even no social media. Step back from everything and relax, which is probably the hardest thing to do.

Over the past few years the world has changed so much. We all seem to be ‘online’ and connected to everyone 24 hours a day and sometimes that overwhelms me. Sometimes there are days where I purposely avoid contact with the outside world. Just to have a break. Things seem to go faster and faster and expectations are high. Often an immediate or fast response is expected and it’s not always easy to keep up with that.
With the music related things we do a lot with social media. It is inevitable, because it’s one of the most important tools to spread the word and share news.
Emails, Facebook, Twitter, internet… It’s all great for fast communication but ‘real’ conversations often don’t take place. It’s one of the reasons why Robb and I also call each other every now and then. First of all, it’s just good to actually hear each other on the phone instead of messaging, but it’s also good to share ideas, talk over things you don’t really talk about in emails or messages.

Phones, laptop, internet, emails, Twitter, Facebook, TV, wifi… Sometimes it’s good to have a break from all that.
Robb wrote a song about this, which is called ‘A Good Place For Us’.

The lyrics say it all…

A light a flickering light
A glass that shields the light
Not an off switch on a cord

A glow a golden glow
The warmth could fuel your soul
Not a dial on a wall

They’re sending signals on a line
Good news matures over time
With their hands by their sides, no distractions on the mind
It was a good place for them
It is a good place for us

A cloth to warm your bones
Shoes to shield from stones
Not an advert on your sole

A coat that fits just right
The warmth could hold you tight
A hood that will feel the rain

Kids playing safely in the street
Real times, where people truly meet
With their hands by their sides, no distractions on the mind
It was a good place for them
It is a good place for us

I say this all as if there wasn’t any pain
Good things have come from us, much we have gained
But there’s a light in my heart
Still flickers in the glass
Maybe this’ll pass
It was a good place for them
It is a good place for us

Right…back to reality 😉
As usual things have been busy behind the scenes…
Not so much for me, but Robb was busy.
Very busy actually….with animal costumes…
Although you might think that strange things are happening behind the scenes and something’s wrong with him, I can reassure you that he’s perfectly fine.
This is just normal behavior. He just did some serious clothes shopping and who doesn’t want to wear new clothes right away after buying them?

After the panda, monkey and the penguin it was time to introduce the giraffe and the elephant.

Besides that some other things happened as well.
Robb did a gig at The Hudson Bar in Belfast for ‘In The Round’ last week.
We received great feedback about the new song The Darker Side Acoustic, which was released a couple of weeks ago. The support has been great!
And the dates for the tour of The Netherlands are announced. You can find them here:

Time to end this long blog, probably my last blog for a while. It’s time for a break, time to let go of everything for a bit and enjoy some much needed time off.
I’ll be back writing again in a couple of weeks from now. By then there’ll definitely be news again to share!

A picture to end this long blog with. It sums up what happened behind the scenes over the past few weeks. Have a great summer!




Space cake

Sunday morning…a very lazy Sunday morning.
Summer arrived in The Netherlands. It’s very warm out here. Temperatures went up to over 30°C, but thunderstorms will be chasing away the heat today.
It’s too warm to be outside, so it’s a perfect time to write a blog.
Coffee sorted with a slice of ‘ontbijtkoek’.
Ontbijtkoek, literally translated breakfast cake, is a spiced cake, often spiced with cloves, cinnamon, ginger, succade and nutmeg. It’s one of the Dutch treats I send over to Robb every now and then. There’s a story to tell about the ‘ontbijtkoek’… Last year I went to Belfast with a friend. In Amsterdam when we were waiting to go on the plane, we saw our suitcases go into the plane. It was a good flight and we arrived at the airport in Belfast, went through customs and waited for our suitcases. My friend’s suitcase was there pretty soon, but mine wasn’t. We kept waiting but my suitcase never came. Every passenger on the plane had already left and I felt slightly stressed out, because we saw our suitcases go into the plane in Amsterdam and I was worried that it would go back to Amsterdam on the next flight… We asked a customs officer and while we were talking to her, my suitcase suddenly came up on the baggage carousel…
While walking towards the exit we saw some customs officers looking at us and I was wondering what was going on. When we came closer one of the customs officers asked us to come along.
Mmm…I didn’t have anything to hide and knew I didn’t take anything with me that wasn’t allowed, but still it got me slightly nervous… After being asked the regular questions of why we were visiting the country and if we took things with us for someone, I had to open my suitcase. I looked at the code on my suitcase and saw it was still the same as when I left it at the airport in Amsterdam. Somehow I remembered those numbers. That kind of relieved me because that meant no one had messed with my suitcase… I opened my suitcase and the customs officer went looking into the things I took with me. At some point she took out a pack of ontbijtkoek…and said ‘Oh, alright, this is what they saw on the x-ray’… Here’s a picture of the ontbijtkoek…


I just couldn’t help it and I started to laugh! The ontbijtkoek had shown up as if it could have been drugs… Keeping in mind the shape of the packs of ontbijtkoek and the fact that we came with a flight from Amsterdam, I can understand why we were asked to open our suitcases at customs.
The customs officer laughed about it too, she said it looked really nice and asked me what was in the cake. For some reason I said about the stupidest thing you can say being in a situation like that….”There’s cinnamon in the cake, don’t worry, it’s no space cake”…
It was out before I knew it…while thinking about the comment I just made and wondering why I even said that, I looked at the customs officer. Thankfully the customs officer started laughing about that comment and wished us a great stay.
This story probably will follow me forever. Jokes are still being made about it and in conversations ‘ontbijtkoek’ is being called ‘drug bread’ 😉

It’s been very busy behind the scenes. So busy, that I didn’t have time to write a blog last week. Time for an update now!
Robb did some serious clothes shopping… Animal costumes…
Just in case you missed it…here are some videos he posted on social media in the past two weeks… Some people think he has a new hobby, others are slightly worried about him… I’m just wondering what’s next…

Most things for the tour of The Netherlands in October are sorted now. Flights are booked and a car is sorted. We’re looking forward to the tour!
Robb performed for Q Radio’s Roadshow at Ballymoney In The Park last week Saturday and last but not least, The Darker Side (Acoustic) was released.
A while ago Robb performed The Darker Side on The Arts Show (BBC). Here’s a link to the video of that performance.
The Darker Side – The Arts Show – BBC

Robb received great feedback about his performance and decided to record an acoustic version of The Darker Side. You can stream and download the song here:

Time to finish this long blog. Just like so many other people we will have some time off this summer. Things will most likely be quiet behind the scenes and I probably won’t be writing many blogs, unless there’s news to share. I’ll leave you with a picture that sums up what happened behind the scenes in the past few weeks. Have a great summer!