Brussels, the beloved city where I live and work, has many street musicians that -well they try to make money, but I would like to think they are also trying to create a more pleasant atmosphere. There’s this one guy on the square where I work who comes to play the electric guitar every single day from about 4pm on. Actually we’re still not really sure if it is real, because he has a jukebox with him and shows no emotion whatsoever as he is ‘playing’ along with these great songs that, frankly, have come to annoy me, my coworkers and every other person who works or lives around this square. That is why I want to give a shout-out to us all: DON’T HATE THE SONGS!!! I am happy with his choice of repertoire, though his performance has become a total drag! For you lucky ones who’ve never had to listen to him, or who’ve managed to just hear him the one sweet time and he made you smile, here are the songs he ‘plays’:


Most people know Rod Stewart as the glam singer with the bad electric blond hair, but honestly, let’s all admit he’s one hell of a singer! Before his solo career with the famous sing-alongs, he was Jeff Beck’s singer. Rocking the blues, playing harmonica as well.

I’ve found a really cool record of his in the attic many years ago, I love his version of this 1966′ Supremes song.

He has a good voice that hasn’t gone bad at all, so distinctive. Let’s give the man some credit!

Celebration Day

I’m reading the Led Zeppelin biography ‘When giants walked the earth’ by Mick Wall. I was a little afraid to start this book, all the bad stuff they did that could kill the magic surrounding them (in my head). I’m almost half way, but am only adoring them more and really appreciating some of their lesser known songs as well!

This reminds me of when I got the Celebration Day CD and DVD, from their reunion concert in 2007. I was afraid to listen to it and watch it, because I knew Robert’s voice has gone way downhill over the years. I didn’t want the magic killed, they are my heroes. It took me a few months before my dad convinced me it was killer and so I put it on. MY GOD. Almost 30 years after they split up, and still rocking it way better and longer than any of the groups today! Yes, Robert’s voice takes some getting used to, but man, these two songs killed me big time:

I mean, these old socks won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for this!!! Why wasn’t I a fan yet back then??? I would have died very young.


Green is the colour

Turn on this next song if you’re ready to be blown away, because I fell off my seat hearing the first notes:

Damn, Peter Green. I knew his song Love That Burns, but that was it. So a few months back I started digging into his history and I’ve already bought two of his albums: The End Of The Game (1970) and In The Skies (1979). How was this guy ever in the Fleetwood Mac everybody knows today? Don’t get me wrong, I like their later work, but they sure were something better when this man was around! He is just pure blues and was right to go off and do his own thing!

Listening to the Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac album (1968) as we speak, sure having a good time discovering all this! Would love to get my hands on the documentary about him called ‘Man Of The World’…


the Wolf

I don’t just discover bands through reading, but also through watching movies or TV-series. I hear a good song, try to remember a line or two and afterwards look them up. But there was this one moment on the show ‘Vinyl’ (by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese) where I just had to press pause! Who was this singer? What was this song? I had to know straight away…

Gosh, who still sings like this today? So much soul and blues, suffering, it just goes up and down the spine. I ordered this record instantly and am loving it. Howlin’ Wolf is often mentioned by rock legends when I’m reading their biographies, he sure was a great influence, a real blues man. Want to buy his 1969 record next, the words on the cover make me laugh:

(Led Zeppelin refers to this song, written by Willie Dixon, in Whole Lotta Love and Since I’ve Been Loving You.)

White gold


Got me a new baby! These are the first studio recordings from Pink Floyd, produced by Joe Boyd (author of ‘White Bicycles – Making music in the 1960’s’) in 1967!

A trip to London

Let me tell you about the trip I made to London in May. Besides the fact that you don’t need a reason to go on a holiday, there were two why I went that long weekend: To have a reunion with the people I’ve met in Botswana 6 years ago, and music. On the first day I went to the Pink Floyd exhibition in V&A. It was very interesting and fascinating to see all these objects and instruments and letters and to learn about the Floyd. I already knew a lot because of the biography by Nick Mason, but I could’ve walked around there for hours. You weren’t allowed to, because at the end of the tour there was a highlight: Laying on the floor listening to and watching the Pink Floyd reunion concert of 2005. Heaven on earth right there!

But the day wasn’t over yet! That evening I went to the Royal Albert Hall to see another legend: Eric Clapton. It was very cool to be in a place you know so many talented people have played back in the day, like Led Zeppelin and CCR. It is actually a quite intimate venue and the concert was amazing! Eric wasn’t in the spotlight all the time, he made sure we got to see the talent of each member of his band. (The two backing singers were amazing on I shot the sheriff!) It was pure magic seeing this man perform, I was also reading his autobiography at the time, which made me feel like I knew him just a little better.

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The next day I was on a mission to buy some vinyl. I found the records at Portobello Market a bit overpriced, but got some great stuff in Soho in stores like Sister Ray and Reckless Records. I even bought this one record simply because it had Magritte art on the cover, turns out, it was by a harmonica hero called Little Walter! I was hoping to find some Terry Reid records, but every store owner told me they are hard to find. When they do make it to the store, they sell instantly. Good to know I’m not the only fan.


London, always a pleasure!


Discoveries II

I’ve just finished ‘Hotel California’ by Barney Hoskyns, a book about the music scene of USA’s West Coast, from the mid 60’s ’til the mid 70’s. It was very interesting to learn about L.A.’s best years, about the two most important clubs (the Troubadour and the Roxy), about this big record label man called David Geffen, and about so many talented people who got a record deal and therefore a chance at trial and error, to learn from this and get better, and ultimately become successful! The book concludes how this was such a unique time and all who were present are very lucky to have been a part of it, but if there’s one important thing I’ve learned, it’s that it wasn’t all glitter and glamour. Ego and drugs and money have destroyed a lot. Sometimes it was a very lonely existence, to be a rock star. Everything seemed so empty, relationships and money and possessions, everything but the music.

Though the main characters in the book were Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell and The Eagles, I also got to know a lot of new old artists. Here are my two favorite discoveries:


Of course I’d heard For what it’s worth before (“Stop hey what’s that sound”) but I never knew this was a band containing Stephen Stills and Neil Young! Will definitely look more into the work of Buffalo Springfield.

Loving this version by Gram Parsons! (Though some say he actually co-wrote it, Keith Richards was a friend of his.) You can definitely feel the sadness in the voice of this tragic figure, who died age 26.

But yes, let’s end this post with an amazing live version of the song that represents the West Coast’s golden era the best, the rise and decay.