The Jazz Standard the Nazis could not destroy.

I was reminded of this song while I was watching “the Man in the Castle”. So many musicians were murdered during the Holocaust Musicians like the talented composer Gideon Klein The youngest Jewish composer murdered during the Holocaust, Gideon Klein was only 26 when he was murdered in the Fürstengrube sub-camp near Auschwitz. His oeuvreContinue reading “The Jazz Standard the Nazis could not destroy.”

Music Matters

Music is very important, it evokes emotions and stirs the soul. It can unite and divide in equal ways. It can be a very powerful tool to bring joy, but it also can become a weapons if it is used for propaganda purposes. I will be looking at 2 songs which both had some partContinue reading “Music Matters”

Not all heroes wear uniforms.

When you look at the above picture you may think there is nothing extraordinary about it. However when you delve only slightly into the history of the picture you quickly how realize how amazing the picture really is. The picture is of a Jewish male choir of the Great Synagogue in Amsterdam, it was takenContinue reading “Not all heroes wear uniforms.”

One of the shabbiest acts in musical history.

The term the Nazis used for how to handle  the Jews was “Ausradieren” or ‘Erase’, this did not only mean to kill every Jew but also ensure that no other Jew would be born again. But the notion of erasing the Jewish people also meant to erase anything Jewish. Things like Jewish scientific research, literature,art Continue reading “One of the shabbiest acts in musical history.”

Genesis- the Singers.

This is a slight deviation from my usual blogs. Because music has always played a major role in my life it is nive to acknowledge that every once in a while. When you think of classic Rock bands, Genesis is usually not a band which springs to mind, strange in a way because that isContinue reading “Genesis- the Singers.”

Dora Gerson-Body lost or destroyed.

Dora Gerstein was a Jewish actress and singer  born  on 23 March 1899  in Berlin. She was murdered on February 14,1943 in Auschwitz. On one of the sites I used to do the research on Dora I noticed the line ‘Body lost or destroyed’. Not only her body was destroyed but also her talent andContinue reading “Dora Gerson-Body lost or destroyed.”

Blackstar- Elvis and David Bowie

January 8 is a significant date in music history. On this day 3 musical legends and Icons were born. I wont’t go too much into their lives because there is very little I can add. Aside from being tow extraordinary artists , there is another connection to these 2 musical giants. In 1960 Elvis releasedContinue reading “Blackstar- Elvis and David Bowie”

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore- Musician who died in 2019

The Captain” of Captain and Tennille, died on January 2nd aged 76. Mark Hollis, lead singer and songwriter of Talk Talk, has died at the age of 64 on February 25th. On March 4th, Keith Flint, the singer of The Prodigy, took his life at the age of 49. Richard Anthony Monsour aka Dick DaleContinue reading “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore- Musician who died in 2019”

The Look- Roxette’s accidental break through.

The sad news reached us this week that Roxette singer Gun-Marie Fredriksson had died after a 17-year long battle with cancer. Roxette were very successful in the late 80s and early 90s , in fact at some stage they were the biggest band in the world. But this success may never have been if itContinue reading “The Look- Roxette’s accidental break through.”

Geleen Capital of Rock.

The name Geleen will mean little to most, but it is where I was born and raised.A small industrial city in the province of Limburg, the south east of the Netherlands. Just because I don’t live there anymore doesn’t mean I am not proud to be from there or that I don’t love it anymore,Continue reading “Geleen Capital of Rock.”