Free Speech * De Gedachten zijn Vrij: Mon. 17, Tue. 18 July 2017: De Muze, Buffy Sainte-Marie [2017-26]

NEW – NIEUW *  50 JAAR DE MUZE ** REPEATED/ HERHALING: BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE ** THE BLACKWOOD APOLOGY * JOAN BAEZ 75 * [2017-26 = 2016-40 = 2015-45] ** There is no freedom without freedom of speech: always, everywhere and for everyone. Anything less is a violation of it. 

Muze boek cover Luchtschippers

MONDAYS  & TUESDAYS:  12:00 noon till 16:00 hrs and  16:00 till 20:00 hrs  (CET (Brussels, Berlin) ** GMT (London) : 11 a.m.  till 3 p.m. and from 3 p.m. till  7 p.m.  ** FORMAT: Free Speech consists of four 60-minute shows.  A new show is added each week. It is followed by three previous shows.

12 noon  and 16:000 hrs CET (11 a.m. and  3 p.m. UK time) NEW SHOW
Ferre Grignard, Jan De Wilde, Wannes Van de Velde, Lode De Ceuster (de zingende dokwerker), Christiane Van De Wyngaert; The Balladeers, Endatteme + Fabien Colling + Armand   

13:00 and 17:00 hrs CET (12 noon  / 4 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE, Power in the Blood (2015)
RADIO 68 PLAYS tracks from “Power in the Blood” (2015) ** AND ALSO: proud Spanish gypsy Jaco Abel, the first electric flamenco guitar player  **  VUILE MONG & ZIJN VIEZE GASTEN over de Vlaamse identiteit ** AREA CODE 615  with whom Sainte-Marrie collaborated ** ILLUSION about the roads to freedom ¨¨ PLUS GEDICHTEN VAN EN DOOR ROGER DE NEEF over de tragedie van de Indianen (exclusief voor Radio 68) **

14:00 and 18:00 hrs CET (1 p.m. / 5 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING

15:00 and 19:00 hrs CET (2 p.m. / 6 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING
JOAN BAEZ 75th birthday: tracks from “JOAN BAEZ 75th Birthday Collection”, 2cd + DVD out on Razor&Tie,  thanks to V2 Records Belgium ** JOAN BAEZ with David Bromberg, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, Paul Simon ** PAUL SIMON, SIMON & GARFUNKEL, MAVIS STAPLES ** THE LAST POETS,  FRANK ZAPPA & MOTHERS ** Interview  with Joan Baez * Joan Baez from her 60s albums ‘ Joan Baez 5’ and ‘Any Day Now’.    THANKS TO V2 RECORDS BELGIUM



Muze LP 1967 hoes

Bij het boek ” “Luchtschippers, wereldsterren en weekendhippies. Een halve eeuw café De Muze in woord en beeld”,  van Felix Huybrechts en Tom DeSmet, hoort ook een cd. En wat voor een cd! De heruitgave van de langspeelplaat die in 1967 door De Muze werd uitgebracht met zeven artiesten die niet van De Muze los te koppelen zijn en er debuteerden. Krijgen heel netjes elk 2 nummers toebedeeld: Ferre Grignard, Jan De Wilde, Wannes Van de Velde, Lode De Ceuster (de zingende dokwerker), Christiane Van De Wyngaert (nu een toprechter) en The Balladeers  (uit ons vizier verdwenen) en de jugband Endatteme. (uitg. Vrijdag, 2015, inclusief cd-heruitgave van de Muze-lp, €29,95.
RADIO 68 draait de volledige cd, PLUS werk van  Fabien Collin. Fabien Collin, die debuteerde in De Muze, leek heel even de man die de Vlaamse protestzanger zou worden en dan van het toneel verdween. PLUS Armand, die op 19 november 2015 op 69-jarige overleed en Collins voorbeeld was.
Lees hier mijn boekbespreking:–tom-desmedt.html
Lees hier mijn cd-bespreking:

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE, Power in the Blood (2015)


“Power in the Blood is my new album – I wrote all but two songs – which I recorded in Toronto with three different producers, who each made choices from my list of songs. There are 4 love songs, 3 social criticisms, 1 blues rocker, 2 songs positive-uppers, 1 campfire song, and a reboot of the title song off my first album, It’s My Way!” © Buffy Sainte-Marie

If you need proof that defending, loving and sharing one’s identity is a progressive rather than a national/fascist thing, listen to Buffy Sainte Marie (again). How proud she is to be Indian and tries to communicate what  the difference is all about, why it was wrongfully ridiculed and locked up in reservations, why a people has the right to live its own way – and why the world would be a better place if we  kept more fundamental differences intact rather than globalizing them (Eddy Bonte)

Ke  Sakihitin Awasis
A lullaby and a love song for Native America.
Title is in the Cree language and it means “I love you, Baby.” I dedicate it to all the generations of Indigenous people who keep Native America alive in our hearts, in our cultures, and in our actions towards our most sacred mother, Nature.

“He’s not like a stranger he’s more like a vision you’d seen
The kind of a face that you’d see on the edge of a dream
he was beaded and feathered from his head to his moccasined feet
and now you’re singing
Ke sakihetin awasis” (…)

© Words & Music Buffy Sainte-Marie

THE BLACKWOOD APOLOGY: The House of Leather (1968)


The brainchild of 23 year-old writer / guitarist Dale Menten, The House Of Leather is a rock opera set in a bordello during the US Civil War. It was originally released in December 1968, shortly before it was staged as a sell-out rock opera in Minnesota. A fine mixture of acid-tinged pop-rock and ballads, it makes its long-overdue CD debut here – together with liner notes that tell the story of the production’s ill-fated move to New York in 1970. (Rockasteria blogspot)
Although set during the American Civil War, the story can also be read as a statement about current moral values and human rights. Three band members had previous recording experience, notably with The Castaways of ‘Liar Liar’ fame. The band also supported The Grateful Dead at their first concert in Minneapolis. Reissued on  Aurora Records AUCD5015 (EB).
“The story starts “down along the Swanee River”, where we are introduced to a young lady named Sarah Jane who has “got love to send you… straight to heaven where she comes from”. We move on to a reminiscence of the House of Leather, where “the pretty young things all got together” to dance, among other things.  We are then introduced to one Mrs Grim, who appears to be the matronly figure in charge of the House of Leather, and the narrator reminds her of Donny Brooks, a farmer who she used to know in one capacity or another, and obliquely makes mention of the town’s mayor, a man by the name of Ramsey.
A little bit further on, we find out that the House of Leather is a school of some sort, and Sarah Jane appears to be a teacher there (teaching what exactly? – again, we don’t know), who both Donny Brooks and Ramsey have fallen in love with. The outcome of this love triangle is that Sarah Jane ends up with Donny Brooks the farmer, and they settle down on his farm, where she ends up bearing him a child.
Then along comes the US Civil War, in which her husband and child (a boy) are both killed. After the war, Sarah Jane stays on at the farm, which Ramsey, the mayor, now owns. The album concludes with the words “Sarah’s on her knees… building dreams… begging for love”, and “if you’re ever…. way down along the Swanee River… you’re not far from the House of Leather… where I was born….”



Joan Baez, March On Washington 1963; picture Jan Faul
Joan Baez, March On Washington 1963; picture Jan Faul

“A note from Joan:

In relation to the decision to cancel my concerts in Turkey. Of all the times I’ve gone into war zones, countries under dictatorships, or any other civil strife, I’m not sure I’ve seen anything like the immense and unpredictable danger which presents itself in today’s Turkey. Never has the advice of all my risk-taking activist colleagues been so adamant that I do not put myself, and my band and crew, in the heightened danger of the nightmare which is sweeping Turkey.
My heart aches especially for the close friends I’ve had for decades, the new friends and musicians I’ve come to know, and for the Kurdish people who suffer continually and harshly.
I’m singing a Turkish song on my current tour of Europe, Nâzim Hikmet’s Hiroshima child poem, and parts of Kardeş Türküler’s “Tencere Tava Havasi.” The response is huge, as the concern and sympathy for your country are great everywhere we go. With concern, sorrow, and confusion, I wish you strength to continue in this dark battle, and I hope to return when the darkness turns at least to grey. And we can sing together without suffering the barbaric penalties of today.

Joan Baez”


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