Free Speech * De Gedachten zijn Vrij: Worstelen met God (Mon. 15, Tue. 16 Feb., 2016-07]

NEW * NIEUW:  WORSTELEN MET GOD (Frederik De Preester leest Eric De Preester ** THE FOOL, plus Eric Burdon, George Harrison, David BowieREPEATED:  RORY McLEOD ** FRED NEIL * *

Frederik De Preester leest Worstelen

There is no freedom without freedom of speech: always, everywhere and for everyone. Anything less is a violation of it.  

MONDAYS  & TUESDAYS 12:00 > 20:00 hrs CET or 11 a.m. > 7 p.m. GMT (UK)
Free Speech consists of four 60-minute shows.  A new show is added each week. It is followed by three previous shows.

12 noon till 20:00 hrs CET (11 a.m.  / 3 p.m. UK time) NEW SHOW
WORSTELEN MET GOD: Frederik De Preester leest protestgedichten en atheïstische gedachten van Eric De Preester *
Uittreksels uit Radio 68-interview met Frederik De Preester ** Muziek van Donovan, Dylan, David McWilliams, David Peel, The Byrds,  John Watts, Cat Stevens.

The Fool cd cover _

13:00 and 17:00 hrs CET (12 noon  / 4 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING
THE FOOL: their self-titled album from 1969, plus Eric Burdon, George Harrison, David Bowie, Seemon & Marijke, The Growing Concern

14:00 and 18:00 hrs CET (1 p.m. / 5 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING
RORY McLEOD from his debut album Angry Love, 1985 ** AND ALSO: Armand, Shamanaid, Jim Hightower, Victor Jara, Michele Gazich

15:00 and 19:00 hrs CET (2 p.m. / 6 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING
SPECIAL FRED NEIL & VINCE MARTIN (album: Tear Down The Walls), FRED NEIL (album: Bleecker & MacDougal)  Covers by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, H.P.LOVECRAFT ** AND ALSO:  VIETNAM SONGS by Donovan, Tom Paxton, Eric Burdon, Jimmy Cliff  * Charles Kuralt: The Greenwich Poets * Patsy Raye and The Beatniks: Beatnik’s Wish * Miek en Roel * Shemekia Copeland * Barry McGuire * 



In 1969 verscheen bij Uitgeverij VITA de poëziebundel “Worstelen met God” van de “Dichter zonder Naam”. Deze merkwaardige uitgave bestaat vooreerst uit een inleiding over het morele klimaat in het toenmalige Vlaanderen en verklaart tevens waarom de dichter anoniem wenst te blijven. Daarna volgen 23 gedichten, goed voor ruim dertig pagina’s, waarvan het titelgedicht de hoofdmoot vormt. Na enig speurwerk vonden we de anonymus: Eric De Preester, schrijver, dichter, drukker en de man achter uitgeverij VITA zelf. “Worstelen met God” is één van de weinige uitgesproken atheïstische en ronduit godslasterende gedichten uit Vlaanderen, tevens een hoogstpersoonlijke  getuigenis.

Eric De Preester overleed onverwacht in 2015. We vonden zijn zoon Frederik bereid om voor te lezen uit het werk van zijn vader, inz. protestgedichten en atheïstische gedichten.

“Worstelen met God”  en het voorwoord tot de bundel, werden met toestemming van de dichter overgenomen op


The Fool cd cover _

The Fool were a Dutch quartet transplanted to London in the middle ’60s, whose original impact on the rock world was visual rather than musical.  They were two women, Marijke Kooer and Josje Leeger – who designed clothes for people like Patti Boyd Harrison (George Harrison’s first wife) – and with Marijke’s husband, Seemon (Simon) and their friend, Barry Finch they became collectively known as “the Fool,” exemplifying the hippie ethic of the mid-’60s.    The Fool is an album with some of the same English folk elements – including bagpipes! – but it is not a folk music album.  So what is it?  Good question.   In an odd way it reminds me of George Harrison’s very under-appreciated Wonderwall Music:  both are early precursors of “World music.”  But The Fool is much more. 

Their self-titled album from 1969 refers to  a tarot card, The Fool being “the number 0 (zero) in the kabalistic tarot which represents the cosmis egg  whence come all things. Zero is also the symbol of the absence of substance quantity or mass. Thus it denotes absolute freedom from every limitation”.

INSIDE YOUR MIND (lyrics by The Fool)

Inside your mind, it’s colour-blind
We all are slowly learning
Don’t give up, you got to go on Loving, hearts are burning
The road is steep but high above the Angels sing in choir
Doesn’t matter if you break It only brings you higher In the sparkling light of the sun at night
When the moon begins to fade Spins the world in all her majesty Into another shade
If you are fast asleep at night Your soul is on a travel It raises you unconsciously upon a nicer level
If you want the world to become Sooner a bit better It is important that you see We got to get together
In the sparkling light of the sun at night  When the moon begins to fade Spins the world in all her majesty Into another shade


Rory McLeod Angry Love

An ex-fire eater and circus clown, Rory McLeod fused a global range of musical influences into his unique sound. In a press release issued by Cooking Vinyl,  his songs were described as “Catchy, poignant, celebrative, observant, incisive, witty, and passionate. They are songs about all kinds of people, richly coloured characters, i.e., his grandma, mum (subjects taboo for the hip generation) and about school friends, family, parting, travelling, love, despair and politics.” Other magazines and newspapers have confirmed this opinion. While the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that he “eloquently expressed ideas set to vibrant, dynamic music with bouncy rhythms, infectious riffs and nifty tunes,” the Toronto Star claimed that he “takes influences from everywhere, Latin, Klezmer, folk, roots. He’s wonderfully rhythmic and lyrical.”  (Craig  Harris, in:

About ” Angry Love”: “An overtly political album in many ways” (Sounds UK)

Lyric excerpt:
Farewell Welfare State
Well there’s a man with his fingers in everybody’s pie
I hope he washes some of them sometimes
He talks for money, by talking he eats
He talks to keep himself off the streets
Well if there’s anything you need he’ll pretend that he’s got it
And then he’ll pretend that he can’t part with it
He studied hunger like a lawyer studies law
He can make a rich man poorer than poor


Fred Neil bw

When Fred Neil passed way in 2001, he was mainly known for one song, Everybody’s Talkin’ from the movie Midnight Cowboy and a smash hit for Harry Nilsson. He was, however, a main figure of the Greenwich Village scene, together with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mark Spoelstra, Richard  Farina, Judy Henschke, etc. – most were even influenced by Neil and not the other way around. His song were covered by dozens of artists, from H.P. Lovecraft to Billy Bragg.
He wasn’t a 100% protest singer, though many of his lyrics deal with abuses and wrongs in society at large. In “Dade County Jail”, he wonders why prisons are air-conditioned and law courts are luxurious buildings, when there are no beds for the juvenile hall. One of Neil’s topics, was the individual mind and its battlegrounds, what happens on the inside rather than the outside world. About individuals rather than institutions, as in “Tear Down the Walls”,  including the walls between people. No wonder, Neil was a restless soul, a wanderer. He retired from the music business early on, leaving us a wondrous legacy of well-crafted songs in the folk & blues idiom, but songs before everything.
“The singer-songwriter’s singer-songwriter, as he was often referred to by his contemporaries, he had all the markings of the genuine artist: vaporous life, hazy background and unique expression. Neil created an influential and lasting legacy, in which all American Popular Music genres (folk, blues, gospel, jazz, country, rock’n’roll, pop) fused together seamlessly. His musical craft included, above all, his omnipresent, bottomless low voice, and his effortless, haunting folk-blues 12-string guitar strumming”. From:



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