Trying out the keyboard

Subbacultcha, the Amsterdam-based “Unruly Music Magazine”, treated their friends last Friday not only with with some smooth pumpkin soup but also with a chance to sway along with the tunes provided by Wise Blood.

In the intimate setting of the Subbacultcha-headquarters, Chris Laufman opened his European tour with a brief appearance in front of the 50 head of audience. The audience, consisting of creators and contributors of the magazine and their friends alike, got an acoustic taste of the mashed-up songs of mr. Laufman. He may have surprised, and certainly amused, the viewers with his opening line on his unfamiliarity with the keyboard. Despite the fact that it was his first time of playing one, he definitely made up a groovy couple of songs out of it. Ending with his interpretation of Billie Jean – “let’s see what we can find from this keyboard” – he catered a guaranteed smile to everyone’s lips.

With his nonchalant but humorous take on performing, and his stronger-than-strong voice, Wise Blood gained at least one more follower from me. After his last EP “These Wings” (2011), I am most certainly looking forward to a full-length release from this category-crossing artist.

Viba = guaranteed.

November, that month of many beginnings.

The chilly mornings, the gray days, the dark nights – instead of letting them get me, it is time to make something out of them.

Instead of growing a moustache (for slight physiological hindrances) or writing a novel (no excuse here), November shall then mark the beginning of my own small and serene space in the world wide web.

Musings on more than music, this blog will function as a platform for pondering anything possible with a good ‘viba’ shining through. Be it people, places or pieces of art, if it is extraordinarily inspiring, it will find its way in here.

And as this probably is the moment of writing something about me, let me keep it short. Hailing from the north and now residing in Amsterdam, I am enjoying every hop on my bike in this spellbinding city. Every cup of the famous muntthee, every conversation with a new expat (or local, for that matter) and every chance to get inspired counts: I am in constant search for bits and pieces of information and inspiration. Something has to balance the workload of my MA programme, after all.

Drumroll.. And that’s it – let the writing begin.