June twentytwenty was one for the history books for sure. You’d better hide that book though, because I might tear that page out and burn it later on…
US politics have always been dominant in the news of the world, at least during my life time. As a non-American-citizen who never lived in the USA but did go to an American school for some years, I felt I belonged to the in-crowd a little bit. I didn’t always agree with what was going on in the White House, but I could follow.
Nowadays, I am just baffled by the political chess game and its bizarre ripple effects. Don’t get it. Not in the slightest. Don’t even really want to…
I must have done something right in previous lives to be allowed to carry a Dutch passport during this one… Being American must be so confusing right now…
And then the murder of George Floyd happened.
I haven’t actually watched the footage of his assassination, but I have read transcripts. I’m speechless. About all of it. The fact that it happened, how it happened, where it happened, why it happened. All of it.
…and then the protests erupted, the anger spilt out, the statue-iconoclasm began, the “church & bible photo op” happened, flags were put up for discussion, the Tulsa Rally flopped by and the golf cart drive by was shared…
Oh and John Bolton just happened to release his hypocrite ‘tell all’ book, as well as some Drumpf niece or cousin or whatever.
And let’s not take our eye off that report regarding Taliban fighters being payed by Russia to kill Western service personnel…
Who makes this stuff up?? I mean… yeah… the Russians apparently… but… DAFACK?!
And now elections are coming up. You would think it’s a no-brainer. There’s just no way Americans are THAT foolish… right?
Please fellow earthlings, do the right thing and put an end to this madness. One term is more than enough for #45.
And now, all I want is to put on some music.
Michael Kiwanuka – Light
First, allow me to share a sweet and meaningful song to drive out the darkness of my mood a little bit…
Jorge Drexler – Asilo
This next song is to warm up the heart (and once again admire the beauty of the Spanish language). This song is about two lovers asking for one night of ‘asylum’ in each other’s arms. Just forget the world for a bit.
the Chicks – March March
And after a good night’s sleep and a cuddle, it’s time to hit the streets again. Just follow the Chicks, they know the way…
Tiny Desk Concert: Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste is incredibly talented, but oftentimes a bit too heavy on the jazzy side for my taste. This tiny desk concert is awesome though. If you have to choose, definitely listen to the last two songs (starts around the 07:00 mark), for a taste of that feel good jazz that Jon Batiste does so well.
Tiny Desk Concert: Cimafunk
And this one is to shake off any bitter or sour taste you may have left in your mouth after reading the first part of my blog (for which I do apologize… but it is a mind cleanup, so I couldn’t not…)