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Father’s Day Family Charity Concert

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The Tara Bodong Foundation presents:

A family charity concert to celebrate Father’s Day

Sunday 19 June 2016

 

Yoshimi Kawai

Yoshimi Kawai

Featuring Pianist, Yoshimi Kawai who will be playing pieces from our favourite films … Handel,Mozart, Beethoven,Schubert, Chopin,Debussy and more.

After successful appearances in Europe, Yoshimi gave an outstanding performance at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam last November, where she shared the stage with internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Tempei Nakamura. She recently released her first CD entitled: Heart to Heart

– Passage of Life www.i-arts.jp

 

 

Also performing will be Claire Wirtjesfrom Kinderen voor Kinderen.

Come and toast all fathers at our special Roland Vizeneux champagne bar. Forms will also be on hand for you to order your personal stock.

Available: Refreshments, including fresh strawberries and cakes on sale, Tara Bodong stall with new scarves and  other merchandise.

There will be a complimentary  babysitting service  for children 4 – 10 yrs old.

 

Your contributions will help us complete our girls’ school in NE India. We need your support!

Tara Bodong is pleased to host this special concert at the newly renovated Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO)

– the first recording studio in the Netherlands and where music greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson commanded the mike.

 

Date: Sunday 19 June 2016 at 14:00 – 15:30 (doors open at 13:30)

Venue: Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO) Heuvellaan  33, 1217  J L Hilversum

Cost: €15,00 (children under 10 years free)

 

Tickets online: tickets.tarabodong@gmail.com

 

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Texel Island Discs | Feb 2016

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Marooned for eternity on Texel Island in the North of Holland, Dee Bodle chooses her favourite 10 discs to take with her to keep sane.

Top Ten Tunes for Texel   

By Dee Bodle

I never realised how extremely difficult it was going to be to pick my 10 tracks, but it did get me thinking back to the tracks that have got me to where I am today, so I started with my first ever purchase…

1 I bought this with my pocket money and I had to save for a while before I could buy it and I remember playing it over and over again in my bedroom to the extreme of knowing all the words and giving my parents a singing rendition whenever it was played.  I also found that the B side – One Fine Day was a real bonus so two for the price of one. I suppose this record rings true when you are young, but it still has a place in my heart.

Sweet Talking Guy – The Chiffons

2 Another contender for my affections is this one as it captures in essence my youth and it was played that much that I am surprised that I did not wear it out!

Build me up buttercup – The Foundations

3 When I was looking for a record to play on my wedding day this was my first choice as it can be played with or without the words and I just love the way it takes you away to another place when you listen to it.

A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum

4 When my children were little I went on to love Motown and it became part of my life buying so records and LPs to play whenever I had a minute to spare and it has been so difficult to pick just one from this era but after seeing the Four Tops in Concert I went on to play this over and over again.

Reach out and I’ll be there – The Four Tops

5 Cherish and the lyrics of the song have stayed with me for a long time and whenever it is played it takes me back to those days when I needed transporting to a beach to forget about everything.

Cherish – Kool and the gang

6 As my children grew older my daughter started to sing this and I just melted and fell in love with it, and it holds a real place in my heart and reminds me that your children grow up very quickly.

The Rose – Bette Midler

 

7 I do not mind telling you that I had a crush on Michael Ball when I saw him in Les Miserables which I have now seen many times in English and in Dutch. This record however has been sung by so many as I remember watching the Toppers in Concert in 2011 sing it and I was watching The Voice UK when a vicar sang it so it just goes to show that it can be a favourite of many.

This is the moment – Michael Ball

 

8 They first sang this on a show called Soldier Soldier back in the 80s and I know it was originally by the Righteous Brothers but I prefer the Robson and Jeroen rendition as they just capture the moment when they sing it and of course Simon Cowell did not do too badly out of it either.

Unchained Melody – Robson and Jeroen

 

 

9 If I had to choose a female singer that I could listen to all the time it would have to be Whitney as she could in my opinion sing anything and I loved whatever she sang but when this was featured on The Bodyguard it brought her to life and now after her death she has left such a great legacy.

I will always love you – Whitney Houston

10 I thought I would finish back in the present day as my granddaughter was performing in a dance concert recently and this was the tune that she had to dance to, so it has grown on me to a point that whenever I hear it I think of her and the fantastic performance she did on the show.

Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

 

Texel Island Discs | Nov 2015

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Marooned for eternity on Texel Island in the North of Holland, Leigh Ann Arthur chooses her favourite 10 discs to take with her to keep sane.

Top Ten Tunes for Texel   

By Leigh Ann Arthur

Marooned on Texel and the songs that I have at my disposal are but ten! Goodness me, what a situation to think on…I feel blessed however that throughout my life I’ve had great opportunity to sing, play and listen to many different types and forms of music. However, that makes the selection process really difficult!

1 I’ll start with a contemporary pop song that is just fun to listen AND dance to and not knowing for how long I’ll be on Texel – dance and happiness will be necessary:

Happy, by Pharrell Williams

2Which makes me think of one of my more memorable Thanksgiving preparations…I had read in Martha Stewart’s “Living” magazine that if you cover your turkey with a mesh cloth and continuously baste it, the breast will stay nice and juicy…well, yes, but it also means that you have to open the oven door OFTEN, which also means that all that heat leaves the oven and causes the turkey roasting time to elongate…of course I didn’t know this until the day – but THANKFULLY, I had my family with me and ABBA and well, a glass of wine, roasting turkey and ABBA, you HAVE to dance!

Dancing Queen, by ABBA

3I can’t say exactly why, but Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” has been a piece of work that sticks with me throughout my life. I saw a ballet in Salzburg based on it – and I have to say it was truly amazing…But, since I look at that as a total piece of work, I’m going with something else;

Marooned, from their Division Bell album

4As a Christian, I also feel blessed to have the honour of leading our congregation in song worship. There are just so many great contemporary Christian songs, it’s really hard to decide on which ones are my personal favourite, so I list here a few that our congregation really loves, cuz if I’m marooned on an island, I’ll want to remember lots of people; family, friends, and my church family too…

Mighty to Save, a Hillsong Worship song

5 Our God, Chris Tomlin

 

6 Speak o Lord, by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend

 

7 And of COURSE I have to have one of the songs we had sung at Benjamin (Benjie) and my wedding in 2011:

 

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven, composed by John Goss as Lauda Anima, and text by Henry Francis Lyte, based on Psalm 103, sung by St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir

8Another song that Benjie and I had sung (solo) at our wedding is “Song to the Moon” from the opera Rusalka, one of my favourite operas;

Song to the Moon, Antonín Dvořak, sung by Lucia Popp, images by Benjamin Arthur

Supermoon from Benjamin Arthur Photography on Vimeo.

9I’ll move on further with classical music, something that has always been very important in my life. So much excellent classical music has been written, yet there are still pieces that I come across that I’ve never heard, here is a recent piece I purchased;

The Firebird, composed by Igor Stravinsky

10My last selection is one that causes me to weep several times through the piece. It’s also one that tells an amazing story…

 

Messiah, by George Frideric Handel

I’m missing some jazz (Dave Brubeck), a bit of negro spiritual (Jester Hairston pieces come to mind) and all the musicals I grew up with (West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The King and I, My Fair Lady) but again, there are so many to choose from. I hope you enjoy one or many of the songs which are dear to me.

Leigh Ann

Texel Island Discs | Oct 2015

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Marooned for eternity on Texel Island in the North of Holland, Nick Nugent, the new chairman of Britsoc, chooses his favourite 10 discs to take with him to keep sane.

By Nick Nugent

I guess there are a many ways to pick the top 10 songs you’d take to Texel.   They are songs I like, but maybe not my favourite songs, but each has a personal significance to me.  They are ordered in sort of a chronological order how I came across them.  As with a lot of people, the music from my youth sticks with me the most and so not many modern songs make it to the list.

 

  1. Van Halen – Why can’t this be Love

You may know that in the late 80’s early 90’s Van Halen went through a hiatus with “Diamond Dave” lee Roth leaving the band to pursue a short solo career.  They brought in the “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar for a few pretty successful albums.  Although my first ever 7 inch I bought was Jump, this is the song that sticks with me the most.

 

  1. ELO – Turn to Stone

With their orchestral rock music, I have always been a fan of ELO.  I guess this is my favourite track, as I remember constantly selecting this on the jukebox in the pub where I played pool with my friends during my sixth form.

 

  1. The Wedding Present – My Favourite Dress

This was my sister’s favourite band of the late 80’s.  They are known for their angst ridden lyrics, and 1000 mile per hour guitar playing.  I had never been to a gig before and I had booked tickets for Level 42, my favourite band at the time and I decided I needed to know what is was like.  My sister was going to this gig at Liverpool University student Uni and decided to tag along to get the feel of it.  The gig also featured the La’s who had just released “there she goes” and were arguably a bigger band.  Nevertheless, it was these guys who stuck and this is my favourite track from their album Tommy.

 

  1. Stone Roses – Made of Stone

Growing up near Liverpool there was a tradition of music, but during the late 80’s it was Manchester, particularly madchester bands making the biggest impact.  I saw all of the major Madchester bands just as they were starting except the Happy Mondays.  My memory is a bit sketchy on this one, but I seem to remember during a shopping trip to St Helens, the nearest major shopping town, I went into HMV and heard this track.  I’m pretty sure I only had my bus fare left, but I was so taken by this track I decided to buy it and walk the nearly 4 miles home (in the rain!)

  1. Whitesnake – The still of the night

Although I was into rock music from a very early age, this song was the one that got me into the heavier side of things.  This was the last album that Adrian van den Berg the Dutch master guitarist could play on as he injured his wrist while writing the next album.  Adrian was known for his epic riffs and driving guitar sound.  He lives back in the Netherlands, I believe somewhere near Enschede, and released a new album last year.

 

  1. Level 42 – Heaven in my Hands

I had seen Level 42 on their Running in the Family tour, their most highly successful album of all time when I was at sixth form.  The song which is my favourite from that album was “to be with you again.”  However, during my university period they had released “staring at the sun” which contained this track.  At the time, I had starting competing for the university at lifesaving competitions.  Somewhat like modern athletes, I would listen to this track on my walkman before swimming to boost my performance.

 

  1. Metallica – Enter Sandman

After playing their guitars at hypersonic speeds for most of the previous albums the Metallica guys wanted to slow it down, but still sound has heavy.  Bob Rock, most famous for producing much softer rock bands, was brought in to try to make this sound.  By all accounts it was a fractious relationship, but the result is their most successful album.  Enter Sandman, who epitomizes this slow, but heavy sound they were looking for.  I did consider Creeping Death, but I think this is the one for that most reminds of all the dingy rock pubs I ended up in the 80s and 90s.

 

  1. Megadeth – Holy Wars

Meanwhile, Metallica reject Dave Mustanes crew were still at it will hypersonic riffs with their album Rust in Peace.  To be honest I could have picked 4 or 5 off this album but Holy Wars with the intro riff which captures the spirit of the whole album in the first 30 secs is the one for me.

  1. Felix – Don’t you want me

This is probably the song I most remember as exited my Metal phase and went on to my clubbing phase.  This is the one I think most got me hooked on electronic music, which is what I listen most these days.  This has recently had an update by the newly crowned #1 DJ’s in the world Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike which I think shows what impact it has had over the years.

 

  1. Ferry Corsten – Back to Paradise (Flashover Mix)

I had to include one of the many Dutch DJ/producers in my list.  They have had such a massive influence on the whole electronic music scene.  In the end it was a toss up between Armin van Buuren and Ferry.  However, I still remember my Radio one Essential selection mixes from the early 90’s mixed by Ferry.  This is my absolute favourite from the recent three-part Hello World EP.

Mulanje Mission Concert

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Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue

Mulanje Mission Concert

Featuring the wonderfully entertaining Ricky Ross from 

legendary Scottish band Deacon Blue

 

The English Reformed Church,

The Begijnhof,

Amsterdam

 

The English Reformed Church at the Begijnhof, Amsterdam, is pleased to announce this year’s concert in aid of the Mulanje Mission Hospital. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the much needed renovation of the antenatal wards in the hospital, combatting the high rate of infant mortality in the world’s sixth poorest nation.

Ricky Ross, frontman and driving force behind the legendary Scottish band Deacon Blue will be performing a wonderfully entertaining set.

Don’t miss it!’

Texel Island Discs | July/Aug 2015

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By John Richardson,  John The Copywriter, Amsterdam

Marooned for eternity on Texel Island in the North of Holland, John Richardson from John The Copywriter, and editor of the Britsoc’s Fish and Chips for the Soul magazine chooses his favourite 12 discs to take with him.

Like most who are asked to spend the rest of eternity on Texel with only 12 songs for company I found the selection process a daunting challenge. Do I pick songs that mark special memorable moments? Or that reach inside to places I never knew existed? Songs that make no lyrical sense yet are rich with light and dark poetic shades? Songs that trigger, anger and confuse? Songs that sum up the moment, the year, the decade? My choices are pre John Lennon’s assassination. I didn’t listen to music after that. I removed it from my life to give room for other things. But recently I have started to listen to those old tunes again. Through older and wiser ears. Whiter Shade of Pale and Hotel California still make about as much sense to me as a U2 lyric. But the blues still has a clarity that reaches deep down and nourishes my mojo.


Woody Guthrie—Mean Talking Blues

I’m not sure if you can still buy this amazing song, but the wonderful lyrics are built from chainsaw parts that cut through the crap to reveal the devil’s soul on a bad day.  Talk about speaking your mind. Reminds me of my mother.

I’m the meanest man that ever had a brain,
All I scatter is aches and pains.
I’m carbolic acid, and a poison face,
And I stand flat-footed in favor of crime and disgrace.
If I ever done a good deed — I’m sorry of it.

I’m mean in the East, mean in the West,
Mean to the people that I like the best.
I go around a-causin’ lot of accidents,
And I push folks down, and I cause train wrecks.
I’m a big disaster — just goin’ somewhere’s to happen.
I’m an organized famine — studyin’ now I can be a little bit meaner.
I’m still a whole lot too good to suit myself — just mean…


Captain Beefheart—Safe as Milk

I first came across this bonkers band during my first day at art college. We sat in total darkness and tried to draw a naked model. Captain B was blaring out Safe as Milk and I was hooked.


John Lennon—Give Peace a Chance

It’s difficult to know how much Yoko influenced this masterpiece but given the backdrop from everything from Vietnam to the daily atrocities of ISIS this song looks like never loosing its relevancy and potency.


Paul McCartney—Yesterday

I was once in a restaurant in Soho London talking with a friend about how Paul McCartney had lost the plot with Wings and the cringing songs that came out of that partnership. We were very loud and my friend Terry kept saying that Paul McCartney was stood behind me. Which I took as a joke. Eventually I turned around and there he was. I went from cynic to one of those screaming  girls in those early black and white Beatles  gigs. Apparently, Yesterday arrived fully formed in Paul’s head.  Go figure.


Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler?

Co-written by Jimmy Perry and Derek Taverner and sung by World War Two comic Bud Flanagan  (it was the former Crazy Gang member’s last recording; he died later the same year).

Who Do You Think You’re Kidding, Mr Hitler?” was the signature tune of Dad’s Army, a BBC TV comedy series based on the Home Guard. Dad’s Army ran for eighty episodes between 1968 and 1977; there were also a number of radio episodes, a film, and various spin offs including the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society.

While I’ve always hated the class wars in Britain ( I was born in a council house) it does give rise to classic Blighty comedy. I love the understated audaciousness of the song, which perfectly mirrors the ‘give it a go mood’ of people who would never have met and teamed up in normal life. A bit like expat life really.


The WatersonsLal & Mike Waterson - Fine Horseman

I first heard the Watersons at the Bluebell Folk Club in Hull. Only close family members can sing with this kind of uniquely beautiful harmony. I remember Mike Waterson being very friendly and encouraging me to get in to the folk scene.

Lal, Norma, and Mike Waterson were orphans and brought up by their grandmother who was of part gypsy descent. Lal Waterson (15 February 1943 – 4 September 1998) was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire and died suddenly in Robin Hood’s Bay, of cancer diagnosed only ten days before.

Lal Waterson’s voice was stark, captivating, incredible. As you listen it makes you feel every emotion you’ve ever felt. Timeless beauty.


The Who - My Generation

I’ve always had an irrational hatred for the Who. But I’ve always loved this song. It was one of their first hits. It has the lyric ‘Hope I die before I get old’, which succinctly captured the mood of my generation and encouraged me to live a life as full as I could until I reached 30. I was convinced I would die then. But I didn’t. Actually I almost did, but that’s another story.


Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love

What a voice Robert plant had. Waaaaayeeeer down insiiiiiiiiiiiiiide. He certainly reached me.


Bob Dylan—Like a Rolling Stone - No Direction Home

Locked in my bedroom listening to Bob gave me a love for the creative use of words that is still with me today. I saw an interview with Bob recently and even he says he could never write songs like that now.  Bob took lyric writing to the highest level. He is a genius who can’t sing. Yet there must be a billion people who bought a guitar because of Bob. Proud to say I was one of them.

Elvis Costello—Alison

I once recorded with Nick Lowe over a long weekend and he told me that he didn’t think much of Costello until he heard this love song. Then he was all in and produced most of his earlier albums, many of which are considered classics. Part punk, part balladeer, a little bit country, a bit of pop, a lot of rock n roll, but never out of fashion, Declan MacManus aka Elvis Costello has been writing, recording, performing and touring for five decades!

Petula Clark —Downtown

I had the great honour of meeting  Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, the writers of this 60’s hit. I’ve included because it was the first single my sisters bought for or new pink Dansette record player. I can still smell its turntable whenever anybody mentions this classic hit.
I fall in love to easily— Chet Baker
Every woman I meet I fall in love with her. Women are amazing. And I love all of them. You would think I would learn from this song. Nope.

I fall in love too easily
I fall in love too fast
I fall in love too terribly hard
For love to ever last
My heart should be well-schooled
‘Cause I been fooled in the past


Chet Baker—I fall in love to easily

Every woman I meet I fall in love with her. Women are amazing. And I love all of them. You would think I would learn from this song. Nope.

I fall in love too easily

I fall in love too fast

I fall in love too terribly hard

For love to ever last

My heart should be well-schooled

‘Cause I been fooled in the past


 

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Texel Island Discs | June 2015

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By David Raleigh,  AngloINFO Amsterdam

Marooned for eternity on Texel Island in the north of Amsterdam, David Raleigh from AngloInfo chooses his favourite 10 discs to take with him.

Texel-Island-Discs-May-2015The agony of choice. Being 10 in 1981 with a brother 8 years older that me meant that I already knew all the lyrics to the songs by The Jam by heart and I had an appreciation for the punk era music and the post punk rock. It also meant that I could not go near his precious vinyls or touch his stereo set up. He did make some cassette recordings for me though for a fair price….This situation left me in the lounge with 2 long play vinyls to choose from and one of those defined my musical tastes in general. The Best of Elvis was a musical epiphany for me. I remember one of my sisters bawling her eyes out one morning in 1977, but in the early 80’s the King was very much still alive for me. His swagger and catchy tunes with a heavy gospel and blues backbones was my sound and still is now. I am open to all new musical strains and love much of the good stuff that appears, but I still love the very same music I listed to in the 80’s. By the way, the second vinyl I had was a collection of Scooby Doo stories. I played that once too. Once. Those pesky kids.

 

Elvis - Guitar Man
We don’t need a guitar man, son…Elvis says in that song. Yes we do, but we just needed him to eat less burgers and shape up. Elvis as an ageing crooner would have been fantastic. Slower with his voice dropping an octave would have been fantastic. This song was my favourite on the one vinyl I had. I now have everything he ever sung and there are some great stuff that most people will never hear.
The Jam - This is the Modern World.
Energy and meaning wrapped together in a short track that always stirs something in me when I hear it. An air guitar is often played.
Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon.
I love great guitar work. The sounds on this track are just amazing. At the time they recorded it Ian McCulloch stayed out all night working on it. When he came home in the morning, his girlfriend was furious and wanted to know where he had been. He played this track and she started to cry. It was considered for the soundtrack to the great film Donnie Darko, but missed the cut. A shame as the early atmospheric sounds would have been perfect.
The Smiths - There is a Light and it Never Goes Out.
Largely considered the best Smiths song and I agree.  Wonderful lyrics wrapped up in fabulous music. The perfect meeting of the skills of Morrissey and Johnny Marr.
The White Stripes - Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground
I could not ever exclude the White Stripes from a list like this. Meg and Jack White were the freshest breath of air in the world during their time together. A blues rock combo that shines brightest in this track.

The Black Keys - Everlasting Light.
Another blues rock combo this time from Ohio. The variety in sound and scope that 2 musicians can make is outstanding. This song is just beautiful.

The Wedding Present - Kennedy.
This group has to appear in the list as it is the group I have seen live the most times. I studied in Leeds for different reasons, but one of them was to have a better chance to see this Leeds based band more often. Some great British rock sounds and lyrics mainly themed on unrequited love, a subject I subscribed to during my student days.

Chopin - All the Nocturnes.
I have spent many years living in Paris. I always said I would never leave Paris, but I am glad I did, although I am always very happy to be visiting Paris at any time still. Once I shared a flat there with a professional pianist. She would play Chopin day and night in the next room and I would listen to that while I worked. Rather than be a distraction I got so much done during that time.

The Sundays - Joy.
I love a jangling guitar riff with a female voice softly invading my ears. The Sundays were that sound for a long time even once they decided to stop making music and do other things. A typical student favourite the group still sounds like fresh English sounds. Joy is a great example but other tracks could easily have made this position.

The Beatles - Norwegian Wood.
Last and certainly not least, the Beatles are perhaps the uber group that will still be played in 1000 years and more. The variety and range of the fab four have never been equalled and will probably never be bettered. Fabtastic.

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