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2nd Thoughts on Booktunes, future, shoppe

Online-Shopping-iconYesterday I chatted away, first with Wim at MOVIE★INK. over coffee, later with my wife over a nice meal. I went to Wim to work on his website, so we ended up talking about what to do with and expect from a niche website that is a combination of articles on a certain subject (his being movie posters, mine being literature) and an online shop. With Rose I talked about maybe going back to University and put my brains to use.

At the moment my options regarding work are a bit limited. I won’t get into details here with you, but painting or spending my days behind a computer both won’t do.

After joining the Putty Tribe, I got fairly enthusiastic about doing all sorts of things including the rebuilding of my Booktunes project. Emily & her posse make a welcoming online community that is both inspiring and motivating. Putting her book on how to build your own Multipod website to use, I came up with a fresh view on the core for the future Booktunes: a Readers take on Exploring / Expression / Inspiration / Quality.

So far regarding my new angle, about the common denominator for all articles to be published on Booktunes. With that I wanted to add an online shop selling literary merchandise that would be related to the articles published on the site. Only the best literature related gadgets from all over the world. Think T-shirts by Out of Print, Dodocases, Penguin mugs & such, Original Booktunes wear. I really felt like going for it, with a large list of ideas & items!

Now, after a few weeks away from my laptop, doubts start to creep in. Or maybe discussing the matter again with Wim & wife made me realise how running a web shop does not really fit with who I am, where I am at, where I want to go.  Investments, a decent margin, supply, marketing, promotion, social media… all things that in some way do not work for me now. And, more important, focusing on the future, maybe not the stuff to fully realise my potential.

According to my lovely wife Rose I would feel at home in the academic world. The way I think and work, my ethics, ideals, views… If there would ever be a moment in my life when I should choose between living my life as it goes (moving from one job to the other, being bored but kind of ok, without feeling too much stress and excitement), or finding a challenge that ultimately adds some depth to the things I do, discuss, put out… then that moment would be now.

I will talk about it with my brother tonight and get back to you and myself. And that is a promise, to you, my parents and myself. Thanks.

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Murakami Festival Amsterdam – Where is Booktunes?

Murakamifest-250pxAmsterdam has a Murakami Festival coming up! On Januari 11th, 15 small book clubs will spread throughout the city centre to read and discuss their favourite author. Hosted by the likes of Anna Drijver, Jeroen Vullings and Philip Huff this could be a fun nite out. If you do have tickets for this sold out Litfest you will get a bonus:  an advance copy of Murakami’s yet to be published De kleurloze Tsukuru Tazaki en zijn pelgrimsjaren (Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage).  

I do feel a tad bit sad missing out on this event. Once I completed my studies with a thesis on Mr. Murakami, and in the early days of Booktunes we were part of the 1Q84 book launch taking care of the musical program. “Well, Booktunes is on the back burner and you are reading Bukowski at the moment” is what my wife said.

Her remark got me thinking. Would I want to play (a role) at this fest? How? What about my plans regarding Booktunes in general? When do I see Job & Mina again and decide where to take this project?

Regarding the first and second question: Maybe not. I quit dj-ing and don’t see any other role for me on festivals. Seriously.. personally..  festivals, public performances and get-togethers are music things. I do like to share thoughts on books, but preferably with my brother or Will (who is great).

The happening did get me fired up on the future of Booktunes though. I would love to build a new site that would function as a music and knowledge base for all music related books. An online community? Essential and a starting point will be the option to listen to the tunes straight away, no matter where you are. To have tunes at hand while reading.

So I re-upped the original Booktunes Soundtrack for Murakami’s After DarkA good opportunity to start testing some new music players as the WordPress audio options are way too basic (arent they?). Basic, but still worth tuning in to listen to some Murakami music and get ready for the festival on Januari 11th. Enjoy!

More info on the Murakami Festival here (in dutch).

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Everything is Illuminated – Fingers are Frozen

BT-Blog-Everything-is-Illuminated-by-leadingedgephotographyListening to the soundtrack to Liev Schreiber’s Everything is Illuminated (again) I am amazed (again) by how well the tunes fit the movie (which I kind of forgot about) and Safran Foer’s book (which definitely needs a rereading soon). Maybe it fits my midnight and early morning bicycle rides through Amsterdam and the Dutch Flatlands even better.

While my fingers freeze my brain gets heated by my apparently hip hat and, spinning on plans to broaden the Booktunes concept, fully enjoys the sounds of Paul Cantelon. Particularly Paul’s original score inspires, and even makes me enjoy the first cold winter weekend and look forward to joining the Elfstedentocht 2013 with my cousin Joeri. As Wim knows, I like Gogol Bordello but think Eugene’s role in the screenplay is good but purple enough. 

Ice skating, early morning cycling, after hours working… reading Safran Foer’s novel..   I am sure you’ll enjoy the tunes this movie brings. Listen to Paul Cantelon’s beautiful original tunes here, check Csókolom & Leningrad through Youtube.

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All Round Man

I like Murakami’s novels becuase I can relate to his charismatic characters. My wife can’t stand movies with a mean main man. Feeling a bit blue while reflecting on myself I really enjoyed an old tune called ‘All Round Man’ brought to me by C.W. Stoneking. Should I worry about the fact that I am still doing all sorts of jobs to make ends meet while believing I can get Booktunes to the next level? Or should I just be proud of the fact that I am a versatile guy feeling subject to this song?

Proud. By pressing replay I found out that my new tune, originally sung by Bo Carter, is an all wet hokum platter about a pal that is just dizzy with his dame. Mitt me kid!

Check C.W. Stoneking’s version by hitting the player below and download the orignal by Bo Carter here.


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to Amsterdam and back

Last weekend was quite inspiring. After easy jetting to Amsterdam straight from my Brighton I met The Wittemans at their Herengracht mansion. Still being Dutch, I brought only one bottle of nice light & dry rosé wine – not that lusciously dark oozing with bramboozle Australian stuff so popular in the UK right now – to enjoy in the open window with AMS-IX headmaster Job and writer Mina. Finished, we went to munch steaks and talk tunes. Booktunes.

The whole purpose of this trip was a Booktunes meeting on friday with a great guy working for a big tv provider. Worked out pretty well, will keep you updated on this. Alas, can say no more now, big tings fi gwan linkin books choons ‘n vids.


I had some time to catch up & reminisce with my brothers. Peet, Oli, Delli, Wout. All doing well, some of ‘m with kids, which made me think. And miss my lovely wife who was in Skøvde (SE) fighting both Dutch & Swedish Taekwondoists. I had time to catch up with my Dutch sisters Leen going strong & Sophie who decided to stop fighting her Swedish pojke and flew off to Singapore.

Missed: visiting Mels (yes he has a lovely kid as well), Bas, Ap & Loes, Josh.
Managed: visiting my grandma.
Plus: reading some pages in Cortázar’s Blow up and chill out at Wim’s gallery. Yes of course he had a poster of the movie by Antonioni on the wall.

Hotel: Pops & Moms. In no particular order. Moms did crazy shoppings for brunches & dinners and gave me the perfect blend of continental & English breakfast you wish every hotel would offer. After a great green & red coloured dinner Pops & Hen offered me their gypsy wagon – this one you haven’t seen before in any mag (yet).

Thanks! Back to work now, catch up soon,


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