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Tricked by my father

October 31, 2017
daisy cools, vinyl, tricked, platenkoffer, vinyl case

    2017. It’s hailing. I’m carrying my heavy guitar and my red vinyl record case to the tram stop, wondering if I’ll be able to make ends meet this month. I’m feeling tricked. By my father.   (around) 1980. My parents drag an abundance of vinyl cases (the red one’s among them) and bags across the threshold. After a long train ride they enter their tiny apartment in Vlaardingen for the very first time. My dad will start his…

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Stories

Did you get here through daisy cools.com?

September 18, 2017
daisycools, songwriter, daisy cools

Did you get here through daisycools.com?   If so, I’m glad you did. Maybe you were looking to find out more about my music or checking if I’d be playing live anywhere near you soon. Thank you for that!   We’re making real progress at the studio and I’m already singing the vocals for my new four albums. Yes. Four. You didn’t know? Well, this crazy idea turned out to be such a big project and a huge change for…

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Portuguese Stories The Translation Trip

Songwriting in Beja, Portugal

May 25, 2017

One chilly morning in February I woke up with this restless feeling. First I couldn’t quite figure out what it meant, but when I finally managed to drag myself out of bed and went outside half asleep to walk the dog it dawned on me: it was time for a break from winter in Rotterdam. Sunrays, vinhos verdes and charming streets…I could almost feel, taste and see it: Beja.   And the best thing about it: it would be the…

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Columns Stories

Party crasher seeking international parties

March 8, 2017
daisy cools, party crasher, singer songwriter, rotterdam

The Italian waiter stares at me with glazed eyes. “Piece of cake…?” he mumbles. I nod. I just asked him if he knows how to translate the phrase ‘piece of cake’ into Italian. He doesn’t answer. However, all of a sudden he smiles, turns around, runs towards the kitchen and returns with a large piece of tiramisu.   This isn’t working. There’s not much time left, because my new album will be out soon. In four languages. I’m translating all…

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Columns Stories

Plenty of time

December 14, 2016
daisy cools, portugal, faro

Sunday Morning, 06:45 Rotterdam/The Hague Airport. I place my coat, phone and laptop in one of the white containers. My bag follows on the belt. I pass through the metal detector and grab my things. Holding a coffee and a banana while struggling with a bag that’s about to slip off my shoulder I try to manoeuvre myself into a chair. The flight to Faro is leaving in half an hour. I get my laptop out to work on one…

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Stories

I’m going to be a homewrecker

October 21, 2016

Just a tiny throwback to a few years ago when I fell in love with Palermo and Sicily and started to feel the desire to speak and sing in Italian. It happened when I spent a month in Palermo and was in the company of some great filmmakers and actors to record the video to my song Homewrecker. An incredible experience that gave me an appetite to keep traveling and go abroad to film the musicvideo’s. Now what do you…

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Italian Stories

Seven days of intense failing

September 28, 2016
vuccirìa market, palermo, sicily, sicilia

Writing this whilst listening to: Elisa Toffoli, L’anima vola Location: the apartment at Piazza Castelnuovo, Palermo, see the view in the ultra short video below Drinking: Cusumano, Insolia, Sicilia, white, 2015       “Berrei volentieri un…un….bicchieri di vino bianco e…well” “You would like a glass of white wine, Miss? Dry?” “Ah…si, yes per favore!” I’m sure the Palermitan waiter wasn’t impatient with me, even though it must be frustrating when it takes someone minutes to place a simple order…

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French Stories

I’ve come to tell you I’m going away

September 15, 2016
going away, parc buttes chaumont, paris

Photo taken by Jessica de Ligt during the making of the video for Be Good/The Paris File.  Writing this whilst listening to: Berry, Mademoiselle (album) Location: my balcony, Rotterdam Drink: Viña Tarapacá, Valle Central, Chile, Chardonnay, 2015 A freezing cold evening, February 2011. I’m gathering my stuff which is lying around the small apartment in the 19th arrondissement. Checking every drawer, going through the tiny rooms, packing my bags. I’m about to turn off the radio when I hear a…

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French Stories

Pardon my French

September 5, 2016
french movie

Writing this whilst listening to: Miles Davis, Ascenseur pour L’échafaud (soundtrack) Location: my desk, Rotterdam Drink: Domaine de la Baume, Les Mariés, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012      I finally found a way to sit around watching movies and call it work. Not that I’m actually making money while doing so, but that’s just a detail. And aren’t details easy to overlook?   Watching stacks of movies spoken in the language you desire to speak can be an effective way to…

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