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Party crasher seeking international parties

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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Plenty of time

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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I’m going to be a homewrecker

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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Seven days of intense failing

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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I’ve come to tell you I’m going away

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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Pardon my French

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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Translation Trip


I’m Daisy Cools, an eternal newcomer living, playing and songwriting in several European cities. Currently I’m working on my next album at Rocktown Studios, Rotterdam. Four versions of an album, actually, cause I’ll translate all the songs from English to French, Italian & Portuguese. And sing them in those languages. A mission that scares the hell out of me and yet makes me ridiculously happy. A translation trip leading up to four albums. Each one of them in one language. French, Italian…

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Now, exactly what’s an eternal newcomer?

City’s new, every time I cross the bridge it’s like I see it for the first time It is promising and never too bright for my eyes, and to my surprise Don’t have the heart, hard to see where to start and it isn’t for the first time I can’t do anything other than look in from the outside Painfully so But what can I say, I am eternally new here And I’m at the sidelines of my life But what…

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