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Sunday, 13 July 2008

Frisia Non Cantat

"Frisia non cantat" - The old Latin phrase original referred to the stubbornness of some peculiar nordic tribes. In later ages it was used to describe how non-musical the Dutch are, either in their culture or in their language.

My mother subscribes to this view. She thinks the Dutch language is bland and prickly to the ears. She doesn't believe a song in Dutch can be any good. It doesn't help that many of the Dutch agree with her.

If you are a friend of mine living in Amsterdam, chances are you were born somewhere else. If your English is good you were probably never really motivated to learn Dutch, let alone find appreciation for some of the good songs, music, books, films and poetry that's out there.

Here's some songs that I appreciate to get you started:

1. Herman van Veen / Anne

The only Dutch singer my mom listens to. That's high praise! Bam, the pianist in the Babak-o-Doestan band says none of the cool guys liked Herman van Veen back in the day. He was rather an artist you went to see with a girl to impress her. So here you go, impress a girl already:

2. Doe Maar / De Bom

The ultimate Dutch band, any guy or girl my age can sing along most lyrics of most songs. Written in the (anti-)climactic years of the cold war, it's about the uselessness of pursueing shallow goals (or indeed any goals) when the bomb will wipe us out anyway. Cheerful stuff.

3. Extince / Spraakwater

One of the first guys to start rapping in Dutch. I know all the cool kids are doing it these days, but this guy's a pioneer!

"Hitgevoelig als Abba /
flexibel als BarbaPapa!"

Heck yeah!

4. Opgezwolle / Eigen Wereld

No words to describe these guys, or the surreal clip. Just click on the video.


nima_akhb@yahoo.com said...

Hi dear cousin this is nima
I have some blogs which you might not be aware of ( ofcours you are not !
which are in persian
which are in english
I wish you could see them ,

welcome to weblogs world , I have been in it , more than 6 years I suppose (?) - maybe seven !?
I had two or three othr weblogs as well , I hope you could read in your mother language ?
www.shafahi.persianblog.ir - which is not mine now )
some of these were hacked , am I left some of them , because it was hard to write in blogspot in farsi
unfortunately , now I have not so much time for bloging , since I work on new things .

I hope I can come to your weblog once or twice a week . reading all you have written in that week!

Give my regards to all , ( Point : if you want to send me personal messages , please don't use weblog comments )

hai , by the way , it seems that you know english so well , refreshed the page to read , why not new post ? this is a holiday here , wish 2 c u soon
I wanted to send a comment yesterday , but this comment and sendings seem to be dutch I couldn`t read it

Child of Frisia said...

Er bestaat een spreekwoord in het Latijn: "Frisia non cantat, Frisia ratiocinatur" (Friezen zingen niet, Friezen zoeken oplossingen).
this quote has nothing to do with
singing (singing songs) it means
Frisians don not complain but try to do something about it (a thing a circumstance)

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