Late night composing....
And again, no long blog, no time, because Stenny is writing music! Love to you all and have a wonderful night!
Real life , Real musick, Real POLICE, Real DISCRIMINATION!!! (the great life of a pagan musician part 63)
So..another day another blog... I didn't write straight away after some disturbing events this last weekend, because I wanted to be sure that I really wanted to write this...
As you know I don't like the "normal" band blogs that only go:
"Oooh everything is so great!"
"Ooh buy all the cool new merchandise we have"
I wasn't sure if I should share this MOANING blog with you ...but... want to write something about the ACTUAL life of being a real underground independant musician... The stuff of REAL LIFE that happens while you're trying to be a world-changing freak...
Like last saturday, when we arrived back at our hotel in the middle of the night after a looooong day of playing at the (really cool!) MPS in Speyer to find ourselves locked out of our hotel-rooms....
When we tried to get the person at te counter to open our rooms, we were told that we could only go back into them IF we pay first.... in the middle of the fucking night...after we had already slept there the night before, and we already arranged with them that we would pay in cash on the morning of our departure...
"NO"... the (extremely rude) dickhead behind the counter said.... you must pay now!!
I asked this "gentleman" why we couldn't simply pay in the morning as is usual...
"NO... you must PAY NOW! other wise NO KEYS...NO ROOMS!"... was this discriminating piece of human excrement's answer...
(he obviously thought we would leave without paying)
Because we already had all our stuff in those rooms this was kind of "annoying" to say the least...especially after such a great day of gigs and fans and sunshine and work (also it was Daphyd's birthday so some of us ...ahem...Daphyd... were kind of drunk and very very tired).
So I got in the van and dragged my case out which contained enough cash to pay for those (fucking awfull) rooms... and angrily threw the cash onto the counter infront of that discriminating, untrustworthy fat hunk of nazi slime working there...
Saying : "Here you go little man... here is your money, seeing as you don't trust us to pay up tomorrow, because OBVIOUSLY we must be criminals because we look like this....now give us our keys and let us back into our rooms so we can finally get some sleep!"
Then (after he was payed in full for his stinking crappy hotel rooms) that evil motherfucker started to make an official invoice.... veeeeeeeeery slowly just to annoy the fuck out of us even more...
At that point dear (drunk, birthday boy) Daphyd was so upset to see me seething with repressed anger , that he told the asshole before us that he was a "right dickhead" and that his behaviour towards us was "discriminating ,insulting and hurtfull" while he flipped the stupid american bassball cap that this human garbage was wearing off of his head.
we gathered our keys, we left to find our rooms and we hoped to go to sleep...
BUT NO... there's more
upon arrival at our rooms Majo discovered a drunk, naked man pissing against the wall a few feet from our door (apparently that was the janitor who has a "bit of a alcohol problem", his beat-up, embarrassed and resigned wife told us later).
after Majo chased his bare drunken ass away, we found that all the minibars had been emptied while we were away (as if we would even drink that shit)
Rob, Saat and Sascha went to bed... the rest of us settled down for a quiet smoke and a quick drink before bedtime to counter the weirdness ...and were just about getting relaxed again ...when the FUCKING POLICE ARRIVED!!! Yep...the human excrement had actually called the police (after we paid in full) and wanted Daphyd (the birthday boy) Charged for physical assault because he had "punched him"... (they had actually already tried to drag Rob from his room to charge HIM, thinking it was Daphyd , because the hotelguy didn't even know which rooms we were all in apparently)... anyway.... we started talking to the police....trying to convince them that we were breaking no laws of the land , and that the hotel guys was the only one breaking any laws, namely the law of hospitality) ...
In the end we had to wake up sascha so that he could get his carkeys, so that daphyd could show a piece ofpaper to the police (his passport) which said that he was Daphyd, because apparently they didn't think that our word was good enough...
happily the officers had more than two braincells between them (a rare and happy occurance in any country) and it was obvious that the guy from the hotel was an evil lying, vicious piece of nazi shit .... so after about an hour of questioning and staring at Daphyd's passport they let us FINALLY get some some sleep...
You know ...it's great to be a freak! BUT sometimes there is a price...
If you look weird to other's:
they will mistrust you
they will discriminate against you
they will sometimes beat you up
they will sometimes slap you in jail
they will try to crucify you for your beliefs
is this a good enough reason to CONFORM?
is this a good enough reason to dress and act like all those fucking sheep?
is this a good enough reason to deny who you really are?
well... the only real answer for that question is obviously:
WE STAY JUST THE SAME!!!
Greenthingz and fuck the fascists!
pic by Guy Fawkes (they wiped all the pictures that daphyd took, but they didn't get my phone ;-)
Tomorrow is Daphyd's birthday!!
and we will be playing on the MPSfestival in Speyer !
Come on over and join us to wish him a good one and many more!!
pic by Bernd Sonntag
were too busy writing musick...
no time to blog today ... sorry!
here's a pretty pic by Erwin van Dijck
Tea and Talks (there's a new CD brewing!)
Making two new OMNIA studio-CD productions takes thought, time and lots tea...
We're making the planning now for all the studio days we will need to finish up The OMNIA "Naked Harp" CD...
(which will be RELEASED this winter!!!)
and to plan all the recording dates for the NEW OMNIA Band CD...
(which will be RECORDED this winter!!!)
So today it's Tea and Talks with Fieke of Orchus studio to plan all our free time this coming winter full so that YOU can get more of the best quality PaganFolk Musick!!
Greenthingz and fresh infusions!
Stenny and Fieke
pic by Sic
Today is a good day to Dye!
... I'm using black henna!
Green and blackthingz!
Pic by Sic
Like a bird on a wire
(A day for slacking...)
We have a new toy, it's called a slack-rope!
Stenny is just playing musick and having fun today!
Pic by sic
Birds in bed
baby Blackbird pt.5
This is what getting woken up by a strange bird in bed looks like!
(I mean... we've shared our bed with birds before, but never one like this! ;-)
And... Hasn't this little fellow grown a lot since my last blog about him?!!
the story so far:
we found him as a baby with a busted leg and no parents to take care of him...
(after a cat-attack)
the bird-doctor we took him to said it was hopeless,his leg wouldn't heal, he wouldn't make it in the wild...
so we nursed him and hand fed him and he grew...
he has now learned to use his invalided leg...
he lives in our house (and at dreamharps when we are on tour)...
he has learned to fly like a champion...
he is curious about the world...
he is starting to sing!... he talks with us and when we play music together (me on the flutes and him singing... it makes us feel like fucking cinderella!...
AND he is currently flying around through the trees above me...
we are giving him "living in the wild-training" now, he is free to leave the stenny studio any time he likes so, he comes and goes constantly, returning every hour or so for some food and a chat, and then flapping away again.
Every time he flies away could be the last time we see him, (snif) but that's how it goes...
we don't "own" this little soul... we are just taking care of him for as long as he needs us...
that's one of the things you do when you are an EarthWarrior :-)
Greenthingz on growning wingz!
Stenny and Piepje (aka: "Glokta the Wyrmslayer")
fuzzy morning pic by Sic
Sayan Didge energy attack!
pic by Erwin van Dijck Videoproducties
(and a very happy birthday today Erwin!)