It's so powerful the turning of the seasons here in Northern Europe. From the depths of dark days in winter you suddenly stumble upon a sky with light and brightness again in April.....this translates into pure energy and affects people profoundly. Somehow there seems to be a sunnier disposition to people in general - did I really detect less depressive vibes as I biked to my swim today....? I think so. :)
Even though today has been a chilly 15 degrees Centigrade maximum - (that's about 58 degrees for fahrenheit users)....it felt rather mild, especially in the sun. South Africans (or Seffricans as I like to say) would find this chilly indeed, especially Durbanites.....who keep the jerseys on until it's beyond 18 C (no jokes, I lived in Durban a year and a half between 1993 and 1994).
I have now finished the arduous process of compiling clips from my footage of Arniston (taken in November last year) that are good enough for consideration. (96 minutes of them) Now I will begin choosing what to keep and what to leave out. I have been playing with musical ideas.....I want to keep an ambient yet motion like form and am trying to keep an open mind regarding what sounds to use. I have much to choose from piano improvisation wise (I record these almost every day) - in fact the soundtrack for my last film "Two little towns near Amsterdam" consists of three of these. But I want other timbres for this movie. I want the music for "Arniston Bliss" to be a music album in its own right....
Super Rugby: (if it turns you on) - Yesterday morning was oh so pleasing with the Stormers earning a well merited away victory against last years champions, the Waratahs. For me one of the crucial improvements was that flyhalf Catrikilis finally had a good game kicking out of hand. He made some great tactical territorial kicks bouncing into touch and also made his line kicks direct into touch from his own 22 area. With the kind of pack we have that makes all the difference. I am quite surprised that this wasn't mentioned in any reports of the game I read afterwards. Kurt Coleman came on straight after half time and showed again that he is improving, although there are still clearly rough edges to his game. I felt that this was a season defining game for the Stormers and that it would make a big statement if they could persevere. They were certainly crazily unlucky last week against the Hurricanes...in fact ex ref Kaplan reckons there were question marks over all three tries scored by the Hurricanes in that first half last week...his weekly column on "rate the ref" is excellent.
Love from Amsterdam,