Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I Dream of Spring

It is still so cold in the Netherlands, even though it is almost April.
Kathryn Dawn Lang (born November 2, 1961), known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress.
Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical performances; hits include "Constant Craving" and "Miss Chatelaine". She has contributed songs to movie soundtracks and has teamed with musicians such as Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, Elton John, Anne Murray and Jane Siberry. Lang is also known for being a vegan as well as an animal rights, gay rights, and Tibetan human rights activist.
She performed Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" live at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Previously, she had performed at the closing ceremony of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Lang possesses the vocal range of a mezzo-soprano.

Lang, who came out as a lesbian in a 1992 article of the LGBT news magazine The Advocate, has championed gay rights causes.
She has supported many causes over the years, including HIV/AIDS care and research. Her cover of Cole Porter's "So in Love" (from the Broadway musical, Kiss Me, Kate), appears on the Red Hot + Blue compilation album and video from 1990 (a tribute to Cole Porter to benefit AIDS research and relief). Her 2010 Greatest Hits album, Recollection, also includes this cover of "So in Love". Lang also recorded the song "Fado Hilario," singing in Portuguese, for the 1999 Red Hot AIDS benefit album "Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon," a traditional fado from Portugal.
I Dream of Spring
Watershed is the fifth solo studio album by k.d. lang and was released on February 5, 2008. It is her first collection of original material since 2000's Invincible Summer.
A limited edition of the album was released in deluxe packaging which contained a bonus disc with four live tracks and an interview. "I Dream of Spring" was the album's first single, released on November 18, 2007.
k.d  lang answered on the question; Who the "she" is in this song? with:
"It’s not necessarily about a woman. It’s just about a love. It’s about a pure love that makes you feel new life in you. Not necessarily about one particular person."

I Dream Of Spring lyrics

She arrives like autumn in a rainstorm
The threat of thunder above
I'll return from the streets of Melbourne
I'll return my love

This is world is filled with frozen lovers
The sheets of their beds are frightfully cold
And I've slept there in the snow with others
Yet loved no others before

These cold dark places
Places I've been
In cold dark places
I dream of spring

This world is filled frozen lovers
The sheets of their beds are frightfully cold
And I've slept there in the snow with others
Yet loved no others before


In cold dark places
I dream of spring 


Saturday DJ Infa interrupted his winter sleep to rock the cave. 
Yes, its still winter in the Netherlands. I was glad I still had my Neanderthal outfit to keep me warm.    
Infa, as always, did a great job and we had a lot of guests.
Next Saturday (March 30th) there will be no party.
We have an Easter break and will break an egg.
On April 6th we will be back with DJ Cat. It will be her first time at T.R.A.C.S.
I will tell you more about the theme and DJ Cat, next week.
Here are the pictures I made last Saturday.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


BEAR (gay culture)
In gay culture, a bear is a large, hairy man who projects an image of rugged masculinity. As a rising subculture in the gay and bisexual male communities, bears are one of many LGBT communities with events, codes, and a culture-specific identity.
The term bear was popularized by Richard Bulger, who, along with his then partner Chris Nelson (1960–2006) founded Bear Magazine in 1987.
BEAR Magazine is the longest-established periodical specifically geared toward gay men who are — or who admire — masculine men with body or facial hair, i.e., bears. First published in San Francisco, CA in 1987 by Richard Bulger and his partner Chris Nelson, the magazine gave birth to this new movement within the gay community. BEAR was, and continues to be, integral in the emergence and mainstreaming of the bear community into the larger LGBT communities.

In 1985 Bulger coined the name "Bear" as a term for bearded and hairy men. He and Nelson eventually started BEAR Magazine in 1987 as a photo-copied flyer published from their apartment, establishing Creative Options Associates (COA). In 1991, COA became Brush Creek Media Inc., named for Brush Creek, California, the town where their vacation cabin was located. Brush Creek Media obtained a trademark on the name "Bear" for a men's magazine in 1992, which applies to print, digital media and video.

Originally created as an alternate to the abundance of shaven men represented in gay mainstream media, BEAR grew over the course of years into an internationally distributed glossy magazine, which featured erotic photographs of masculine, mature men and erotic stories. There was also a classified personals section which, before the emergence of the internet, was one of the few ways for men to find compatible romantic and sexual partners, and to network with like-minded men.

Hirsuteness and a masculine demeanour are important parts of the "bear" aesthetic
Jack Fritscher notes that bears celebrate "secondary sexual characteristics of the male: facial hair, body hair, proportional size, baldness". Over the years, bear culture has subdivided itself. Many claim discrimination has increased within the bear community, as some men who self-identify as "bears" or "musclebears" do not welcome higher-bodyfat men (A chub is an overweight or obese gay man who identifies as being part of the related chubby culture. Although there is some overlap between chubs and bears, chubs have their own distinct subculture and community. There are bars, organizations and social events specifically catering to this subculture, which allows members of the community to socialize with each other and develop social networks.) at their events. A common criticism of the bear community is that some self-described bears tend to exclude men who do not fit their standards of a "real bear". Fat (or lack of it) is a political issue, some of whom see their overweight condition as a form of self-acceptance. Some also note a lack of racial diversity in the bear community, perceiving hirsuteness to be a standard of physical attractiveness that genetically favors white men aesthetically, socially and sexually among bears.
The AIDS devastation in San Francisco accelerated the generation gap between older and younger bear-identified men, peaking in the early 1990s. Some older survivors claim that the current bear culture has become "shallow and catty," which is also their common criticism of mainstream gay culture. The allegation is that the younger bear community no longer reflects the culture's original function as a social alternative for primarily rural and blue-collar, traditionally masculine gay men. Moreover, the proliferation of bear pageants and their title winners ("sash bears") runs contrary to the early bear community's identification with and admiration for unself-conscious masculinity.

Some slang terms relating to the bear community include the following:
  • Cub – a younger (or younger-looking) version of a bear, typically, but not always, with a smaller frame. The term is sometimes used to imply the passive partner in a relationship.
  • Otter – A slimmer or less hairy bear regardless of age.
  • Chaser - Somebody who is attracted to bears and/or chubs but is not part of the bear culture.
  •  Chub - A heavy-set man who might be described as overweight or obese. These men are also a distinct subculture within the gay community, and may or may not identify with the bear movement per se.
  • Musclebear - A bear whose size derives from muscle rather than body fat.
  • Ursula - A lesbian who participates in bear culture.
  •  Panda (or panda bear) - A bear of Asian heritage.
  •  Polar bear - An older bear whose facial and body hair is predominantly or entirely white or grey.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

BEARS part I

"Running Bear" is a song written by J. P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) sung most famously by Johnny Preston (August 18, 1939 – March 4, 2011) in 1959. Preston first sang the song in 1959 with background vocals by Richardson and George Jones, who did the Indian chanting of "UGO UGO" during the three verses, as well as the Indian war cries. It was #1 for three weeks in January 1960 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song also reached #1 in the UK in 1960.

Richardson was a friend of Preston and offered "Running Bear" to him after hearing him perform in a club. Preston recorded the song at the Gold Star Studios in Houston, Texas, in 1958. The session's producer was Bill Hall with Preston on vocals and Link Davis on saxophone. Richardson, Hall, and Jones performed the song's Indian chants.

Preston was signed to Mercury Records, and "Running Bear" was released in August 1959, seven months after Richardson's death in the plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

About the song
The song tells the story of Running Bear, a "young Indian brave", and Little White Dove, an "Indian maid". The two are in love but are separated by two factors:
 Their tribes' hatred of each other: they hail from tribes that are at war with each other. ("Their tribes fought with each other / So their love could never be.")
 A raging river: this is a physical separation that also serves as a metaphor for their cultural separation.

The two, desiring to be together despite their obstacles and the risks of navigating the river, dive into the raging river to unite. After sharing a passionate kiss, they are pulled down by the swift current and drown. The lyrics describe their fate: "Now they'll always be together / In their happy hunting ground."

Stone Age Party in Sweetgrass

On Sunday Sweetgrass took a trip back in time. The time when fire was first harnessed and Woolly Mammoths roamed the earth. Saber tooth tigers were something to fear............
Stone Age with DJ Frankie.
I became one of the winners and after Gany did his photo shoot, I made a few pictures of Tim and me standing in wonderful decorated entry.

When I was cropping the pictures the scene brought back the memories about the book "The Clan of the Cave Bear", a historical novel by Jean M. Auel about prehistoric times. It is the first book in the Earth's Children book series which speculates on the possibilities of interactions between Neanderthal and modern Cro-Magnon humans.
Jean Marie Auel (born February 18, 1936) is an American writer. In 1977, she began extensive library research of the Ice Age for her first book. She joined a survival class to learn how to construct an ice cave, and learned primitive methods of making fire, tanning leather, and knapping stone from the aboriginal skills expert Jim Riggs.
The Clan of the Cave Bear was nominated for numerous literary awards, including an American Booksellers Association nomination for best first novel. It was also later adapted into a screenplay for the film of the same name.

Plot summary
A five-year old Cro-Magnon girl is orphaned and left homeless by an earthquake that destroys her family's camp. She wanders aimlessly, naked and unable to feed herself, for several days. Having been attacked and nearly killed by a cave lion and suffering from starvation, exhaustion, and infection of her wounds, she collapses, on the verge of death.
The narrative switches to a group of Neanderthal people, the "Clan", whose cave was destroyed in the earthquake and who are searching for a new home. The medicine woman of the group, Iza, discovers the girl and asks permission from Brun, the head of the Clan, to help the ailing child, despite the child being clearly a member of "the Others", the distrusted antagonists of the Clan. The child is adopted by Iza and her brother Creb. Creb is this group's "Mog-ur" or shaman, despite being deformed as a result of the difficult birth resulting from his abnormally large head and the later loss of an arm and leg after being attacked by a cave bear. The clan call her Ayla, because they can't pronounce her name. Immediately after Iza begins to help her, the clan discovers a huge, beautiful cave; many of the people begin to regard Ayla as lucky, especially since good fortune continues to come their way as she lives among them.
Gany made the picture of the winners. More pictures at:

Monday, March 18, 2013

Bizarre Party @ T.R.A.C.S

Saturday the Welsh Rugby Union caused, on the closing day of the Six Nations Championship, for a sensation. The Welshmen defeated England with 30-3. The biggest victory ever, and thus also grabbed the title in the famous ' Six Nations '.
So it was not such a surprise that Dean had to celebrate that with some alcohol in RL, so he was late but did a good job after he could take it over from Tim.
Our guest deep dived into there inventory and came eccentric, extraordinary, fantastic, freakish, grotesque, ludicrous, odd, ridiculous, unusual or just weird.
Here are the pictures I made.
▲ Tim
▲ Ellbee
▲ Christo
▲▼ Alvei and Truposz
▲▼ the big ass is Rob
▲ Dodo and Heloq
▲ Racker
▲ Curtis

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bizarre Party @ T.R.A.C.S

Today, Saturday March 16th, starting 1:00 PM SLT (9pm CET)
DJ Dean will spin the tunes!
So come eccentric, extraordinary, fantastic, freakish, grotesque, ludicrous, odd, ridiculous, unusual or just weird and win L$2500. Yes, L$2500.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange; odd: bizarre clothing; bizarre behavior.

Weird, freakish, grotesque; fantastic; unusual, strange, odd.

1640–50; < French < Italian bizzarro lively, capricious, eccentric, first attested (circa 1300) in sense “irascible”; of disputed orig.

Word story :
Strange, but true: bizarre  is a word with a contested and murky background.
 For a long time, it was conjectured that bizarre  is of Basque origin, coming from the word bizarra,  meaning “beard.” This same word supposedly passed into Spanish and Portuguese as bizarro, with the meaning “handsome” or “brave” (one imagines in the belief that a man with a beard was endowed with those qualities). From there it was thought to have been adopted by the French, who liked the word but apparently did not attribute the same heroic qualities to the bearded man. In French, bizarre  means “odd.”
 Recently, a more likely etymology has gained ground—rather than from Spanish, the French word is thought to have come from bizarro,  an Italian word meaning “angry, choleric,” and which originally meant “brave, soldier-like.” Now, this still means that we have to get from a word meaning “angry” to one meaning “odd,” but it is, perhaps, a less bizarre journey.

Monday, March 11, 2013


How Bizarre
"How Bizarre" is the title of a song written and recorded by New Zealand musical group OMC. It was released in December 1995 as the lead single from the group's debut album, How Bizarre. In the United States, the song was only released to radio and not as a retail single and therefore was not allowed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100; however, it charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay in 1997. The song was also featured in the 1998 movie Palmetto.

A music video was released to help promote the single. The video has the lead singer, Pauly Fuemana, driving a 1968 Chevrolet Impala. It also pictures him dancing, singing and throwing around money.
The song won the award for "Single of the Year" at the 1996 New Zealand Music Awards.
It was also featured on Nature's Best 2, as the 34th greatest New Zealand song of all time as voted for by members of the Australasian Performing Rights Association in 2001. In 2002, the song was named as the 71st greatest one-hit wonder of all time on a VH1 (an American cable television network) countdown hosted by William Shatner (yes, Captain James T. Kirk from the Star Trek serie).

OMC (band)
OMC, or Otara Millionaires Club, was a New Zealand music group. They were best known for their 1996 hit "How Bizarre", named one of the greatest New Zealand songs of all time by the Australasian Performing Right Association. The full name of the band is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Otara's status as one of the poorest suburbs of Auckland.

The Otara Millionaires Club was originally formed in 1993 by Phil Fuemana, who was previously in the bands Houseparty and Fuemana.Fuemana and his younger brother Pauly Fuemana recorded two tracks as the new band for producer Alan Jansson's Urban Pacifica collection Proud. Pauly suggested that they shorten the band's name to just the initials, and thereafter, he and Jansson were OMC. Pauly became the public face of the band and its primary performer, serving as the frontman and playing several instruments during performances and tours. However, the music was created by both of them, with Jansson co-writing all of the tracks and handling most of the arrangement and production duties in the studio.

"How Bizarre" was followed by the singles "Land of Plenty" which reached the top 5 in the New Zealand charts; "Right On" which achieved platinum-status in New Zealand; and "On The Run" which was a minor international hit in the Netherlands and the UK. By 1998, Fuemana and Jansson had had a falling out over royalties, which ended up in court. After a settlement, it was agreed Fuemana could continue to use the duo's name as a solo artist.

Death of Pauly Fuemana
On 31 January 2010, Pauly Fuemana died at North Shore Hospital in Auckland after suffering for several years from a chronic degenerative disease. He was 40 years old. His elder brother Phil had died in 2005 of a heart attack. "How Bizarre" briefly entered the charts again in New Zealand following news of his death.

 How Bizarre lyrics

 Brother Pele's in the back
 Sweet Seena's in the front
 Cruising down the freeway
 In the hot, hot sun

Suddenly red and blue lights
 Flash us from behind
 Loud voice
 "all will please step out onto the line"

Pele breathes words of comfort
 Seena just hides her eyes
 Policeman taps his shades
 Is that a Chevy 69?

How bizarre
 How bizarre
 How bizarre

Destination unknown
 As we pull in for some gas
 A freshly pasted poster
 Reveals a smile from the pack

Elephants and acrobats,
 Lions next monkey
 Pele speaks righteous
 Sister Seena says funky

How bizarre
 How bizarre
 How bizarre

Ooh baby, (ooh baby)
 It's making me crazy, (it's making me crazy)
 Everytime I look around
 Look around
 Everytime I look around
 Everytime I look around
 Everytime I look around
 It's in my face

Ringmaster steps up
 Says the elephants left town
 People jump and jive
 And the clowns get stuck around

T.V. news and cameras
 There's choppers in the sky
 Marines, police, reporters
 Ask the where, for and why

Pele yells "we're outta here"
 Seena says "right on"
 Make your moves and starting grooves
 Before they knew we're gone

Jump into the Chevy
 Headed for big lights,
 Want to know the rest
 Hey, buy the rights,

How bizarre
 How bizarre
 How bizarre

Ooh baby, (ooh baby)
 It's making me crazy, (it's making me crazy)
 Everytime I look around
 Look around
 Everytime I look around
 Everytime I look around
 Everytime I look around
 It's in my face
 It's in my face

Ooh baby, (ooh baby)
 It's making me crazy, (it's making me crazy)
 Everytime I look around
 Look around
 Everytime I look around
 Everytime I look around
 Everytime I look around
 It's in my face

Ooh baby, (ooh baby)
 It's making me crazy, (it's making me crazy)
 Everytime I look around
 Look around
 Everytime I look around
 Look around
 Everytime I look around
 It's in my face
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