Monday, June 30

Blowing Through

As written on the Parkpop website:

"Whoever says pop music, says The Hague. The Hague has for years been The Netherlands' pop city number one. So every reason for this to be the venue for one of our country's oldest and largest pop festivals"

And who was at Parkpop this year? Oh, just:

Sheryl Crow, Kula Shaker, Mala Vita, Moke, Kleine Jay, Concrete, Jason Mraz, The Hoosiers, Orishas, Maj Farah, Morgan Heritage, Racoon, The Proclaimers, Silkstone, The Opposites, Monte Montgomery and Matt Bianco.

Not bad, eh?

We made our plans weeks ago to attend (especially as my the one and only Jason Mraz would be appearing) and held our breath that the skies would be blue and the day sweet and sunny so we could not only attend, but also enjoy without umbrellas and rain gear.
Everything went according to plan and the only misstep we made was mentioning the day at the park to Andrew a few hours too early upon which announcement he took upon himself the role of cruise director and made personal (multiple) invitations to all family members to attend the special event:

"Hey Dad, are you gonna go to the park with us today?"

"Emma, did you get ready now to go to the park?"

"Ian, you gotta get your socks and shoes on now 'cause we gotta go to the park!'

"Mom, we all gotta go to the park. Now. Okay, Mom?"

And with all that planning on behalf of a five-year-old enthusiast, the afternoon was a delight. We all mounted bicycles (except Andrew who gets the sweet ride on the back of my bike) and kicked off for Zuiderpark. Once there, we laid out our blanket and spread the picnic food around and sat back to love the music, watch the people and dream the afternoon away. (with scent of marijuana in the air, could that be helped? I ask you.)

Better words to explain the event are those first sung (and now covered by Mraz) by Seals and Crofts (circa 1972):

See the curtains hanging in the window
In the evening on a Friday night
A little light shining through the window
Lets me know that everything's all right

Summer breeze, well it makes me feel fine
Blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze, it makes me feel fine
Blowing through my…making me feel-right
Making me feel, making me feel fine, makes me feel fine
Blowing through the jasmine in my mind

Oh, sweet days are summer, the jasmine’s in bloom
July is dressed up and playing a tune
And when I come home, from a hard day’s work
And you’re waiting there
Oh yes you’re waiting there, without a care in the world
I see the smile a-waiting in the kitchen
a-Food a-cooking and a-plates a-there for two
You, I see the arms that reach out to hold me
In the evening when the day is through

Summer breeze, well it makes me feel fine
Blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze, it makes me feel fine
Blowing through my…making me feel-right
Making me feel, making me feel fine, makes me feel right
Blowing through the jasmine in my mind

And oh, did I ever feel fine.

SMID's Music Monday
Breezing along with Music Monday today.


  1. Must. See. Jason. SOON!

    First have a meeting.

  2. Great song! And Jason Mraz is cool. ot my fave, but I do like a lot of his tunes. Glad you had some fun this weekend!

  3. Oh... jealous!

    I'm so glad you had a wonderful time! I must say, I would have been equally excited to see Sheryl Crow or the Proclaimers. I just LURV the Proclaimers and all their Scottish passion!

  4. you really are doing a pretty good job at making me regret so much not having gone to Parkpop! thanks a lot ;)

    Although I only knew Sheryl Crow, the Proclaimers and Racoon from the program.

    I heard it was very busy: 250000 people. Pretty good. I've been there before when there were 250000 and it didn't feel crowded. Maybe that was the scent of marihuana too :D ...hahahahaaaa

    Well to make you jealous as well: our dinner at the beach was really fabulous.

  5. smid-
    Yes. MUST.

    Not your favorite? may have to read another blog for awhile as this one may well be renamed SOMETHING TO SAY: About Mraz. I am just kind of a little bit obsessed.

    Proclaimers were on the same stage! But I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more...

    Why, thank you.

    Still, I do wish you could have picnicked with us!

  6. Jealous? Me?

    Oh HELL yes!

    It sounds like an absolutely lovely day! And you deserve one of those.

  7. Music in the park - what a perfect, perfect day. *sigh*

  8. jami-
    Yeah, I know what you mean. I still wish I was there.

    My favorite way to listen!

  9. That is so funny. There are so many artists that I love. So many. And very, very few that I cannot stand.

    Seals & Crofts is one of the few I cannot take. I'm not sure why. But when I hear them, my skin crawls. I have some vague theories. Something about association in seeing them late at night on TV (maybe the Midnight Special) after having watched HELTER SKELTER and being all creeped out because I was babysitting at someone else's house and the kids were in bed and every little sound I heard, I was sure someone was trying to break in and kill me! Yeah, I think that's it.

    Thank GOD the movie WHEN A STRANGER CALLS wasn't out yet!