Fictional crush challenge – day 4

10 days, 10 fictional crushes
Post an image of a fictional character who has been or still is your crush. No names or explanations needed. TV, movie, book, comic, cartoon characters are valid.

Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) from the 1986 movie Labyrinth which I saw at the impressionable age of 16. Jareth was evil but completely mesmerizing to me. I liked the movie well enough but fell in love with Jareth. It could have been the intense, sexy stare…

… or the way he moved.

… or the knowing, evil smile…

… or the pants that showed off his… erm… lean long legs so nicely.

I think this is the only truly evil character I have ever crushed on, maybe because, in a twisted way, he seemed to be acting out of love as well. So, to hell with evil. I figured if I were the girl in the movie I’d just dump the baby and stay in dreamland with Jareth and lose myself in his eyes. There was more than enough there to confuse and attract a 16 year old girl and give her a lot to ponder over.

I had noticed Bowie a few years before through Let’s Dance and China Girl and really liked those but after Labyrinth I became obsessed with Jareth for a little while and then even more so with David Bowie himself. Come to think of it, the leap from Jareth to Ziggy Stardust wasn’t that huge…

Here, watch some videos if you are so inclined…

Yes, camp, but mesmerizing too, no?

Tomorrow’s World

Matt Bellamy, lead singer of my fave band Muse, released a new song last week written during the Covid 19 lockdown. I knew it was coming but had missed that it was out already. Listened to it this morning and I wasn’t disappointed!

Tomorrow’s World is a ballad with piano and strings in the background. Matt wrote and performed it without the band, but it still has a distinct Muse sound to it. It’s a mesmerzing and eerie song and yet there’s a feeling of hope in it as well.

The title of the song is taken from a BBC tv show that used to air, talking about future developments and technology. What I love about Muse / Bellamy songs is that they are different, that melody and words fit and yet don’t quite fit as in this case with hopeful lyrics but a bit of an eerie sound. Play this song on repeat and I’m sure it can send you into a trance.

For anyone interested, there’s also a small interview with Matt about this song…

I love when people talk about their creative process like that and hearing about the feeling that went into this song.

It’s been a lazy morning here, with sleeping in, reading some things on my phone and getting sucked into the Muse rabbit hole. Now it’s time to jump into the shower, get dressed and move on to all the Saturday chores I have planned for today. Before I do that, though, I’ll need to listen to this song a few times more…

Sir Paul and James

I like The Beatles, I think I know pretty much all the biggest hits and I can sing along to a lot of them; I like them well enough but I would never call myself a fan. I’m also not a huge James Corden fan. He does The Late Late Show and I sometimes catch clips on YouTube of him doing Crosswalk Musicals (I loved the The Greatest Showman one he did with Hugh Jackman) and Carpool Karaoke, which I also tend to enjoy when I come across them. I have seen some of his sit down interviews and they don’t really speak to me, I feel that Corden shines way more when he does these Carpool and other sessions. I’m really late to this one but last night I came across his carpool session with Paul McCartney and that turned out to be something special. They were in Liverpool together, of course sang in the car together but also visited Beatles sites and for the first time in 50 years Paul went inside his youth home, which is now a museum. The two men got personal and the result was pretty awesome, touching, fun and surprisingly insightful.

I loved this, watched it twice, wiped away a tear or two and figured it’s a good thing to share today in my lunch break when I myself am feeling like this (tired, headache, bad hair day, unmotivated for work, etc.)…


I have a video meeting in about 45 minutes. Maybe if I eat something, put on a little mascara, brush my hair properly and smile I’ll look better? Maybe taking another peek at that Paul McCartney video will help too? In any case, it’s time for a holiday. I have a week and a half planned off from Monday which I am already looking forward to.

Close to you & 104 days of summer

So, yesterday I mentioned Choir!Choir!Choir!. Today I saw there is an Australian equivalent called Pub Choir. Due to Corona they have now dubbed themselves Couch Choir and they made this video of 1000 people singing the same song from their homes. A quote: “A few days ago we asked the internet to stop misery scrolling for a moment, and to sing with us! Over 1000 people from 18 countries submitted a video of their performance of “Close To You” (Burt Bacharach) in just TWO DAYS.”

This gives me goosebumps. And what a job to edit it all together into this one video! I’m in awe.

Measures here in The Netherlands have tightened, so even less people out and about and everyone stuck inside like us. My husband works on the couch and for calls goes upstairs to the study…


… I work mostly at our dinner table as the sun streams in there…


Mr Esther junior has been enjoying his time off from his internship and with no classes from school yet to fill things up, he is getting some well-deserved rest and sleeps a lot, besides gaming, watching videos and taking a daily long walk.

Mini-Esther was having an exam week this week (last exam week before her finals in May) and went to school yesterday and this morning to sit for those exams under strict regulations of hygiene and keeping a distance. Just after she got home this morning the Ministry of Education announced that the central final exams in May will be cancelled altogether. Grades will now be determined by average exam scores from during the year. Those grades were always going to be 50% of your final exam score, now those grades will be 100% your final score. Schools have till June to organize how they’ll finish the last round of regular exams. For my daughter this means the rest of her exams this week are cancelled, school will determine how to organize the last 4 or 5 exams still due within the next few weeks. Mini-Esther’s grades are very good, she’ll do fine in the last exams still due so, in effect, this means she has already passed her finals! This takes a lot of pressure off for finals and the girl is very happy!

The Phineas and Ferb theme song now springs to mind with soooo many days off now for the kids with nothing to do:
“There’s 104 days of summer vacation | And school comes along just to end it | So the annual problem for our generation | Is finding a good way to spend it”

Phineas and Ferb is one of the very few kids cartoons I have also enjoyed watching with them over the years. Our kids alas won’t have the amount of freedom outdoors those two cartoon characters had – I hope they don’t get too stir-crazy.

“He knows it’s all worthwhile…”

There is this community thing going on in Toronto where these two guys get a crowd of people together and they sing pop songs together in one huge choir. They are called Choir!Choir!Choir! and on YouTube I have watched some of the covers they have done over the years. Of course now, with social distancing, getting together to sing isn’t possible and apparently they have had to cancel a tour they had planned. As I was checking out some music on YouTube this past weekend I saw that they had organized a social distancing sing-along. It was just the two of them singing, inviting viewers to join them. A little article and background on that here:

I didn’t watch all of the 1 hour 45 minute video, just very short bits and pieces. Instead, I scrolled through their catalogue of videos and found that they had done David Bowie’s Starman two months ago on the occasion of Bowie’s birthday in January. They love Bowie and have done Bowie before (for instance Space Oddity and Heroes) and I of course had to watch Starman as well. It’s one of the tracks off my fave Bowie album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.


It helps that I really love this song in its own right but looking and listening to this version really moved me somehow. Maybe it was the line “He’s told us not to blow it because he knows it’s all worthwhile…” that did it or just the fact that it sounds awesome when so many people sing a song together that I love, creating a full polyphonous sound.

A beautiful song of hope sent by some ethereal being that tells us that it will all hopefully be worth it in the end. Let’s hope it’s also true in these times of Corona.

If you like choirs, a sense of community in these isolated times and a pick-me-up, check out the Choir!Choir!Choir! YouTube channel for some really nice covers.