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Jan 7, 2017
Posted by: riny sprengers
The Hangman
When somebody dies there is always anyone in charge to take care of the past, the properties and the inventory. When my brother died I was the one to carry that load. That task gave - and sometimes still gives me- the feel than i'm the hangman. Now it is a tough job, but in some more or less distinct future I will be rewarded. It's a strange combination of activities. I slowly erase a life and in the same time i live my life. Life is a never ending flow. We are just individual pearls in a human chain.
Mar 31, 2015
Posted by: riny sprengers
Bleeding Sun
The day of the burial was a beautiful day. Such a day in september that seems to say that the summer will never end. And then you more than ever realize that your brother has left all his fellow human beings and the living are carrying the coffin. We create a rite to highlight the special moments in life. But the sun is indifferent to all our sorrows and joy. And we keep asking questions about the meaning of life. At the same time these eternal questions are our indestructible and everlasting power. So we will equal the sun as a real force.
Mar 2, 2015
Posted by: riny sprengers
Let's talk about us
With a little introspection and a little outrospection I discovered that this world and the force of nature is so overwhelming and powerful that I as a lonely and vulnerable individual could not survive it one day. It can't be denied that everyone of us needs the help of many to build a shelter and create a small and understandable world. Your parents will hopefully make a start for you, but when you grow up you come in charge yourself and have to take your own responsibility. How big is your world, how big is your shelter. I 've built a house but everyday I wake up with the awareness of all you people out there on this planet.
Feb 18, 2015
Posted by: riny sprengers
Dear Friends
I don't know what happens when you die. I know my brother tried to stay in control. I don't know how to say goodbye. Of course you look back on what has been. Maybe you pick up your old agenda or diary and take a last look on your dates and rendez-vous. Who did I meet and for what reason or purpose? You will find some old pictures and remember the laughs and tears. And in the end you hope you will have been a good friend. And when the light is turned out you pray that you have left some good memories.
Feb 14, 2015
Posted by: riny sprengers
Golden Rule or Levinas' Law
In the course of history mankind has developed a lot of pacifiers and tools to regulate and tune human behaviour, relationships and interactions. But no perspective is as strong as the Golden Rule or Levinas' law. Now you might ask what does this philosopher state. In my simple words he says: "I am the other too." And this knowledge I have tried to catch in this song.
Feb 6, 2015
Posted by: riny sprengers
Comfort me
In the weeks before his death my brother and I talked more than we used to do. In these conversations and reflections he told me that he longed for a woman and I believe I could understand his desire. Maybe in the long run every man prefers to die in the arms of a woman. Every encounter of a man and a woman is a celebration of life. And of course there are men longing for men and women longing for women. The need for comfort is universal.
Feb 4, 2015
Posted by: riny sprengers
Brotherhood
We are all sisters and brothers, because that's what we are. We have learned to limit us to a small world and a small number of people, but we have to unlearn that. And it's hard to unlearn. But we are one big family on this spaceship/planet that we have named "earth". And the last living man or woman will always have thoughts on his fellowmen. And the living people keep on carrying the memory of the past.
Jan 29, 2015
Posted by: riny sprengers
Another day
When a loved one dies we're always full of emotions or at least I am. Let be me specific. Sometimes I'am even hurt when an acquaintance of a loved one dies. At that very day you may think that it will be a day you will never forget. But very soon the days roll on and on and on. I've tried to express this experience in this little acoustic hymn and named it Another Day.
Dec 27, 2014
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Posted by: nodale
The origin of this site
Rather special that I have been able to open up this webpage. This website contains the songs I have written in the summer and autumn and winter of 2011 and 2012. The immediate cause of these songs is the death of my brother. But as I kept writing the focus broadened. Other subjects came into mind and it all grew until I had a complete requiem titled: In the name of Brotherhood. But when I look at my work now it is still a requiem, but at the same time an ode to the tenderness, fragility and strength of life.