Sunday, 15 February 2009

Aan de Amsterdamse grachten


Acrylic on canvas

Along Amsterdam’s canals there are gingerbread houses some crooked and iced white. The smell of amaryllis, little whiffs in the air. A bicycle hand painted red and yellow with plastic lilies and roses trailing from its basket. Orange cap and an orange balloon against a blue sky. An infant riding back saddle with his hair blowing in the wind. The peozenboot, carrying stray cats to a happily ever after. Grey clouds and pink clouds and brilliant blue skies. Van Gogh and tulips and sunflowers and their vision of perfection. Where the coots and the ducks come home to roost. Cows and hens and windmills tin glazed and painted blue and white. The music of church bells. And a million lights dancing upon the water in step with its tune.

Along Amsterdam’s canal there is beauty that brings a smile to the eyes and a song to the heart.

As Wim Sonneveld sang,
Aan de Amsterdamse grachten, heb ik heel mijn hart voor altijd verpand...
I have pledged my heart forever to the canals of Amsterdam…

(For Barbara and the thousands of Amsterdammers who sang along on a beautiful night at the end of the Princengracht concert accompanied by dancing fairy lights .)

3 comments:

Barbara said...

I am very proud to be mentioned on your blog. In combination with that song ''Aan de Amsterdamse grachten'' Thank you very much, Anvita ! What a poetic description of Amsterdam and the Nederlands. Could you hear me singing that night at the Prinsengrachtconcert ? (I sing fals)
From your beautiful words I get the idea that you really love Amsterdam.
You've made my day !

Hope you both are doing fine ?! Dag!! Tot ziens en groeten.

Munna on the run said...

Oh Amsterdam!

Anvita Lakhera said...

Thank you Barbara! Not only for introducing us to this lovely song but also for teaching us enough of the language to appreciate it.