Sunday, December 06, 2009


A Dutch light music legend died last Friday: singer/actor Ramses Shaffy succumbed to cancer at the age of 76. To honour him, one of the most beautiful Dutch songs of all time: his 1968 duet with Liesbeth List, composed by Boudewijn de Groot and Lennaert Nijgh. Pastorale (Pastoral) is a beautiful duet, in which Liesbeth sings the lines of the little girl in love with the sun, whilst Ramses sings the lines of the sun, trying to convince her that this is an impossible love. Beautiful lyrics, as usual with Nijgh, bordering on poetry, and an excellent melody to boot. Rest in Peace.
Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time)