It was great to be in Amsterdam once again, albeit only virtually. This all became possible due to the fact that Jessi's brand communication duties for the firm that markets electrically-powered motor scooters include the production of videos covering collaborations with young artists in various cities. It's a nice intiative, linking an urban mobility solution to contemporary urban culture.
When it is released I'll post the Amsterdam video featuring the artist Selwyn Senatori (a colourful figure who assures us he 'ain't no joker') and the scooter he embellished with gusto. However in the context of this blog post, that's of secondary concern.
It was in Sptember 2004 that I introduced Jessi to Amsterdam. I had flown in from Abu Dhabi to attend the annual IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) event. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to show my daughter one of my favourite cities where I had to my great regret never lived, but over the years visited with surprising frequency. The truth is that I never picked the places I settled. I went optimistically to wherever the next job offer took me, never sufficiently well-funded or courageous enough to risk a period of unemployent during which I very well might... at various times in the last fifty years... have chosen Amsterdam!
I discovered the city fifty years ago as emissary for the pirate station Radio Caroline. Perhaps a better term would be clandestine courier, for at the time we were mounting a sneaky effort to circumvent the record companies' control of popular music broadcasting in the United Kingdom and the BBC's radio monopoly, daringly flouting the provisions of the Marine Offences Act. (Yo, ho, ho!) We thought we were striking a blow to revolutionize the music and broadcasting industries and in all truth it must be said that history proved us right. My trips to the Radio Caroline office at Singel 150 gave me the chance to explore a part of Amsterdam which delighted me.
Shall we stretch the 'continuity' theme a bit further? Why not! In the photo panel heading this post, we see a super portrait shot by Helmut... examined by Tino, Jessi's bestest friend and video editor in her production team... of none other than David Bowie.
Okay, let's leave it there! Suffice to say I was very happy to be in an Amsterdam that seemed to defy the rules of time.