Sunday, 18 November 2012

Amsterdam (Pick Word #6)

Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. Amsterdam's name is derived from Amstelredamme indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel. Settles as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch golden age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. As Netherlands' commercial capital and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered as an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group. The city  is also cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many artists were fascinated by the beauty of this city, its canals and its old port. As a result we can find a lot of songs written about this magnificent city. So without any hesitation, here are five songs which deals with Amsterdam from different perspectives, Enjoy this part of City Tour issue

1) Dave Nachmanoff - Descartes In Amsterdam (Taken from Candy Shower, 1997)

Favourite line: Like an actor in a play who shall I be today, It's good to be a stranger in a strange land


2) Jacques Brel - Amsterdam (Never recorded for a studio album, preformed live at Enregistrement Public a L'Olympia, 1964) 

Favourite lineDans le port d'AmsterdamY a des marins qui dansent


3) The Whipsaws - Amsterdam (Taken from 60 Watt Avenue, 2008)

Favourite line: Do you remember? We always said we'd get married in Amsterdam

4) John Cale - Amsterdam (Taken from Vintage Violence, 1970)

Favourite line: She's back from Amsterdam and I think journey did her well


5) Coldaplay - Amsterdam (Taken from A Rush Of Blood To The Head, 2002)

Favourite line: Come on, Oh my star is fading and I see no chance of release 

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