Retrospection | Windmills of my mind


This week was  one of retrospective moods. I adore to reflect and think back, to be able to move on in a way that feels lighter and better. Maybe I am just selfish, to need so much of ME in words, no idea. On the other hand I think it never can be wrong to write when it is not harmful or unpleasant to do. After all anyone can choose to not read a single word , so all ok :)

For today just a picture with a music piece I also fell in love with a long time ago. And because it matches with how my mind often feels. Like a windmill,  never silent, feeling every air flow and when no wind  it will make its own breeze, Meet the music of the super talented Louis van Dijk, a Dutch pianist.

Windmills of your mind / Louis van Dijk Trio

More about Louis

Arnold Ludwig (Louis) van Dijk (Amsterdam, November 27, 1941) is a Dutch pianist.

Van Dijk went to the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music in 1959. Already in 1961 he won the Jazz Competition in Loosdrecht.

In 1964 he graduated cum laude in classical piano. However, he developed  into  a jazz pianist, with Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Bud Powell as his great examples. Van Dijk worked for years with Ramses Shaffy and Liesbeth List in the ensemble Shaffy Chantant. In later years he often performed with Pim Jacobs and Pieter van Vollenhoven under the name Gevleugelde Vrienden (Feathered friends, but ‘vleugel’ in Dutch means wings yet also can refer to a concert piano and that explains the name).

Louis van Dijk received 4 Edisons, and his recordings were awarded with 19 gold and 3 platinum records.

On November 28, 2014, Louis van Dijk received the Louis van Dijk Award from the Conservatory of Music in  Amsterdam. This annual award is intended for talented jazz composers.



This is Louis on the same music but the real Louis for me >>> making music personal with superbe improvisations

Incomplete but good quality:

Low quality but complete:



Translation homepage text:

Making music, is the credo of Louis van Dijk.
Improvisation, classical music or jazz, it does not matter.
If  only it is music made with sense and responsibility,
As soloist or with others.
This is why Louis van Dijk can not be placed in a specific genre.
And he wants to keep it that way.
He is unique


Older versions with the original song, both used as soundtrack song for the movie: The Thomas Crown Affair





Round, like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel,
Never ending or beginning on an ever-spinning reel,
Like a snowball down a mountain or a carnival balloon,
Like a carousel that’s turning, running rings around the moon,
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face,
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space,
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind,
Like a tunnel that you follow to a tunnel of its own,
Down a hollow to a cavern where the sun has never shone,
Like a door that keeps revolving in a half-forgotten dream,
Or the ripples from a pebble someone tosses in a stream,
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face,
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind,
Keys that jingle in your pocket, words that jangle in your head,
Why did summer go so quickly? Was it something that you said?
Lovers walk along a shore and leave their footprints in the sand,
Is the sound of distant drumming just the fingers of your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway or the fragment of a song,
Half-remembered names and faces but to whom do they belong?
When you knew that it was over you were suddenly aware,
That the autumn leaves were turning to the colour of her hair,
A circle in a spiral, a wheel within a wheel,
Never ending or beginning, on an ever-spinning reel,
As the images unwind, like the circles that you find,
In the windmills of your mind.


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