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The man who built a lake house


I first saw him when he was looking out for his colleague to park a mini van on the walking lane around the park outside my apartment. I remember having tried to guess what on earth the two tried to do with a parked van on a tiny lane edging a lake. I could have never guessed that they were to build a lake house. It had taken me weeks before my curiosity won over my timidity and I asked him what was that they were building on the lake. He said it would be used as an art gallery. Over the water, the house looked like a giant toy model erected casually on a rough rocky base. Because I didn’t really see a fine finish, the idea of an art gallery was rather intriguing. On the opening day, there was an opera performance on the lake. I didn’t join the crowd gathering at the dock. We opened our window to sink in the singer’s powerful voice, and looked out from our living room now and then. I saw him having changed into suit and tie. By then, I had got familiar with him coming in and out of the lake house quietly and diligently on his light brown jumpsuit. The crowd and the ties were just strange. I felt like some invaders had came into my favourite peaceful view. But the crowd only stayed for a good part of an afternoon. So did the suit. He came back on light brown and rowed a floaty thing out to work on the house. I haven’t talked to him again, but I like seeing his touches on my new favourite art gallery, the one I only like to look from far away.



Ban nhạc

Trong quán nhỏ ở Bergen, ban nhạc chơi tưởng niệm nhạc sỹ huyền thoại người Mỹ, Johnny Cash. Năm chàng Boys named Sue diện màu đen lịch lãm, hát hòa ca mượt mà và biểu diễn rất có phong cách. Tôi thích cách bạn nhạc biến tấu mượt mà phong cách cao bồi. Tôi nhảy theo từng nốt nhạc, hò khản cổ theo Ring of Fire, và hòa mình vào cơn sốt Jackson. Quán chật kín với giới nữ nhảy múa chân trần và nam giới mặt đỏ không rõ vì bia hay vì người. Ai ai cũng hò theo lời giới thiệu của bạn nhạc dù ai đó có hiểu tiếng Hà Lan hay không. Tôi chả hiểu củ tỉ gì nhưng có cảm giác là họ nói toàn lời hay ý đẹp. Cuối cùng thì mọi người trong cái quán nhỏ đó theo nói chung một ngôn ngữ: Johny Cash.

De Band

In de taveerne van Bergen speelden de band muziek van Amerikaanse legende, Johnny Cash. De vijf Boys named Sue kleedden in chique zwart, zongen in harmonie en voerden in stijl uit. Ik hou van de manier waarop ze de “cowboy”-stijl glad maakten. Ik met vreugde danste op de muziek, zong hardop aan Ring of Fire, en transformeerde op het kookpunt van Jackson. In de taveerne dansten vrouwen op hun blote voeten en werden mannen rood. We juichten om Nederlands verhaal van de band of we het of niet begrepen. Natuurlijk begreep ik niet maar ik had een heel goed gevoel over. Allemaal hebben Johny Cash gesproken toen de dag eindigde.

The Band

In a tavern in Bergen, the band played tribute to the American legend, Johnny Cash. The five Boys named Sue dressed in chic black, sang in harmony and performed in style. I like the way they smoothed the “cowboy” style. I danced with joy to the music, sang out loud to Ring of Fire, and transformed into a fever mode with Jackson.  In the tavern, women danced bare feet and men turned red. We cheered to the band’s narrative in Dutch whether we understand it or not. I obviously didn’t but I had a very good feeling about it. By the end of the day, we all talked Johnny Cash anyway.