My Role Model: Morticia Addams

There are many women I look to for matriarchal inspiration and one of my favorite women is Morticia Addams. She is the original Goth girl; she is eccentric and macabre, but also thoughtful and compassionate. She preaches self-confidence and is devoted to her family. She’s beautiful in a wonderfully unique way, completely detached from societal norms. There’s nothing typical about her and she embraces that. Morticia Addams helped shape my view on how to be a woman. 

Who is Morticia Addams?
For those who don’t know Morticia Addams, Morticia Addams is a character from The Addams Family comic strips, television shows and movies. 
The Addams Family is a fictional household created by American cartoonist Charles Addams, who based Morticia on his first wife, Barbara.

The Addams Family has traditionally included Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, close family members Uncle Fester and Grandmama, their butler Lurch, the disembodied hand Thing, and Gomez’s Cousin Itt. The Addamses are a satirical inversion of the ideal 20th-century American family: an odd wealthy aristocratic clan who delight in the macabre and are seemingly unaware, or do not care, that other people find them bizarre or frightening. 

Morticia is Gomez Addams’s wife and the mother of Pugsley Addams, Wednesday Addams, and later Pubert Addams. Morticia’s maiden name is “Frump” and she has an older sister named Ophelia.

Her creator Charles Addams describes Morticia as the real head of the family, being low-voiced, incisive and subtle, she rarely smiles, has ruined beauty, and is also contemptuous and has a fierce loyalty to her family. She has a garden full of deadly nightshade, hen bane and dwarfs hair.

If you have not yet watched The Addams Family, stop reading now and go watch it. It is worth your time.

Life lessons from Morticia Addams 
Morticia Addams may have been different, but there are many lessons to be learned from her zany character:

  1. Be only, completely yourself.
    Morticia Addams embraces her strange like no other. She is an utter outcast in the town where she lives; the normals don’t understand her witchy ways, dark aesthetic and brazen sexuality. She likes black and is fascinated by the occult, sex, death, chaos and ruin. She is shamelessly strange, openly unusual, happily macabre.
    Morticia never allowed herself to bow down to societal pressures. Instead, she continually believed in herself, loved herself and held her head high. This makes her such an inspiration for those of us who live on the wilder side of the tracks, who sometimes feel like we have to hide who we are to fit in with those around us. 
  2. Looks are not all that counts
    Sure, Morticia Addams is drop dead gorgeous, with her pale skin and long black hair. But, she proved that a that beauty, while it’s nice, is not everything. Beauty can be found in anything and everything, but it does not give something worth.
    Morticia is constantly working on new hobbies in her spooky mansion, always improving. Beauty and brains! 
  3. Sometimes life can be rough, but it doesn’t mean you should give up
    Sometimes life gives you lemons, or in Morticia’s case, stems with roses on top. But you just need to find the solution. If you don’t like the way life looks, make it your own. For example, snip the petals off the stem.
  4. Always look at life from your own perspective
    Where you see a rain storm, Morticia sees an opportunity. All issues in life could be looked at from this perspective. Don’t see a rain cloud as a be all, end all. Try to dance in the rain!
     
  5. It is important to be the best parent you can be
    Morticia raises Wednesday and Pugsley (and Pubert) to be unique, creative, honest individuals. She sugarcoats nothing and as a result they have are incredibly well-adjusted and unbiased.
    Morticia is understanding mother. She never lets her children play with any (large) weapons, has no problem going into Wednesday’s school to talk to her teacher about how wrong it is to read books about slaying beloved dragons, and even allows for the children to destroy their toys.
  6. True loves exists
    Morticia and Gomez have been married for years and are still desperately in love, lacking nothing in desire. They frequently spend quality time together, from the occasional waltz to extravagant dinners and romantic evening strolls through the family tombs.


Carolyn Jones
Talking about the actresses behind Morticia Addams, I prefer to the Carolyn Jones version rather than the Anjelica Huston. She is hands down the best Morticia Addams ever! Raven-haired, pouty-lipped, wasp-waisted, curvy-hipped Carolyn Jones… she just portrayed Morticia flawlessly.

Carolyn Jones was born on April 28, 1930, in Amarillo, Texas. She will always be best known for her role as Morticia Addams, but this only represents a couple of years out of a career than spanned three decades. Before captivating America as Morticia in the 1960s hit television series The Addams Family, actress Carolyn Jones appeared in 30 movies (including starring roles with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra) and had a decade-long marriage to producer Aaron Spelling. After The Addams Family went off the air, she mostly continued to work in television (with roles in Batman, Wonder Woman and Roots), with only a couple of film roles. Carolyn Jones died of cancer on August 3, 1983, in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed watching (the reruns of) The Addams Family television series (TV: 1964-1966). And recently I purchased all seasons of the television series on DVD. I enjoy each episode as much as when I was a little girl, and my love for the long haired beauty remains unbroken. Morticia Addams will forever be my feminist Queen. Perhaps I will work out a Morticia Addams inspired photo shooting one day.

Black Label Society: The Grimmest Show On Earth

Last Friday, 30th March 2018, my sweet boyfriend Count vlAD and I went to see Black Label Society’s Grimmest Show On Earth Tour. This was my second time seeing the master shredder Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society in concert and again I was totally blown away by their awesome performance.

The Black Label Society played a sold out show in The Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, along with their opener Monolord. The gig is part of their latest album “Grimmest Hits”, which was released on 19th January last.

For those who have never heard of Black Label Society, Black Label Society (or short ‘BLS’) is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998 by Zakk Wylde. Wylde has a long history in heavy metal. He is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and for his use of Gibson Les Paul Custom model guitars. Members of the band are Zakk Wylde on vocals, lead guitar, and piano, John DeServio on bass, Jeff Fabb on drums and Dario Lorina plays guitar and piano. During the show, Wylde introduced each of the members of the band with a long introduction riff.

The venue was packed to the rafters with enthusiastic fans, providing a non-stop energy that enhanced BLS’s brilliant showmanship. Zakk stood on his trademark platform playing blistering guitar, while the rest of the band were completely entertaining pros.

The band played a good mix of old and new material, including one of my favorite songs “In This River” (played by Zakk Wylde on the piano). Lorina was able to step in and also play piano. Wylde changed his guitars several times during the show and he wowed the crowd with with his bullseye guitar.

Near the end of the show, fans were treated to a super Zakk Wylde solo, where he came down from the stage and walked among the audience, giving those nearby an up-close demonstration of his shredding chops. Very cool!

Of course I couldn’t leave without buying some cool “memories” at the merch stand. So, I got myself a signed edition of Black Label Society’s killer new album “Grimmest Hits”. And my sweet boyfriend Count vlAD bought me this awesome new girly BLS shirt. How sweet is that! It’s matches the album cover perfectly. So cool! 

 

Evanescence’s Synthesis Live 2018: A Fenomenal Musical Experience

I visited Evanescence’s concert Synthesis Live 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Monday 26th March last. And it was abso-freaking-lutely amazing! I literally enjoyed every second of it.

Synthesis Live is a concert tour by American rock band Evanescence, one of my all-time-favorite bands, in support of their fourth album Synthesis, which was released on 10th November 2017. The album includes reworked versions of the band’s previous material, like their mega-hit singles “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal”, with an orchestral arrangement and electronica music elements. 

This will be the first tour where the band includes an orchestra. The tour includes 29 concerts in different cities across North America in 2017, 4 concerts in Oceania and 18 concerts in Europe in 2018.

During the show the group played a total of nineteen of their original songs, accompanied by a local symphony orchestra (under the direction of conductor Susie Seiter). The orchestra started the night with six classical songs from Mozart, Beethoven, and others.

I was really impressed by Amy Lee’s magnificent performance. Her powerful voice’s pairing with the orchestra turned each song turned into masterpiece. I’m just beyond ecstatic to have been so lucky to be part of this once in a lifetime magical event. 

Synthesis Live is different then their past concerts, but it’s absolutely amazing. As dynamic and compelling as Synthesis is on record, it’s even more so live. Especially with Amy Lee’s charismatic performance. Synthesis Live is definitely one of those concerts you cherish your entire life. I would see it again in a heartbeat. 

 

 

Setlist:

Orchestra Opening:
   1. La Chasse (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart cover)
   2. Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven cover)
   3. Lacrimosa (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart cover)
   4. Sally’s Song (Danny Elfman cover)
   5. Zelda’s Lullaby (Koji Kondo & Asuka Ohta cover)
   6. Together Again (instrumental)

Evanescence with orchestra: Synthesis Live 
   7. Overture
   8. Never Go Back
   9. Lacrymosa
10. End Of The Dream
11. My Hearth Is Broken
12. Lithium
13. Bring Me To Life
14. Unraveling
15. Imaginary
16. Secret Door
17. Hi-Lo
18. Lost In Paradise
19. Your Star
20. My Immortal
21. The In-Between
22. Imperfection

Encore:
23. Speak To Me (Amy Lee Song)
24. Good Enough
25. Sweet Home

 

Evanescence’s New Masterpiece

My sweet boyfriend bought me the brand new album Synthesis by Evanescence. And it’s truly a masterpiece! 

The American rock band Evanescence is one of my all-time-favorite bands. I fell in love with Evanescence from the second I heard Amy Lee’s voice. Their debut album ‘Fallen’ is still one of my favorites in my music collection. In fact, this album has helped me cope during a rough time of my life.

Synthesis is the fourth studio album by Evanescence and was released on November 10, 2017. That’s only two days before I received my copy! It includes reworked versions of the band’s previous material, like their mega-hit singles “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal”, with an orchestral arrangement and electronica music elements. With a delicate hand, they have stripped away anything Rock-n-Roll and replaced it with electronic twinklings dancing alongside epic orchestration, giving the songs a completely different atmosphere.

And, what makes Synthesis feel even more like a wholly original album, is the inclusion of the two new songs “Hi-Lo”, featuring a guest appearance from violinist Lindsey Stirling, and, the impressive album closer, “Imperfection”.

If you are going to re-imagine old work, this is how you do it! Evanescence’s Synthesis is a rare example where the reworked versions are as good as – and sometimes even better than – the original versions. Amy Lee’s vocals are absolutely stunning.

 

Vinyl Info:

Titel:Synthesis
Artist:Evanescence
Labels:Sony Music Entertainment
Format:Vinyl (LP)
Genres:Alternative Rock
Released:10-11-2017
Purchase date:12-11-2017
Record store:bol.com

5FDP @Tilburg: The Make-up Gig

Exactly one week after their chaotic show in the city of Tilburg, the guys of Five Finger Death Punch returned to play a free show for any ticket holders of the now-infamous 013 performance. And, of course, I was there… again! Like last time, I was accompanied by my two favorite bearded friends and crazy 5FDP-fanatics (just like me).

In announcing the fee (make-up) show of 19th June, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory said: “Last Monday’s (12th June) show was an avalanche of events largely out of our control. We could sit here all day and apologize but our fans in the Netherlands deserve better than that. They’ve stuck with us all these years and helped get us to where we are today. So, we managed to re-route our tour and come back to Tilburg and play a free show on our day off — because actions speak louder than words.

With lead singer Ivan Moody taking time off the band, due to his battles with alcohol, former Divine Heresy and current Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext was filling in for Moody. During last week’s meltdown performance Vext already took Moody’s place for two songs, because of the band went on without their lead singer.

Enough now about the show of 12th June! Let’s talk about 19th June’s performance. It was an insane and absolutely amazing show. There was an overall party atmosphere, complete with mosh / circle pit and people crowd surfing. Tommy was exploding and doing a great job filling in for Ivan. He kept the energy onstage as well as in the crowd high and it really looks like he was accepted by (most of) the fans.

Although we already saw the guys of Fiver Finger Death Punch with Tommy Vext on Graspop Metal Meeting 2017 two days earlier, I am still glad we took the time visiting this unique show. And I sure hope I’ll have the opportunity to visit another concert someday.

To conclude: With their show of 19th June, Five Finger Death Punch really made things right again for lots of fans. So, let’s just wash it all away and start over with a clean slate.

 

Setlist:
1.   Lift Me Up
2.   Never Enough
3.   Wash It All Away
4.   Got Your Six
5.   Bad Company
6.   Jekyll And Hyde
7.   Burn MF
8.   The Agony Of Regret
9.   Wrong Side Of Heaven
10. Coming Down
11. Burn It Down
12. Hard To See
13. No One Gets Left Behind
14. Under And Over It
15. The BleedingSave

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5FDP @Tilburg: A Brief Review Of An Abbreviated Concert

Last Monday, 12th June 2017, American metallers Five Finger Death Punch (often shortened to ‘Death Punch’, ‘5FDP’ or ‘FFDP’) returned to the stage in the Netherlands at 013 in Tilburg. And things were far from normal. For starters, the band went on without lead singer Ivan Moody and had former Divine Heresy vocalist Tommy Vext fill in for two songs. 

Shortly after Moody came on stage, it continued to be a unusual performance consisting of the band not playing in sync with each other and the numerous extended breaks band members took between songs. To cap it all, onstage arguments between band members ensured that their set lasted no longer than forty minutes. This is further backed by footage of guitarist Jason Hook throwing his guitar onstage and leaving during “Burn MF.”

During “The Bleeding”, which would unfortunately be the last song the guys played this evening, Ivan was constantly holding his ear and looked as if he was hurt. After the song finished he immediately went offstage. The rest of the band dropped their instruments, threw some picks and sticks in the audience, said ‘Thank you’ and they were gone too, leaving everyone, including light and sound crew, confused. According to the time schedule this was about an hour and a half to early.

I guess, like almost all other 2.999 metalheads who visited this strange concert, I am kind of disappointed in their show too. I’ve seen them do such a better performance last year at Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. That show was just absofuckinglutely amazing!

Nevertheless, I still had a great evening with good bearded company. And, despite the abbreviated concert, I got to rock on some my favorite Five Finger Death Punch songs, like “Wash It All Away”, “Bad Company”, “Jekyll And Hyde” and “Under And Over It”… hell yeah!

It seems the guys of Five Finger Death Punch really had a bad case of the Mondays. Just hoping Saturday’s show on Graspop Metal Meeting will be great again.

 

Setlist:
1.   Lift Me Up
2.   Never Enough
3.   Wash It All Away
4.   Got Your Six
5.   Bad Company
6.   Jekyll And Hyde
7.   Burn MF
8.   The Agony Of Regret
9.   Wrong Side Of Heaven
10. Remember Everything
11. Coming Down
12. Under And Over It
13. The Bleeding

Pictures (excluding selfie): Dorien Goetschalckx – FrontView Magazine

 

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