Boutade – Ode aan De Génested

In 2013 waren we op het fijne kleine Thaise duikeilandje Koh Tao waar het bloedheet was. In een luxe door airco plezant gehouden atmosfeer snakten we toch naar het koude natte Nederland. rakenDra begon spontaan de eerste strofe van het hekeldicht ‘Boutade’ van de dichter De Génestet voor te dragen. Iets wat hij zo’n twintig jaar daarvoor ook al gekscherend tussen de repetities door deed met muzikanten van de New Wave band ‘Billie’s (tegenwoordig ‘Billies Mustang’)

In een jolige door het Thais klimaat geprovoceerde bui pakten we de iPad en begonnen het gedicht te toonzetten op een melig mars arrangementje met Jantje Vos koortjes en Cor Galis voordracht.

Het was pas in 2021 dat het rammelige ipadwerkje grondig werd aangepakt in Logic Pro X en werd voorzien van een film noire videoclip. Het resultaat is hier te horen en te zien en natuurlijk ook op Youtube.

We kunnen slechts hopen dat de jichtige hoestpartijen die in het intro en coda de hoofdrol vervuilen niet tot venijnige door coronanijd gevoede hekelacties zullen leiden.

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Hoe bak je een zuurdesembrood? 

Bij gebrek aan een goede biologische bakker die lekker ouderwets zuurdesembrood kan leveren is rakenDra het zelf maar gaan maken.  De foto’s van de eindresultaten bleken een ware hit op Facebook en er bleek behoefte aan wat meer uitleg over… Hoe bak je een zuurdesembrood?

Wie de ouderwetse zuurdesembroden van dertig jaar geleden uit de reformwinkel nog kent, met specialiteiten als Tibetaans gerstenbrood en andere harde monnikebroden, zal blij verrast zijn met het zuurdesembrood welke rakenDra bakt. rakenDras brood wordt niet gekneed maar ‘uitgesmeerd en gevouwen’. Dit maakt zijn brood smeuïg en smaakvol, heerlijk geurend met een knapperige bruine korst. 

In dit Vlog filmt Caroline hoe rakeDra een zuurdesembrood bakt. 

Een brood in wording. Het hele proces in woord en beeld:

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How to make a remix of R.E.M. – “It happened today”

As a follow up blog post we made a Youtube video on our ‘Dutch Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound’ Remix. Enjoy!

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How to make a remix of ‘It Happened today’ by R.E.M.

R.E.M. has started an exciting remix project in conjunction with “It Happened Today”, a track on R.E.M.’s upcoming new album Collapse Into Now.
We got a tip on twitter, got excited and downloaded the individual tracks of the song.
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CaDra in Goa, Holiday impression on our track “Nirvana”


In 2006 to 2008 we were kind of addicted to chilling in Goa and stayed several times in a little village called Arambol.
Its a lovely place in the northern part of Goa were hippies and musicians are hanging out. In spite of the fact that Arambol starts to get more mainstream and touristic, it still kept a lot of his charm. We enjoyed it very much.
The video shows a view on the area of Arambol and a trip to the market in Anjuna. Enjoy!

The song Nirvana is on our EP “Love is Everywhere”.
You can purchase it on Itunes

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Crisis, what crisis? Love is Everywhere, you can always dance!

When working on “Love is Everywhere” we wanted to make a song with a positive mood. Some friends recommended to use a stronger beat. As we are generally used to make mellow music, this was quite a challenge to us.

Last year we heard a song by Tiësto called “I am strong” feat. Priscilla Ahn. We actually liked the smooth female voice and harmonies in combination with the typical Tiësto beat. So we decided to make a trance remix of our song “Love is Everywhere” and use Tiësto’s song as a reference. We think the result is quite danceable.

So who knows, maybe we’ll make some more dance music in the future…?
Let us know how you feel about that!

You can listen to the trance remix here:
For iPhone click here


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“Três Palmeiras” in sunny Portugal, a song composed with lots of Caipirinha’s…

Some time ago we were invited by family members Wim and Marijke to spent a holiday with them in their beautiful house “Três Palmeiras” at the Algarve coast in sunny Portugal.

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Nirvana, the place to be…

Last summer after a retreat with Isaac Shapiro in Bavaria in Southern Germany we, still spaced out, drove through the beautiful hilly landscape listening to some mixes of our next release. One song we didn’t had a name for yet…

We where also looking for a nice place to have something to eat. We passed by a lot of Restaurants not attracting us at all. Suddenly we saw a sign with “Gastwirtschaft Nirvana” on it. This could be a promising place for good food… So we turned around to check it out. Arriving there it turned out to be an oasis of silence and peace with great food and nice people; it almost felt like heaven on earth.

Then the name of the song was clear: Nirvana!

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Falling in Love is not personal at all…

Falling in Love uhuh,
Has nothing to do with you,
I have nothing to say,
It’s those hormones that play,
It’s a chemical state,
That makes me feel great,
It’s not a personal thing,
Just some brainwaves that spin,
Love has no meaning,
Such nice romantic feelings,
Some sensations in action,
As a physical attraction,
I wonder, who is falling in love with whom?

These words came into my mind after a Silent Retreat with Isaac Shapiro in combination with my study Psychology on the functionality of the human brain. The fact is that our actions and feelings are actually unconscious behaviors and not personal at all!
So even falling is love is a joke of existence after all…

The music on this song is tongue in cheek; we call it Betty Boop Cocktail Jazz with lots of slapstick elements.

Check out the song “Falling in Love” from our latest ‘CaDra’ EP and don’t take it too serious! 😉

Listen here and write a review afterwards (if you feel like): (works on iPhone!).

You can purchase our music on iTunes and Legaldownload.

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New Music Release “Love is Everywhere” by CaDra

We’ve just released an EP containing 5 songs called “Love is Everywhere”.
It’s the second album by Dutch music duo and studio project CaDra.
Their debut “ Blissful Chess” was a concept album about moving from confusion to clarity in life. The new EP is different, now the central theme is Love (we’re hippies, remember!).

Each song describes Love from a different perspective:
Love as a universal principle, Love as something to fall into, Nirvanic Love and Love for Portugal’s sunny weather and Caipirinha.
Besides that every song belongs to a different music genre. On the EP you will hear Pop, Cocktail Jazz, New Age, Latin and Trance.

As you can expect from CaDra the music is well produced, including beautiful vocal choirs, acoustic and electronic instruments, smooth grooves and lots of ambiance.

Saxophone player Joep Smeenk, well known from “Gotcha! Allstars”, contributes on three of the songs. He added some great atmospheres with his juicy licks. He also, together with CaDra, composed the song “Nirvana”.

for iPhone to listen to the whole EP

Here you can listen to the whole EP.

This EP and individual tracks can be purchased digitally through Internet on Love Is Everywhere - CaDra and

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