I have come another step closer to understanding Dutch culture… This weekend I saw Dj Armin Van Buuren perform at the closing ceremony of the Serious Request Red Cross fundraiser in Leiden.
I will admit that I have not always been the greatest AVB fan. When I lived in New Zealand, I used to see one of his music videos at the gym- Every Day. The song was about falling in and out of love. I was annoyed because I had to watch the video so often, trapped on a moving treadmill. I also find it hard to believe that one can fall in and out of love with the same person many times, as the song suggests. Surely after falling out of love the second time, a person would move on to something more stable, like a golden retriever, or a Canadian.
Anyway, I stopped quibbling about the lyrics when I saw Armin perform. He made the huge crowd really happy! Everyone loved him and it was a really fun place to be. I think Dutch people might like the communal feeling of listening to music with a lot of other people almost as much as they like what’s actually being played.