The artwork for ‘Love is Cancelled’ is my favorite so far. The photo was taken by Isa de Jong, who I asked to write a few words about the picture she took. I also added a few of my cents, and we created a playlist to accompany it, a playlist of breakup songs.
For ‘Love is Cancelled’ Kristóf and I decided to photograph white tulips.
The photograph was taken in a traditional Dutch bell-jar-farm from 1906 in Oostknollendam. This is of course no coincidence…
The Netherlands is the most well-known place for tulips as they are widely cultivated to blanket fields with incredible colours that can be seen during springtime.
Flowers are a great way to express your feelings to someone as each flower has its own special meaning. Tulips are a classic flower that has been loved by many for centuries. The most known meaning of tulips is perfect and deep love. They’re ideal to give to someone who you have a deep, unconditional love for.
According to superstition, if you dream about white tulips, it can mean that you’re about to embark on a new journey and a fresh start in life. Tulips bloom at the beginning of spring, making them the symbol of new beginnings and rebirth.
If you ask me; these two meanings summarize ‘Love is Cancelled’ perfectly.
We had a lot of tulips in our garden where I grew up. Yet I was more drawn to the roses, mesmerized by their scent. Little did I know that in some forty years I was going to end up living in the country of tulips, which thus would become symbols of my running away, my new home, and as such, my existence.
When we started working on the imagery of my solo musical project, which I had never believed I would end up doing, I knew tulips would have to be a part of it. The image is perfectly expressing my time here so far, some in the vase, some on the floor, yet simple and beautiful.
‘Love is Cancelled’ is a song that connects my past with my presence, the East with the West. Closure and restart.