VIDEO: Maar het is toch je verjaardag

“But it is still your birthday!”, said the sun

It’s so nice when the muse brings me an unexpected (Dutch) song. I had some words in my head that I possibly wanted to use in a birthday card and then it evolved into a long poem and when that was done I thought I could try create a melody with it. So here it is. Written and recorded the 5th of September 2018, the sun was never before heard with such a cute, cozy and elderly voice.

Video images comes from a small film called Garden Wise from the Prelinger Archive, these images belong to the public domain and can be used for the making of new videos. The Prelinger Archive is a collection of about 60.000 short films, named after the administrator Rick Prelinger:


Dutch lyrics:

Er was een tuin met heel veel struiken, mooie vlinders en een boom.

En in het midden stond een prachtige bloem. En de bloem zei:

Schijn maar niet zo hard en niet zo fel op mijn gezicht

Want ik voel me niet zo lekker en dan gaan mijn blaadjes dicht

En dan schuil ik in de schaduw, liefst met niemand om me heen

En dan denk ik dat het beter is, helemaal alleen

“Maar het is toch je verjaardag!” riep de zon toen met een lach

“Ja! Dan wil ik vieren dat ik je ken omdat ik naast je lopen mag”

Ok, zei de bloem voorzichtig… Ja dat klinkt toch best wel goed

Jij kan me steeds weer overtuigen zonnetje, ja, jij weet hoe dat moet

En toen vierden ze een feestje, met een hele mooie wijn

En vierden ze met vrienden, dat ze elkaars vrienden mochten zijn


VIDEO: Versieren (2018)

Did you know I make music as well as drawing? And sometimes I also enjoy creating my own music video. Yesterday I finished a video for my new upcoming Dutch album called ‘Mijn gammele cassette’ that comes out in June 2018 and I want to share it with you even if you don’t speak Dutch. The hand puppet in the video is called Pudding and I created him myself as well! My friend Willeke was the puppeteer and she did an awesome job! ♥

The topics in my songs are similar to what I draw about 🙂 This song is about a guy who is indecisive and taking advantage of me and the crush I had on him. From 09-06-2018 my new album can be found via Spotify & iTunes.

Want to know more specifically about my background on music? Visit my website:

7 songs in 7 videos

First and foremost I’ve been a singer-songwriter since age 9, when I first picked up a guitar and created my first songs. I performed in several places and countries, sometimes as a solo artist and sometimes as part of Matthews Southern Comfort or as backing vocalist for Canadian troubadour Shannon Lyon. Lately I’ve not been performing as much at all because I just want to do what I’m good at: write music,  play and sing my songs. Finding a stage and audience that can truly appreciate my melancholy, quiet music has been tough and I quit playing at busy bars or other unsuitable venues that don’t offer any fee. As with many creative jobs it seems hard for outsiders to understand why we would ask money for our skill and our services, same goes for drawing comic strips. And I’m not going around trying to convince people I’m good enough, begging for a paid gig, so I just stopped altogether.

Conveniently, at the same time, I had a writers block for about a year or so. Too much had happened, relationships had ended and it was just all too much. By the time I did start writing songs about it all I wasn’t able to sing them ’cause I’d start sobbing each time. It was too fresh and one can’t really sing and sob at the time so I gave in to the nothingness. And then, when once in a while there is an opportunity that offers itself to me, like playing in a forest at a summer festival or the chance to play at an intimate living room festival, I take it with both hands. Last Sunday I played at a festival that took place in over 500 living rooms in 15 cities around The Netherlands ‘Muziek bij de buren‘. It was so wonderful to have a really attentive audience listening to my newest songs, the songs I wrote in the past year and a half and that I could never play without crying. It’s a blessing to feel I’ve worked through all the feelings and these songs are ready to go out into the world to be heard. I taped a couple of songs for this recent performance.

If you are curious click on this beautiful photo below, made by Lotte Brouwers, and it’ll take you to seven song videos. ♥ If you liked a song please do like the video for me and if you want to stay updated on my music videos just hit the subscribe button. Until next time… 2017-12-10  Elly bij Muziek bij de Buren - Lotte Brouwers kleiner.jpg (Click here if the photo link doesn’t work)

SONG – Mountains of Men

Music had left me a long while ago. It’s back now, but as with everything
it must be fluid so I don’t expect it to stick around. Never before did a song of mine have so many different meanings and layers for me. They usually had one meaning or were about one situation. This one expands, for me, over time and space, it’s about you, it’s about me, we are all one. Everything entwined, living and dying all at the same time, round and round we go in this magnificent, bittersweet experience.

Will you follow me where I go
Will you follow me where I go. 

This path is so crooked, but it's truly mine. 
I came in barefoot, across the borderline. 
How I struggled uphill, mountains of men. 
Grew into a landslide, came down again. 
Came down again. 

Will you follow me where I go
Will you follow me where I go.

Want to find more of my music, visit my music website


The Creatives

You rarely see or hear them. They sit in their houses with cups of tea, buzzing ideas and many unanswered questions. Their eyes seek and find, their brains create and unwind. Among the 66.000 inhabitants of the Burgundian city of Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands) there are many Creatives silently at work. And when it’s done… it is there for the whole world to see while they are already working on the next thing. Artists, musicians, thinkers and do-ers each filling their spot in this quaint place. For this video we were able to ‘catch’ and portray eight Creatives but ofcourse there are several more to be found in the wild. Seek, and ye shall find.

‘The Creatives’ was written by singer-songwriter Elly Kellner 4th July 2015. All creatives were then filmed in Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands) by singer-songwriter Elly Kellner at the end of 2015/start of 2016. Please visit each artist personal website to see more of their work, click below:

Vlogs of my tour with Shannon Lyon

Here we are! In the space of three weeks Shannon Lyon, BJ Baartmans and I have given sixteen concerts. It was a big deal for me and although it was only the third time for me I managed very well. Life on the road can be tough. I made a short video for each day we were on the road. You can view these vlogs now in a special playlist…enjoy!

Slaap je, inspiratie

 Slaap je, inspiratie 
 Met je ogen open 
 Het is net alsof je hier bent 
 En toch ben je er niet 
 Als een vriendin die ik mis 
 Zelfs als ze er is maar zo veranderd 
 Als een verlangen gewoon, eerst zetten we de toon 
 Maar nu klinkt alles een beetje vals 
 Wat als... je gewoon weer terugkwam 
 Waar ben je inspiratie 
 Ben je op vakantie 
 Zie je mooie dingen 
 Hou je die dan voor jezelf 
 Als één of ander geheim 
 Al is het maar klein, ik mag het niet weten 
 Als een uitgeleend boek, jaren zoek 
 Dat je nooit meer terug komt brengen 
 Wat als... je het gewoon 's kwam verlengen 
 Weet je, ik mis je 

 BY ELLY KELLNER 17-05-2015

Girl from Manitoba

The last couple of weeks have been interesting and boring at the same time. My computer had a serious breakdown and was in the hospital for over three weeks. Luckily the doctor, my dear brother, was able to fix the machine and save all the files on there. I had been working on a nice project for Shannon Lyon. I sang backing vocals on his song ‘Girl from Manitoba’ and I was in the process of making a video for it too. Now…I finally got to finish it 🙂 A song and video to welcome Springtime in 🙂

Special thanks to all the lovely girls & ladies and Kolder, Café Helene, Quist Bookshop, Vijf Wijzen, Les Vedettes Café Culturel

Song taken from Shannon Lyon album LOST CREEK (2015) featuring Elly Kellner, Mike Roelofs and BJ Baartmans. There is also a Canadian version of this video, check it out here.

Deugdelijk – Decent

Ellybellyrep: “This is my body, I am thankful that I have one and I am the one that decides what clothes I put on it. Everybody gets to be themselves!” You can download this song here:

“I’m distracted by that dress, is the back of the dress longer than the front!? And what sort of legging is that!? And those shoes! We’re only saying these things because we think your music is so good. If only you’d wear a small heel, doesn’t have to be a spiked heel, but a small heel and if you wore a sleeve you would have made it bigger in the music business already! Take Ella Fitzgerald as an example. She was a big lady too and she wore beautiful garments!”

Elly Kellner got this feedback after a concert in September 2014 from a man and a woman. First she listened to what they wanted to tell her and then she stood their sobbing. Elly is just a girl with a heart and a soul. An extremely musical, curvy woman, overweight yes, with chronic pains yes. She exercises, laughs, creates, eats healthy, eats unhealthy, she is all the colours of the rainbow and she wears the clothes that she wants. The astonishment after hearing the big focus on appearances and the advice to cover up her upper arms, resulted in a new song ‘Deugdelijk’ or ‘Decent’. Together with the Ellybellyrep Dancers a video was recorded and it has become a plea for ‘live and let live’ and Positive Body Image. ‘Deugdelijk’ is approached with humor the message is clear: “This is my body, I am thankful that I have one and I am the one that decides what clothes I put on it. Everybody gets to be themselves!”

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PS: The outfit that started all this off can be seen in the cow scene. Although Elly didn’t wear rubber boots on stage…

Ellybellyrep Dancers zijn:
– Elly Kellner
– Dorrit Withagen
– Lotte Jisdroon
– Emmely Tunders
– Anne van Eijck
– Marieke Alleman

Choreography: Emmely Tunders & Elly Kellner
Concept & Production: Elly Kellner
Music & Vocals: Elly Kellner

Filmed on 20th & 22nd November 2014 in the beautiful town of Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands).

Special thanks to:
– Boerderijwinkel Den Hof:
– Fietsatelier Guldemond:
– Zwembad de Schelp:
– Drop-in Skateteam:
– Muziekwinkel De Waterput:
– Der Fantastische Fonz Plonz
– Michael Vrolijk
– José Zwiers

Ellybellyrep – Hoe gaat het?

I was experimenting with making beats and trying out a little rap (in Dutch)

Ik ben lekker aan het experimenteren met rep. Je eigen rep schrijven is best ingewikkeld maar ik bekijk het lekker luchtig…spelen is heerlijk en wat aanmodderen met muziek ook 🙂 Heerlijk, ik kan het iedereen aanraden!  Er zijn nu twee reps klaar en ik ben bezig met de opnamen van een video clip voor mijn nieuwste rep ‘Deugdelijk’. Hierin zullen maar liefst vijf Ellybellyrep Dansers een dansje doen! Ain’t life awesome! 🙂