Once in a while I add one of my songs to a playlist on Spotify and sometimes someone opens his ears for it. This time it was a playlist from Kahsay, a swedish musician, who wrote a few nice words for this song from my 2015 album "Lightning Dutchman". Thank U Kahsay from a fellow musician.
Have a nice weekend every1. Stay humble.....
"I have an collaborative playlist and been promoting that on different occasions and when I scrolled that playlist
a song popped out and hit my ears. It' s a dutch songwriter that
creates fantastic soundscapes in the area of funk, jazz and soul. I was
blown away by the fantastic groove in the song "Don't Do It Again". Give him a listen. He's about to release an album in 2018. I'm looking forward to hear that album."
So this must be my last blog of 2017 already...! A few last words then about what I've been doing those 12 months.
Guess you have witnessed the silence on this blog lately ("Vanished" remember?), but that will change in 2018 with the release of my new album, that's now almost finished. All the music has been recorded. I have just a few lyrics to complete that will take it to the final mixing and mastering stage. Excited times ahead......
Back to2017 then.
Vanished in Sicily
- How to vanish...a bit of a relaxation will do. Really enjoyed Sicily (heart of the old maffia monopoly, but with a beautiful greek scenery), a welcome and much needed vacation to recharch the batteries.
- Happily released another bunch of songs last may. Worked hard on those, but the pleasure and pain was all mine. What? You didn't hear Sagitario ?
Yeah that's the one
Nice reviews and more airplays followed. Also nice to know that a lot of my songs have been used as a license and heard in more instore- video projects. And I don't even have to sell myself or make compromises! No pressure, so it's great to be an organic musician on the digital highway!
By the way, the next one will arrive....in 2018.
Music I've heard in 2017:
- In between these recording sessions I've listened to a lots of tunes again, like the unavoidable, but loveable reissuesof David Bowie, Queen, Doors, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa and quite a few new releases, some I like but in a "nothing really stands out" way (1,2,3):
1.Not bad, Ok.. Roger Waters (still angry, but too much "deja vu" Animals), Curtis Harding (good atmosphere, but totally retro pastiche), Michael McDonald (too heavy, too serious), Leon Russell (post R.I.P., nice arrangements, but too overblown), Neil Finn (organic production, but too lowkey), Stephen Stills & Judy Collins (organic feel, a few nice melodies, but Stills' voice is shot), Bruce Cockburn (intense), Gizmodrome (Copeland dominates, sometimes funny, but his irritating busy drumming spoils it), Todd Rundgren (return to songwriting, but predictable melodies) Santana & The Isley Brothers (Carlos is too much the guest here), Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie (better call it Fleetwood Mac without Nicks, what's the-sigh-point?).
Some artists I've admired for (quite) a while and some dissapoint for much too long now: Beck (what the heck..? reminds me of Bowie goes commercial), Bjork (dork, irritating), Neil Young (songs mediocre again, where is the production?), Robert Plant (vaguelly annoying), Hue & Cry (simply boring).
So what is it that ticks? Groovy, intense, but also melodic, focused, selfreflecting, funny stuff that wiggles my toes.
These albums did that trick this year:
Jamiroquai - Automaton(infectious melodies, funky disco retro circa 1978-1980)
David Crosby - Sky Trails(sophisticated, jazzy, intense, Steely Dan)
Dean Friedman - 12 Songs(SONGwriter, funny, lyrics, eclectic)
Randy Newman - Dark Matter(hilarious, sardonic, funny)
Benjamin Clementine - I Tell A Fly(daring, beautiful, piano, quirky)
Nate Smith- Kinfolk Postcards From Everywhere (organic, soulful jazz)
Books I've read in 2017:
Art Garfunkel- What Is It All But Luminous Amy C Beal- Carla Bley Michael Nesmith- Infinite Tuesday An Autobiographical Riff Jimmy Webb- The Cake And The Rain John Fogerty - Fortunate Son; My Life, My Music Michele Kort- Laura Nyro Soul Picnic The Music and Passion Howard Kaylan- Shell Shocked My Life with the Turtles Flo and Eddie and Frank Zappa Phil Collins- Not Dead Yet Dylan Jones- Mr Mojo Jim Morrison Maurice White- My Life with EWF William Shatner- Leonard Grace Slick- Somebody to Love__ A Rock-And-Roll Memoir Carol Ann Harris- Storms My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac
"Man I'm really into it...", well what? A sexmachine? Yes, I like the joy of funky hypnotism.
I can't escape from the sounds. It took a while before the floods of creation really went open. I'm in the middle of that now, so that will keep me warm through another autumn and winter. A lot of songs have been building up through the years and waiting eagerly for my my finishing touch. I choose the ones that come naturally and quick. I'm into that. I LOVE what I do. Can you count it off?
As you all (yes you too) see, I've vanished, but I'll come back. When and how?
I'm still piling up the usual: songs in a free floating way. It takes time. No pressure.
Have a great, great summer and play me.
Have fun JoosTVD
Another nice review from Music World (source: https://goo.gl/gy84HQ)
Auteur: Fred Pach
"Ongeveer een jaar na zijn vorige album Open My Parachute bracht de
Nederlandse multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Joos TVD (alias
van Joost van Dinther, met als muzikale bijnaam Joost The Vanished
Dutchman) een nieuw album uit, getiteld Sagitario. En ook dit keer stelt
hij de luisteraar niet teleur. Wederom een aangename, dansbare mix van
r&b, funk, pop en cabaret en een jazzy sausje, waarmee een aantal
nummers wordt opgekleurd, is hoorbaar.
In het eerste nummer Private Scene zingt Joos TVD op grappige wijze dat
het toilet onderhand de enige plek is waar men tegenwoordig alleen kan
zijn. In andere liedjes komen onder andere aan de orde hectische
vriendinnen en het leven van de rijken in Hollywood. Rode draad in de
liedjes zijn de humorvolle teksten en de grote afwisseling tussen de
twaalf nummers was voor mij evenals op zijn vorige album ook een
Het is opnieuw nauwelijks voor te stellen dat
we hier te maken hebben met een puur soloproject. Van Dinther bespeelt
alle instrumenten en schreef alle liedjes zelf. Zijn muzikale projecten
zijn dan ook uniek. Dat het album je het gevoel geeft naar een
voltallige band te luisteren, komt mede doordat hij gebruik maakt van
‘drum samples’ met als prettig gevolg dat de organische waarde van het
album op peil blijft. Sagitario is wederom een geslaagd muziekproject
English: About a year after his last album Open My
Parachute brought the Dutch multi-instrumentalist / singer-songwriter
Joos TVD (aka Joost van Dinther, with musical nicknamed The Vanished
Dutchman Joost) a new album, entitled Sagitario. And once again he does
not disappoint the listener. Again a pleasant mix of danceable R &
B, funk, pop and cabaret and a jazzy flavor, which some songs are
tinted, is audible.
In the first issue Private Scene Joos TVD
sings funny way that the toilet by now the only place where one can
nowadays only. In other songs will include raised frantic friends and
the life of the rich in Hollywood. Theme in the songs are humorous texts
and the large variation between the twelve songs for me as well as his
previous album a pleasant experience.
Again, it is hard to
imagine that we are dealing with a purely solo project. Van Dinther
plays all the instruments and wrote all the songs himself. His musical
projects are therefore unique. The album you hear makes you feel a whole
band, is partly because he uses 'drum samples' with the pleasant result
that the organic value of the album is maintained.
Sagitario is another successful music project from JoosTVD.
Every year, a new TVD album appears online. It makes me wonder how? It's like nature's cycle man. Groovy. It comes and it goes. The Vanished Dutchman comes back.
The title "Sagitario"
Well, it's a nice spanish word for the zodiac sign Sagittarius, which is used so many times already in the age of aquarius sixties. Just too pretentious to use.
Well and it is my sign. Let's find more about that:
(original source astrology-zodiac signs:) "Strengths:Generous, idealistic, great sense of humor Weaknesses:Promises more than can deliver, very impatient, will say anything no matter how undiplomatic Sagittarius likes:Freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors Sagittarius dislikes:Clingy people, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, details Curious and energetic, Sagittarius is one of the biggest travelers
among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates
them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes
changes. Sagittarius-born are able to transform their thoughts into
concrete actions and they will do anything to achieve their goals. Like the other fire signs, Sagittarius needs to be constantly in
touch with the world to experience as much as possible. The ruling
planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter, the largest planet of the zodiac.
Their enthusiasm has no bounds, and therefore people born under the
Sagittarius sign possess a great sense of humor and an intense
curiosity. Freedom is their greatest treasure, because only then they can freely
travel and explore different cultures and philosophies. Because of
their honesty, Sagittarius-born are often impatient and tactless when
they need to say or do something, so it's important to learn to express
themselves in a tolerant and socially acceptable way."
Do I believe in this concept? Well I don't think that it matters, it's still fascinating and colourful anyway as I do recognise a few sly streaks.
1979: I wrote my first lyrics during english classes, but I wanted more. Next to being active as a drummer, I wanted to write my own songs. My then- royal girlfriend sold me her cheap guitar. Cheap didn't matter: the songs dripped from my fingers. I "ate" all the chord progessions I could find (from the Beatles chordbook). I pressed record on any old taperecorder and played...and recorded. Up to often three cassettes a year. From 1998 on I burned cd's. And from 2005 I do it the digital way.
Since then I never looked back, only just a once.
Now I've got better equipment, more flexible tools to work with, better guitars and chops. About time I've grown up!
Still, it amazes me how I can keep it up (!?)
Are you ready for some upbeat songs? Turn them up! Feed me back!
The toilet is my only private scene. To have some real fun, why not start off with an upbeat song? This joyous song hit me, so I hit back. Five minutes of blood, sweat and cheers. While it took little time to write, but arrangment-wise it was an adventure in rhythm patterns and melodies. To my surprise , lyrically it's sort of a sequel to "Unscrew Yourself". Topic: privacy. Promo video
Dancable and uplifting ditty, a spontanious funky guitar motive seems to make "fastwriting" almost a sport. Recorded on the spot. F-U-N. Topic: no pills needed. Promo video
This last, unexpected smooth one is my favourite. Almost did it in a minute. Topic: inspired by a story from the NY times and a few chameleons in my social environment. O, how they adapt.
Hey, there's a little J.J.Cale influence there in the voice.
Funny breaks, funny harmonies. Topic: Wake up call. True story. Policeman stopped my car at 4 a.m., because I was driving....too slow, like a turtle. I was listening out loud to the latest mastering of these songs and I guess I forgot to drive fast! Ouch!
Energentic burst on the piano stirred my blood. Topic: Silicon Valley; what does it to people in general... and are we really human anyway anymore? It brought up a lot of energetic stuff musically and irony. You see, everything can be an inspiration. Listen to that baseline intertwined with that piano motive. Groove.
Roll Into A Ball
Seventies soulful jazzfeel on the Fender Rhodes. I love a shuffle halftime, hanging into a slow groove. Topic: esapism. Artist wants to hide, rolls into a ball. Ken ditches Barbie.
Grew up in seventies where black influenced white music a lot: Blue-eyed Soul it was called. Crossover it became. Here's my smooth version of it.
Older song I couldn't finish lyrically at first. Surprise! Is it a surprise that Donald became the Prez?. Topic: trumped. "Look in the mirror Donny!" his wife says. No, it's not meant to be a political song. That temperamental latin flavor certainly helps to keep things on the edge.
Blame Me For The Fun
Slapstick time. Topic: I guess you can spot a bit of the goofy Laurel & Hardy theme (I've watched all those movies and sketches again in recent times) in here. Big fan. Laughs. LOL. Tribute.
Now We Are Talking
One of the first songs I wrote for this album. Give me a spanish guitar and the exotixc sounds of Brazil flow through my fingers. Relaxed, but a challenge to sing (bossa-nova) melodically.
This took a long time to finish, while it started out simple. A lot of ideas (breaks) in one song is a challenge. As I liked all the melodic contrasts and dynamics, it made its way into this album.
An older idea, which has grown on me since. In case anyone has enough of my voice (I'm not surprised), the last one is an instrumental, a melancholic and melodic one in latin fashion. It started out as a vocal piece, which I think still has potential too, so who knows...
That's my story so far...what's yours?
Keep on rocking!
Hai folks, It's a cold spring so far, but that doesn't bother me at all. As long as the sun comes up......and if there's any music that will cure your spring fatigue...
The new stuff has been listened to and played on various radio and to round it off it has been reviewed. I hope more will follow, but there so much going on in musicland, so I have to be happy by whatever that's been giving me. Feedback.
Well here are some really nice words again (his eight review of my albums) from Nathan Norgel, placed in this german, cultural online magazine Wasser-Prawda
In german: Wenn der Frühling kommt, dann erscheinen nicht nur die Schwalben aus
dem Süden. Auch neue Musik des Niederländers Joost van Dinther aka Joos
TVD darf man erwarten. Sein neues Album Sagitario erfüllt die
Erwartungen aufs Schönste. Auf den Listen der Orte, die besungen werden, taucht einer eigentlich
zu selten auf. In "Private Scene" singt JoosTVD das Lob der Toilette.
Denn das ist einer der wenigen Plätze, wo man noch wirklich allein sein
kann. Auch Psychopharmaka, hektische Freundinnen, das Leben der Reichen
in Hollowood oder andere Themen der Gegenwart liefern dem Niederländer
Stoff für äußerst humorvolle oder sarkastische Lieder. Musikalisch bietet Sagitario wieder die komplette Bandbreite zwischen
Jazz, Funk, Rock, Cabaret und Nonsense. Wer JoosTVD bislang noch nicht
kennen sollte: man kann ihn wirklich nicht klassifizieren. Was der
Songwriter und Multiinstrumentalist Jahr für Jahr allein in seinem
Studio zusammenrührt, ist eine Kur gegen jegliche schlechte Laune oder
In english (not great these translations): When spring comes, not only the swallows appear from the south. Also new music from the Dutch Joost van Dinther aka Joos TVD can be expected. His new album Sagitario fulfills the expectations most beautifully. On the lists of the places, which are sung, one appears actually too rarely. In 'Private Scene' JoosTVD sings the praise of the toilet. Because this is one of the few places where you can be really alone. Even psychopharmaceuticals, hectic friends, the lives of the rich in Hollowood, or other contemporary subjects provide the Dutch fabric for extremely humorous or sarcastic songs. Musically, Sagitario again offers the complete range of jazz, funk, rock, cabaret and nonsense. If you do not know JoosTVD yet you can not really classify it. The fact that the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, alone in his studio year after year, is a cure against any bad mood or spring fatigue.