A few verifications
“Euh, what is it what you do?”
I write… songs. Melodies and grooves. Popmusic with
latinbluesfunkgrooveR&Brockjazzhumor. I don’t follow the trends.
Just keep an eye on them.
“Euh, why that unpronouncable name?”
I’m not an artist, I’m a musician, that’s why I’m not using a flashy
sounding name. It’s my aversion against the so-called predictable,
prefabbed artists I’ve had to hear through the years. Besides, the
horror when bandmembers try to figure out bandnames…
“Come on now, gimme a pronounciation!”
“The Vanished Dutchman?”
I’m dutch and I vanish most of the time…..come back once a year.
Although I like performing/ entertaining and I did play in a few
bands (between 1980-1995), more and more I became aware of my real
strengths: songwriting and shape a song into a complete version as I
hear it in my head. It’s “hard” work though. Talent is not enough. You
can’t push it, it will “push” you! It’s in the back of my head all the
time. 24/7. Don’t worry, I do sleep and I like to vanish from time to
I’m like that sponche(joost). I’ve been discovering and collecting
all kinds of stuff. Sometimes I didn’t eat, just to have new music was
enough to survive. I’ve been touched by great talents (and to me the real artists)
like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weil, Leiber
& Stoller, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, Gino Vannelli,
Paul & John (beatles), Todd Rundgren and……aah too many.
I don’t see myself as an excellent player that has to perform to show
his chops. I do play and figure out songs of other composers once in a
while, for educational purposes only. I have learned to play a few
instruments (started out as that muppet Animal drummer), just enough to
make records! I’m not a professional sound engineer, but I’ve learned
along the way. Do It Yourself. That’s my kick. To put
my own creations on “tape”. Play and push record. I already started
recording my own songs around 1980…playing (drums, bass, guitar,
keyboards, vocals). Learned a whole lot about self-reflection in the
meantime. Produced around 43 cassettes (remember it was the analog age!)
of work in progress.
Now it’s (vinyl) all comming back, hip again.
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