The beginning: 1992-1995
A busy life with changes at home and at work led me to take guitar lessons in the early nineties. I had to practice a lot and was also busy with sound engineering. That resulted in a lot of experimenting with recordings and effects and making arrangements, while trying out different types of guitars. Melodies arose naturally with the poems I wrote, in the past in Dutch, and now – because of my worldwide adventures – in English.
“Mille” was the first song that, much to my surprise, came about ‘by itself’.
“Pirjo” was also born spontaneously. The intro is now even a ringtone on my phone!
Because of the 6/8 tempo and melody, “Leaving the City” became my dad’s favorite song. It made him nostalgic; unfortunately I never asked him why that was.
Next: 1995- …
In the end the charm of the Spanish guitar prevailed… My life became more relaxed, and I focused a bit more on myself. Texts became less necessary; often just instrumental music was sufficient.
Twenty years later almost all of the equipment that I collected has been sold.
“No-one Will Ever Take Your Place” quickly became the favorite song of my chef’s (young) daughters. After that, more people turned out to be very fond of the acoustic performance.
This guitar music calmed my father when it all got too much for him.
The arrangement of “Untitled Dream” is strongly influenced by my guitar teacher, in an attempt to break away from ingrained patterns.
While strumming this melody arose which my mother embraced as ‘her song’. So that’s why it became: “Mamas tune“