During the Corona lockdown I watched a lot of YouTube videos, among others one of Rick Beato where he discusses and demonstrates the Mixolydian mode.
Until this day I still do not really understand what's going on, but I started to jam along, and came up with this piece of music. I thought it sounded kinda nice, so I asked Erik Schenkel to record some drums, and I think he did a very nice job.
Special thanks: BokRock Studio Deventer (NL)
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The only song on my album Landsphere that didn't have acoustic drums was "Tales", but recently I mixed the drum part that Eddy Hendricks recorded a few years ago, and I also recorded a new bass part.
I think this song has come alive even more now.
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Many of you already know that RUSH is my favorite rock band of all times, and when I was inspecting the internet for a midi file of one of their best songs “La Villa Strangiato”, I found a really nice one.
I just had to replace the guitar parts, and that was a real challenge.
You’ll notice some corrections I made to the audio and video, and still it isn’t perfect, but I’m sure Alex Lifeson didn’t record it in one take either. ;)
Of course it’s always better to listen to the original, but I hope you’ll be having fun watching this video, just as much as I did recording it.
The idea for this song originated in the summer holidays of 2015 at Lake Como, where I return regularly since 1977, because it is a magical place.
I really shouldn't advertise it too much, because to this day it’s a quiet place in terms of crowds and tourism.
I think it’s part of my love for this place. It is so authentic, and the atmosphere of that place brings me in total peace. I think it can be heard and felt in this song.
It took me a long time to find the right people to help me with the drums and Hammond parts, and I am eternally grateful to Erik Schenkel (drums) and Axel Zwinselman (keyboard) for their contribution.
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In these horrible times I'd like to wish everyone a nice Spring, and maybe my song could help to make you feel a little bit better.
Stay safe, keep distance, wash hands, etc.!
When this song was released in 1980 I was 13, and instantly Golden Earring fan.
The school bag was emblazoned with the logo of the 1st live album, and every magazine was bought for posters and stories from my heroes.
George Kooymans in particular was my great example, and I named my son Sjors after him.
When Brian was 13 about 7 years ago, he also discovered this song, and like me back then, he sang this song phonetic.
We kind of cursed Rinus, Cesar, Barry and George with every take, because what a precision work it must have been to produce this song in 1980, but we also had a lot of fun, and it was a great challenge.
We hope you like it too.
Corn Bread is an ode to Chris Cornell and to give comfort to everyone who suffers from depression.
The title is meant to be funny, because of the Dutch saying: "The one his death is the other his bread."
Many thanks to Brian van der Wal on drums and bass guitar.
Drums recorded at Bokrock Studio Deventer (NL).
I made a remix, because I was too enthusiastic, but after a while not really happy with it, and also because this song is so close to my heart. It just needed it.
Probably every instrument could be performed, and also sound better if I could have the chance to work with people who are interested in my work.
Please feel free to contact me, if you are interested in a collaboration.
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This song I came up with on a Saturday morning in December 2019.
It was almost Christmas time, and my heart was out to someone from the past.
The same day I recorded the first demos, and recently made a new mix of one of those.
The electric guitar was added a few days later, because it took a while to come up with a nice idea for that, and not forget to film it either.
The electric guitar I use is a Music Man Axis Super Sport.
I always loved the shape, versatility, sound, look and playability of that guitar, and I do sense some Eddie Van Halen vibes when I play it.
The amplifier is a Mesa Boogie Stiletto Deuce I, 1st channel, crunch mode.
I think I had just one Maxon Tubescreamer in front of the amp.
Cabinet: Marshall 1936 JCM800 loaded with G12-65's.
Doubler and stereo delay added via DAW.
The acoustic guitar is a Martin D18, and I used the aftermarket built-in LR Baggs Anthem pickup for this recording.
I think it's better to record with mic's, but this is the next best thing in my opinion, and it's far more relaxed to record with just one cable.
In the future my intention is to provide this track from acoustic drums, but that can take a while maybe.
On an early spring day in March 2018, after a long absence, the sun made itself felt. The feeling of longing for spring was strengthened by it, and I happened to have created this song just before. 1 + 1 = 3 I thought then.
Drums - Melle Rodewijk
Bass Guitar - Brian van der Wal
Guitars - Henri Huisjes
Drums recorded at BokRock Studio Deventer (NL)
Written and produced by Henri Huisjes
A few days ago I released the video of New Edge, but now it's on Bandcamp as well. Enjoy!