Wednesday, 15 May 2019
A Sunny Day (mp3) (pdf) (tab)
It was in May a year ago when I came up with the tune “A Rainy Day”, it was a mournful tune in G minor. I posted the tune in the “Song of the Week socialclub” on mandolincafe. I was surprised and a little proud that the became song of the week in february this year. I don’t consider myself a superstitious person, but from the day my tune was chosen it started raining in the Netherlands. It was a combination of heavy rainfall and strong winds from the west which didn’t seem to stop. When my country was completely soaked I knew I had to write a tune called “A Sunny Day”, so here it is. The sunny day on the picture shows me with my band on the 7th of april this year.
Friday, 26 April 2019
Drifting Clouds (mp3) (pdf) (tab)
With the beautiful weather this April I rediscovered something I did a lot when I was a child. I watched the sky and studied the drifting clouds for hours. This can be so relaxing! I think they call it Mindfullness nowadays. Anyway, it's must be very good for our health and so much more inspiring than watching TV.
Saturday, 9 February 2019
Anti Flu (mp3) (pdf) (tab)
Whether I caught a cold or got some flu I don't know exactly. As an employee of a school you know you can't always avoid getting infected with some kind of virus. I tried several things to ease the headache and being snotty... sleeping, steaming, green thee, you name it... none of it did work very well. Then I tried to play the mandoline with my eyes closed while my fingers invented a new tune. It's strange, I made a rough recording of it and suddenly I felt better while playing the melody a couple of times. I called the tune "Anti-Flu".
Sunday, 16 December 2018
This tune may sound very mournful and that's not a surprise. I can be very sentimenal in the month of december. Although the tune is very suitable for the mandolin you can hear my sister Grethe play the violin in the second part. Angie Devlin from the mandolingroup on facebook listened to the tune and came up with this very suitable name. Thanks Angie!
Thursday, 10 May 2018
A Rainy Day (mp3) (pdf) (tab)
After a couple of days with very warm weather it seems the nice weather has ended. It's raining for a couple of hours now. Rain can make people a bit sad, but I must say I'm glad to smell the recognisable odor of rain on our lawn. I started writing this tune also on a very wet day a couple of weeks ago. My friends Johanna and Wopke (Duo Banwo) helped me to complete this beautiful arrangement. Wopke played percussion and Johanna did the banjo part.
Friday, 9 March 2018
Whirling Snowflakes (mp3) (pdf) (tab)
We've hardly seen any snow this winter. Should there be snow in the Netherlands every winter? I don't think so, but what I remembered from childhood winters were always white and we could skate everywhere. As most kids do I loved playing in the snow. Now I'm an adult I still love tho watch those whirling snowflakes and experience the strange atmosphere with al the sounds dampened due to the thick layer of snow. When I searched in the my photoalbums I realised I should take more pictures on snowy days. One of the last snowy pictures was taken in 2005 with our old Ford Escort on the driveway. It's nice to watch those photo's again, but I'm glad spring is in the air.
Friday, 19 January 2018
Sparrow on the Fence (mp3) (pdf) (tab)
The most common bird on our planet is the sparrow. I think everyone likes them and we love to see those birds in our gardens. Where are those lovely animals nowadays? In Holland we don't see much of them lately. Some say sparrows are in danger of extinction, but I don't know if that's true. Are our dutch gardens too neat and tidy? Should we put privet hedges in our gardens like we did in the 70's? I don't know, but I would like to see them more often.