Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2018: 21-31 December

A new batch of contributions to Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2018 in Spotify. A retrospective of the past eleven days, the final batch for 2018. Don’t worry, next year I’ll be back with a new evolving playlist.

Friday 21 December: By An Ion – Falling Apart (The New Division remix)


Saturday 22 December: Hailee Steinfeld – Back to Life (80s remix)

Walt Disney songwriter and producer Aris Archontis joined American actress and singer Hailee Steinfield for this 80s remix of Back to Life, that was used in the motion picture Bumblebee.

Sunday 23 December: Ruelle – Where We Come Alive

Although Ruelle’s song was featured in Google Year in search 2018, my discovery of the singer took a different route. Indie Music Vision’s Weekly New Release Sampler hinted me at the pop song without a need to search on Google. “Out of the shadows and into the light. Bringing the unknown. This is where we come alive.”

Monday 24 December: Valleyheart – Heaven & Hell

Rock around the Christmas tree. New music from Valleyheart. “Make me something beautiful. Like stained glass in a church of old. Where light shines through and makes us new again. A cleansing fire for all my mess.”

Tuesday 25 December: Trinity – Meesterwerk Van Liefde

Christmas, God’s masterpiece of love is celebrated by the Dutch band Trinity.

Wednesday 26 December: Hillsong Worship – Noel

Thursday 27 December: James Last – Schlittenfahrt zum Weihnachtsmarkt

Today, we visited the Christmas markets in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Friday 28 December: Ben Hobbs – Blind to You (Catherine Duc ‘Stargazing’ remix)

Smooth pop music by UK resident Ben Hobbs. Catherine Duc is a Vietnamese-Australian composer and producer of music blending elements of ambient, classical, electronica and world music.

Saturday 29 December: Alphaville – Love Will Find A Way

While Alphaville‘s Big In Japan already was featured on 26 December in the yearly NPO Radio Top 2000 chart, a brand new song for the season by this band is Love Will Find A Way. Actually, the song was written during a recording session for Catching Rays on Giant (2010), end of November 2007 on the island Sylt and finally released to the public now.

Sunday 30 December: La Incontenible Banda Astilleros – 10 Kílometros a Pie

Today, Klazien, Lieske and I participated in the 10 kilometers run event Brink tot Brinkloop from Deventer to Bathmen.

Monday 31 December: Spargo vs Jazzi Bobbi – You and Me

The 1980 hit You and Me by the Dutch disco band Spargo met a Vodafone campaign in 2018. Lead singer and composer Ellert Driesen‘s daughter, DJ and producer Jazzi Bobbi re-recorded and remixed the song, interviewed band members. One of the few recent commercials I’m really fond of.