Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2018: 1-10 November

First round of contributions in October to Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2018 in Spotify. A retrospective of the past ten days.

Thursday 1 November: Kenny Marks – Before My Last Goodbye

Kenny Marks augustus 1991 Christian Artists Seminar op De Bron in DalfsenYesterday, American christian singer Kenny Marks, one of my soft rock heroes in the 80’s, passed away. I found a close-up of Kenny, a picture I took at the Christian Artists Seminar at De Bron conference center back in August 1991. Kenny was outspoken and set his priorities on spreading the gospel. Before his last goodbye he wanted to do a lot.

Friday 2 November: Kate Havnevik – The River

Norwegian singer Kate Havnevik released The River on 26 October. Pulsating and colourful.

Saturday 3 November: CHVRCHES – Miracle (The Juan Maclean remix)

Tonight I attend the CHVRCHES concert in Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. To celebrate the moment here, I chose the Juan Maclean remix of Miracle.

Sunday 4 November: TGC – Toxins

European synth pop duo TGC (The Green Children)  gave Rooms to their audience, my first virtual meetup with Milla and Marlow.

Monday 5 November: Reliance – Crashing Down

New punk rock’s always welcome. Indie Music Vision recommended me listening to Reliance, that dropped their EP Crashing Down on Bandcamp.

Tuesday 6 November: Georgi Kay – Toxins

British singer Georgi Kay released her debut album on November 2nd, According to EQMusic blog she explores the “dark side of the sonic pop spectrum. It is a realm which allows you to explore raw and honest sentiments, and create evocative soundscapes, often around poignant and moving topics, such as loneliness. From sharing her political thoughts to revealing deep-seated emotions. The hazy, sonically embedded sound clings to the breathy tonality of Georgi’s voice. For the most part, you should find her style, both melodic and vocally, chilling, yet enchanting.”

Wednesday 7 November: Lauren Béa – Sovereign Still

Thursday 8 November: Over The Rhine – All I Need Is Everything

Over the Rhine‘s back in the Netherlands. I’m attending their concert in De Oosterpoort, Groningen tonight. All I Need Is Everything 🙂

Friday 9 November: Matthew Parker – Paradise

Matthew Parker returned as Daydreamer last week.

Saturday 10 November: Mogli & Robot Koch – Strobe Light remix

Enjoy your weekend.

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

First round of contributions in October to Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2018 in Spotify. A retrospective of the past ten days.

Sunday 21 October: Brainpower – De Beat

Encouragement from Belgian born Dutch rapper MC Brainpower.

Monday 22 October: Dance Reaction – Disco Train

When you’re in train for more than eight hours today, you’d better have a kind of party.

Tuesday 23 October: Eric Prydz – Frankfurt

I’m in Frankfurt am Main to provide a three-days PRINCE2 Practitioner tranining.

Wednesday 24 October: Wilde Jungs – Frankfurter Jungs

Thursday 25 October: a-ha – Take On Me – Symphonic version

a-ha‘s Take On Me is featured on the upcoming 80s Symphonic album. #throwbackthursday

Friday 26 October: Matthew Parker – Breathe

Christian producer / singer Matthew Parker released Breathe two weeks ago.

Saturday 27 October: Chimera & Kim Sanders – Stop, Look, Listen

The radio edition was chosen over the four remixes on the brand new Chimera State maxi single Stop, Look & Listen that was written and produced in collaboration with legendary singer / songwriter / vocalist Kim Sanders. Chimera State is the project of the Hamburg, Germany based DJ and producer Christian Rentschler.

Sunday 28 October: Chris Tomlin – Good, Good, Father

Our youngest daughter was baptized this morning and wanted to have the congregation sing Chris Tomlin’s Good, Good Father.

Monday 29 October: Sara Bareilles – Armor

Out for a new work week. Armor from Sara Bareilles with me.

Tuesday 30 October: T.ShoC & Michelle – 30 October: Moritash Music

What date is it again?

Wednesday 31 October: Carrollton – Untouchable

Rock to conclude this month.

Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2018: 11-20 October

First round of contributions in October to Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2018 in Spotify. A retrospective of the past ten days.

Thursday 11 October: The Choir – Mr. Chandler

Yesterday, The Choir spread the news that their longtime bass player, Tim Chandler, passed away on October 8 2018. The Burning Like the Midnight Sun (2010) album featured a song about Mr. Chandler’s adventures on airports.

Friday 12 October: CUT_ – Not Addicted to You

On 22 November I’ll attend the Roosevelt concert in Melkweg, Amsterdam. Support act is the Dutch duo CUT_ that was featured this week in the EQMusic blog.

Saturday 13 October: Allie X – Sunflower – Synth reprise

Sunny Saturday, off to bake pastries in Amsterdam with my daughter. Relaxed synth track by Allie X taken from the upcoming Super Sunset album as a companion.

Sunday 14 October: Let’s Eat Grandma – I Will Be Waiting (Baths Remix)

Let’s Eat Grandma is the support act of CHVRCHES at their 3 November concert in Tivoli, Utrecht.

Monday 15 October: Kim Wilde – Amoureux Des Rêves

Kim Wilde not only joined German Nena for a bilingual single of Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime, but now colaborates with Laurent Voulzy for the French / English single Amoureux des Rêves, twisted French for Love Dreams or Dream Love.

Tuesday 16 October: KT Tunstall – Little Red Thread

KT Tunstall‘s back.

Wednesday 17 October: Gary Numan – It Will End Here

Gary Numan thinks it ends here.

Thursday 18 October: Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There

Recommended by Spotify last weekend, thanks for that. Here’s Jess Glynne. All I Am from her album Always in Between.

Friday 19 October: Mogli – Wanderer

Yesterday and today I watched Expedition Happiness, in which Felix Starck en Selima Taibi and their dog Rudi travel throughout the Americas with a converted school bus. Selima Taibi happens to be the singer songwriter Mogli. Her songs functioned as soundtrack Wanderer (2017) to the movie.

Saturday 20 October: Tenth Avenue North – Love Anyway

Tenth Avenue North has a new EP out called The Things We’ve Been Afraid to Say. Love in action, grace over judgement.


Heel Escape bakt in de Kookfabriek Amsterdam

Gisteravond liet ik de kapster verbaasd staan. Geen wandeling op zaterdag? Nee, vandaag ga ik met Marianne per trein naar Amsterdam, want heel Escape bakt. De belangstelling voor de activiteit van de Capgemini personeelsvereniging is zo groot, dat twee weekenden na elkaar de Kookfabriek vestigingen in zowel Amsterdam als Utrecht op zaterdag en zondag zijn afgehuurd voor medewerkers en hun introducées die weleens wat anders willen laten zien dan werkende software, PowerPoint of trainingsmateriaal.

Met de trein naar Duivendrecht (laatste NS seizoensretour en een dagkaart van de nu lopende AH actie) en de laatste paar honderd meter lopen naar de Kookfabriek, waar al flink wat collega’s te vinden zijn, Een glas muntthee, een korte uitleg van de gastheer om ons vervolgens te verspreiden over de achttien kookeilanden. Acht personen voor zes recepten die wat verder gaan dan Dr. Oetker, een appeltaart, een arretjescake of de wekelijkse portie pannenkoeken.

Met Marianne heb ik twee recepten om ons over te ontfermen. Eerst moet er deeg voor de soezentoren gemaakt worden, want het beslag moet als eerste de oven in. Drie vullingen komen later aan bod. Terwijl de oven z’n werk doet, is er een broodjesbuffet als lunch voor de hongerige magen. Daarna zijn cakes die in siliconenvormen gebakken moeten worden aan de beurt. Gevuld met een room++ mengsel gaan ook die de oven in. De soezen zijn weliswaar lichtbruin, maar zakken eenmaal uit de oven toch zover in elkaar, dat onze coach ze bij het zien van eerste pogingen de vulling uit de spuitzak voorbij het gesneden kruis te injecteren als ‘mislukt’ kwalificeert, net zo droog als Robèrt van Beckhoven de baksels in Heel Holland Bakt als ‘niet gaar’ kan wegzetten.

Goede voornemens voor eerste keren, zeg ik dan maar. De coach tipt ons de soezen dan als bakjes te gebruiken en de banketbakkersoom met bijvoorbeeld espresso als vulling er overheen te doen. Terwijl om ons heen aan omgekeerde appeltaart, tompouces met Capgemini opdruk, cupcakes en brownies wordt gewerkt, mogen we caramel gaan maken. Dat lijkt enorm goed te gaan. Pan van het vuur als het goedje een kleur krijgt. Als we een minuutje later kijken, is het helemaal hard geworden en is lijkt het op een aangekoekt deeg. Als groep besluiten we een schaafsel ervan over de soezen te strooien. Dan maar geen soezentoren met carameldraad-constructies.

Als de borden met gebak na twee uur ‘s middags eenmaal op tafel staan, proeven we diverse smaken en schuiven de rest in de klaargelegde taartdozen. Leuk voor het thuisfront dat anders ook alleen maar foto’s te zien krijgt. Het is weer een geslaagd Escape evenement. Doos rechtop houden richting en in de trein! Klazien appt bij het zien van de doos op schoot met de verwachte aankomsttijd: ‘wees welkom’.

 

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Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2018: 1-10 October

First round of contributions in October to Henk-Jan’s soundtrack to 2018 in Spotify. A retrospective of the past ten days.

Monday 1 October: Jain – On My Way

Last week the Belgian Metro newspaper had an interview with Jain who released her second album Souldier. Pop and reggeae with middle eastern influences. I’m On My Way.

Tuesday 2 October: I Am The Storm – These Lines

Trevor McNevan (Thousand Foot Krutch) has a new side project, I Am The Storm, with a 8-song EP Fight Musik, Vol.1 out.

Wednesday 3 October: Peter Heppner & Joachim Witt – Was Bleibt?

I stumbled upon the new single belonging to the Confessions & Doubts / TanzZwang 3-disc album by Peter Heppner (Wolfsheim). With Joachim Witt (guitarist/singer in the 1970s Krautrock band Duesenberg. ) he asks what remains…

Thursday 4 October: Emery – Safe

The lead single Safe from EVE, the new album of the American rock band Emery caused controversy, while I was at work. Whatever. Americans can get upset about F-bombs, while bombing other countries without a blink.

Friday 5 October: Kodaline – Hide and Seek

Catchy piano rock by Kodaline.

Saturday 6 October: Handsome Poets – Alles oké

For the very first time Dutch pop rock band Handsome Poets sing in their mother tongue. Everything is OK.

Sunday 7 October: Russ Taff – I Still Believe (2018 version)/h3>
In January 2018 I paid attention to Russ Taff’s 80’s I Still Believe cover of The Call’s original. The singer is back with a worship album and a documentary exposing his longtime struggle with booze. Still, he believes. A bit more up tempo, freshly made for us.

Monday 8 October: Joy Williams – Canary

Now, something completely different. Slow country folk by Joy Williams. Following the recent birth of her second child, Joy is steadily performing new music like Canary in advance of a solo album Front Porch release in 2019.

Tuesday 9 October: LZ7 & Keelie Walker – Breakthrough

UK-based LZ7 is still going strong.

Wednesday 10 October: Arlissa – We Won’t Move

Ever since her collaboration with Schiller for Not In Love, I keep an eye on the German singer Arlissa, mastering various styles, like the gospel in We Won’t Move, a song for The Hate U Give movie soundtrack.