At the time I wrote “Groen” I was composing songs for cabaret and later on ended up with backing the great Utrecht stand up comedian Herman Berkien on drums.
My intention to do something in Dutch as well ended in a dozen of songs for voice and piano.
After all, language is a tool to get at the point of your expression only the sound is different.
By working them out in different settings it occurred that the songs were right in their basics, so I decided to keep them that way. “Nooit meer altijd” was inspired by the poetry of Remco Campert.
Written and performed by John Groenen who played pianos and did all voices. Recorded at studio SGN and Spinethof. Engineer Gerdo Nieuwehuizen, mixed by Gerdo Nieuwehuizen and John Groenen.
Post modern Chaos
Post modern Chaos
If the spirit of age exists cultures, in a way, are exploding or imploding all the time. And at some point, you can see it happen. After big pathos exposure, there is all of a sudden that silent one thing. So if we time mark our position as postmodern, where mass reproduction flattens old classes and whereout new ones arise, it must be interesting material for music compositions because everything is possible. For old ears it's a tasteless form of combining things that cannot go together but if you're willing to give it a chance something new can happen.
So my starting point was to make a vortex of old elements and new thoughts to create something different which ended up in “The Post Modern Chaos.” Soundbites on Requim by Amadeus Mozart.
Thanks to Brand Kruithof, Sax, and voice, Joost Zoeterman, guitar. Hans Keuken, bass. Recorded and mixed by John Groenen, who played all the other instruments.
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