Bring It On Home...

Last night, The freshly re-united band practised two new songs. One of them being 'Bring It On Home' from Led Zeppelin.

This music I grew up with & the song that I sang many times with the Zeppelin tribute band, Physical Graffiti - the band that successfully toured for ten years after the SoundMix Show in '97 (see bio & YouTube).

I'd bought a new blues harp (harmonica) & was inwardly pleased that I'd gotten these more basic guys - musically, that is! - to play a Zeppelin tune. The first time that we played it we all looked at each other afterwards & nodded. It had sounded as tight as a gnats ass (pardon my French)! The harp had played itself & we 'owned' Bring It On Home already.

These guys are not from my generation & unlike me, never got into the improvisation stuff that I musically grew up with & wich was a trade mark of Led Zeppelin as well as us, Physical, the tribute band.

I suggested they listen to one of the live recordings which had a great add-lib middle piece but featuring some stuff I thought might spark something in my fellow musicians: it did & it worked out & now the song is longer, more interesting & is Blues/Rock at it's best!

I came home with a good feeling. I'd kinda thought my band & gigging days were over but with these guys, Richi, Silvan & Maurice, I can see a few years yet!

Speak again soon. Peace.

P.S.  If you click on the link at the bottom a picture will appear. This particular one is from the Golden Earring tribute gig where we got a crowd of 2000 going nuts. It certainly helped that this nice lady was willing to play the nun from the Lady Smiles video...



Can't believe it’s been 5 years since I last blogged.

...can't believe it's been 5 years since I last blogged.
I don't know if anyone will read this or if my previous blogs were read but that doesn't matter really - it's a good place to place some thoughts & hopes & wishes...
5 years ago I was talking about my musical past & the beginnings of the Janus stuff & yes, it was all good, naïve fun & in the end, despite our making a bollocks of the whole thing, we became a cult band of sorts. The album is all over You Tube, especially 'Red Sun' with many, many clicks. Wonderfull hippy stuff. The album itself is/was worth at least $400 on the collectors market.
We tried several come-backs but because of everyone living so far apart it just wasn't going to happen without a hit.
Anyway, the rest of my musical history can be read on my bio page as to what happened after that and here we are...
I had hopes of my Zielsveel/Heart & Soul solo recordings would be a new & engaging project for a ballet group but before taking on new work the company split up so once again these timeless recordings are back on the shelf - for now. The songs can all be listened to on my website pages plus from there you can go Soundcloud where there are more wonderfull tracks from yours truly. Oh yes, it's on Spotify too.
I have now reached the age of 66 & that's very silly because I still feel 21! Ok, my bones & muscles don't always agree but but I still feel so much younger. Especially on my bike - I've more or less done my 4000 k's again this year & not so long ago, when I was on stage again at the Venray Total Music Festival with the reformed Sun King guys - I was 21 again! A little clip from that gig is:  
We had had 4 rehearsals & the lady singing had never heard the song before & quickly listened on her phone before hand!
The name of the band will not be Sun King as that was a Cult tribute band & this is definitely going in the direction of Blues/Blues Rock but whatever, it's nice to be in a band again. For me this is going back to my roots - da Blues.
Ok, part 1 of more to come? We'll see. I'll put this up first & see if I'm sparked enough to continue.
To you who read this, don't let all the crap (very much worse than 5 years ago!) get to you & spread Peace & Love wherever you can & nuts to all those idiots who don't believe in that concept!



..'and the beat goes on, ladidada, ladidadido'

..I thought that would be a nice intro to my latest blog. If anyone can tell me where that title is from you can have a free single (Deal Of The Century or what!)

Ok, when we last spoke I was talking about 1972...

After becoming a total hippy in London (where I had my first 'trip' at the Bath Festival and missed just about every band - The Who, Floyd, etc., etc. because I was too busy walking in the clouds) I decided to go my old boarding school pals in Germany. Enter Colin Orr who came from England after blindly putting a pin on the map of the world (!) and Janus was formed. We made a very stoned demo, which had me playing flute (which I don't play, then or now) and EMI Germany gave us a record deal on their Harvest label: the label that featured every progressive band around. We made 'Gravedigger' (you know by now that every track can be heard on You Tube, plus the bonus tracks later included on the cd version) and the single 'I'm Moving On/ I Don't Believe You'. I Don't Believe You came about after Colin heard ' She Fly's On Strange Wings'  from Golden Earring. He said ' Pffft, I can play a better solo than that!'  He did and the song was build around it. Hippy's, ego's? Ha.

Anyway, we went to live in Holland on a holiday camp in Reuver, Limburg and stayed there for a year on the costs of the record company...not like that anymore, is it :-)? The trouble was that people kept giving us drugs and when the management came to our bungalow one day (having to cut their way through the hash fog) and asked us if we wanted to support Pink Floyd in Berlin we said.......NO! 'Uh, no, not now, man. Too many things to do, man. Maybe next time, man.' is sort of what our reply was. Up until today Colin and I kick ourselves. Things would have gone very differently if we had said yes, don't you think? So there you are. When you have it all and you have the chance to play with Floyd, or today, The Foo Fighters for example, do not say no. Never say no.

I am now so traumatized again that I'm going to leave you but don't worry, I will be back and I wish you well. 



At Last...a proper beginning

...I wanted to speak, uh, write before but the weather JUST GOT TO MY HEAD!
I was living like a mole this winter (no, not a Lemmy type mole, the blind and sweet little thing underground) and the moment the sun appeared and the birds began to twitter I jumped on my bike, almost forgetting to get dressed.
I didn't really stop until today. Just over 700 kilometers this year up till now.
I felt guilty because I have this wonderful PR lady called Linda Ogwell, fresh from Kenya (she arrived in the winter after a whole life in Kenya!!) and she got me to twitter and told me I have to blog so that the world gets to know me and she's so doing her best and I'm cycling into the sunsets and disappearing and...
Ok here I am. What can I tell you? I've been around for a while (the English are so good at understatements :-)). I've seen many places, met many people, stood on many stages and sang many songs.
Now I wanna get back on the stage and just sing MY songs but that's not as easy as it need a band for that and for the first time in my musical life I got the goods but I ain't got the band In 1972 I had both but boy oh boy oh boy did we blow that one!
This was the real intro. Tomorrow we'll go back to 1972 (in this age of short attention spans I don't wanna go on for too long do I?)
Goodnight and dream of flying. I can recommend it.




Bruno English that makes me sound like a very boring person. Joe Blogs is like Jan Smit (and THAT says enough!).
Anyway, I'm going to write stuff on a regular basis about me & my world and will answer questions and just waffle, basically.
I'm going to do it in English (even though my first real solo project is in Dutch) because English is second nature to me and Dutch isn't (although I speak it fluently ofcourse).
This is my little intro and I'll get back to all you thousands when I know this part of the site is up and running properly.