..'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.