Live recording: Symmetry

 
A live recording of us performing “Symmetry” (this month’s theme) at Creative Mornings in Rotterdam on 22 February 2019.

 

Symmetry

 
Verse 1
We were in motion when we met
How we connected I’ll never forget
In this world of tangled dreams
there are no guarantees
I’m one of the lucky ones
who know that love is real.

Chorus
Symmetry, by degrees,
is shape-shifting me
The unexpected symmetry
of me and you loves you and me.

Verse 2
I’d had enough of playing games
Round and round in circles, what a waste
Love helped me to begin
my return to innocence
Love is like alchemy
it changes everything.

(Repeat Chorus)

Verse 3
Looking forward, looking back
Everyone says I’m much more relaxed
The future sure looks bright
with love in my life
It’s not a bed of roses
but it’s deep and wide

(Repeat Chorus)

CreativeMornings RTD keen to have us back


 

Irene writes,

As mentioned in our previous post, we’ve built up a relationship with Creative Mornings Rotterdam, performing at three of their monthly gatherings in 2018.

Last Friday I attended the January event on the theme of ‘Surreal’, and a number of regulars recognized me as part of Two Doors Down. Also, the organisers – including the new host, Lodovico – are keen to have us back sometime soon. So watch this space.

Live recording: Honest friends

Irene writes,

I’m a regular at Creative Mornings Rotterdam. It got me thinking. Could I write a decent song on the theme of the month and would Creative Mornings Rotterdam let Two Doors Down debut the song live at that month’s breakfast lecture?

The Rotterdam Creative Mornings team were willing to indulge me. To date I’ve written 4 songs inspired by Creative Morning themes, and we got to performed 3 of them live. (“I trust my hands” I performed a capella to a gallery owner in Manchester where I was stranded because I’d missed my flight. It happens.)

 
The 4 songs in our “Creative Mornings Collection” are:

Who will throw me a life line (Theme: anxiety)
Curiosity (Theme: curiosity)
I trust my hands (Theme: craft)
Honest friends (Theme: honesty)

 
Here is the latest song, “Honest friends”, recorded live at Creative Mornings Rotterdam on 26 October 2018.

 

Honest friends

 
Verse 1
Will you tell me the truth
tell me the truth in love? Please share.
I appreciate it when you speak from the heart
It tells me how much you care.

Chorus
I need honest friends to keep me grounded
Who bring out the best in me
Up close and personal
I need your honest-to-goodness honesty

Verse 2
Will you back me up
back me up when I’m under fire
It’s so good to know I have support
from those who know me and how I’m wired.

(Repeat Chorus)

Bridge
Like the pitch and roll of a ship at sea
My life is in constant flux
I need an anchor, a harbour and a lighthouse
People I can trust

(Repeat Chorus)

Ram(e)ses

Irene writes:

Last Tuesday Margriet and I recorded our Art Rocks video, with our friend, Theo Huijgens behind the camera. It all got a bit late, and I forgot my capo, so I had to play a whole other set of chords. Also, my guitar strings need replacing and our voices were a bit shaky. But we did it. And then came the challenge of taking the best bits and tweaking the audio and turning it into a video. Amazing how much I’ve learned in the process.

 
Here’s the result:

 
If you like the song, please vote for us on the Art Rocks website.

 
Note: The artwork on the easel Irene had made years ago.

Art Rocks 2018 song is called “Ramses”

Irene writes,

My Art Rocks 2018 song is finally coming together. I’m calling it “Ramses”.

I was inspired by the life of Ram(e)ses II and his legacy (as Basquiat obviously was), in particular the striking evidence of his love for Nefertari, his first wife. The tomb he built for her in the Valley of the Queens is stunning – a real labour of love. She’s depicted larger than life on some temples too. He called her “the one for whom the sun shines”. Some praise indeed!

Writing the song has taken a bit longer than usual, as I struggled to find a direct link with the painting and the artist. After the Art Rocks workshop day I participated in a few weeks back, I saw a way to pull it all together and I think it works. Here’s hoping the museum judges think so too.

Now onto the final stages of arranging the song, making the video and getting my entry in in time for the closing date, 22 October 2018.

 
Check it out:
Now you can take a virtual tour inside Nefertari’s tomb (2018)

Working on a song for Art Rocks 2018

Art Rocks is a bi-annual competition linking fine art and music.

Irene took part in 2012, and has decided to try again. Last Saturday she attended one of the workshops, to gain inspiration and meet some of the other songwriters. She was the oldest of the bunch by far. The youngest was 15, not much older than when she first learned to play the guitar and started writing songs all those years ago.

Irene has selected this painting by Basquiat as her inspiration:
 
'Koningen van Egipte 2' by Basquiat

The song is evolving slowly, but she’s making headway. The challenge is to write a song that can stand on its own, but that is clearly inspired by and a response to the artwork. Good luck to all the others taking part.

The organisers hope for 250+ entries this year. Wouldn’t it be great if Irene made the museum round and then got selected for the finals in Paradiso? One can dream, can’t one?

In case you’re interested, here’s the link to Irene’s 2012 entry, “Mirror mirror”.

Website gets an overhaul

We had no choice. The old wordpress theme wasn’t PHP 7.1 compatible, so it had to go.

It wasn’t easy finding something suitable. Margriet and I auditioned a whole series of wordpress themes this afternoon and settled on this one, called “Great!”. I hope you like it.

 
 
For nostalgia’s sake, here is a screenprint of the old site:
Can you spot the differences?

In songwriter-mode

Irene writes,
 
In a recent blog post, Gary Ewer mentions Bob Dylan’s analogy for describing a good song: ‘It should be able to “walk by itself.” A good song has life. It has an identity, and it exists long after someone sings it.’ (source: www.secretsofsongwriting.com)
 
I’m hoping to write a few of those.
 
I’ve been in songwriter-mode for most of 2017, taking part in a year-long course with Lalalab in Amsterdam and attending some songwriting camps. Not that I’ve been prolific, but I do have something to show for it.
 
Some recent song tiles:
Be a little braver
Do you remember?
Secret garden
On the other side of darkness
It kills me

Busking in L.A.

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When we went to Los Angeles in November, we decided to take our busking kit with us, hoping to make a little money and to share our music with the locals.

This is us performing on Venice Boulevard, not too far from our Airbnb eco-cottage. We didn’t make much money, but we did make some memories.

Later in the week we put our kit to good use at the Taxi Road Rally too, as part of our act and our branding at the open mics.