Soon after my performance at Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport), I received
a request of a foundation called 'De Opkikker' (The Boost) that tries
to fulfill heart's desires of children with a terminal illness or something
like that. In this particular case there was this boy called Wander.
It was his fondest wish to make a cd with moi (J.A. at V.) and he was
wandering how this could be achieved, etc.
The people of 'De Opkikker' started making some phone calls and finally
they found a recording studio in Oosterhout, the town where my compadre
Kaz Lux has lived.
So I went there and also to Kaz home (I don't have a navigation system
in my car.)
Kaz reacted kind of surprised when he saw me, because at the last gig,
while I was on stage, he'd be talking bullshit to my wife Marian, about
me behaving like a brute at a tour and doing anything that God had forbidden.
So how bad could things get, right!
But okay, I had been acting like a brute indeed, so all is forgiven
Actually I only came to ask for the right road. So Kaz drove in front
of me for a while, to that cabin, called studio 'De Wisselaar'.
Two very nice people who put their studio at our disposal for free on
this particular occasion (coffee, tea, lemonade, everything!)
These things also happen in The Netherlands!!!
So grandpa, grandma, the family, etc., all were present at the recording
Just dear people, with only one thing in mind, what will become of this?
We played Wander's compositions ('Moments', The power is and Ann) for
three quarters of an hour.
Fellow composers were Luuk and Marinke Paulissen.
So finally we did the recordings, I must admit that it was not an easy
thing to do, because I had to deal with quite a few cultural holds.
But only the final results matter and they were really great!
This little 15 year old man had done some fine preparations (on lyrics
and music), and I must admit not in the least in an unmusical way. That's
rather splendid, isn't it? He came to a concert with The Rosenberg Trio
in Naaldwijk to give me the cd. I noticed him sitting in the audience
during the concert and waved at him for a while. Afterwards I also talked
to his mum and dad. I got the impression that he must have thought that
I took everything for granted after that recording or something like
None of this is true, I'm occupied with things of my own and if an egg
is being laid, it will come to my knowledge sooner or later.
I mean: 'un oeuf est un oeuf' (an egg is an egg). I asked Wander if
he would enjoy the idea of putting his music on the Internet.
Yes, he did, but in that case only the first piece, because he did not
ask the others for their permission to possibly publish a common piece
(talking about civilization.)
Now here's this mp3 file called 'Moments' which is sung by Wander, Luuk
You can just download it and listen to the skills of this boy, handicapped
or not. (Wander sits in a wheel chair, but plays the guitar just as
if there's nothing wrong with him. He then sits on a chair, during 3
or 4 hours, without a break).
I just mean to say, that the power of a dream can never be underrated!
So this is dedicated to Wander Gubler, his parents, relatives and friends.
Thanks and all the best. Jan Akkerman
Guitarist at V.
Translation by Irene Heinicke