Day 3 of this month's ‘Ymaginatif: A Celebration’
After the astounding success of last night’s acoustic set, we’re gathered here today to get through this thing called ‘the next song’. I hope you’re still with me? :)
Let me take you back to 2008, December 2008 to be precise. This is a recording of a very old song of mine, called ‘Out Of Place’, which goes back to the mid 1990s. It’s a classic blues pattern tune with weird and somewhat Halloweeny lyrics. I used to play this one a lot with erstwhile band-member Bruno – a favourite in impromptu live jams (on trains and in bedrooms) which sort of got requested again and again. It was an exuberant up-beat little thing with a lot of humour in it, which was a welcome change from the sometimes ponderous Dutch-language ‘art-songs’ we were wont to play in those days.
Many very different versions were made of this song (although no recording of the original arrangement with Bruno seems to have survived ...), noticeably one with brother Jeroen on tambourine and back-vocals, and another one using a toy synthesizer. But the one I’m presenting you today is the smoky, late night version – seriously slowed down in tempo, with acoustic guitar, piano and brush-drums (on keyboard) as well as a low, rough vocal. It takes away most of the humor, but creates something which, I fancy, Purpleblues might appreciate?