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Renske Taminiau

Renske Taminiau

28 jaar uit Amsterdam

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Jazz zangeres uit Amsterdam


Meeting Leah

September 8, 2009 17:53

Leah is Cool!



We hebben elkaar ontmoet om 16.00 uur op maandag. Er was geen twijfel over mogelijk, tussen alle Job Swappers was het duidelijk wie de muzikanten waren, die twee, die tijdens de historische rondleiding door New Amsterdam, waar een erg geanimeerde rondleider een enorme hoeveelheid weetjes over de groep uitstorte, enkel met elkaar over muziek aan het ouwehoeren waren.

Het klikte, herkenning, wat grappig! En het leek wel of alle Job Swappers dat bij hun nieuwe Amserikaanse collega-counterpart ervaarden. Blijkbaar zijn dezelfde soort persoonlijke eigenschappen verbonden met de keuzes, die je in je werkrichting maakt.

Leah en ik bespraken alles:
-hoe schrijf jij liedjes?
-hoe ga je om met invallers in je band?
-wat vind je van jouw management?
-hoe vind je balans in de chaos van dit vak?

Maar ook heel herkenbaar was de manier van vertellen: ergens beginnen met je gedachten ordenen, tijdens het vertellen, en dan langzaam afdwalen naar hele andere onderwerpen, zoals spookverhalen in kasteel Well in Limburg, waar Leah 3 maanden heeft gestudeerd, identiteits-fases, simplifying your life, tweeling zijn....begrijpen jullie er nog iets van?

Zo van de hak op de tak konden we elkaar heel goed volgen en herkennen. We hebben van vier tot twaalf gepraat. We zijn op een dakterras in Brooklyn geëindigd. Zie filmpje, waar je overigens behoorlijk misselijk van kan worden, gezien mijn niet-bestaande film kwaliteiten :)


In conversatie klikt het, en lijkt het alsof onze geest echt hetzelfde werkt. Nu ben ik heel benieuwd of we diezelfde klik ook muzikaal hebben, want praten over kunst en het maken van kunst is heel verschillend.

Ik sta open voor wat er gaat gebeuren...laat maar komen, en hopelijk levert het iets moois op tijdens ons concert in de Living Room op vrijdag!

De Job Swap is een project van de Stichting Henry Hudson 400 in samenwerking met BKB en wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door NY400. De wildcard actie wordt georganiseerd met Het Parool en AM New York.

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Leah Siegel

Leah Siegel

30 years old from New York

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Singer-songwriter uit Brooklyn, New York


Day 4 - The Studio

September 18, 2009 12:54

I slept like a brick until 10:30am.  Renske and i were to go get croissants and orange juice for breakfast before getting to the studio at noon.  she took me to a tiny little place where she told me "these are the best croissants in the world" and that croissants are actually originally a turkish treat before they were hijacked by the french.  they were pretty remarkable i have to say.  perfectly light, a little crisp on the outside, and soft and doughy on the inside.  we talked about vegetarianism, veganism, the enviroment, the future....  and then we were on our way to the studio.... maybe a few minutes late.  but right on time for musicians.

we tracked the song we wrote together and her bandmates accompanied us.  i was so tired i started feeling very shaky and ill.  i pushed through it and we got down a few takes until we had one to work with.  i found a couch cluttered with instruments and cords somewhere between the bass and drums.  i was jittery and shaky.  i squeezed myself between the saxophone and the accordion and watched the rest of the action from there.  when i woke up an hour later, the band had made a coffee run and i was ready to work again, even though my job was finished.  i felt badly that i had left Renske alone to make all the decisions and that she hadn't gotten a nap too.  she was very sweet about it and said it was of course no problem.  she knew exactly what i was going through.

we had a great time in the studio and it wasn't too rough.  we left to get a bite to eat at a sweet little sandwich and soup shop.  we shopped.  we went to the american bookstore where i wanted to get a copy of The Fountainhead, which Renske had referenced a few times in the last week and which i know i should have read in college.  her fiance and i share a love of Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and so there was no need for them to get it, so i bought Ishmael for them.  a very interesting arguement regarding civilaztion.

we were so exhausted that we were actually confused.  but we knew we needed to either finish writing our song or figure out a good cover to sing for the radio appearance on friday at the two other appearances we have scheduled for friday and saturday night.  i could feel we were both reluctant to keep pushing ourselves and getting into bed at 8pm sounded like the best thing for us.  but we pushed.  we had a cup of fresh mint tea (delicious!) and wracked our brains.  we tossed around a couple ideas until i remembered an easy and fun old song that i had just sung with some friends of mine back home.  we mounted our bikes and made our way back to Renske's place.  when she ran out to get some pizza for us, i noticed RUMMY CUBE!!!  i couldn't believe it!  my grandma had taught me and my sister how to play when we were kids and we played all the time.

Huub, Renske's fiance, was tickled that i knew of it and so we sat down to play.  i said, "are you sure?  rens and i really should work??"...  and when she came in with the food she saw the looks on our faces, mine of apologetic guilt...i'm not sure what Huub's look was saying...  and let out a big laugh.  she set up a board for herself and we all played together as we listened to the song we were going to prepare.   we put the song on repeat and listened again and again until it was in our heads and we ran to play it.  it's so fun singing together.  our voices are perfectly matched.  we sang it again and again and Huub made a little video of our practice.  we were thrilled, just thrilled.

and then we finished our rummy cube game and i rode my bike home.  exhausted and immensely satisfied.  i got lost on the way but recognized the corner where i almost got slammed by the tram, and was easily able to find my way home from there.  i slept hard.

The Job Swap is an initiative of the Henry Hudson 400 Foundation and BKB, in cooperation with the NY400. The Wildcard contest is organized together with newspapers Het Parool (Amsterdam) and AM New York (New York).