Renske Taminiau

Renske Taminiau

28 jaar uit Amsterdam

Toon profiel

Jazz zangeres uit Amsterdam

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September 19, 2009 12:39

Saturday 12 sept:
Dit is een dag die ik niet snel zal vergeten!
Eric van BKB drukte me ter harte, na ons optreden voor Maxima en Willem Alexander,
dat ik nog 1 ding te doen had, die zaterdag voor ik naar Corinne van der Borgh's film over
het Chelsea Hotel zou gaan kijken.
Er zou nog een foto gemaakt worden bij het Peter Stuyvesant beeld.
Vroeg voor de afgesproken tijd zat ik daar op een bankje te wachten,
en tot mijn verbazing stond daar een in oud Hillandse klederdracht gestoken vrolijkert
op een accordion te spelen en een voor mij zeer bekend lied te zingen.
Door de vermoeidheid van de dag, die een soort ijlende werking op me had, dacht ik toch echt
mijn liefste vriend Huub te herkennen in deze gezlelige, duidelijk Hollandse volkszanger:
en toen werd het allemaal duidelijk: daar stond ie, voor mij het eerste lied te zingen, dat ik hem heb geleerd,
en waar onze liefde mee begonnen is:

Someday, When I'm awfully low,
and the world is cold,
I can feel a glow just thinking of you
and the way you look tonight

With each word your tenderness grows
tearing my fears apart
and that laugh wrinkels your nose,
touches my foolish heart

Oh, you're lovely, never, never change,
keep your breathless charm,
won't you please arrange it, cause I love you,
and the way you look tonight

Wat een verrassing, hij ging op de knieen,
en gaf me een door hem ontworpen schitterende ring,
met een zoetwaterparel, die hij van zijn moeder georven heeft,
en die zijn moeder altijd aan een kettinkje om haar nek droeg,
ondat ze 'm van Huub's vader had gekregen, die hem had gevonden.
Wat bijzonder, en wat een geluk! Samen in New York, wat een verrassing,
oh..ja..ik heb ja gezegd overigens.

In de roze wolken hebben we toen genoten van de schitterende documentaire van Corinne van der Borgh
over Bettina, een kunstenares, die in het Chelsea Hotel woont, en waar ze een bijzondere band mee opbouwt:


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.

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).