In the winter of 2005 we drove to Frans Hagenaars’ recording studio in Weesp to record some songs I rehearsed with René and Janpeter. A week earlier I had just asked Gilbert if he would fancy some drumming on it. It sounded so well and Frans liked what we were doing, we decided to record some more. Because it started out as an inbetween-studio days set up, we had to wait some time to record another 5 songs.
In the meantime, I already had decided to move to Canada for a while. Together with my sweet I stepped into this new world we both dreamed of for years. I felt sorry for the band, but had full intention to keep close contact. Normally any band would disintegrate, but additional recording and mixing continued and occasionally I flew over to add vocals or to participate in live gigs and of course visit my family. However, chances were few that this music would see light of day, so the three left abandoned, eventually kinda waited for me to come back.
I had times I listened to a beautiful new mix of Staying Home on my car stereo driving to a Canadian dawn meanwhile hitting my fist against the car ceiling... On a video I saw them rehearsing with their threesome and I slowly realized this band only would work with the four of us. My God, I yearned more and more to play with my band and to finally release these songs. Although we loved Canada and we started to attach to our new Canadian friends, we decided to move back to Holland. What ignited my desire to return was my father’s passing away and at the same time becoming a father myself. Shortly after I had arrived, we already rehearsed and my feeling I had earlier in Canada was right. Playing with the four of us created this extra force hanging above us, created that little man when we were singing our harmonies (when all vocals were on the spot, Mama Cass used to say; there’s the little man again!)
Unfortunately it took a long time to finish the record still. Meanwhile JP was going off his rocker playing guitar all over the place making his money of it. Frans Hagenaars was too busy and dates to mix the songs were postponed repeatedly. Together with Frans we decided we would mix the record ourselves.
And now, here it is. The songs are recorded between 2005 and 2008 for the most part in Weesp, but overdubs were recorded in living rooms of Berlikum, Ureterp, Haarlem and Brugge.
This record means a lot to us and we hope it was worth the wait. At the same time, it’s only rock and roll. First of all we’d like to thank our fans so much, who insisted to remain aside, to stay within a safe distance and watched our few moves closely. Just like you we waited so long. Sometimes this is the way it goes. You can’t push the river. You can’t move the stars.
Egbert van der Werff