Set Camp (2011)

Rosa Ensemble:
Stephanie Pan: vocals
Esther Mugambi: vocals, lyrics
Daniel Cross: percussion
Peter Jessen: double bass
Laurens de Boer: wurlitzer
Jeroen Kimman: guitar, sneaky overdubs



This is a song that i wrote for the latest Rosa show about Wilbert Bulsink's and Geert Glas's'ss 5-month bike-trip through Europe. Composing alongside Wibert for it, his sizeable composing skills intimidated me into trying to go for the simple and naive, fitting my personality. Even if putting someone else's lyrics to music, and having that music still be a coherent song, is really far from simple for me.
Gonna lay down my old guitar (Anton Delmore) (2011)

Sleep Gunner:

Mark Morse: guitar
Jeroen Kimman: guitar


Currently on yet another undefined break with Sleep Gunner, i'll post the latest batch of recordings, in the hopes that there'll be more to come in the future.

Stuff wás getting a bit loonier in the end:

Alabama (Eddie Hill) (2011)



And for even more outrageous:

Satan's Jeweled Crown (Edgar L. Edens/Louvin Brothers) (2011)




Flashback (2006)


Seamus Cater: harmonica
Morten J. Olsen: drums
Jeroen Kimman: banjo





Recently this came up in the shuffle. I still like it for its ambiguity on many levels. It was made years ago for a dance-piece by eternal muse H.B. Firestone.

Feels (2011)


Mark Morse: vocals & lyrics
Jeroen Kimman: guitars, mpc, percussion



My music doesn't get more 'demo' than this one. Still i felt like sharing it. It's one of the songs that i've been writing this year, hopefully soon it can all culminate in a new band, one that doesn't play instrumental complexity epics of 8 minutes, but good old songs (with singing and stuff) that might finally attract some female audience and bring lots of fortune.

I'll record a better version soon (where i'll give up the unholy-and-way-too-busy idea to write for 3 guitars), but still i like this one for it's melancholic mood, which is largely to Mark's credit. I really like his singing experiment, even if he surprisingly sounds like Sting.

And thanks to Mara for helping out with the lyrics.

For Jason, Mark, and Joe (2008)




Brown vs Brown:

Viljam Nybacka: bass, vocals
Gerri Jaeger: drums
Dirk Bruinsma: alto and baritone sax
Jeroen Kimman: guitar, banjo, vocals, recorders, thumb piano, harmonium


It's been around a year ago now since Brown vs Brown broke up, and 2 years since this track got released on the Cuneiform label, so i guess it's ok to let this track go public: this 'blog' is kind of a private thing anyway...
The last show we played with this band was in the south of France; it took us about 3 days to get there, hang out, play a show, and drive home. The whole experience was a bit unexpectedly magical, and we did a good job at suppressing all the possible melancholy and nostalgia that would come with the notion of being on the road together for the very last time. In a way it was so much fun that i think we would expect some reunion to happen in the future. Nowadays i doubt that it ever will: it's quite amazing how everyone started focusing on quite completely different kinds of music, and it seems there's no real need to go back to the macho-kind of ballsy complexity we were into once. Apart from the music, i do sometimes miss the togetherness we used to have as a band, and the brilliantly good times when we went on tour a few times a year.

This track is pretty over the top... It was inspired by a new year's eve party that i spent in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007. My girlfriend's friends Jason, Mark and Joe had a band called the Danny Family and most of that night was spent in their brilliantly set up garage (2 full fridges) where we played country covers for many hours. It was very refreshing to be playing for fun without too many pretentions, although i did get my soloing ass slapped hard by another friend who joined in, some guy who was born into a 3 generations bluegrass family, playing with an unbelievable twang and feel. But that was allright. Since then i've been practising what i think to remember of that guy's chops (it's blurry though). I would say that this trip really kickstarted my love for country music.

Of course this song has little to do with country music apart from me playing some contrived banjo. Nowadays i also find it way too long, i would try to make the same point in 3 minutes instead of 9. Sorry, 10. The label asked us to make the track go over the 10 minute mark so they could ask more money for selling the downloadable album (never quite understood the workings of that). It's the only reason why i play all those instruments; i had a few days to come up with a 1-minute intro and i grabbed everything i could find to make it.

The lyrics were actually inspired by the whole trip to the USA. Since they're a bit inaudible, i'll include them:

here
fly
there
drive
sis
mom
dad
wine
drive
friends
jam
nice
cold
drive
warm
gramps
drive
cler-
mont
best
fly
home
nice




Sheep for Poesco (2004) (Caron/Kimman)


Sandor Caron: electronics
Maarten Visser: soprano sax
Jeroen Kimman: guitars, rhodes







Until a few years ago (although nothing dramatic happened), almost all of my music wouldn't take audible life until the point that my lifelong/hometown friend Sandor Caron would mix it. And extract it from my rather archaic recording-machine, something i couldn't do myself anyway.
I would like to be able to say that i learned a lot from all those many many hours i sat next to him trying to be of any constructive help apart from occasionally belting out volume level commands. But i doubt i was ever of much help, and indeed since a few years my music seems to never sound that good no more. Sandor has special ears.
Not only for sound, also for music. He took a little indefinite break from making music himself, many years ago, which is slightly heartbreaking a thing, since he's one of the few people that made me believe mixing live players with electronics can actually work.

Where the dedication for this blog-post might go to Sandor, the dedication for this track does not.
Poesco was the border-collie puppy we tried to adopt back in 2004. For mysteriously emotional and intuitive reasons it didn't work out. Let me not really get into it.
But, dog-lovers that we are in this household, we made sure it got re-adopted by a German family that was said to own sheep, and a place in the countryside. That concept worked for me.

I tried to translate my guilt and melancholy into this song. Eh.. Sandor made beats and stuff; not sure he shared all those deep feelings...
Ah yes, Poesco was actually named after Sandor ('s nickname), so ze circle is round.
Lorene (2011) (Charlie Louvin/Ira Louvin)



Sleep Gunner:

Mark Morse: guitar
Jeroen Kimman: guitar

I'm very happy that since a few months, Mark and I are playing with Sleep Gunner again. We had taken a year off basically, after doing an intensive theater project where we had made the mistake to hardly improvise at all within the arrangements we made (still exclusively Louvin Brothers). After playing exactly the same thing for almost a month, we got quite bored with ourselves. And with our personalities; it don't take much to simply give up for a while.

Anyway, we're back, with a vengeance. Slowly the skill of playing the right chord (out of 3) at the right time is taking shape. What's also good is that we can rehearse at home, where there's a fridge and an ashtray. And a poodle. And some nice wallpaper.

So occasionally we record a video, to satisfy all your senses. I'll post the other recent ones right now:

Kentucky (2011) (Carl Davis)


and:

Southern Moon (2011) (Alton Delmore)