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VanWyck - Issue #2

From September 15 onward I will write and share one song a week. Before summer comes again I hope to
VanWyck - Issue #2
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From September 15 onward I will write and share one song a week. Before summer comes again I hope to bring the best of those songs together on the album of my dreams. Please feel free to join me on this journey and let me know how I’m getting on.

In search of song
I’ve been writing songs since I was fifteen. First behind the piano in my parents house, then with a guitar and an old Atari computer. I joined bands, quit bands, joined new bands, performed in different continents and on stages as different as the Paris metro, a New York hiphop club, a Canadian folk gathering, open air rock festivals, jazz festivals, television and radio-shows and small cafes. (I didn’t like to be tied down.) Through all different genres and stages I kept writing, slowly coming closer to the songs that I truly needed to write, circling them as it were, trying to find the words I felt I really had to say. I realized that if I wanted to get there I needed to reach further and focus on songwriting, on the bare essence of it. To finish the multitude of ideas that keep swimming in my thoughts, to reach into their core, make them definite, give them a form, and find them a home. Cutting through all available options, and aiming for what is true and fundamental. To tie myself down, so to speak. And that is what I plan to do this coming year.
I am going to release one song a week. Sometimes it will be a big recording with a full band in a studio, sometimes a rough demo from home, from a live show or a kitchen rehearsal, sometimes with a video, sometimes just lyrics. If you’d like to follow this journey, you can subscribe to my weekly newsletter at https://www.getrevue.co/profile/vanwyck. And because this is the first one, it’ has a lot of text, but I will keep it shorter next time.
Song nr 1: Lead me on
A few years ago I came across this drawing from Rembrandt, a beggar in torn clothes with a wooden leg. Rembrandt had drawn many beggars, the accompanying text said, not just because of his deep interest in people but also to illustrate an important facet of protestant faith: “We are all beggars before God”. Where other artists in his time usually ridiculed unfortunate people, he instead humanized them. And then went one step further and made beggars of us all. (even making a self portrait as a beggar)
Now I may not be religious - but I do believe in the power of a good metaphor and the phrase stuck with me. So much so that I wrote this song from that viewpoint. Maybe because so often I feel like a beggar - before the Lord of Song, or before an audience. Maybe because I long for faith in some form, for the surrendering act of it, or the force of it’s conviction.
I wrote a full version of the song a few years ago, but was never happy with the chorus. I knew it had to do something with surrendering, having faith and letting go but the words eluded me. Or maybe the act itself eluded me. I must have written nine different choruses, but they were never right. But when I started singing with Marjolein van der Klauw earlier this year things started to fall into place in more ways than one. I loved how our voices mingled - her high silvery tones with my darker ones, how she fully got what I was trying to say and how wonderful it was to listen to the details of her phrasing. I walked into her kitchen one morning with a few choruses, we started singing this one and knew it was finally there. My act of faith.
LEAD ME ON was recorded by Maarten Tap at the Tracking room studio in Amsterdam with these wonderful musicians: Vocals from Marjolein van der Klauw, Sin Banoviç on drums, Sander Donkers on guitar, Sjaak Thissen on bass and David Kops on piano. Sabijn Peeters from Lovid Productions captured it on video. Many thanks to you all.
Love, Christine / VanWyck
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