Yes, I knew Steve but Sonya? Recorded live in the studio and I liked it a lot. It was a night to remember and while everybody was busy, Jos with music affairs, Russ and Pat playing, I kept an eye on some merchandise. Sonya passed by after her set and, without knowing who I was, gave me a BIG smile A few months and some airplay later, it was time for a short tour in The Netherlands and I did my best to fill that first Saturday in Rotterdam.
Sonya and Jos arrived by train, Wim Kerkhof picked all of us up and we went to the studio of Radio Rijnmond, where Sonya did a nice mini-interview. No live-set, the extra engineer came in too late due to an error in the schedule. Lunch first? Willem knows those good little restaurants and I know the smile on his face when he hears a voice that he really likes, I saw it when Sonya played her in-store!
On Sunday in Tilburg was the place to be for the Dutch Neil Fest, where Uncle Neil's fanclub was gathered to hear the highlight of a show that lasted for six hours in total: Sonya, accompanied by two Dutch musicians, in the breathtaking duet with Ad VanderVeen, "Star Of Bethlehem".
Mondaynight found us in Rotterdam again, Sonya played a concert at Rotown. She was happy, she had just fallen in love with her long-time guitarplayer Erik Pearson and I was happy for her! What's new? One time she helped me set up my E-mail address, yes, she's a computer wizard in daily life. Hope to see you again soon, Sonya! Did it pop up right away or did you also consider other titles?
Did you feel "sunny" while recording the album? Sonya: I was actually set on the title "Bergamot", which is somehow a dark and warm scent to me - it's what flavors Earl Grey tea - but then I fell in love with a piece of artwork on a friend's website, which ended up being the cover of my album. Michael, the artist, referred to the piece as "Sun In Head" and I liked that, but then I twisted it to "Sun In Mind" because I think that's a little more poetic sounding for an album.
Anyway, the title, in my mind, alludes to being hopeful I remember that you played it live already before the album was being made, the boardwalk is an image that stayed with me. Please, tell us something about the song? S: I had the Santa Cruz boardwalk in my mind when I wrote it. Santa Cruz is a big, lovely, oceanside town about 70 miles South of San Francisco. There's an amusement park along the beach, and I used to go there as a kid.
I thought it would be sort of fun to use a rollercoaster ride as a methaphor for a relationship. You like her work, don't you? S: For me, Buffy's one of the finest songwriters from the 60's era. I don't listen to her that much these days, but there was a time in my teens when I listened to her a lot. Do you like to experiment in your music? It is a self-released CD, right?
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