maandag 23 januari 2017

Guitar broke... but ...

Most embarrassing thing happened in my musical carreer. While I was performing, my guitar no longer had no sound. I just had put in a new battery  so that couldn't be the problem.  It was also not the cable. Wel, l then I changed again the battery, but no, still no sound....A lot of stress of course,  but fortunately  I could borrow the guitar from Martijn van Spankeren.
Next day I brought my guitar to music shop to let  the instrument be fixed.
And they called me this afternoon ....
"Annette, I do not know how to tell you ..." somebody said.
"Oh no....  there goes my very special expensive and  beautiful Taylor," I thought and I needed to sit down, already in shock..
"I spent a lot of time with your guitar, took everything out to fix it .."
Oh my god, and I already wondered how many time it should take to save for a new guitar.
 "... but I could not find anything ..",  the voice said.
"Oh,that is strange," I said, having in mind where i was gonna get the money to buy a new one...
"But ..", he continued ".. I found out what it is ..
You had put your battery in your guitar in the WRONG WAY. "

Well.. shit happens. but you don't know how happy I was that I only put this stupid battery upside down and now I got my guitar back! And I will play with my lovely bassplayer next Friday in a nice pub, we will play for more then an hour, own songs and hope to see you there watching and listening how we start the weekend! See you!
AnneTTE in Pakhuis/AMSTERDAM

zondag 15 januari 2017


Hannekes Boom really a great place to go. You can drink, eat and the location is very special!
You found yourself surrounded bij the rivers and they've built up the place just with useful garbage. Really special and very populair so you should make a reservation on Sundaynight to have a good dinner there.
When Mario and I arrived the bar people were very friendly, offered coffee and made us feel very welcome. We started to play at 4 PM, we had to do our own sound, but it was allright.
We played two sets, first set 50 minutes, the second 30 minutes. People upthere liked our music and the atmosphere was very relaxing. Afterwards we had a good dinner for free.

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of our performance but I do have a picture of myself on the toilet because I felt that I was wearing a crazy late seventies pants :))

vrijdag 13 januari 2017

It was hard but it went all right...

Yeah, these are the gigs, my friend...
So we had this gig at café De Doelen in the centre of Amsterdam and everything seemed to be allright. We were going to stream our performance for the first time and i was quiet excited about it.
But just when I wanted to leave home I discovered my guitar didn't make any connection with my Roland cube. I just put a new battery, the cable seemed to be allright, but my guitar refused to make any sound... And when I tried my other guitar, the sound system didn't work either.And then i was looking for my third guitar but this one I left at my school which is an hour away from centre... So I started to panic a little bit, it was already 7 pm and I had a sound check at 7.30. I called some other musicians and thank god, one of them had a guitar for me.
Had to cycle to the west but not that far. I arrived at the café at 8 pm and when I arrived I asked the barmaid for internet. But then she said: Sorry, no internet!  So that's why we couldn't do the live streaming and so I had to mail and app all my friends to tell them, but I forgot my glasses and didn't see a thing on my phone.... So I am so sorry if you didn't get the message that everything went wrong! I was pretty stressed, but  fortunallity some good friends showed up and I drank some coffee and wine and relaxed a little bit.  The soundsystem  turned out to be quit well and finally we could start playing for a nice audience.
It was a surprise that Francesco showed up with his mandoline and he played the second set with us, we had really fun together and so the night turned out to be a great night, thanks to Mario and Francesco and our friends and audience and ofcourse the nice barmaid. Always like to play at this café, so hope to be back soon.

vrijdag 30 december 2016

Café De Pianist and other December gigs

Dear people,
I wish you a very Happy New Year.

I love the month December! We had lots of gigs and I went to the Island of Schiermonnikoog for a holiday. In the summer of 2017 I will organize Het SchierSong Festival again.
I played this month  at  many different places, including three times at a Christmas market, at Plank Guests and café Pianist.
Café Pianist I made a vlog, because I think it is a great and special cafe.
In January, are planned new gigs again, you can find data on my site
Happy New Year and hope to see you soon!
Optreden bij Plankgasten in Crea Universiteit Amsterdam 

------------------------------Dutch translation--------------
Beste mensen,
Ik wil jullie hierbij alvast een heel goed nieuwjaar wensen.

December was een heerlijke maand!
Ik speelde op veel verschillende plaatsen, waaronder drie keer op een kerstmarkt, bij Plankgasten en café De Pianist.
Van café De Pianist heb ik een vlog gemaakt, omdat ik het een leuk en bijzonder café vind.
In januari staan er weer nieuwe optredens gepland, je kunt de data vinden op mijn site
Happy New Year en hopelijk tot gauw!

zaterdag 10 december 2016

Leonard Cohen Tribute

SCROLL below for the English version

Ik herinner me niet precies wanneer ik Daniel Tempelman voor het eerst ontmoette. Het kan zijn dat hij naar een songwritersavond kwam van SWAN in Amsterdam of dat ik hem voor het eerst hoorde bij een gezamenlijke gig in Utrecht. Maar zijn stijl deed me meteen denken aan Leonard Cohen. Hij wist niet veel van deze wereldberoemde zanger, maar heeft zich daarna goed verdiept in deze bijzondere songwriter. Ik heb gisteravond genoten van zijn Cohen covers!   Maar dat niet alleen. Gisteravond hoorde ik ook hoe de andere songwriters een eigen versie maakten van verschillende songs van Cohen.  Gisteravond vond er een Leonard Cohen Tribute plaats in de St. Nikolaaskerk in Utrecht.

Enige tijd geleden kreeg ik  de leuke uitnodiging om mee te doen aan een avond geheel gewijd aan de muziek van Leonard Cohen. Toen deze avond al enige tijd  gepland was, overleed deze historische persoon, daarom werd de avond een extra bijzondere avond: een Leonard Cohen Tribute.
De event vond plaats  in een kerk in Utrecht.
De avond stond in het teken van de mooiste liedjes van Leonard Cohen en werd druk bezocht.
En een bijzondere avond was het!
Ik mocht het openen met The Story of Isaac en Suzanne. Daarna kwamen aan de beurt Frank Nicolas (Frank de Boer), Anne Bakker, A MysterE, Dekker & Donkers (JD Dekker en JeeWee Donkers) 
Lisa Bleijenberg, Machiel Scholten en natuurlijk de organisator himself:  Daniel Tempelman

De avond was een groot succes, ik heb erg genoten van de songs die op geheel eigen wijze werden vertolkt door de diverse songwriters.

Hieronder een indruk van de avond. Dank Daniel voor het organiseren er van!

Mario regelt verkoop tickets

In het begin was het niet echt heel warm in zo'n grote kerk... maar er was een rooster waar warme lucht uitkwam...

Frank met zijn vriendin.. nog even en zij zijn de kersverse ouders van....

Ernst deed het uit z'n hoofd! Een bijzondere vertolking! 

Marloes kwam op de valreep ook nog even luisteren

druk druk druk

even een watertje  tussendoor... of wijntje..?
At the end sang Frank the song Halleluja and we did this all together
Please listen to this very special version of So Long Marianne by Anne Bakker. My camera did not film well, the short vid of the Story of Isaac I received from my friend Mario.

I do not remember exactly when I metDaniel Tempelman for the first time. It may be that he played at songwriter evening at SWAN in Amsterdam or that I heard him for the first time in a joint gig in Utrecht. But his style immediately reminded me of Leonard Cohen.
He did not know much about  this world famous singer, but has subsequently absorbed in this particular songwriter. And that has certainly contributed to its development. I like the music of Daniel and I loved it when I heard him singing some Cohen covers last night.

Some time ago I got the invitation to participate in an evening devoted entirely to the music of Leonard Cohen. When the evening had been planned we didn't know that Cohen would die. So when this happened, this event was a very special night: a  Leonard Cohen Tribute.

The event took place in a church in Utrecht and was well attended.
And was a special evening!
I  opened  with The Story of Isaac and Suzanne. Then the other songwriters played:  Nicolas Frank (Frank de Boer), Anne Baker, A Mystere, Dekker & Donkers (JD Dekker and JeeWee Donkers)
Lisa Bleijenberg, Machiel Scholten and of course the organizer himself: Daniel Tempelman

The evening was a great!  I really enjoyed the songs which were played in their own way by various songwriters.

zondag 13 november 2016

Radio/TV RPL - Podium 107.1 in Woerden!

En ondanks de griep wilde ik toch heel graag weer eens naar Woerden, het stadje waar ik op de middelbare school heb gezeten. Andere optredens helaas moeten cancelen, maar ik wist dat ik maar drie nummers hoefde te zingen, dus dat moest toch wel te doen zijn. Zeker geen spijt gehad! Wat een leuk team is dat toch, die crew van Radio RPL, LIve Podium 107.1 in Woerden!
Mario en ik werden hartelijk ontvangen, koffie stond al klaar en al snel waren we aan de beurt voor het interview en de muziek. Leuke middag en daarom heb ik er een filmpje van gemaakt. Beetje schokkerig helaas, maar toch wel mooie impressie van de middag! Veel kijkplezier!
Waar is me plectrum, me plectrum! 

And despite the flu, I really wanted to go once again to Woerden, the town where I attended high school. Other events unfortunately I had to cancel, but I knew that I only had to sing three songs to so it must work. Certainly I did not regret! What a great team is that , that crew of Radio RPL, Live Stage 107.1 in Woerden!
Mario and I were warmly welcomed with coffee  and soon we played our music and I did  the interview. Great afternoon and therefore I have made a short movie. Unfortunately the vid is a little choppy, but it's still nice impression of the afternoon! Enjoy watching!

donderdag 10 november 2016

Cut the crap on the radio

Unfortunately, I again have the flu and I'm almost all week at home. No school, no gigs, voice lost so now just rest. I just have to shut up!
This weekend I will go to Woerden for a radio show, I hope to sing three songs after  two more days with full voice rest. I will also talk in the program about my book "The Enlightened Borderliner" a book about consciousness. About consciousness is much to say, consciousness itself doesn't speak. I had started blogging on this subject. I find myself just going on with the flow, nothing really happens, although  there sometimes seems to be a free will and sometimes life seems like a misery, it's still all a beautiful dream.  The blog is translated from the Dutch blog and can be found at

The radioshow you can listen to: Radio Woerden

Anyway, if you get away a misery, there is nothing else to do it: Cut the Crap!
A good live CD, he is ordered via my email address

Helaas heb ik weer de griep en zit ik bijna al de hele week thuis. Geen school, geen optredens, stem kwijt dus nu alleen maar rust. Gewoon mn kop houden!
Aanstaand weekend naar Woerden voor een radioshow, dan zing ik drie liedjes, dat zou ik moeten kunnen met nog twee dagen volledige stemrust. Ook zal ik in dat programma praten over mijn boekje 'De verlichte Borderliner" , een boek over bewustzijn. Over bewustzijn valt veel te zeggen, al is het beter om te zwijgen. Ik was een blog begonnen over dit onderwerp maar ik merk dat ik in mijn leven niets anders doe dan going with the flow, er gebeurt niet anders dan dat al lijkt er soms een vrije wil te bestaan. De blog kun je vinden op

Anyway, als je het even helemaal niet meer ziet zitten, valt er niets anders te doen dat dit: Cut the Crap!
Een goede live CD, hij is nog te bestellen via mijn emailadres