Wise words is an album that reflects deep, personal feelings and experiences in a subconcious way. Feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear and hope. I brought them to life by composing new lounge/ ambient tunes. I don't think these feelings are unique. People of all ages experienced the same. They expressed these feelings in poems and verses.
I believe and experience that the Bible is more than just words on paper. So, even though I love to write lyrics myself, I chose to use bible verses for this tunes. Because I wanted to express these verses to the max, I asked some great singers to help me out on the vocals... I love the results.
Sufficient (ft. Jester of the King) My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Be not dismayed (ft. Mariska Kalma) Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Strangers (ft. Gertjan de Jong)
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 1 peter 2: 11
Rest (ft. Mariska Kalma) I will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14
Work together for the good (ft. Cher Koper) We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Birds Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26
Deceitful (ft. Gertjan de Jong) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 it's what you think you understand that bites your hand / it's the rattle and the fang, the rattle and the fang / it's the venom of men
Lonely (ft. Johan de Wit) My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish. Psalm 25:16
Show me the right path (ft. Ruben Bos) Show me the right path, oh Lord, point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. Psalm 25:4-5
Speaking on the road Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road? Luke 24:32
All things new (ft. Sarah Mertins) And He, who was seated on the throne said: 'Behold, I'm making all things new.' Revelation 21:5
For this album, a lot of talented singers took time to co-write and sing. I am very thankful for their contributions, each of their voices blows me away. Special thanks to Mariska, who also played some nice sax. If you are interested who the singers are, please visit their websites/ personal pages:
If you like what you've heard and like to own it, you can buy it at bandcamp or itunes or amazon... Much appreciated.