TREE TALES

MADRID
Music & Lyrics: J.G.V

Acoustic & electric guitar: Janos Koolen; Drums: Pim Huitink; Harmonica: Cadijo; Keyboards: Jerome van Rossum; Bass guitar, vocals: J.G.V

I was born in Madrid and lived there until the age of 18. Every time I come back I have the feeling that the city has been gradually sold out. In the meantime, as I wait for my departure day, I like to walk the streets and talk to people in shops, bars, parks, etc. I love the old neighborhoods and to go out late, having something to eat at 5am on my way home. Is that what makes Madrid great? Well I’m feeling better already!

 

 

AMSTERDAM IN MARCH
Music & Lyrics: J.G.V

Harmonica: Cadijo; Drums: Pim Huitink; Electric guitar: Janos Koolen; Keyboards: Jerome van Rossum; Percussion: Jeroen de Rijk; Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar: J.G.V

I lived in Amsterdam during 2001. Among the many things that happened that year, three changed my life forever: I met the woman whom I have been together since; I had experiences with mushrooms and other hallucinogenic substances that changed my perception of reality. Last but not least: The “terrorist” attacks of 11 of September 2001 in the U.S.A. It changed the lives of everyone on this planet. It was the March of my life.

 

LA CAMARERA
Music & Lyrics: J.G.V

Electric guitar: Janos Koolen; Drums: Pim Huitink; Percussion: Jeroen de Rijk;
Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar: J.G.V

Dedicated to all the waitresses and waiters from all over the world. To all who serve with a smile and are friendly and professional.

 

 

EM SEGREDO
Music: J.G.V; Lyrics: Manuel Neto dos Santos

Vocal: Caroline Lobanov; Acordeon: Dino Hatz; Piano: Jerome van Rossum; Drums: Erik Dekker;
Guitar & bass guitar: J.G.V

“Like a shell – my love – at the sea’s shore – I put the ear on the guitar – as my soul cries – for the sea”

The melody came to mind at Gale beach in Algarve, Portugal. I was not able to shake it off until I took the guitar and completed the song.
The text is from a Fado written by Portuguese poet Manuel Neto dos Santos.

 

 

A TRAVÉS DEL CRISTAL
Music: J.G.V; Lyrics: J.G.V, Carlos Aguilar Blanc

Electric guitar: Juan Andrés Morales; Keyboards: Jelmer van Veen; Harmonica: Cadijo;
Drums: Pim Huitink; Banjo: Janos Koolen; Percussion: Jeroen de Rijk;
Acoustic guitar, bass guitar, vocals: J.G.V

The concept of a universal link between all existing things is very appealing to me. Specially when concerning ideas and creation of any kind.

“son como las olas del mar que al llegar a la orilla
humedecen la arena para hacerla brillar” (translate to English)

When the sand gets wet changes in density and tone, and is not because the sand itself but because the water passing through it.

Who is to say that our ideas, songs, moments of enlightment, are really created solely out of our brain? Couldn’t we be tapping onto a stream of invisible connections that, providing certain conditions, are received inside our mind? It feels so natural that we can believe it’s the product of our solitary mind.

 

SO STUPID, SO FOOLISH
Music: J.G.V; Lyrics: Eric Kerns, J.G.V

Vocals: Eric Kerns; Flugelhorn: Ben de Vries; Drums: Pim Huitink; Electric guitar: Janos Koolen; Percussion: Jeroen de Rijk; Backing vocals: Christiana Bairaktari; Acoustic guitar, bass guitar: J.G.V

In 2011 a nuclear plant in Fukijima, Japan got fatally damaged by a tsunami wave of 13 meters which overwhelmed the 10 meter plant’s seawall. It created the biggest nuclear disaster ever on our planet Earth. “How can we be so stupid” to build a nuclear plant so close to the sea, in a tsunami prone area, with the sole protection of a 10-meter wall? In the meantime we, not we, our children and their children will be living in radioactive waist for hundreds of years.
In October 2008, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points. Is the biggest financial collapse in the history of Wall Street.“ How can we be so foolish” to trust the bankers again and again? Yet again we are subdued to beg the solution from the people who created the problem.

 

By Jörg Huber

 

 

RESURRECTION
Music & Lyrics: J.G.V

Drums: Pim Huitink; Keyboards: Jerome van Rossum; Electric guitar: Janos Koolen;
Vocals, Guitar, bass: J.G.V

This song describes two very personal stories. The first one is about choices in life.
“Is not the way that you want but what you want on the way”.
The second is a real story that happened to me. More than 30 years ago in Madrid, somebody told my high-school friends that I had died by heroin overdose.

 

AAN DE RIJN
Music: J.G.V; Lyrics: Theo Oerlemans

Vocals: Caroline Lobanov; Violin: Bea Reijs; Mandolin: Janos Koolen; Guitar, bass: J.G.V

The Rijn runs across six countries of Europe and when arrives in The Netherlands it diverts onto two rivers. I often come closer to greet its waters. In Utrecht I sat by the Leidsche Rijn kanaal, in Wijk bij Duusterde by the sluices. In Wageningen too I sit by the Nederrijn to play guitar and to contemplate. I find my peace near the water. Many songs came to mind while sitting by the river Rijn.

 

 

 

COMPAÑERA
Music & Lyrics: J.G.V

Saxophone: Pieter van Houte; Electric guitar: Janos Koolen;
Drums: Pim Huitink; Percussion: Jeroen de Rijk;
Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar: J.G.V

“They were right, those who said love is not enough to overcome the problems and the phases, partner”

Relationships are always tricky. Especially long ones go through phases and problems with time. Why argue or be angry, it’s such short life after all!
If you can choose to be with someone: make it work, it’ll be worthy.

 

 

 

AMISTAD
Music: J.G.V; Lyrics: Amelia de Vicente, J.G.V

Vocals, guitar, bass guitar: J.G.V; Violin: Mina Homma; Mandolin: Janos Koolen;

The song is about betrayed friendship. Seen someone in tears with a broken heart, a project on the line and no hope for solution. Then deciding to write a song and to create something more elevated out of pain in order to lift the soul. It was a good experience.

 

 

SPANISH BAR
Music: J.G.V; Lyrics: Mike Williams

Vocals: Marcel Verbeek; Mandolin: Janos Koolen; Drums: Erik Dekker
Percussion: Jeroen de Rijk; Guitar, bass guitar, vocals: J.G.V

In 1999 I was invited to travel from Barcelona to Martinique on a sailing boat. The music came to mind while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. On my return to London my friend Mike Williams wrote the lyric and the song was born.

 

 

DREAMLAND
Music: J.G.V; Lyrics: Eric Kerns, J.G.V

Vocals: Eric Kerns; Backing vocals: Addo Kruizinga; Drums: Erik Dekker; Violin: Bea Reijs;
Electric guitars, metallofon: Janos Koolen; Bass guitar: J.G.V

Dreaming of a world where humans are another kind of beings, with no wars and no need for hate and greed. A world where children can fix the mistakes of the elders and the elders leave the children alone.
Waking up in the day by day of an average person, confronting reality after such dream is not always easy. One must realize that dreams can be helpful as motivators in life. But instead they make us sad longing for what we don’t have.

 

12- Dreamland

 

DREAMLAND

Music: Javier García Vicente; Lyrics: Eric Kerns / J.G.V

 

Vocals: Eric Kerns

Backing vocals: Addo Kruizinga

Drums: Erik Dekker

Violin: Bea Reijs;

Electric guitars, metallofon: Janos Koolen

Bass guitar: Javier García Vicente

 

 

Dreaming of a world where humans are another kind of beings, with no wars and no need for hate and greed. A world where children can fix the mistakes of the elders and the elders leave the children alone.
Waking up in the day by day of an average person, confronting reality after such dream is not always easy. One must realize that dreams can be helpful as motivators in life. But instead they often make us sad longing for what we don’t have.

 

 

EVERY NOW AND THEN SHE HAS THIS DREAM

A DREAM WHERE LAND IS ALWAYS GREEN

HUMBLENESS A COMMON THEME IN DREAMLAND

AND IN THE DREAM SHE IS A MAN

WHO WALKS THE LAND AND HAS NO NEED

THERE’S NO PLACE FOR HATE AND GREED

RESPECT FOR ALL THAT LIVES AND BREATHS IN DREAMLAND

IN THE DREAM THE CHILDREN PLAY

THEY ARE ALLOWED TO MAKE MISTAKES

THEY ARE A DIFFERENT KIND OF BEING

THE HUMANS THAT SHE HAS SEEN IN DREAMLAND

 

SHE WAKES UP FROM HER DREAM

LIES IN BED CONFRONTED BY (HER) REALITY

NO TIME TO CONTEMPLATE

PUTS ON HER FACE AND WALKS INTO HER HELL AGAIN

THE EMPTY FACES ON THE TRAIN

REMIND HER WHY SHE HATES THIS PLACE

GROWING BITTER IN HER CIRCUMSTANCE

LONGING TO FALL ASLEEP AND DANCE AGAIN IN DREAMLAND

 

SHE CAN MAKE IT REAL AND TO REALIZE: DREAMLAND

 

STEALING MOMENTS IN THE DAY

DREAMING ABOUT A WAY THAT SHE CAN KEEP IT REAL

CAN A SMALL COG IN THE WHEEL

HELP THIS WORLD TO HEAL AND TO REALIZE DREAMLAND

FANTASIES CAN MEND AND LIFT THE SOUL

CAN SHE BRING HER DREAMS INTO THIS WORLD

HER DREAMLAND

 

 

                     ©JGVMusica2018

11- Spanish Bar

 

SPANISH BAR

Music: Javier García Vicente; Lyrics: Mike Williams / JGV

Vocals: Marcel Verbeek

Mandolin: Janos Koolen

Drums: Erik Dekker

Percussion: Jeroen de Rijk

Guitar, bass guitar, vocals: Javier García Vicente

 

 

In 1999 I travelled on a sailing boat from Barcelona to Martinique. The music came to mind while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. On my return to London my friend Mike Williams helped me out finishing the arrangement and lyrics and the song was born.

 

HOLA SEÑORITA, DO YOU WANNA DANCE WITH ME?

AM I LIFTED BY A SUNNY BREEZE?

AM I FLOATING ON A DEEP BLUE SEE?

THE WATER IS COOL, THE SUN IS HOT

DREAMING OF A SPANISH BAR

SHE TOOK ME AWAY IN THE OCEAN

IT’S SUCH A DIFFERENT WORLD THAN HERE ON LAND

THE MOST AMAZING DUSK I’VE EVER SEEN

OUR LIVES WERE MOVED UPON THE WAVES

HOLA SEÑORITA…

ARE YOU WITH ME OR AM I ALONE?

AM I SOMEWHERE I CAN CHARGE MY PHONE?

THE WATER IS COOL, THE SUN IS HOT

DREAMING OF A SPANISH BAR

SHE FILLED ME UP WITH THE NOTION

MY LIFE WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN

TWO HEARTS THAT NEEDED EACH OTHER

WHIRLING LOVERS IN THE WIND

SHE TOOK ME AWAY IN THE OCEAN

IT’S SUCH A DIFFERENT LIFE THAN HERE ON LAND

THE MOST AMAZING DUSK I’VE EVER SEEN

OUR LIVES WERE MOVED UPON THE WAVES

 

 

 

©JGVMusica2018

10- Amistad

 

AMISTAD
Music: Javier García Vicente; Lyrics: Amelia de Vicente / J.G.V
Vocals, guitar, bass guitar: J.G.V; Violin: Mina Homma; Mandolin: Janos Koolen;

The song is about betrayed friendship. Someone in tears with a broken heart, a project on the line and no hope for solution, you trusted a friend and it has gone terribly wrong. 
Writing a song and create something out of pain, to lift the soul. 

 
Cuántas veces hacemos cosas en nombre de la Amistad
Cuántas veces abrimos la puerta sin saber de verdad
 
Pasa y deja aquí tu abrigo anegado en vanidad
Pasa y cuéntale a tu amigo tu mentira y tu verdad.
Pasa y siéntate conmigo en nombre de la Amistad
 
La vida nos sorprende con personas que te dan su Amistad
Y otros la traicionan y se olvidan cuando algo va mal
 
Quedate un rato conmigo, necesito conversar
Dame tu opinión sincera sin tenernos que enfadar.
No dejemos que el orgullo empañe nuestra Amistad
 
Pasa y deja aquí tu abrigo. Pasa y cuéntale a tu amigo
Pasa y siéntate conmigo en nombre de la Amistad

 

©JGVMusica2018

 

9- Compañera

COMPAÑERA
Music & Lyrics: Javier García Vicente
Saxophone: Pieter van Houte; Electric guitar: Janos Koolen;
Drums: Pim Huitink; Percussion: Jeroen de Rijk;
Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar: J.G.V
“They were right, those who said love is not enough to overcome the problems and the phases, partner”
Relationships are always tricky. Especially long ones go through phases and challenges with time. Why argue or be angry, it’s such short life after all!
If you can choose to be with someone: make it work, it’ll be worthy.






Quiero dedicarte niña una canción

Por todos estos años juntos, por todo lo que trajo el amor

Nos conocimos en un concierto
Llevabas en el cuello un triskel, como yo

Hay días que tu quieres salir cuando yo me quiero quedar

Hay cosas que nos hacen reír y otras que nos hacen llorar

Pero han pasado quince primaveras

y sigo amarrado en la playa de tu piel


Tenían razón los que dicen que no basta el amor

para poder salvar los problemas y las fases, compañera

Me miro en el espejo y veo tu reflejo sin querer saber

que ayer faltaba de tu cama otra vez

Pero al amanecer me acuesto lentamente junto a ti


Tenían razón los que dicen que no basta el amor

para poder salvar los problemas y las fases, compañera

Tantas cosas que aguantarse pero no vale la pena discutir, gritar,

esta vida es tan corta…

Si me dan a elegir yo quisiera disfrutarla junto a ti, compañera

Todo aquello que nos queda por vivir, compañera, compañera



GIRL I WANT TO DEDICATE A SONG TO YOU

FOR ALL THIS YEARS TOGETHER

POR WHAT LOVE BROUGHT US

WE MET AT A GIG

YOU HAD A TRISKEL AROUND YOUR NECK

LIKE ME


SOMEDAYS YOU WANT TO GO OUT

WHEN I FELL LIKE TO STAY IN

SOMETHINGS MAKES US SMILE

AND OTHERS MAKES US CRY


BUT FIVETEEN SPRINGS HAD PASSED

AND I’M STILL MOORED IN THE BEACH

OF YOUR SKIN


THEY WERE RIGHT

THOSE WHO SAY LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH

TO OVERCOME THE PROBLEMS AND THE PHASES

COMPANION


I LOOK MYSELF IN THE MIRROR

AND SEE YOUR REFLECTION WITHOUT WANTING TO KNOW

THAT LAST NIGHT  I WAS ABSENT FROM YOUR BED

AGAIN

BUT AT DAWN (SUNRISE)

I SNEAK TENDERLY IN BED NEXT TO YOU


THEY WERE RIGHT

THOSE WHO SAY LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH

TO OVERCOME THE PROBLEMS AND THE PHASES

COMPANION


SO MANY THINGS TO PUT UP WITH

IT’S NORTH TO ARGUE ABOUT, TO SHOUT ABOUT

LIFE IS TOO SHORT

IF I COULD CHOOSE

I’D LIKE TO ENJOY IT NEXT TO YOU


COMPANION

ALL THAT IS STILL AHEAD OF US

COMPANION

©JGVMusica2018

8- Aan de Rijn

AAN DE RIJN
Music: Javier García Vicente; Lyrics: Theo Oerlemans
Vocals: Caroline Lobanov; Violin: Bea Reijs; Mandolin: Janos Koolen; Guitar, bass: J.G.V

The Rhine runs across six countries of Europe and when arrives in The Netherlands it divides into three rivers. I often visit the Rhine rivers to greet its waters. In Utrecht, I sat by the Leidsche Rijn, in Wijk bij Duurstede by the sluices where the Nederrijn changes into the Lek. In Wageningen too I sit by the Nederrijn to play guitar and to contemplate. I find my peace near the water. Many songs came to mind while sitting by the river Rhine.

Water,
een oud stukje stad 
 kruist nu al zo vaak m’n pad
‘k vind er altijd wel een plek
maar heb sinds lang, m’n vaste stek

Hier voel ik mij pas bevrijd
soms ga ’k dan terug in de tijd
jij, een rivier ongeremd
nog niet door mensen getemd

Vogels het is een gefluit 
eenden die snateren luid
pak m’n gitaar, maak mijn eigen muziek 
zo feeëriek

’t leven heb jij hier gebracht 
je water vult elke gracht
nu, ben je dan ongewild
 lijdzaam in rust en verstild

Ik zie in de verte de brug 
wil eigenlijk nog niet terug
voel me versmelten in dit schilderij 
’t gaat voorbij

Water, de molen weerkaatst 
zonlicht vandaag voor het laatst
afscheid van jou ik doet pijn 
maar het was fijn
Om hier te zijn 
hier aan de rijn
kom neem me mee met jouw stroom
 lieve Rijn
©JGVMusica2018

7- Resurrection

RESURRECTION
Music & Lyrics: Javier García Vicente
Drums: Pim Huitink; Keyboards: Jerome van Rossum; Electric guitar: Janos Koolen;
Vocals, Guitar, bass: J.G.V
This song describes two very personal stories. The first one is about choices in life.
“Is not the way that you want but what you want on the way”.

The second is a real story that happened to me. More than 30 years ago in Madrid, someone told my high-school friends that I had died by heroin overdose. In reality, I moved from to Alicante and started my life as a musician. Now, decades later, we reconnected and laugh over my resurrection.

I walked down many streets
Oh yes it happened to me

Caught some bumps on the road 
and that’s the way I learned

Sometimes I can hear the end 
knocking on the front door

But let me tell you my friend, oh no
that’s not the way I should go


This is the time when I face my crime
This is the place to start over again

This is the sound that will make a spark
I shall live
Resurrection


I went away for some time
Some people took me for dead

The trip was bound to be long
‘cause I was tied to my bed

Not until I took my time could I understand

It’s not the way that you want
is what you want on the way


This is the time when I face my crime
This is the place to start over again

This is the sound that will make a spark
 I shall live
Resurrection

I walked through many streets
Oh yes it happened to me

So now I’ve nothing to fear 
‘cause I was born to be free

©JGVMusica2018

6- So Stupid, So Foolish

SO STUPID, SO FOOLISH
Music: Javier Garcia Vicente; Lyrics: Eric Kerns / J.G.V
Vocals: Eric Kerns; Flugelhorn: Ben de Vries; Drums: Pim Huitink; Electric guitar: Janos Koolen; Percussion: Jeroen de Rijk; Backing vocals: Christiana Bairaktari; Acoustic guitar, bass guitar: J.G.V
In 2011 a nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan got fatally damaged by a tsunami wave of 13 meters which overwhelmed the 10 meter plant’s seawall. It created the biggest nuclear disaster ever on our planet Earth. “How can we be so stupid” to build a nuclear plant so close to the sea, in a tsunami prone area, with the sole protection of a 10-meter wall? As a consequence our children and their children will be living in radioactive waste for hundreds of years.
In October 2008, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points. Is the biggest financial collapse in the history of Wall Street.“How can we be so foolish” to trust the bankers again and again? Yet again we are naive to beg the solution from the people who created the problem.

I don’t know why humans can be so dumb

Making the same mistakes, again and again

We should’ve known 
the risk of playing too close to the edge

Remember what mama said: 
you’re bound to stumble and fall

Some people find it hard to sleep

Others pray for their soul to keep

Buring their heads in the sand 
while filling their pockets at the bank


So stupid
How can we live in a world run by greedy men?

So foolish
Selling out our children’s lives again and again

How can we be so stupid to let them win
how can we be so foolish


I don’t know why humans can be so dumb

Making the same mistakes, again and again


I don’t know how 
people can turn a blind eye for profit

They build empires on the backs of the poor

Just to have a little more

So stupid
How can we live in a world run by greedy men?

So foolish
Selling out our children’s lives again and again

How can we be so stupid to let them win?


How can we live in a world run by greedy men?

So foolish
Selling out our children lives again and again

Stupid
How can we be so stupid to let them win?

How could we be so foolish to let them win?

How can we be so stupid
so foolish?

©JGVMusica2018

 

5- A través del cristal

A TRAVÉS DEL CRISTAL
Music: Javier Garcia Vicente; Lyrics: J.G.V / Carlos Aguilar Blanc
Electric guitar: Juan Andrés Morales; Keyboards: Jelmer van Veen; Harmonica: Cadijo;
Drums: Pim Huitink; Banjo: Janos Koolen; Percussion: Jeroen de Rijk;
Acoustic guitar, bass guitar, vocals: J.G.V
The concept of a universal link between all existing things is very appealing to me. Especially  between ideas and creation of any kind.
                   son como las olas del mar que al llegar a la orilla
              humedecen la arena para hacerla brillar” (translate to English)
When the sand on the beach gets wet from the waves, it changes in density and tone. It is not because the sand itself but because the water passing through it.

Who is to say that we really create these things out of our brain? Couldn’t we be tapping onto a stream of invisible connections that, providing certain conditions, are received inside our mind, making an image that we can then interpret as our idea or creation? Música: Javier Garcia Vicente. Letra: JGV & Carlos Aguilar Blanc

           Ayer mientras fregaba los platos 
        me vino de repente una canción

           Después volví a calentarme el frasco

             y las musas se marcharon sin decir adiós


              Fluyen las ideas o canciones

              te llegan a la mente y parece que lo acabas de crear

              Son como las olas que rompen con las rocas

              como rayos de luz a través del cristal


              Se descubren tantas cosas en el mundo, a la vez 
y en distinta posición

              Será que las ideas son ondas que surcan el espacio

              y los siente la mente cuando esta calmada

              Son como las olas del mar que al llegar a la orilla

              humedecen la arena para hacerla brillar


              Sigo recorriendo caminos que ya camine

              voy en espiral hacia un espacio interior


              Existe un magnetismo que conecta a todo ser

              Un ser distante ante creencia o religión

              Algo transcendental que late en cada planta o animal


              Fluyen las ideas o canciones

              te llegan a la mente y parece que lo acabas de crear

              Son como las olas que rompen con las rocas

              como rayos de luz a través del cristal

©JGVMusica2018