ITUNES CONNECT KOMMENTAAR
- Volume 1 -
01) This Morning:
Exclusive to iTunes Connect. Here is the first song and the one that started it all: This Morning!
02) Another Day, Another Dollar
Also written in 2003. My friend Nathi Louw liked it. Today the words sound angry. I was when I wrote it. Catchy tune though. And title.
03) Face Of A Star
Another ditty from the early days! Face Of A Star was the title track of the supposed debut English album btw. Turned into As Jy Wil in 2007. Like the melody, but more silly lyrics...
04) I'm A Flower
I'm A Flower was chosen as the second song to be recorded for the debut English album way back in '03. It was scheduled for recording in December but replaced by the Afrikaans recording of V'more. Inspired by Ace of Base's Life Is A Flower, of course. Things would've gone in a very different direction if it was actually recorded and released as the second single.
Love this song. Title inspired by Roxette's Opportunity Nox lyric about a certain individual's hairdo. Written 3 days before my 23rd birthday in 2003. Translated in December that year and recorded as Mors. Could've been an English hit!!!
Written after a relationship went south. Included a made up prhase "umbonario" meaning "you gotta be kidding me / really / whatever / tough sh*t!" etc.
07) That Night
Yes indeed, there was a "sequel" of sorts written for This Morning called That Night. Might still record this melody in Afrikaans one day. Clever tune. Proud of it. Written way back in August of '03 before moving from Modimolle to Hermanus.
08) Blink Twice
Blink Twice, written in Hermanus, has 2 demos. This one is the acoustic version. The other had some programming added to it. That version sounded tired though and the actual melody got lost in the drumloop and plastic choirs.
09) Don't Think I Don't Love You
One of my first tries at writing a ballad. Came out beautiful. Performed it several times too! Don't Think I Don't Love You has a beautiful melody and lyric. Hope to record it one day. Afrikaans title is Storms Van Die Lewe (the storms of life).
10) For The Moment
I love this song! It was intended to be included on Ongevraagde "Hello" but ultimately never recorded, then planned for Vuil Wasgoed but skipped in favour of ReŽn Aan Die Brand Steek. An awesome tune. Chuffed with it. It was also performed many times way back in 2003!
11) True Love
True Love... A grand notion and quite possible - if you know where to look! The demo speaks for it self.
12) Go in Peace
The closing track and last English demo in this collection is the sad Go In Peace. Fooled around with my guitar. Came up with this one. Good night!
- Volume 2 -
Here is the first track from the iTunes Connect Demos album, Volume 2: Verslaaf. Inspired by The Lord Of The Rings, with obvious references, the whole song started after looking at a view that appeared to be from The Fellowship Of The Ring movie! I was inspired. And in love. Still am. The song was one of the first songs written in Afrikaans and not translated from an existing song. Wrote it in April 2004, recorded in studio on 28 Feb 2008, released as single in August 2015 from the 1 Dosyn greatest hits album.
02) In My Arms
In My Arms is one of the first Afrikaans songs written. A live version is included in the 2016 Brug Lelies anniversary single. Funny that the title is spelled the same way in English and has the same meaning. Hopefully it can be recorded one day. It's a real uptempo love song!
Oorsee actually has a different title and second demo of the same song. That version is faster and is called Ek Het Jou Lief. Lyrics are 90% the same. Will release that version one day... Written for a lost love who went overseas...
A great demo! A song I'm really proud of. Even more so than its studio version. The debut album's title is in here too. Today I'd have liked this song to have sounded like Kom Red My. Maybe one day it will be treated to a remake too. It was my first ever Afrikaans song written from scratch in my mother tongue...
Here's a fun demo! Originally called Iewers In Pretoria. English title: Me, The Absolutely Fabulous. Groovy!!!
Kicking up the demos by a notch is Mors. This gem is a studio demo, and the first attempt at finding the sound of Mors. A fabulous intro. The middle 8 sounds tacky though. Recorded in Dec '03. There is another demo version, but the vocal track got lost. Today only its backtrack remains.
Quite an interesting song. Written after fellow songbird Marisella said she loved the song Blou from a famous SA singer. So I wrote Rooi's lyrics to an existing English song I had written in 2003. It was meant to be a duet and was planned to be recorded after Gee Voor Jy Groet in 2004, but neither GVJG nor Rooi ever happened then. Quite sad as Marisella's angelic voice made the song sound awesome when we tried it out. This version recorded in 2007 sounds like it was ripped from an LP. It was in the studio to be recorded but replaced by Brug Lelies.
My dad likes this song. In 2008 it was planned as the second album's opening track. That was until the "Ritmes" album came out and the Vuil Wasgoed album turned into two EPs. Lost opportunity. Could've been a hit...
09) SÍ Nou
I don't recall much about SÍ Nou apart from the fact that it is a strong melody. Also planned for inclusion on Vuil Wasgoed. Would have sounded like Iewers if it had been recorded.
10) Brug Lelies
Well well well... Brug Lelies in its purest form. Wrote it with Nathi Louw in the back of a shop in Rosebank.This was recorded to give producer Bernie Millar a guide track for the melody. The final version sounded much different than the version Nathi and I played in the shop's canteen. He plays guitar on the studio version, did you know?
11) Een Ding
I thought that after the success of Dis Elektries that I could repeat it with Een Ding. Yolandi was scheduled to duet on this one too. The second verse was left blank for Yolandi to sing. Een Ding died a quick death after some said it was a bad song. I still love the intro. But perhaps its too dark a song. Recorded verse 2 in 2013 but it sounded stupid. This is the original 2010 recording in its unifished state. Maybe one day it can be revived in a more power pop form...
The last demo from the iTunes Connect Demos album is Vlieg. Bad guitar. Sad vocals. Sadder lyrics. But the perfect example of how a strong melody sounds in its simplest form. Listen closely and you'll hear different lyrics too. I wrote the song knowing Yolandi had to sing it with me. There's a video of this recording. A snippet of it ended up in the music video to Jy's In Paradys. Check that one (and of course the Vlieg music video featuring the fabulous Yolandi) out on YouTube!