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Girl in Blue 04:41
Girl in Blue I met a girl some years ago she didn’t change my life Who I was she did not question just a man with doubts and passion She gave her love to me our friendship became strong The way she showed her care told me where I belong Proudly she stood at my side that sunny day in May I’m singing about you my lovely dream in blue I met my girl some years ago she helped me make some changes To make our journey of love solid for the future in all places And when I cause you pain the only thing I can do Is feel a shamed; transform the hurt to love so pure and true I met my girl some years ago the big change that I went through She turned my doubt into love for that little Girl in Blue
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Welcome Friends To be a friend and have a friend The first steps that we take to get and give No matter where you are how close or far A friend is always their taking care Friendship means that you have put Somebody else before yourself Now I have learned throughout the years To share a caring friendship it’s better than a love affair Friendship has no law or rule friendship has no season Friendship has no duty no rhyme not even reason That is why we all know Friendship can hurt or give us pain We realize the strongest part Friendship says; in good and bad times, love I’ve my light in darkened days My shining shield of livelong friends Now I just want to say to you Welcome, friends are the key of true love that never ends Friendship has no law or rule friendship has no season Friendship has no duty no rhyme not even reason I’ve my light in darkened days My shining shield of livelong friends Now I just want to say to you Welcome, friends are the key of true love that never ends
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Little Boy 04:08
A Little Boy There came a little boy from the other side of the ocean Making his first steps in the city in his pocket just a dime and emotion Tried to survive on what he knew in his journey, how he grew Between millions of people black and white, he found his way He became a man with all his doubts, this struggle made him stay Tried to survive with what he knew, his future got a view It changed his life he got the clue, his steps made the sun rise high That made the birth of a new soul, with strength reaching to the sky In his pocket he still has a dime, his hands and eyes are new For the future he is all set, given what he’s gone through He did survive what we see it was meant to be It changed his life he got the clue, his steps made the sun rise high That made the birth of a new soul, with strength reaching to the sky In his pocket he still has a dime, his hands and eyes are new For the future he is all set, given what he’s gone through He did survive what we see, it was meant to be….
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Christmas time in New York Christmas time in New York watching falling snow Coming from the singing night gentle and polite Every flake moved by the wind following its way Changing people and the city in a white and happy play Children with shiny sparkling eyes and little red cheeks Their arms raised up to the sky try catching the flakes floating by Christmas time in New York watching falling snow Coming from the singing night gentle and polite Christmas time in New York watching falling snow With gloves, hat and winter coat people walking slow I hope the change remains for good after the snow has gone And the singing darkness keeps us smiling on Christmas time in New York watching falling snow Coming from the singing night gentle and polite.
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Here I Am 03:29
Here I am Some thoughts of mine that you should know You raised me up a long time ago I couldn’t forget what it meant to me Now I hope I can make you something to see I didn’t know if it was gentle or fair Strong you showed your care And with many different ways you said Here I am, here I am It took some time before I understood Like the confusion of Times Square Where in the end everyone finds his way To be a man, to be a man, ready for anywhere. Now I’m always on my way Thanks for putting music in my DNA The least I can do, is make it up to you Here I am with the melody of my heart I know you’ll understand my melody It’s my way to send my love to you Here we are just you and me just you and me With the melody of my heart
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Everybody everyone carrying around his little place Where he’s born the fingerprint drawn upon his face That little sprinkling of color in his words give him a flag No one can see, anyone can feel: you’re from here; I’m from there It’s that square from which we know where the wind comes from, where it will go When you mention its name, you get that smile and close your eyes, the memory lingers a while Everybody everyone carrying around his little place Where he’s born the fingerprint drawn upon his face That little sprinkling of color in his words give him a flag No one can see, anyone can feel: you’re from here, I’m from there It’s that square from which we know where the wind comes from, where it will go When you mention its name, you get that smile and close your eyes, the memory lingers a while Everybody everyone carrying around his little place Where he’s born the fingerprint drawn upon his face The drawing makes us special no reason to hide The beauty of our place gives us pride You’re from here; I’m from there
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Anyone hear the wake up call? Ringing for you and me Anyone hear the wake up call? It’s time for us to see Once pleasant views are changing Sheep, trees and mountains from far Have been replaced by yellow cranes Food chains concrete, tar The earth took years changing coal and leaves Into shiny stones, silver and gold Used for love, war and industry Oil leaving waters dead and cold Anyone hear the wake up call? Let’s go to work and learn Anyone heard the wake up call? It’s time to give back to the world in return It can be done we must learn to change Our decisions, values and portions Share and not strip the oceans Anyone hear the wake up call? For intelligence and imagination Anyone hear the wake up call? Don’t leave it to the next generation Ring…ring…ring… Hello? Who is this? Good morning Sir! Room service This is your wake up call have a nice day. Thank You!
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Central Park 02:33
Here we are enjoying his master’s voice From the beauty of leaves and playing dogs In the middle of the world and its noise The band of turtles and frogs In the morning a choir of birds On the roof of the castle, he leads them all Waking the squirrels and all their friends The bird with his red beak, the cardinal’s call We enjoy the park revel in its soul Lennon’s Strawberry Fields and Alice The Mall and Great Lawn, where people are playing Rowing on the lake, going, staying We give it back when sunset comes To the squirrels and their friends Searching for food and shelter Then resting and waiting for the moon They enjoy the park revel in its soul Lennon’s Strawberry Fields and Alice The Mall and Great Lawn, tells their story Play and swim till morning’s glory We enjoy the park with his soul Lennon’s Strawberry Fields and Alice Singing a song simple and true Central Park,” We Love You”
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Freedom 04:09
Many pictures are taken of the women in green in front of me In her hand the torch of Freedom at my back “The Tragedy” Let the fire of freedom light up all the world No matter the gender or race around the world is our mission Keep the words alive Freedom of speech and religion Let the fire of Freedom give us its strength Freedom comes not without a price, it is paid with blood and tears Use it wise, use it strong, keep its value for our children Does Freedom drive 150 miles an hour? Or do all what the laws may say? Wisdom provides the answer and keeps the enemy of Freedom at bay Let’s keep the fire of Freedom focused with the lens of our heart Freedom comes not without a price; it is paid with blood and tears Use it wise, use it strong, keep its value for us al Let’s keep the fire of Freedom light up all the world
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It is You 04:57
I wrote these words for you to know That I am waiting, here for you, to see what I can do Besides my wish to love and care While giving space to find your self, I’m always there It will take time for me and you But on your way I wish you signs to help you through When you’re alone or when you cry It’s only you who knows the answer to your “Why” It is you who needs the love It is you who needs to be embraced It is you who needs the love I only want to see the smile back on your face The answer how, yes you will find You may look back, but don’t forget to keep the love in mind Then put yourself in front of you Take that step and face to face say I love you The darkness lifts as spring arrives And winter’s skin is shed you shine, you came alive So at the end look in the sky The sun will rise and don’t forget to give a smile It is you who needs the love It is you who needs to be embraced It is you who needs the love I only want to see the smile back on your face
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Beautiful people, all hand in hand Race, color, gender love and friends forever The sun gives its friendship Everyone sharing this affection we will all be together one day Love knows no discrimination or an inner revolution Love no uniform, color or style Love let it be your birthday present Love shared with music and a candle The moment we can show love life will be easier to handle Release the bells of love let the chimes begin Grief will disappear let the sunshine in Love don’t give it a name Love we are all the same Let us be together, look into the light Love is on the horizon, inscribed in pure white Love and friends forever, love yes friends Forever love; so might it be…
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A Smile 02:59
It’s about a different beat in life It’s about a goal and motivation It’s about the answer to a need It’s about a time without condition It’s about a journey doesn’t matter where It’s about a heartfelt belief To say thanks without a word Let’s put the hands together for them Give something back to those who can’t And the ones we’ll always remember…. It’s about the greatest thing we learn It’s about their dream and realization It’s about their love without return It’s about that falling leaves remain It’s about that necessary rhythm It’s about that little smile on a beautiful face How many hands it’s going to take Take a day, to let them know how It’s their pulse dreams do come true Let’s clap our hands and take a bow
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I’m sitting on the Westside of my beloved New York Trying to give direction to my doubts and passion My thoughts are moving as waves against the stream Feeling tears of crying for all who belong to this dream The city has given her love Central Park and Cedar-Hill Emotions came through with an endless thrill I’m sitting on the Westside of my beloved New York Trying to find a way to let the happiness stay We always, and always will remember your love, sweet and tender Saved in our hearts for now and forever I’m sitting on the Westside of my beloved New York Trying to find the guide for my doubts and pride Let’s take my horn and all our things you and me And change destiny wherever that may be. We always will remember your love, sweet and tender Saved in our hearts for now and for ever We always will remember your love, sweet and tender Saved in our hearts for now and for ever

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(2014) - New York

Having been born in a family of mainly sailors, boat constructors and musicians, the journey to New York became obvious. It was already back in the XVII century that a member of the Van Twiller family was to become the second dutch governors on the New Netherlands ( 1633-1638). This heritage has indeed shaped my travels. Through the joy of sharing enriching experiences while meeting new people, little bits and pieces slowly become part of who I am and push me in new directions.

An overwhelming experience had indeed begun.

The years of 2009 up to 2011 were spend in my beloved city “New York” while working on my PHD study “Bach’s Cello Suites Transcription and Interpretation for Baritone Saxophone”.

Besides my studies New York give me a lot; it provides me we time be alone with myself although being surrounded by millions of people. The city opened her arms and emotions were were shared. This embrace resulted in 13 original songs, carefully crafted on the West Side sitting on the bench near the Hudson, between 79 and 78th street. Friendship become stronger between delaying my horn, singing and writing. Another dream of mine just come through…
Henk van Twillert

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released July 8, 2020

All songs written by Henk van Twillert
Arrangements by Henk Huizinga
Executive producer: Marc Mommaas
Henk van Twillert: vocals, baritone and soprano saxophone
John Austria: Grand Piano
Joleen Wilkinson: vocals on A smile | New York Blues
Tony Moreno: Drums& percussion
Antony Marino: double bass & Electric Guitar
Vic Jurris: Electric Guitar, on Wake up Call | A smile | It is You | That Little place
Nata Radley: Electric Guitar on Welcome Friends | Girl in Blue | Here I am
Nate Radley: Acoustic Guitar on A little Boy | Love & Friends | New York Blues
Vanderlei Pereira: Brazilian pandeiro on Welcome Friends
Tue Connel: Banjo on Central Park
Roseanne Vitro: Voice on Wake-up call
Recorded Engineer: Paul Wickliffe
Cover photo by Gerda Kalmann
Design: Dmax Design, Reusel, The Netherlands
Henk van Twillert plays the Yamaha 62 baritone saxophone, the soprano Yamaha Custom EX and use the vintage Neumann M49 and 50 microphones.

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Henk van Twillert is a versatile saxophonist who plays his baritone, in such a way it goes through vaines and touches the soul! His genre is diverse; Classic, World Music, Jazz and many other styles are part of his oeuvre. Playing solo, with an orchestra, with the Vento do Norte Saxophone Ensemble, with the quartet or with the piano; in a small church or a city theatre, everything is possible. ... more

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