The death of my friend and ‘partner in crime’ Jip Golsteijn on February 22nd 2002 made an end to the co-operation between him and me once and for all. Jip and I worked together from 1975 until 2002. In 1975 the first album “File Under Popular” was released and by 2002 the total number of albums released was eleven.
After having been recovered from a down-hearted period, I went through my personal music archives and found numerous lyrics but also lots of unfinished raw material. After re-reading all the correspondence – Jip always added a letter to the new lyrics, in which he described in a colorful way the various sources of inspiration and the suggestions for achieving the final result – I dried my tiers and decided to go about the business. I wanted to make at least one more album with Golsteijn/Hildebrand songs.
Without having the prospect of a record deal, I finished the songs and began recording – semi-acoustically in my small work environment on my computer – without the slightest illusion of getting somewhere. My friend, guitar player Jan Akkerman, helped me out several times. And when I told Arnold Mühren what I was doing, he invited me to come to his studio for further processing, free and for nothing. After all it was a kind of tribute to the man who also had been a close friend of Arnold for a long time. So, I took my recordings, went to Studio Arnold Mühren, where Patrick Mühren made all the preparations using Pro Tools – digital audio production tools, and soon the ‘recording for real’, as Arnold calls it, started.
Especially for this project keyboard player Ab Tuyp was added to The Living Room Band.
Former band member Berrie Maurer and friend Jaap Schilder (The Cats) were asked to do the harmony vocals.
Almost right after the beginning of the recording sessions our belief was growing that this particular album – A Wink At The Moon – could well end up as our best product ever. This optimism growed considerably when Jan Akkerman offered to take care of the guitar solo in ‘The Devil Has Come (To Claim His Own)’ – Jip and he were already making music together, 12 year old street-boys from Amsterdam, in their summer vacation in Bakkum. And not much later singer Piet Veerman told me that he was also willing to contribute, and he did wonderfully in ‘I Survived‘. It was Piet’s opinion too that Jip deserves the proper honor.
‘A Wink At The Moon’ is ready now and can be obtained! It’s a tribute to the man who not only was a great story teller but also an outstanding listener. It were these two character traits that made him lift rock journalism up to art.