BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW

Sceneries 25 is a collection of songs and music that were composed over the last 25 years. It has turned out to be a collage of events and sceneries from this time. It is both a social commentary on political issues, such as the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa, as well as personal reflections on love and life, on three continents: Africa, Europe and Australia. 

The songs were arranged into thematic clusters over 8 albums, with the first two being socio-political songs written in the South African Apartheid context. Songs of Conscience transcend South Africa, whereas Songs of Struggle make very specific reference to it. The third and fourth albums are about personal experiences, with Songs of Belonging reflecting on the different places and spaces where we have lived, and Songs of Comfort featuring love songs and tributes to loved ones. The fifth album, Songs of Spaces and Walls, bears German songs.Snapshots in a Time Vacuum, Album 6, is a musical contemplation with a symphonic dimension. The seventh album, Songs of Beyond, features a range of songs that surpass the previous songs in different ways, be it in style, theme, space or time. The last album,Kaleidoscopes, turned out to be a 60 minute solo piano journey through all the songs ofSceneries 25, including some songs that were not included in this selection (the so-called “Pantry Songs”).

The Lyrics for the songs of six of the eight albums that make up Sceneries 25 are found under the respective titles:  Songs of ConscienceSongs of StruggleSongs of BelongingSongs of ComfortSongs of Spaces and Walls, and Songs of Beyond. The other two albums are instrumental (Snapshots in a Time Vacuum and Kaleidoscopes).

CONTENT OF ALBUMS I to VIII

I   SONGS OF CONSCIENCE     

1-1  Handful of Dust

1-2 Trembling Dust

1-3 Whatever happened to the water     

1-4 Waiting     

1-5 Bottomless Eyes     

1-6 Not far away     

1-7 Sowing the Wind     

1-8 Hyena and Lion

II  SONGS OF STRUGGLE    

2-1 Let my People go     

2-2 Azanian Love Song     

2-3 The Eagle     

2-4 Mandela     

2-5 Troubled Soul     

2-6 Orphan Child     

2-7 Johnny     

2-8 Country of my Skull

III  SONGS OF BELONGING     

3-1 Home     

3-2 McGregor     

3-3 No Regrets     

3-4 Berlin     

3-5 Little Blue House     

3-6 Cape Town Blues     

3-7 Shores of Hout Bay     

3-8 Haven

IV  SONGS OF COMFORT     

4-1 Bag of Salt     

4-2 Dream Maker     

4-3 Maybe     

4-4 Bottom of my Heart     

4-5 Where Fairy Tales Begin     

4-6 Beneath the Wings     

4-7 Song of the Tortoise     

4-8 Remembrance

V  SONGS OF SPACES AND WALLS      

5-1 Schattenspringer     

5-2 Die Schöne     

5-3 Engelsmutter     

5-4 Aus dem Mutterwald     

5-5 Berlin     

5-6 Kleines Liedchen     

5-7 Frühling     

5-8 Geheimnis

VI  SNAPSHOTS IN A TIME VACUUM    

A musical contemplation - snapshots of different periods of life.

VII  SONGS OF BEYOND     

7-1 Take Three     

7-2 Song you Wear     

7-3 Not Black or White     

7-4 Cassandra     

7-5 Body     

7-6 Hear our Song     

7-7 Dancing Star     

7-8 Ode to Compassion

VIII  KALEIDOSCOPES    

A solo piano journey through all the songs of Sceneries 25

 

 

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