Willem Hendrikse | Surfin’ Acapulco

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Rock: Americana Latin: Tejano Moods: Featuring Guitar
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Surfin’ Acapulco

by Willem Hendrikse

A cocktail of Rock, Tejano and Country music with a touch of Latin and a classical twist.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Heart Is Lonely (feat. Dwayne Verheyden)
2:47 $0.99
2. I Found Me a Kind Woman (feat. Mariël van den Bos & Alfredo Beenhakker)
3:25 $0.99
3. Surfin' Acapulco (feat. Alfredo Beenhakker & Albert Van Osch)
2:43 $0.99
4. Looking Back (Through the Years)
3:39 $0.99
5. Bea (feat. Dwayne Verheyden)
3:32 $0.99
6. A Time to Kiss (feat. Mariël van den Bos & Fred Snel)
4:27 $0.99
7. Perfectly Happy
3:17 $0.99
8. Looking' for a Love (feat. Dwayne Verheyden & Jopie Jonkers)
3:14 $0.99
9. Traveler's Blues
2:25 $0.99
10. Gnossienne No. 1 (feat. Mariël van den Bos, Fred Snel & Alfredo Beenhakker)
8:29 $0.99
11. Genova
4:55 $0.99
12. The Band with No Name
3:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
While performing on stage I have a varied repertoire, from Mexican, Latin and Spanish music to Country & Western and even Italian, French and Dutch popular songs. That tends to reflect in my songwriting style.
On this album you’ll hear songs with Tejano, Rock, Americana, Latin and Italian influence and a bit of Erik Satie.

The album starts off with “My Heart Is Lonely”, a Tex-Mex song with Dwayne Verheyden on accordion. Dwayne also plays on “Bea”, a traditional pasodoble from my native island Curacao that I arranged to sound like a Tex-Mex polka, and on “Lookin’ For a Love”, a Neil Young cover.

Like in previous albums I included a few songs I wrote for the Genovese songwriter Luca Mauro, to his Italian lyrics. For two of them I wrote my own lyrics in English, “Looking Back” (La Coda di Paglia) and “Perfectly Happy” (Repubblica di Magnamagna). But the song “Genova” I just had to record in its original Italian version. I used a mellotron for the string parts, it makes for a retro sound, a bit like an early King Crimson song.

The sound of a Fender Bass VI is something I have always loved and wanted to include in my songwriting. I found out that Squier by Fender makes a very nice Bass VI nowadays, and I was able to record a few pieces on one. “Surfin’ Acapulco” I wrote especially for the Bass VI. “The Band With No Name”, a Ten Years After cover (one of the songs that make me love that sound) is also included here. The instrument is also used as a bass guitar on “I Found Me A Kind Woman”.

I heard Mariël van den Bos (Metropole Orkest) play the bass flute during a concert and I loved it. So I recorded a version of Erik Satie’s “Gnossienne No1” on only bass instruments with Mariël on bass flute, Fred Snel on contrabass and me on Bass VI and bajo sexto.
Mariël also plays the flute on “I Found Me A Kind Woman” and “A Time To Kiss”.

My respect and gratitude to my friends and colleagues who gave their time and musical skills to help me make this album:

Mariël van den Bos: Flute on I Found Me a Kind Woman, A Time To Kiss and bass flute on Gnossienne No. 1
Dwayne Verheyden: Accordion on My Heart is Lonely, Bea and Lookin’ For a Love.
Fred Snel: Contrabass on A Time To Kiss and Gnossienne No. 1.
Jopie Jonkers: Harmony vocal on Lookin’ For a Love.
Alfredo Beenhakker: Congas on I Found Me A Kind Woman, Surfin' Acapulco and Gnossienne No. 1
Albert van Osch: Bongos on Surfin’ Acapulco.

Album art by Andrea Boada.

Willem Hendrikse: Electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, vihuela, guitarrón, Bass VI, bajo sexto, bass guitar, piano, keyboards, Mellotron, vocals.



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