‘Still Believe by Herman Brood tells me that unconditional love will still come’

Which song do you want to play at your own farewell anyway?

Still Believe by Herman Brood & His Wild Romance.

Why this one?

“I’ve been a big fan of Herman Brood since my childhood. He experienced his glory days in the late 1970s, but I followed him before that time. He matched exactly the adolescent blues that I was going through at the time. At the time I was on a boys’ boarding school in Ter Apel and Herman often played in Groningen. Close by, but I was not allowed to go there.”

“I also recognized myself in Herman. I also kept myself going in life by doing tricks. This song is about a lost love that he hopes to find again, but for me it touches my deepest heartache. I’m like adopted a baby and it gave me an attachment problem I miss that unconditional love of a mother and this song makes me feel like it will come someday I even had Henk Schiffmacher get a tattoo with the lyrics of Still Believe. I continue to believe that I will still have that love.”

And what does it say about your life?

“That craving for love was a slumbering feeling that I often ran into. I am an emotional person and have had many relationships in my life, which often crashed. Then that song always came back. There have been times when I was very melancholy and then this song lifted me over it again. Just like with blues music, sinking into melancholy can sometimes also give a nice new start.”

“At 57 I wrote my biography, and I started a search for my biological father. My parents only had contact once. He was a journalist, and that world has always attracted me. It was nice to discover that love that I had before writing is apparently in my DNA. While writing my life story, the slumbering sadness logically reappeared. I had had contact with my biological mother before and just before her death we became a closer bond. I like to think that my faith in love has helped, because a touch of my dream and the feeling of Still Believe has become reality.”

Where do you prefer to listen to music?

“Especially at home. I like the footage, so I often put on YouTube. Or just Spotify and then the volume knob all the way up. I often listen in the car too. My wife and I have different tastes. She likes americana more and indie and I don’t know all that.”

“I’ve kind of stuck in the past. I like disco and soul for example. And ABBA. Their song SOS is also about a lost love and I have regularly cried tears over that. Just like om The kite by André Hazes. I can feel the sadness of that little boy through everything. I like more intelligent music, but for Hazes I make an exception. He also got along well with Brood. He wrote songs with a can of beer and a rhyming dictionary, and yet you feel pure soul with all those songs.”

How many lists do you have on Spotify?

“Oh, it’s full of lists. My wife and I have separate accounts, each with our own lists. Even Turn Up The Bass is in the middle with me, because I played regularly at 90s parties. I sold all my LPs for CDs and then got rid of them all. I do regret that. In front of street, the book that I am now writing about Herman Brood, I even had to buy the album again.”

What is your guilty pleasure?

“I had to ask my daughter what it is. There is nothing that I am ashamed of, but I do have to cross a border for Dutch music such as Hazes. I class myself under a different type of movement. I am as a child infected with flower power by my adoptive family.”

“My biological mother was a popular lady, who listened to Hazes and the Zangeres Zonder Naam. I learned to appreciate that. Because of her, but also because of the ‘Dutch evenings’ where I was sometimes allowed to DJ in the community center. do you impose a kind of label on someone and apparently I have some difficulty with the popular label myself, although Hazes can touch me to the depths.”


What song should be played at your funeral? And what does that say about your life? If you want to participate in this section, email your story to hanneke.mijnster@rtl.nl

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