Misspent (debut CD)

by Jan Van de Engel

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Released in November 2010, debut CD from Jan van de Engel called “Misspent”, a groovy introvert CD with lots of extroversive elements.
Ten original compositions, 6 songs and 4 instrumentals orchestrating the sounds of drums, vibraphone, viola, double bass, saxophone and flute along with mini Moog, loops, love and sentiment.


released November 16, 2010

Tasos Bakasietas: Produce, Record and Mix
Vaggelis Paraskevaidis: Vibraphone
Dimitris Gianopoulos: Saxophone & Flute
Polyxeni Aklidi: Vocals
Aggela Giannaki: Viola
Petros Varthakouris: Double Bass
Chris Gehringer: Sterling Sound mastered
ακρυλικοί Cover design
Music, Words, rest: Jan van de Engel
label: 64millimetres



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Jan Van de Engel Αθήνα, Greece

"ΓΙΑΝ ΒΑΝ” (JAN VAN) is Jan Van de Engel's new project band.
Jan Van de Engel is the pseudonym Greek drummer Giannis Angelopoulos uses for the music he writes. Having studied in Holland, Rotterdam’s Conservatory, the name (Jan Van…) is a playful translation from Greek to Dutch of his name. In November 2010 the debut CD album “Misspent” was released via the independent label 64 millimeters. ... more

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Track Name: Cinderella

magic wand help me on
strike me here to transform
make me shine, make me glow
the whole world will now know

Hi there, could you please bring me a pumpkin, six mice, two large rats, half-a-dozen lizards and a ...pair of glass slippers

Her godmother scooped it out very quickly, struck it with her wand,
changed into a beautiful coach.

Think you wanna dance you wonder now Cinderella
Track Name: Misspent

I don’t know, I can't tell what is you thinking again
for days & days misspent
running in circles chasing your shadow
all in purpose, I doubt though
options & choices, bargains & offers
pointless perceptions, unsolved matters
Live for the tail "Survival of the Fittest"
chances are equal to missed chances

Well, some days you have it & you're on top, complete
owning the essence, the substance of It
but when the wind is changing, like a scattered fleet
you're left with no rudder to fight the Sea
Is it something we begin with
something we carry as a sin
useless gift from a friend
proverb struck in head
The Unbelievable Truth obvious at the end
alright, that's enough said

Now pretend that you like the happy end
this my Refrain.

Ohh!!! Yeah something good is about to happen,
we are in it me and you
I feel the season is changing,
there’s no time for pretending


Again & again I'm high at the end
a lover, a friend to your content
I'll be glad to help, eager to serve
the master, the slave you've always wait
can't you see you pretty Bee
I'm the red rose in the field
stop you buzzing clown, messing around
come suck Spring out of me

From time to time you will find
things that really push you down
a thought, a feel, a lousy bill
a malicious comment someone did
stronger here I need you
determined, kind, with a tinge of fierce
bear in mind, don't forget it
help comes to those who help themselves
Track Name: Grains of Sand
Grains of Sand

Though you thought you've had it & it was all yours
bits and pieces in a match box
you wonder why where or who, nothing left for you
(don't worry babe what we have will do)

ugly cloudy faces restless sleep at night,
willing shadows fighting one to become
watching the view from your window breathless with the lights off,
but you still know nothing, know nothing of it at all

I usually ask permission to ask,
I've never mess with us
always being so sincere
(enough for both of us my dear)

Grains of sand slowly slipping through my hand, barefoot staring at the sun
glimpse of happiness someone may ask,
I don't think of it as much
tha ri rha rha rha...
Track Name: Strass & Straps
Strass & Straps

a foolish comment last word to add,
I've had enough playing smart
argue in style cynical and blind,
you got me busy all right
hyper disease unable to ease,
behaviour in sync wanna be pleased
I could go on you'll cope along,
imperfect conversation on and on

...when you say nothing but you talked so much straggle to survive lovers arms
is not what you want, is not what you need, all that you can't, all that you ain't
Track Name: Tonight's Spark
Tonight's Spark

...well, push it back strike right here
I'm your target welcome dear
pink or blue black and white
round shape square type
tonight's spark moonlight beam
silver path sail within
floating stars you and I
come and grab don't be shy
Track Name: I (Vertical Shadow)
I (vertical shadow)

Big vertical shadow on every side, shouts I I
reflex construction build brick by brick
poor habit, started as a need

I begin I stop I'm through with it I want more
I love I hate I regret I behave

That short so fast capital formal awkward as much
Impossible Immense Initial In vain

I feel your absence I know you're gone
Illusion - Reality walk on tightrope
I'll move along you will carry on
Two I's unable to belong
Track Name: Stray in Line
Stay in line pay the fine you're not divine