Franck van der Heijden "Traces of Love"
1 Every Corner
2 Vincentes Flowers
4 Let`s Make A Start
5 She Likes
6 Welcome To Our World
8 Dangerous Seduction
9 Waiting For You Tonight
11 Don`t Waste Your Time
12 Eagerly Human
13 A New Dawning
14 A Turning Point
15 Out Of The Dark
16 Blow Up
The story behind the album
Since 1995 I had been writing orchestral arrangements for Night of the Proms, a big event
with famous artists. They all performed their big hits with Il Novecento, a big symphony
orchestra supported by a rock band. A live cd was released every year, so I came up with
the idea to make a special album with my own songs performed by the orchestra and
artists that were guests at the Night of the Proms. When I discussed this with the orchestra
manager and played him the demos he asked: 'but who is singing on the demos?' When I
replied it was me he said: 'why don’t you do the lead vocals on the album?’
I became very ambitious and I started to work out an idea to create an album with a story.
The theme would be love, not in a trivial romantic way, but how it can be found in many
different forms. From simply falling in love, the love for your own child, ups and downs in a
relationship, temptation, acceptance of yourself, to saying farewell to a loved one.
I wanted to use unconventional arrangements, painting with orchestral sounds in pop
songs, but also cinematic transitions that connect the songs. The result was a concept
album where all songs have a connection and the themes of the transitions eventually reappear
in the epic penultimate piece. I used songs that I had written before and wrote
some new ones.
I started the first recordings with a band, wrote all the orchestral parts and not much later I
recorded the orchestra conducted by Robert Groslot. During the next period, while I was
recording my vocals, there were some collaborations. John Miles did a duet, Ole Edvard
Antonson played a trumpet solo, Alannah Myles did additional vocals and read a poem.
Then came the hardest part: the mix, and even worse, trying to get a record label
interested. Because this was such an extraordinary project it was very difficult to place it in
one category. Due to many factors and mainly because I was never happy with the end
result, I decided not to release the album.
Twenty years later I decided it was time to finish the project. Why wait for so long? Apart
from the fact I was never happy with some details like the recorded parts or the sound,
another reason was that I never had any time because all these years I was working
nonstop for other artists and projects. This year I took the time and had all the modern
technology to refine and change everything that wasn’t to my liking. I re-arranged some of
the tracks, re-recorded parts and did a lot of editing. A nice detail is that my son Bodi
played the drums on 5 tracks, including the song that I wrote 16 years earlier as his birth
Like a person reaching maturity, my album is released, 21 years after the birth of the initial
idea. I now proudly present: Traces of Love.