Sunday, 15 May 2011

Thanks! by Rienk Janssen

Rienk accepting the CD "Rienk's Favorites"
After the SC40 Farewell Reunion Festival, I feel the need to thank all who were involved in making this such a great event! Although it was a farewell party for Strictly Country magazine, and not for myself, 'strictly' speaking, very many people treated me extraordinarily friendly.
I found myself between astonishment and surprise, most of the weekend, as nobody had told me anything about what to expect. There was an abundance of good music, on and off stage, played and sung by the best!
Especially honored I felt by two gifts: one was the Lifetime Membership of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky, and the other was the CD that has been produced by Donald Wermuth and my daughter Liz Meesters, containing fourteen of my very favorite songs, aptly called "Rienk's Favorites", including Liz' own version of the Mike Cross song "The Green of His Eyes", which she recorded withe help of the Mideando String Quintet.
My deep gratitude goes out to everybody who has contributed to the Farewell Reunion Festival: the musicians, the volunteers, and all who have supported Strictly Country magazine in those past forty years. The event was organised in a superb way by Lambert Schomaker and Silvia Fledderus, both of Stichting Boet'n Deure, of the annual series of outdoor concerts in Odoorn, NL.

Rienk Janssen