Music now has a colour we all can move to, groove to, it’s blue, Giovanni Blue.
‘Out On The Moon’ began with John sitting down behind the piano and recording a melody that had been stuck in his head. Expanding off of this one melody, John would go onto add more instruments to improve the track before sending it out to incognito lyricist; NINA a, to work her magic.
Speaking of the inspiration behind the lyrics, NINA says – “I was inspired by a poem my mum wrote as she dismayed over the poor connection of our family zoom meet-ups. A lacking replacement of the real thing, where loved ones are turned into stuttering, images that break up and freeze on a screen. Pixelated into squares and where conversion is out of sync and leaves one more frustrated and feeling more alone than you were before.”
An exceptional Blues ballad, ‘Out On The Moon’ is a relatable piece, as the population shares the experience of having all battled technology throughout the pandemic. Each on our own moon – connected – but so far from the real enjoyment hanging out with friends and family.
Giovanni Blue is the latest project of multi-instrumentalist John Geel. After a brief hiatus, Geel is back and stronger than ever.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, John began playing the guitar and piano at 16. Intrigued by the complexities of music, he dabbled with any instrument he could get his hands on – including the saxophone, flute and cello. The various twists of life interrupted his recording ambitions, but at the age of 40, Geel returned to the studio – as composer and multi-instrumentalist with the Precious Time Project. In collaboration with his friends: John Havermans (keys), Reno de Bruin (drums) and Henk Bol (bass and guitar), they recorded two albums, ‘If The Gods Knew‘ and ‘Precious Time‘.
Fast forward to 2018, Geel would embark on his first-ever solo project, Giovanni Blue. The independently produced and released album, ‘Time Will Tell‘ featured several guest artists on vocals, while Geel provided all compositions and instruments.
Now teaming up with two female singers both providing vocals on two distinctly different albums, ‘Moments‘ will feature the vocal talents of NINA, and is set for release in January 2021. The second album will feature the US vocalist Sarah Schoendienst and is set for release in Spring 2021.
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