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Harm Van Sleen | The Secret to Success

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The Secret to Success

by Harm Van Sleen

12 original songs with Randy Newman, The Band, J.J. Cale, Hawaiian and jazz influences, recorded with some of the most talented Dutch musicians, featuring guest appearances by American blues diva Candye Kane and her awesome guitarist Laura Chavez.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Better Days
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2. I've Never Seen Hawaii
3:06 $0.99
3. Do What You Have to Do
3:05 $0.99
4. Falling out of Love with You
3:30 $0.99
5. It's You
2:46 $0.99
6. Lost My Home
3:19 $0.99
7. The Secret to Success
5:21 $0.99
8. If It Don't Look Good
3:13 $0.99
9. Too Drunk to Quit Drinking
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10. I Should Know Better
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11. You Don't Live Here Anymore
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12. Why Must I
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Harm van Sleen is a Dutch bassist, steel guitarist, music teacher, musical director, and occasional songwriter. In 2005 Harm released debut album Bassman's Holiday, also available from CDBaby. The Secret To Succes is his second solo album to be released.

12 very personal original compositions, performed with the help of the creme de la creme of Dutch musicians, including Roel Spanjers on keyboards, Andreas Carree on drums, Chris Koenen and Raymond Nijenhuis on guitar, horns by Matthijs Sepers, Arnoud de Graaff, Boris van der Lek and David Lukacs, and guest appearances by Candye Kane on vocal, Laura Chavez on guitar and Philip Kroonenberg on ukulele. Harm, although a schooled and awarded bassist, leaves the bass duties to producer Aad van Pijlen and on this album is heard on steel, dobro, guitar and violin.

The music is clearly influenced by Randy Newman, The Band, J.J. Cale, Hawaiian music, old-time jazz music, and even at times by Steely Dan, punk rock, cajun, the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead ... An eclectic bunch, reflecting Harm's eclectic taste in music. Still the songs on this cd go together very well, and there's a unity to the material that works best when the songs are played in sequence.

Some of the lyrics are dark, some are confessional, but the overall tone is up-beat and never cynical.



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