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Twee Tasse En 'n Paspoort

by Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch

This long awaited album features everything from gospel to jazz, finger-snapping family songs to love songs: an exciting mix of Afrikaans and English. This is no ordinary production: it is storytelling at it’s best by an incredible singer-songwriter who w
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In-Between the Miles
3:13 $0.99
2. Twee Tasse En 'n Paspoort
2:56 $0.99
3. Better Be Good to Mamma
1:37 $0.99
4. Under Your Hat
2:07 $0.99
5. Kom Dans Pietersielie
3:19 $0.99
6. Healing Grace
3:24 $0.99
7. My Huis Is Ek
3:58 $0.99
8. Mommy Tried to Kill Me With Her Newest Diet
2:54 $0.99
9. The a-Ha! Song
3:58 $0.99
10. Wie Sal Jou Kon Liefhê Soos Ek?
3:02 $0.99
11. Watching Over Me
4:13 $0.99
12. The Blessing
3:39 $0.99
13. Parys Parys
3:46 $0.99
14. Ek Het Net Een Broer
1:44 $0.99
15. Ek Mis Jou (Vir Pa)
2:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
Album Notes
Get excited about South Africa!
Stay, come home or contribute.
This is my story but it is also your story intertwined in a life full of interruptions.

Have you ever travelled further then you ever thought you would with two suitcases and a passport? Met new people, engineered a new life and then packed up to return home?

This is an exciting journey. It could be anybody’s journey: whether it is a journey undertaken in the same town you’ve lived forever or even if you did end up travelling by airplane.

1. In-between the miles:
It starts with the comparison of how different lives turn out with different choices made: all happening in the framework of starting at ‘A’ and ending up at ‘B: The man with the weathered shoes and trolley or the man with the Big House and the Audi. We all need to find the same thins on our journey: a shelter and a place to belong and to be accepted and loved. That is the ultimate destination within the journey! This is the one ‘book-end’ of the production together with “The Blessing”.

2. Twee tasse en ‘n paspoort:
The journey pit stop: You look back and you look forward: the place where you feel the wind and weather and the effect of it on your body, the friends that cling to you like moss, the pain of leaving people you love behind, the joy of finding new friends. This song is a celebration of thinking it’s the saddest day when you are leaving again to realising that you are anchored by all the people you now across the world and have made your world whole. Not lost but indeed found by a world of friends!

3. Better be good to Mamma
This song was written one morning in bed during Spring Break, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada: the kids and the mother’s holiday plans were not exactly aligned! What more can you ask for? The rules layed down in the form of a song: better be good to mamma- she’s got the drivers licence, she’s got the money and she’s cooking dinner tonight! Guess who is in charge of your holiday!

4. Under your hat
This song was born out of a conversation with my good friend Laurelie. Sometimes life just gets so busy it’s crazy! It is difficult to strike a balance between work and play. The perfect speed would be when you can actually keep your hat on! So this is where you will find me…under my hat! The rat race will always be the challenge but my hat the safe heaven…

5. Kom dans Pietersielie
Some people say this is a sad song. To me this is a summary of my accomplishments as a gardener and songwriter: being able to fit in all the plants in colour and personality into less then 4 minutes of music! You will see the exact order the flowers come into bloom, the anticipation of waiting for the virgin plants to flower, the seedlings who did not make it because the slugs ate them and the at last: the big surprise in Mr. Parsley who turns out to be quite a Casanova and turns the whole garden into a Toy Story come alive! This is a favourite amongst the fans!

6. Healing Grace
You know what happens while you are counting your blessings? God counts your hair: this exercise can take a long time! To me this song is like Aladdin riding on the magic carpet of God’s hand while He guides you through your life: sometimes you are so into the moment that you forget He’s there and other days He is so close that you don’t know how you could have looked for Him! To me the arrangement is one of my favourites! Bram Potgieter absolutely captured the ‘lift-off’ moment where God carries you to and through your life!

7. My Huis is Ek
Isn’t this an interesting song…I am my house? If you ever had the privilege to pack boxes, unpack boxes, pack boxes and unpack boxes again (this is the opposite of having two suitcases and a passport by the way!) you will know what this is about… I’ve written so many songs about moving from A to B that it just didn’t feel write to write another specific song about another place. I thought I would make it more generic but also even more specific: if I am my house: this is how I came to be…Born in…, raised in…, then moved onto…, ended up in… You fill in your blanks! Then it’s the physical body: gaining (or losing) weight, your hairstyle and everything in-between. It does end with an airplane ticket: of the people coming to visit you…

8. Mommy tried to kill me with her newest diet
Can you see a theme going here? Nobodies perfect! Now it might not sound like important information when ‘mommy’ goes on her ‘new diet’. But if she is doing the shopping and if she is in charge of dinner you are going to get in some of her diet food one way or the other! This was the ‘Nutrisystem’ diet turn: the man with the box brings the magic diet food. When the diet fades in popularity all the forbidden snacks become available to the kids. To tell you the truth- this song was written in the back of my Red Convertible Beetle one afternoon while waiting for karate to start: my kids were 6 and 8 years old at the time. We just came back from Hawaii and there was no way of smuggling Nutrisystem food to Hawaii for the holiday so we ate restaurant food and there goes the diet out the window. Now all the food was available for consumption: the (horrible) crisp, the (horrible) chocolates, the (horrible) pizzas… Good luck to anybody who has been successful at weight loss with the N system. I have moved on to home cooking!

9. The A-Ha! Song
Do you really want to put this song on the Album? You can’t call it the “South Africa’s bleeding children to Aircrafts and Aids”- song- people won’t buy the album… I don’t know: if you’ve been abroad and have realised the financial impact it makes on one family: just the return flight to go visit friends and family or even attend a funeral is outrageous plus the time it gobbles up out of your life. It is not cheap. Furthermore the impact emigration had on the economy of one country South Africa can be seen in the AIDS pandemic. It’s nobody’s problem but everybody’s problem. Out of every 10 people who leave the country 8 are highly skilled. Every skilled person creates work for 6 people. Then 10 people immigrate to South Africa: but only 2 skilled workers. There you have it: jobs lost, high incidence of crime and challenges. I have tried to come up with different levels of solutions to this problem: from sending your dollar for a day to adopting a family or even just a child. It’s not easy making a difference but to each individual who is touched it makes the world of difference- and it puts the a-ha! back into their life!

10. Wie sal jou kon liefhê soos ek?
To me this is the ultimate love song: it has all the cliché’s of normal love songs in it- and it is actually a bit of a summary of previous love songs written by myself! Yet it is so simple. In this production it was designed to be the simple serenade that steals your heart! Look out for the music video with the same title. Who will love you like I do?

11. Watching over me
At first I did not want to include this song into the mix but my daughter Nell said to her it’s the best song on the album! I am glad I did- there are days when you feel less wonderful and need something to remind you why you are on earth and that Somebody has worked out a plan for you – something you might not see now but you will, you will. I love how this song fits between the serenade of “Wie sal jou kan liefhê soos ek?” and “The Blessing” it just builds up to a fantastic end!
12. The Blessing
Friends and places you were scared of before are now most missed and familiar places you call home: There will always be an emptiness when you move on to a new living space. Keep finding friends to love: it will change your life- it will lead to more friends and the community of people who love and that love will find you where-ever you are. Here in-between the miles… this song is the other ‘book-end’ of the show…
13. Parys Parys
Someone said: I did not like Paris…Really? Paris is a woman who lures you into her world of love, passion and the mystic. I loved Paris and I place I love deserves a good song to accompany it! This is a bonus song. It amplifies the travel motive on the album and is just a joy to relive all the magical moments of being a stranger in s new and wonderful place!
14. Ek het net een broer
So my brother ate the chocolate he bought me and was an hour late for our appointment, or too busy to talk because they are climbing the corporate ladder, or? I have three brothers actually. And I miss them all and I remember the days of bliss getting up every morning to get ready for school and having our habitual fights... This is getting back to basics: being a mother and seeing my own children grow up and having the same fights (don’t you miss those?!!) This was literally a 5 minute song from writing it to recording it! I like it recorded simply with just voice and piano. Just the simplicity is powerful! You will catch the anticipation of going back to South Africa from Canada and making up the lost family time!
15. Ek mis jou (vir Pa)
I wrote this when my dad was to go for his first dialysis treatment: kidney failure due to Diabetes Mellitus. He died two years after. I later learned it’s called anticipatory grief: I never sang him this song- it made me too sad, but I did want to capture the magic of being part of a context of living and being blood of an amazing person who completed my life and who I miss dearly. It is not so much about sad songs but about celebrating life: being honest about the high and low notes: just like music you need both to make the symphony of life play!



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