“Whatever you want……even organizing your closet.” Jacomine finished her sentence with a tame suggestion.


“I need a literacy agent.” I replied slowly to her request, upping the bar for a project. My coach agreed we would work together on this objective and set up a schedule.  We followed the schedule and I obtained a literary agent.


The journey has taken nearly a year and many tears, and in retrospect, it was a lot like cleaning my closet of all sorts of unnecessary junk to discover treasure.


“What do you want to be?” She asked pointedly.


“A creative artist.” I sobbed over my cup of tea, tired of whifwaffling between a classical singer and writer.


People tend to get confused about the matter. Take, for instance, this fall when I was invited with pianist Petr Karlicek to perform at the Huiskamerfestival Utrecht. When the musicians involved the 2017 festival came together to discuss the program, the other two performing acts had already come up themes.  Both themes combined literary and musical inspiration, as requested, within their thirty-minute shows.  However, unlike the other presentations using pre-existing material, I presented the idea that I could write the spoken text myself to create a story line around the musical repertoire to present a tailor made show for the festival. At first, this caused some consternation.


I wrote a trial script and submitted it, and then after consultations with the hostess, I wrote an entirely different script thematically based on the concert venue, a house where five spinsters once lived.


The House of Five Sisters was enthusiastically received by the organization and the public.  The show was a comfortable mix between writing and singing, being a creative artist. 


Willow the thirty minute show that I perform with violinist Annemarie van Prooijen is the same idea, a combination of music and my own written text to create a story.  Of course, it has to be said that I also sing concerts and write without combining the two activities at the same time on the stage.