Looking at the music of Dutch rock band Focus, started in the late sixties by Thijs Van Leer (b /31/03/48) with Jan Akkerman (b 24/12/46). Van Leer still performs and records under the name today (official site here). Akkerman's site here.




Track by track 136

Archive number: 136 
Title: Nature is our Friend 
Main Album: The Focus Family Album 
Track number: 1 
Genre: Solo instrumental 
Studio: Unknown 
Length: 3:14 
Composer: Thijs van Leer 
Musicians: Thijs van Leer – 1989 Muramatsu Flute 
Producer: Geert Scheigrond 
Engineer: Geert Scheigrond 
Label: In and Out of Focus Recordings 
Date of recording/release: 2017 
Thijs apparently wanders in the woods playing his flute with background nature sounds

Track by track 135

Archive number: 135
Title: Crossroads
Main Album: Focus X 
Track number: 10
Genre: Jazz Rock with vocal 
Studio: Fieldwork Studios, Schoten, Belgium 
Length: 5:38
Composer: van Leer, Peters
Musicians: Thijs van Leer – Piano, organ, flute, vocal; Menno Gootjes – Guitars; Bobby Jacobs – Bass; Pierre van der Linden – Drums; Berenice van Leer - vocal 
Producer: Bobby Jacobs 
Label: Eastworld Recordings
Date of recording/release: November, 2012
Alternative version: This is a version of Brazil Love

The track begins with rhythmic drums. After five seconds the bass and jazz piano come in then electric guitar. A piano trill at 34 seconds announces a rising choral and guitar part. Then at 1:05 a new driving guitar theme begins and is joined by the flute from 1:44 to 2:13. We then revert to the choral and guitar theme - the guitar perhaps a little wilder. At 2:28 the flute is back, though further back in the mix. At 2:40 to 3:44 van Leer comes in with a spoken style vocal (see below). The vocal continues until the flute and other instruments come back to the fore, the guitar leading latterly. At 4:17 the guitar announces the final part, a brief drum break until 4:43 when the bass adds its own contribution, which goes in until the fade. Apparently there was more but it had to be cut.

I don't want to know just how I feel
Cannot bear to know just how I feel - crossroads ahead
I don't want to think in terms of tears
There's no time to lose you're here
At the crossroads we part.
Love is far ahead and far behind. - the crossroads are here.

How can we still look back at the past, it doesn't last
We cannot change the good and bad times we remember
Here we meet and here we part my friend
And I will love you 'til the end ...
Just like the tide that keep on rolling.