The Path

Release: April 2003, revised in 2006

The album contains songs inspired by paintings, stories and dreams. The music flows from intimate classical guitar and piano melodies to more dramatic symphonic rock eruptions.

The album can best be listened to and purchased on Bandcamp:


1. White Melancholy

This song is inspired by a romantic painting with nymphs taking a bath in a pool in the woods.

lyrics         listen to fragment


2. Tender Innocence part 1

I once had a dream about the birth of a horse and the first steps it took with it's mother. Through the plains and through a forest full of birds. Part 1 is an instrumental attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the dream. Part 2 is another, with vocals added.


3. The Road Goes Ever On And On

The first of 5 songs inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Songs written long before the commercial succes of the movies, when we only had the marvellous books to dwell in. This one is the wandering theme of Bilbo.

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4. Strider

The second song inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The poem tells us of Aragorn.

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5. Nimrodel

The third song inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. One of the sidestories, telling the tale of Nimrodel, an elvenprincess, who fled to the south of Middle Earth with her beloved Amroth, trying to escape from the rage of a released Balrog. She got lost in the woods and none has ever heard of her again.

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6. Gandalf

The fourth song inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. About Gandalf, his character and the dramatic events in the Mines of Moria. You can hear the horns of the orcs coming closer.

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7. The Road - Reprise

An instrumental variation of the first song inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.


8. Along Flowing Waters

A classical guitar piece. I have performed it many times on memorial services.

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9. Tender Innovcence part 2

The second impression of the horse-dream, this time with a more symphonic touch and vocals.

lyrics        listen to fragment


10-12. A Retrospect / Towards The Unknown

A composition in three parts, inspired by the painting 'De Marskramer' by Jeroen Bosch.


10. A Retrospect part 1 - La Dolce Vita

In this first part the peddler looks back at his past pleasures.

lyrics       listen to fragment


11. A Retrospect part 2 - Bearer Of Darkness

But the darker sides of his past cannot be denied.

lyrics       listen to fragment

12. A Retrospect part 3 - Finale / The Question

The peddler leaves town, following his insecure path.

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Peter Swart: all compositions, guitars, keyboards and vocals

Koos van Reeven: drums

Peter van der Laan: lyrics of tracks 1-9-10-11-12 and vocals on 11

Anna Windig: lyrics of tracks 3-4-5-6

Frits van Mourik (Studio Het Pand, Vlaardingen, Holland): recording of drums and mix

Harry de Vries: artwork












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