DWIN JONGEDIJK (TANEYTOWN) talks about "Taneytown"
The name Taneytown was chosen after quite a long period of going back and forth on names for the band. Then one night I was driving around in my car and listened to Steve Earle's song Taneytown. I really liked the sound of the name. It has a nice ring to it. I started "googling" on the internet and I found that there's a beautiful town in Maryland, US named Taneytown, with wonderful people living there. We met these people for the first time in October 2006. The whole process of Taneytown going to Taneytown is a amazing story on itself, but I'll save that for another time. To make a long story short, the band name has done great things for us so far.
When we started recording, our initial plan was to end up with a nice demo that would allow us to play more shows. We recorded and mixed the first 6 songs in two days and felt satisfied with the result. At that point we decided to take another 2 days and record 5 more songs to complete an album instead of a demo. Some of these songs were written way back when I still saw myself as a guitarist rather than a singer. At first I didn't even think about performing these songs on stage until one of my friends (Martin Wieringa, who's now Taneytown's bass player) said that it was a shame that they were just lying around, gathering dust. At that same time I met Joost Prinsen, Taneytown's guitar player, who shares the same taste in music. Those two things signified the start of Taneytown. It was easy putting the band together after that; I just had to ask my friends to join in... Our debut album is our first feat and we're proud of it.
SAY THOSE WORDS
Semi true story. It's about finding out that someone who has been a good friend for a while could be more than that.
SONGS FOR THE BROKEN HEARTED
The first collaboration between myself and Joost. I had the main part of the song written, but I felt it needed something more. During a late night IM session, Joost added his part and the song was good to go. For our next album we'll be writing more songs together.
NEVER TURN MY BACK ON YOU
A lot of people think this one's a love song, but it's about a friendship that suffered some difficulties because one of the friends moved to another state for work. This song reflects the feelings of the friend who stayed behind. It's a true story. I know both parties involved.
CAN'T WAIT TILL MIDNIGHT
Written in November 2000 and first it was more up tempo than it is now. It's our attempt at a radio friendly smooth housewife-pleasing ballad. Michael Bolton, eat your heart out ;-)
I THOUGHT YOU KNEW
Just a nice catchy tune, that's all... And it's a great excuse: "hey, I thought you knew..."
LET IT RAIN
I love "road songs" and this definitely is one. We'll start shooting a video for this song shortly. Most people name this song as their favorite and I can see why. It's very melodic and melancholic. Most of my songs tend to turn out that way, at least the melancholic part.
BLAME IT ON JACK
This is actually the 7th song I've written. I wrote it after a night of heavy drinking and I discovered that something that seems to be a good idea when you're drunk, doesn't always pan out that way. I learned that the hard way... This one's definitely a crowd favorite. Never thought it would be though.
HERE'S TO YOU
Picture a guy in a dark, smoky bar. Picture him drinking one whiskey after another. Picture the bartender wiping shot glasses with a sympathetic expression on his face. The soundtrack to all of this: a smooth, jazzy, bluesy tune.
WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY?
A song about not knowing what the h*** there's left to say or do to save your relationship. It's not about me, but I've seen it happen more than once.
THIS IS HOW I FEEL
We call this our polka, though it's more like a waltz. The dragging chorus makes it stand out as the most heavy song on the album. It's one of my favorites, mainly because of the combination of the haunting music and the pleading lyrics. And it's nice to see the audience sway when we play it during a show.
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
Another true story. About a guy I know, who moved from California to Albuquerque, New Mexico because of woman issues. He got a job offer and decided to pack his stuff and go. Turns out he's back in California now. A lot of people like this one.