In 2012 and 2013 I had the opportunity and pleasure to present 'Hammond Alive' on a weekly Dutch national Radio 6 program as a co-host of the renowned Co de Kloet. The idea of Hammond Alive was founded by my friend and at that time co-developer Lucien Ravensberg and myself talking about the history and future of the Hammond organ, great Hammond players and a prominent Hammond Songbook add by a Hammond pro. Every week our guest added three favorite songs to the Spotify playlist and talked about their inspiration and their present artistic work. A iTunes weekly podcast was published with the show. Unfortunately, the show had to stop due to a new layout of the radio 6 format.
But, the idea of expanding and renewing the Hammond Songbook still kept me going and I'm happy to announce that it'll be continued soon. Hammond Songbook will become a central point in a Hammond community to be developed, my historical research (kind of a canon of the Hammond) and the connection with new and young players of the instrument or users of its sound.
Imagine that the Hammond Songbook consists of the historical most influential tracks, live and studio recordings, producers and dj's using Hammond sound in a very creative way, a Dutch list of favorite Hammond tracks, etc. You get the chance to be part of this new initiative. In the meantime you're able to listen to the list which was constructed by the Hammond Alive program.
Seven pages with links to the original Hammond Songbook Radio 6 content was published on Radio 6 media and the Hammond Songbook Facebook page. Their three favorite Hammond tracks & the stories behind from musicians like Lonnie Smith, Barbara Dennerlein, John Beasley, Thijs van Leer, Sven Figee, OrgelVreten, Rob Mostert, Bas Kennis, Arno Krijger, Wibaud Burkens, Nico Brandsen, Pascal Lanslots, Govert van der Kolm, Manu van Os, Will Maas and Bert van den Brink. The original content will be published again soon.