Famous in Holland

Added on Thursday 23 Oct 2008

Earlier this year I went to Italy to participate in Chris Diffords songwriting workshop; it was called a workshop, but what it was, was writing songs every day with different people. One of the days I wrote with Jan Bijker from Holland and Leila from Italy. Leila (who's surname I don't know - so sorry about that) was working at the place we stayed, and was a keen singer.

Leila lacked a bit of confidence needed to be coaxed out of her shell a little to fully participate; which I think we were successful in doing as once we warmed to the task we worked well as a wee songwriting team.

To cut a long story short, we had a great day and produced a nice song what we performed that evening; Leila lead the way with a lot of the lyrics and the tune.

I got an email from Jan about this yesterday, reminding me of it and telling me that he's using this story in his 'leadership skills workshops',

"Maybe nice for you to hear that I did a presentation on leadership for 25 colleagues about whom I admired lately, I showed a powerpoint presentation with you and Leila in Italy, played "It's a beautiful night"and explained how I admired your patience and faith in her ability to come up with something.Got good reactions on my story, so: worldfamous Jim in Holland hey!"

Thanks Jan, very flattering - and very nice of you to mention it. :-)

Check out Jan's music at myspace.com/bijkerblom

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