Pondertone Christmas 2023

Anyone hoping for a new Pondertone Christmas song this year will will be disappointed. I’m sorry, I don’t have anything to say this year that I haven’t said before. Pondertone’s ‘new’ Christmas album is literally old wine in a new bottle. For the artwork I used sketches that I found too depressing last year. The gray, pixelated image you see may appear to show christmas trees but what you see actually is a forest fire. Merry Christmas (in spite of it all) contains all 12 Christmas songs we have made over the years. You can listen to the album on our bandcamp page or any streaming platform of your choice.

You can watch the playlist with all our christmas videos on youtube.

Our favorite Christmas blog Christmas Agogo posted an extensive blogpost in which I share my thoughts about the ins and outs of our tracks.

merry christmas (in spite of it all)

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Merry Christmas in spite of it all

Pondertone offers hope in these extraordinarily dark times. In the context of rising prices and inflation, we defy the dark with the shortest Christmas song ever. We’ve crammed all our hopes, love, and strength into one minute, for you. In spite of it all, the Christmas feeling is still alive, if we only want it.

Live concert: Hold On, Pondertone’s Attempt At Greatest Hits Show.

Pondertone tried to shine a light in these dark times with an Attempt at Greatest Hits Show, with some very special surprises. It was streamed live from the beautiful Marnix-hall in Utrecht. You can watch the entire show on the Facebook page of DUMS.

Hold On

Are you in lock down, feeling lonely and waiting for better days? Meet Lummel, just like many of us he had a pretty rough year. At one point he had to self isolate away from his beloved friend Woelie and their pet dog Kiki. But he got through it alright. If you want to know how, watch the video on youtube, listen to the song on one of the major streaming platforms and sing along if you like. It will make you feel better.

The Time Machine, EP out now

Let us take you back to ‘the Good Old Days’ with the Pondertone Time Machine. You’ll relive the years 1998 – 2003 in twenty minutes. Those were the days of prosper and opportunity. But loneliness and longing as well… Available for streaming and download on all digital platforms. On our bandcamp page you can order a digital or physical replica of the Time Machine Sketchbook.

The new Christmas song is not a happy one. It reflects the mood I’m in this time of year. In the dark days of December we seem to forget what is going on around us. It seems we can’t learn form the past. Instead of joining hands to help each other and save the planet, we quibble, quarrel and fight about our own short term problems. While the climate is changing at top speed, people are starving and war is raging, populism, nationalism, and even fascism are taking the stage again. Let’s make a change now. Let there be light. You can listen to The Darkest Christmas Of All on all streaming services and download it from all platforms except Amazon. On Spotify it has been added to the Playlist containing all Pondertone Christmas songs. Please watch the video on youtube.

October 21st we celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Pondertone with an exclusive performance at Villa Concordia in Utrecht. A splendid time was had by all.

Struinen In De Tuinen (Strolling in the Gardens)

On 8 July, the Pondertone Time Machine will be installed at the cozy ‘Fummy’ courtyard at the 2e Daalsedijk in Utrecht during the Struinen in de Tuinen (Strolling in the Gardens) Festival. On that day I will take you back to the Good Old Days, the period 1998 – 2003. It was a time of progress, growth and change. There was no banking crisis yet, refugees were still welcome and David Bowie and Rik Mayall were still alive.
In the Time Machine I will play some Pondertone songs from that time. I will sing about loneliness, loss and sadness while I accompany myself on my old guitar, de Stofbol (Dust Bunny). During the performances you can take a look in the logs of the Time Machine for drawings, sketches and twisted thoughts. There will be no reason to panic. Everything will be more or less alright in the end, and we will travel back to the present together.

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Pondertone. We are going to celebrate this with all kinds of special performances and fun events. All of this will be announced here, but if you really want to be among the first to know, you can subscribe for the newsletter or follow Pondertone on Facebook.

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