Once I heard a song on the radio and
fell in love with the 'sound', the vocals and guitar work. I
Loooved the sound of that guitar! It was soooo right!
You know when you hear the 'right' sound and it does 'things'
to you, it touches a part of you and you never forget it.
Sure, often we never forget a song, or some music
because we hear it sooo often..this is different. It's hard to
explain. I just knew it was 'right'.
Unfortunately, I never
heard who the artist was or the title of that song. I listen
for weeks hoping that I would be lucky enough to hear it again and
then get the CD. No such luck! :-(
Years later, I happen
to hear it again! only it was on T.V. ! I had never forgotten
that 'sound' and now I finally had a name and CD title!
Wow! But, it was too good to be true. No one knew
of this artist or where to obtain his CD. Yes, he was
listed in their books, but, no longer available!
However, we could try and 'special order' it and if
there was one somewhere, I would be sure to get it.
Well, months went by...nothing! I had given up all hope.
Then one day, a phone call came thru, yes!!! they
had one.. it cost me!!...and I gladly paid.
Yeahhhh... Jack de Keyzer ...
"Hard Working Man". Hehheh I almost wore it out
the first week. :-)
A couple of years
later, we re-located and what luck! I finally saw
in a newspaper entertainment section, a listing of where he would be
performing!! I questioned several people if he was local
or what. No one knew of him. Anyway, off we went to
finally see and hear this artist. I wanted to hear the
'sound' live! finally! The moment arrived. I could
hardly wait! Ohhh yes!! I would have known that sound
anywhere! Live or recorded, it was the same! It
was 'there'! :-)
I was somewhat nervous
in actually meeting him afterwards. Hey, it's one thing to be
familiar with the music and then quite another to meet the
person, plus many of these artists are in the 'business' and
after years, it's just a 'job' and meeting people is part
ofthe 'job' you know, and you can 'feel' it.
Jack on the other
hand, never came across that way. I got my precious CD
signed ! Thank you, Jack for being so kind and understanding.
Poor guy, I think I kind of overwhelmed him a bit! It's just that
finally, after ALL these years.. I not only learnt the name of the
artist, song and CD! but I was actually also meeting the
person responsible for that great sound! LOL.. for a long
time, I thought it had all been a figment of my imagination!
I still could not believe how such a talented and gifted
artist/guitarist could remain so unknown. From that day on, I made
it MY personal goal that Everywhere I went, Everyone I met would
hear and know of this Jack de Keyzer! I LOVE music and many
artists, but this one has 'something' and I just know that if they
got to hear about him and hear him just Once! they would also
be hooked! How can it be otherwise? It worked for me!!
Great talent and also an all round great guy! and so, I
call him 'KING'. Long may he Rule, huh?
:-) Go, King, Go!!!
The world is now just
beginning to 'hear' him too.. his Award winning CD "Down In The
Groove" has received a Junos nomination, 3 Maple Blues Award
nominations and won the "Best Blues Recording", also won the Jazz
Report Award 2000 for "Blues Album of the Year"!
Way to go, King! Congrats! I'm not the only one
that recognizes your talent!
King's Award Page. ) Followed by his
"Six String Lover" CD - another award winning
CD!! Received a Juno for that one. :-)
And now, he's recorded his "Silver Blues" album - celebration of
25 years of Jack de Keyzer published songs. Can't miss with
this one either!
Since meeting The
King, I have seen him perform several times, and got to know him a
bit more. It still never fails to amaze me when I see him in action.
It's soooo Awesome! As a token and symbol of my love and
appreciation to The King's talent and guitar work, also at my good
fortune of having found him, I bring him a single red rose on
each performance I attend. :-)
These pages all
have roses.... they are symbolically dedicated to The KING and his
great talent! This
is dedicated to promoting and publicising Jack de Keyzer so that as
many as possible will have the opportunity to hear, know and
Guitarist / Singer / Songwriter / Producer............
"The KING", Jack de Keyzer!