Anneke van Giersbergen, is a Dutch singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist who became known worldwide as the lead singer and songwriter for the Dutch band The Gathering, between 1994 and 2007. She just released a new music video for “Zo Lief” which in English means “So Sweet.”
This poetic and beautiful song flows gently, as van Giersbergen sings in Dutch. The video features the artist lying in a field of grass, wearing all black as her hair floats around her. The video weaves in shots of waves lapping onshore, which seem fitting with the lyrics, piano and violin softly playing in the background.
Anneke comments: “The song “Zo Lief” is about hanging on and letting go. I always thought that I would be a pretty relaxed mom, but dealing with transitions turns out to be more challenging than expected. Every time my son Finn enthusiastically welcomes a new stage of his independence, I have to admit that letting go of parental attachment isn’t that easy. An English translation of the song title is ‘So Sweet’ and this is the very first time I release a song in my native language as a solo artist. I wrote and demoed ‘Zo Lief’ a couple of years ago and Gijs Kramers made a subtle arrangement for orchestra. The video was shot at the Dutch North Sea coast by director Mark Uyl.”
In May 2018, van Giersbergen performed two career-spanning concerts with orchestral arrangements together with Residentie Orkest The Hague. Now those special concerts will be available for all to hear when they are released as ‘Symphonized’ an 11-track live album due out on November 16th, 2018.