“It was an intense year,” says Spits prior to the presentation. “I had a heart attack, which turned out not to be so bad. But beautiful things also happen. So I have a new girlfriend. I relate all that to music and lyrics, just like I have always done on the radio.” The radio icon speaks of ‘a miracle’ that this happened. “Apparently the sadness about my deceased wife Greetje can coexist with this new love. My sadness has become something internalized, which has created space for this miracle.”
In the book, Spits recommends many Dutch acts, from De Jeugd van Today to Wende en Maan, from Van Dik Hout to Jan Beuving. Greetje died in 2018 from lung cancer. She and Spits were together for half a century. He previously wrote about the mourning after her death in the book Everything seems as it was. Spits is celebrating his fiftieth anniversary as a radio maker this year.
The title of his new book, On the waves we dance, is inspired by a song that Van Dik Hout dedicated to the late drummer Oscar Kraal. He also died from cancer.
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