Songs on the Eve of Dismissal, as the title suggests, is a project about working in an office, and the main emotions involved in present-day office life: fear and loss of individuality. For example, with millions of people worldwide trying to survive the next reorganisation while doing their job, this is a serious subject which connects to this large group; at the same time, there is definitely a funny or strange side to a song about it. 
The project consists of about 22 pieces (2 sets) with 9 of them with vocals. The other compositions are instrumental (for a 7-piece line-up) and are already finished too: the instrumental album has been published in 2016 (A Day at the Office). The instrumental compositions will also be used as a background for spoken contributions by Bastiaan Geleijnse which we are currently working on - Bastiaan Geleijnse and Chris Abelen
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Prayer to the shareholder


O Lord, We create value in your name
You oversee our affairs
You know the outcome of our actions
Now, and in the future

You know our spread, alpha and beta
You know our strengths and weaknesses
You notice not only our struggle of today
But oversee entire quarters

You teach us not to be selfish
Nor to take into account our colleagues
Or employment
But only to consider true value and return
Regardless of where it originates

No man can hide from your command
Board members tremble before you
Like we tremble for your orders
And live in fear of a correction

Thus today we pray
For your blessing
And give into your hands
Our dividend

May it be reinvested
Into tomorrow’s winners
Or hedge
Your currency exposure
Or serve in your suit
Against those who aim to withhold
Your rightful profits

And should you abandon us
Do give us faith
That you will reinvest
When blood runs through the streets
Nobody told me


I did not see it coming, I must have been blind
Amazing how clues just get blocked from your mind
When that meeting was cancelled, two weeks ago
appointments rescheduled twice in a row
and Martha came in without saying hello
But still I kept going, still I didn't know
(Until...)

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My company smartcard bounced in the restaurant today
suddenly it all makes sense, they're sending me away
My colleagues go on eating like nothing is wrong
But I know that they know I'm over and gone

A line is growing behind me and my tray
Maybe I'll leave it here, just walk away
I finally get why Denise won't call back
Why the beamer broke down while presenting to Jack
And why my proposal got 'lost in the mail'
In hindsight it isn't so hard to unveil

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bridge
Nobody told me
Everyone knew
it's over, I'm fired,
I'm totally through

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Songs on the eve of dismissal (CAMP-008), available soon at all streaming services and Amazon [CD]
All compositions & arrangements by Chris Abelen
Lyrics by Bastiaan Geleijnse
Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Guitar and Voice recorded by Roeland Jacobs at the WedgeView Studios - Woerdense Verlaat - the Netherlands
Baritone & Bass Clarinet recorded by Tini Thomsen
Trombone recording, editing, mixing, production, cd design by Chris Abelen (2016/2017)