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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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...)

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

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




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


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

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)