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Music Is My Cure

March 14, 2016 by Kesja Cichowski 26

The first steps Simone Langewouters took as a baby were of musical nature. Today’s result is a jazzy voice full of emotions, which helped her through a tough period in her life.

Talking Business

How do you make an impact? I work at SAP Netherlands as a facility specialist, health ambassador and prevention co-worker. So, for me, impact means taking the initiative and not sitting in my chair only doing the things I have to do. I’m always looking for new initiatives regarding health, a healthy work environment and well-being.

What does success mean for you? To be healthy in body and mind. It’s about feeling good in my job and my private life. I’d say the greatest success is a good balance in life.

What advice would you give to others on work/life balance? Find yourself and be aware of what you’re doing. You’re responsible for your own healthy work/life balance. Work is not everything. Sometimes you have to step back to create your own happiness. I work part time. This way, I have enough time to engage with my music. I get my energy from both my music and work. The mix is the key.

Which skill is useful in both your job and on stage? Open-mindedness. I have a very open-minded and bubbly personality. People are likely to open up to me because there are not many borders between us. I know how to reach them in a natural way.

Talking Pleasure

When and how did you find your passion? I started at an early age. My parents told me I sang before I could even talk. But the actual breakthrough was at the age of 29 when I had a burnout. At that point, I wasn’t doing music. I learned the hard way to find my balance and I rediscovered my passion for music. Since then I have been perfectly balanced and mentally and physically a very healthy person. Music was my cure.

First thought when you go on stage? Oh my god, I have to go on stage! I’m still very nervous but also very enthusiastic. I have a lot of energy and the audience can feel it. After the first song, all the nervousness is gone and I’m super energetic. The adrenaline is amazing.

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“My musical impact is to give people a very beautiful evening and to evoke emotions in them.”

What makes you get up in the morning? Well, life! I’m always ready for a new day. I’m a morning person, so I’m very energetic in the early hours. When my alarm clock goes off at 5:30 a.m. I’m at my best. It’s the best time of the day.

In two words, what does music mean to you? Healthy happiness.

5 Facts About Simone

  1. Covers songs and makes them her own.
  2. Sings in two bands: SP11, an SAP collective, and the jazz band Simone & Friends outside of SAP.
  3. Has evolved from a background singer to a front person.
  4. Plays at jazz festivals in the Netherlands.
  5. Has played twice at the SAP Field Kick-Off Meetings in Nice with her SAP band.

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