Rob de Nijs and Ernst Daniël Smid write a song about Parkinson’s

“I think it’s important that we get this disease under,” said Rob de Nijs (78) last night at the table at Humberto. “If we have to sing a few notes for that, we’re happy to do it.”

‘Totally different person’

Together with opera singer Ernst Daniël Smid (68), De Nijs made the impressive song about the disease. Smid also joined last night and said that he had become ‘a completely different person’ because of the illness.

Watch the entire snippet here:


Smid announced two years ago that he suffers from Parkinson’s disease. He kept the diagnosis to himself for a long time, because it is still taboo. “Why am I still keeping it a secret?”, he said when he told about it at the table at Pauw.

Rob de Nijs has also been struggling with the disease for several years, and therefore decided to stop performing. He hopes to give one more concert.

53,000 Dutch people

In the Netherlands, more than 53 thousand Dutch people suffer from the brain disease and this number is growing enormously. With the new song ‘The music always goes on’ they want to show how important it is that more attention is paid to this neurological condition.

What is Parkinson’s?

More than 53,000 people in the Netherlands have Parkinson’s disease, more men than women suffer from it. In patients with this disease, nerve cells in the brain die. As a result, less dopamine is produced – the substance with which parts of the brain communicate with each other, giving the body commands.

Signals are therefore less well transmitted in people with Parkinson’s. As a result, they have to think a lot more about their movements, which logically become slower. Patients also suffer from trembling, stiff muscles and a ‘mask face’ (an expressionless face). But also lack of initiative, poor speech, sleeping problems, problems with thinking and mood disorders are common.

The disease is progressive and incurable. However, there are treatments that can slow down the disease process, such as medicines and therapies.

Source: Parkinson’s Association

Both singers said that they are doing well under the circumstances. “I have grown old quickly, I am a bit crooked,” said Ernst Daniël Smid. “The worst thing is that damn tremor.” He also trembled at the table.

“Every moment of stress causes the shaking to get worse,” explained doctor Bas Bloem. “The vibration becomes a kind of thermometer for the stress.”

New fund

The song was produced on behalf of the new ParkinsonNL fund. The well-known duo Fluitsma & van Tijn made the song in collaboration with lyricist Han Kooreneef.

Anita Meyer, Berget Lewis and Jim Bakkum also contributed. Ernst Daniël Smid’s daughter, Coosje Smid, also contributed to the song. She sang the song Als Je Overmorgen Oud Bent especially for her father and Rob de Nijs to conclude the broadcast. That resulted in beautiful images:

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