Goodbye August, Hello September!

After months of secrecy I just wrapped up a mystery project that I’ve been totally consumed by these last months! Fingers crossed that it won’t remain eternally secret as I’ve really enjoyed it. By far the coolest thing I’ve done I think, at least in my opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will now enjoy some well-deserved days off ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some behind the scenes pic, from the month that was!

Walking around in the countryside trying to think of something else than music ๐Ÿ˜›ย โ†‘

I spotted the pope at my first village showย โ™ฅโ™ฅ hi-hi-hiย โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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I’d never attended anything like this. ย I actually won some things, wo-ho!

I did not sign up my own veggies…hmm…I wonder why ๐Ÿ˜›

I think the most suitable name for this picture would be….โ†“

A Musician’s Harvest.

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*round of applause*

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Delicious apples that are red on the inside as well โค

 

Enjoying a little bit of summer โ†“

 

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Out of my cage ๐Ÿ˜› โ†“

 

Dropped by Londonย โ†“

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Classy!ย 

Had to take a picture of these two cute housesย โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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Ditching wheat. You don’t notice how much it dominates our diets until you cut it out.

When this happens to youย โ†“

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When you come across a cool picture of your dadย โ†“

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When you enjoy a good meal that lasts for everย โ†“

When you go looking at Barbie dollsย โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ & get annoyed when you see all the “poser” dolls pretending to be Barbie.

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When you see some serious swagย โ†“

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When you realise that your pet is gone forever.

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Taking Back Your Time. (goodbye April, hello May)

Something I find quite funny is how bloggers usually apologize their absence on their blog at one time or the other ๐Ÿ˜› If you take your time to check out a whole bunch of random “hobby-bloggers” you will find entries with an introduction around the lines of “…sorry I haven’t been blogging that much lately” or “…wow..I had no idea I had been gone for so long”… it is actually quite a funny observation and makes me think of an article I read at the beginning of the year, addressing how most people slip out of their new years resolution before January is even over ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

It is actually quite scary to think of that unless you make active choices to change certain habits ย a change is not gonna happen. Writing down a plan on how to go about things, might seem quite obvious, but I’m sure there are a lot of people who just think to themselves that they should do a whole bunch of things without them ever getting done. There wouldn’t be such a market for “self-help” books if that wasn’t the case. A good example are some of the apps I got myself not that long ago. A great thing about apps is that they keep track of your activity; accomplishing streaks can be a motivating factor. The daily reminders have the opposite effect, in fact at a certain point during the first moths of the year; Duolingo ( the popular language app) stopped sending me notifications all together with the message: ” we will stop sending you daily reminders as it isn’t working anyway” which is one of the funniest notifications I’ve received from any app. Funny enough I remember it as it was humorous and different to the repetitive messages I had previously received. Maybe it can be compared to parents who tell you the same things over and over without it ever really taking hold in your brain, until there is some sort of threat attached to the message. I don’t necessarily think paternal nuisance or anger is what ย makes a child pay attention, it might just be that the message has been altered. Now the message is slightly different so we actually pay attention and remember it….or for sometime at least until it is forgotten again.

You literally have to make a conscious, determined choice to make a serious mindful effort to alter whatever it is that you want to change in your life, the push is not going to come from a nagging app, the push can only come from within. The good news is that it only takes 13 days to turn something into a new habit! Something else that I read in an article not long ago also revealed how thinking about options/choices is way more helpful when it comes to changing negative habits. If there is something that you gravitate towards that isn’t particularly good for you, think to yourself that “I’ll do so and so instead of this”, presenting options to yourself will give you the freedom to say no more easily, than if you rely on will power alone, according to said article.

Last month I re-read the outlines in the three books about mental training that I wrote about here on my blog previously. I spent a great deal of time revising if I was making the right decisions and if I had taken care of certain issues I had noted down in my planner earlier in the year. I was adjusting and reminding myself of certain goals, something that human beings have a tendency of doing too rarely. Something I noticed in my previous diaries was how I would very often write about “getting back into form again” something that struck me as 1) surprisingly repetitive and 2) sad – as you should feel and tell yourself that you are in good form (you are only improving.)

Thinking that you are constantly standing staring up at a goal instead of staring straight ahead thinking to yourself ” ah, of course I’m in good form, I’m always that” seemed a bit counter productive to me. I have not been particularly good at keeping diaries either, as the pages at one point or the other became empty or full of random ideas scribbled in all sorts of illogical places.

Last month I also decided to create some sort of “table-layout” when it came to my practise routine and figured that I was at my happiest if my time had been equally divided between the various things I do musically, than if all my concentration was focused on my guitar only.

Good time management or simply good awareness gives you the power to take back your day rather than the day owning you ;):)

So next time you feel like writing or saying ” sorry I haven’t been active on my blog lately” or ” woooops how long hasn’t it been since I checked into app so and so” bear in mind that ย only total awareness of your time will make you own that time.

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Pigeons. Pretending that they aren’t stalking my food….

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Spot the black swan!

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What you find in a London Park.

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I want to go there….

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Smallest exhibition ever.

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Salvation

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I was illuminati before it was mainstream ๐Ÿ˜›

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When you find out you got red tones in your hair ๐Ÿ˜€

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Moms getting married again

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Hmm..someone got older this month…

Goodbye March, Hello April :)

Another month of the year was over not too long ago, and what a great month that was ๐Ÿ™‚

I had a great Easter celebration and a great St. Patrick as well! ย Music wise the classical album kept on selling and we launched a promo vid for my upcoming release, which is now available for pre-order ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not long now till I have the actual physical CDs in my hand and not that long till I’ll be playing the classical music live either ๐Ÿ˜€ Wo-ho!

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I had way too much fun doing this โ†“

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Can you spot my egg? ๐Ÿ˜›

 

In Norway we read/watch crime for Easter ๐Ÿ˜› Check my review here:ย My Easter Read

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Seriously, Carluccio’s cupcakes are nothing but divine ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ #BestThingEver #LikeEver

 

 

 

A book is not good unless you have to read it with a dictionary ๐Ÿ˜€ ha-ha

Still working on this oneย โ†“

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NEW ALBUM LAUNCH!!!!

Hey you guys!!! I’m really excited today as I launched the pre-order campaign for my upcoming album :):)

If you like what I’m up to or you are curious after reading my blog, you can check out the teaser for my album right here:ย 

There is also a new in depth interview with me out as well, if you want to know more about me when it comes to what I do professionally check it out:ย NEW Interview!!!

*Feeling good* ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Winter Is Coming!

To continue the entry from my Norway trip last month, here are some photos of Norwegian mountains and lots of snow ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m glad that I finally got to see Norwegian winter again ;);)

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I was really excited about getting to drive! I tried to drive several times which was great fun! I could see myself become as obsessed with driving as I’ve been with my guitar, this is where I was driving, it was right next to a steep precipice, which you cannot see on the picture….

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Some snapshots of Norwegian-ness ( check the food below)….my grandfather used to carve figurines out of tree ๐Ÿ™‚ ย This was a work of his that I had never seen beforeย โ†“ It represents Life.

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I was a hair model and I also sat in the jury of a local talent competition that scouts talented young people to send on to a national competition ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you are going to be an industrial town you gotta have the appropriate art ( insert Soviet Music)ย โ†“

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Here we go…. here are pictures of the stunning Norwegian winter!!!!!ย โ†“โ†“โ†“

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Arriving late back in Oslo on the 28th of the 2nd month, I went for a lovely walk in the dark, returning back home to England the day after ๐Ÿ˜‰

Goodbye January, Hello February.

31 songs completed. That was my main focus in the month that was. Really stoked that I can now consider myself done with that specific body of work. It has been a very cool experience that is for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

(My awesome view this month….โ†“)

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While looking thru my papers I found the lyrics for my Norwegian song that is out on youtube..this is seriously how I write….hilarious…funny thing is that you see me logging the hours I spend on music too, LOL.

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Got some keys again, which is really, really awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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And having keys is crucial if you are going to do stuff like this…..

Still waiting for the masters regarding my metal album…so hmmmm……no release date as of yet for that one…. :/

But speaking of music, my first album is still jumping into the amazon charts so that’s cool ๐Ÿ˜‰

It jumped into the amazon charts several times this month, I’ve also had over 500.000 views on my youtube channel in less than a year ๐Ÿ™‚ And I now have 1k followers on Instagram ๐Ÿ˜›

Check out my youtube if you guys haven’t already ๐Ÿ™‚

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Christmas is officially over when you destroy the ginger bread house.

 

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Breakfast of champions…..

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I do know how to make good pizza though, that’s for sure…

What you do when not playing…..

I’m not quite sure what I think of the “walk” paths in this area to be honest….

They seriously need to sort out the “trash anarchy” that they have here in the UK.

My dragon is “brumating” which means that he has been out of reach for the majority of the month…..

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Yes please…..

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Spring is officially here….

Here is a funny carton that came with some kitchen tools we bought, absolutely hilarious if you read the whole thing ๐Ÿ˜›

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How To Have Fun – According to Moi.

In Norway we have a saying that loosely translated would go like this: ” You Don’t Have More Fun, Than The Fun You Create Yourself”.

I do believe that I’m the living proof of that statement.

Yesterday I spent 10 hours and 44 minutes working on nothing but music; my aim this month has been to finalize and complete a body of work that I’ve dubbed: “album nr.3”. This is a number of songs that are all of a personal nature and were all written around the same time.

This material is in my opinion the best songs that I’ve ever written and the body of work is unique in that it was all created around the time frame of 2014-2015, with the majority of the material having been written last year.

I have an incredible amount of “backlogged” material; enough songs for a 2nd Metal Album, ( Metal Album Nr.1 will be released whenever I get the mixes/masters), enough material for 2 instrumental albums and lost of songs & ideas laying about.

My usual M.O. is to work on songs over several years, you could pretty much call my previous songs for musical collages. They all have multiple lyric sets usually, and nothing is settled as a riff in one song could go into another and a bridge section could all of a sudden end up as a chorus in another tune. It’s a giant puzzle in motion where I basically just try to find the right combination of pieces.

In contrast it seems that when I finally decided to write personal music that the songs just came to me in very complete forms as a huge creative tsunami. Maybe this is also why these tracks are being prioritized as the vast majority are new songs and I find this new creative process that I’ve been in the receiving end for very intriguing.

If I focus on the ” fun I can create for myself” I must admit that I enjoy myself tremendously, I don’t have words to describe how cool it is to have the gift of creativity. I do believe it is the gift to be the most grateful for, because if you “only” sing/play/perform you will need other people to create for you.

To be able to conceive something out of absolutely nothing is great, great fun and nothing can compare. The coolest characteristic of creativity as well, is that it always finds a way, either you will draw and fall in love with empty canvases and blank books as it enables you to just create out of thin air, or creativity will come to you in the form of writing and you’ll fall in love with an empty notebook and a simple pen.

The truest form of joy though is when you can use the outlet that you love the most which in my case is music ๐Ÿ™‚

If I’m going to be brutally honest I’m never sad or disappointed because of something I do, whenever I’m unhappy it is always caused by factors outside of myself.

But if I’m going to focus on just myself and my abilities, such as the 5 songs I finalised yesterday I’m probably one of the happiest people on this earth. I’m profoundly infatuated with the gifts that I’ve been given and I pat myself on the back for having the drive to put in all the hours and the effort it takes to take these talents somewhere.

Then again I don’t know how many artists that are out there who would consider it “fun” to spend 6-8 hour practise routines, for 6 months, only to reach a specific “goal”. I don’t know how many other musicians who would gladly spend almost 11 hours in a day to complete a group of songs, to meet a specific deadline in order to get the work done. The impression I largely have is that people wanna “have a life” as if thought practising or writing is some sort of sacrifice. Which means that the music gets prioritized when it doesn’t clash with a holiday, a nagging partner or going out for a beer with friends, or watching something on Netflix; etc.

If you reach the goal you have in mind, how could the effort you have to invest be considered a sacrifice?

Wouldn’t the disappointment be if you didn’t reach your goal?

And how can you expect to ever exploit your potential if you are not willing to invest the necessary time and effort?

” You don’t have more fun, than the fun you create yourself”