I’m not complaining! I can’t believe the longevity of classical music. It is quite something to behold.
The U.S.A. has always been my nr.1 market, followed by the U.K. & Norway. Considering how huge America actually is and how much music that is released there constantly, I cannot believe that this Zombie-Album has been hanging in there for roughly 4 years! I think that says it all. My metal music sold as well, but it never officially charted on Amazon and/or iTunes (to my knowledge), but it did get me into the top. 3 as the only unsigned artist on the streaming site ReverbNation.
In addition it obviously struck a chord with press people. I guess it is cool with a female rocker, kicking ass, in a fake uniform 😛 (mwha-ha-ha)
I thought that I was going to release a Major Label Classical Crossover Album last year, but ended up ill unfortunately, now I’m working on original music since I needed something lighter, to bring me back … something that could excite me instantly.
There will be more Classical guitar playing down the road, but for understandable reasons I just had to go back to what initially inspired me to pick up my 1st instrument…
Classical virtuoso music is incredibly tough on the upper body and I guess that I can consider myself lucky since I’ve never encountered any issues with my wrists and that I haven’t been permanently damaged, yet.
Classical virtuoso music is also tough mentally, as you sit for months repeating runs over and over for hours every day, in addition to the pressure of playing these high-performance pieces live, where any tension or nervousness will affect the tone.
Everything and anything is audible.
You have to be married to your instrument and your routine. In addition to copying with motivation loss due to the repetitiveness and the discomfort. You’ll get into the habit of constantly turning your head to glance at whatever watch, since your practice routine becomes your all and everything.
Therefore it makes me very happy to feel that my effort is being appreciated.
I’m very happy to see the numbers on my Bach video as well. There will be more.
On the 10th of August I will be singing classical music and do my 1st opera concert. It will be a mix of religious and secular music and is a fundraiser that I’ve initiated for my favourite church. As I’ve mentioned before; there is a challenge in keeping these places of worship around, due to low attendance numbers, no government support and a general lack of interest.
It is a pity, because it is part of England’s cultural and spiritual heritage.
I’m looking forward to filling the church with song and I hope that my readership will join me.
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I’m really happy about this :):):):):) It is really cool to have reached this point in my singing 😀 If anyone is interested in vocal lessons they can get those here: Bel Canto.
Here are some earlier videos & my first aria recording taken from my #1 Amazon bestselling Album released in 2014. Solveig’s Song.
Without a doubt the highlight of an extremely lame year.
I was asked if I would be interested in partaking in Norway’s Nr.1 Saturday Night TV Show this spring and got the call as I was biking on the French Riviera trying to forget my injured shoulder and poor overall health.
The offer was certainly a ray of light after a terrible start to the year where everything that could go wrong certainly did. As always silence and secrecy was demanded as is the case with serious music industry projects, so as the 007 that I am I didn’t reveal to anyone that I was going to Norway until some days prior and once I went I didn’t reveal to anyone what I was doing until I started promoting the Show on Social Media.
I brought my brother with me as I wasn’t particularly keen on travelling by myself for several reasons. First of all it was my health, second of all it was my security. I’ve had way too much time on my hands this year to read through way too much unflattering material about the current state of affairs in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. As a petite, unarmed, female I wanted a chaperone.
That being said I contemplated temporarily making my blog private before I set out to travel since the entertainment industry appears to be extremely far-left-leaning, at least that’s the general impression, and after all, maybe things aren’t really that bad in Europe. It might be Russian propaganda … at least it is according to Angela Merkel …
I made the decision to let it all stand in case my flight crashed since I’ve posted what I’ve posted in order to warn and help other people. When I found myself on the train leaving Oslo International Airport I certainly felt that I had done the right thing as a ridiculous news story broke of how American tourists had been attacked with acid in Marseille. Why oh why any white person would go into that part of France baffles me, since it was commonly known as a territory you avoided 15 years ago when I lived in Southern France … I was one of the first bloggers out there to share articles about the current Acid-epidemic in England the second that these stories were shared by the mainstream media, as a result I’ve had lots of readers checking out those entries, and it has increased, as the new Acid-reality has become part of everyday life. The most dangerous areas in London are predominantly non-English territories; the most common victims are white men. Apparently it has all grown from there, turning petty criminals into Acid-attackers since it is an effective way to mug people…These are things that tourists need to know! Acid Attacks In The UK.
After seeing more news of cultural enrichment we switched to a bus which took us right past a brand new looking Mega-Mosque that appeared out of nowhere and looked completely out-of-place in Norway, we were then greeted by a young Norwegian relative who updated us on life in the New-Norway, confirming all of our worst expectations, aligning perfectly with what I’ve observed myself in England and France, what I’ve heard from others, and also what I’ve read online … 😦
There is simply no escape from the New-Europe. Not even an innocent show-biz trip to Norway can shield you from the new reality. Not-even-that.
Yet there are plenty of Norwegians who defend the fundamental cultural transformation even proudly and loudly promoting replacement migration, without worrying about the consequences, since differences between various ethnic groups is a mirage apparently. It is a bit difficult to buy into this if talking to those who actually live or work in the New-Norway, or the New-Sweden for that matter, even more difficult if you’ve experienced it yourself….but oh well … each to their own I guess. People’s values and convictions seem immovable. Unless you want to fall out with people you just have to accept that you fundamentally disagree about what Norway/Europe is and what it should be. The viewpoints are irreconcilable. Only respect, maturity, and love, can smooth out heated discussions.
Reality aside, the sun always shines on TV, so it was nice to coach some talented people and bury my head in entertainment, which is what most people do anyway. It’s probably a way better activity to partake in, it’s not like awareness makes you happy or anything.
Anyway, the TV-Team were lovely and had been notified of my reduced state, so I was even provided with a place where I could rest as I coached an interesting assortment of Norway’s entertainment elite…
The first one up was a guy called Didrik Solli-Tangen who looked like your prototypical classical musician in terms of how he was dressed and groomed with the mandatory oversized scarf and all. He won Norway’s Eurovision Song contest and does classical crossover with his opera singing brother among other things. After I worked with him I also found out that he has been touring Norway singing Norwegian patriotic songs from the National Romantic era which surprised me as I thought that I was the only one championing National Romanticism in the “current year.” Isn’t the old Norway dead???? Apparently not.
As I shook his hand I wondered if he knew about “alt”-Berit, which was something I asked myself each time I greeted a new artist. I guess this is the drawback of not being a Che Guevara loving, flag burning, short-haired, Palestine-scarf wearing, socialist-revolutionary. You instantly wonder: “does this person know that I’m an outspoken, anti-globalist, pro-borders, nationalist?” *Ta-ta-tam* (insert dark music). There are lots of conservative & classical liberal people out there, it’s just that it isn’t equally represented in the media or in show biz, nationalism is also portrayed as outdated, in addition to being vilified by the mainstream press, so you can easily feel like you are throwing rocks into glass houses. Even if this is not the case. The current political landscape is therefore not portrayed accurately I believe. Division and hate seem to be the goal of many dark forces. After having been on “Stjernekamp” I also found out that Gaute Ormåsen is featured on a track called “The Fatherland.” Huh????What on earth is this??? Maybe the winds are changing or maybe Norway is different. One can hope……
Waiting is always mandatory when it comes to anything show-biz related so when the team finally were ready I did an interview explaining what heavy metal is, before we headed into the rehearsal area where I spent most of my time.
Solli-Tangen only had to do one vocalise for me to realise that he was really good. That is the advantage of being classically trained. So I have to admit that I was pretty biased before his rehearsal was over. He also had a really cool attitude. Don’t get me wrong, the others were cool as well, but it’s a technical thing. If you spend years training your ears in classical music etc; it does affect what you prefer I’m afraid 😛
The next one up was a pretty girl called Lisa Børud a big Christian singer in Norway; I thought that was kind of cool since Christianity is having a very hard time all over Europe these days. On the other hand I was also slightly worried about what her view on rock’n’roll would be, since Satanism is so closely linked and associated with the genre. I stopped myself from telling her to flash the horns for example, because even though this is a sign meant to ward off evil spirits, it is by modern standards seen as a Satanic gesture…..She had a pretty voice and was solid but had made a horrible song choice, something that I heard right away. I thought that this was a great shame and would have preferred if something else could have been chosen instead. I didn’t have a lot to work with so this was the coaching session that took the longest. I was genuinely worried, because your job as a coach is to be in the corner of the artist and help the artist shine regardless of your personal preferences. I did my best but felt sad on Lisa’s behalf as I was convinced that she would be voted out due to the song-choice.
The next contestant was Adam Douglas who actually won the entire competition. Apparently he was relatively unknown before participating in “Stjernekamp.” He had picked a fantastic song for his voice type and technique, I therefore didn’t really have much to tell him vocally, besides cutting down on some absolutely, out of place, spastic, wobble. The greatest challenge with this contestant was his stage presence and body language. This certainly seemed problematic as being tough and owning the stage is part and parcel of doing rock or hard rock. It is an interesting thing to note how different temperaments and energy levels draw musicians to such different genres…
And speaking of which … Gaute Ormåsen was the next name on the list and he is a huge star in Norway. He certainly looked like a movie star but had the most docile charisma I think I’ve ever encountered 😛 He was able to get the rocker out of himself and sounded tough; I was just very surprised at the total lack of attitude and the negative mentality. He entered the room without any confidence and seemed hell-bent on losing, not because of lack of talent but because of a lack of self-belief and fighting spirit, of all things. A very strange thing to observe to be honest, especially for someone that big. He left the rehearsal way too early as well, so I was wondering if he really wanted to be there or if he was just tired of the whole tv-show and wanted out. Who knows? Nice guy though. Cool voice \m/
The last person to enter the rehearsal space was international rockstar Ida Maria, who graced the front cover of NME the first year I lived in London and haunted the rock charts with her hit song “I like you so much better when you’re naked.” I had no doubts that she would be smashing since she is 100% rock’n’roll; she also thought it was cool to meet me, another rock chick which was kind of cool. She had made an excellent song choice. Covering Lemmy gave her the opportunity to show off her rock’n’rollness, she literally lit the rehearsal space on fire. It was fun and a joy to watch. I didn’t really correct much on her vocally, because Ida as I’ve already said is a rocker, a rocker with a raspy Lemmy-like voice, the sort that would fit perfectly in a sweaty rock club filled with angry dissenters who hate the system and want to tear it down. I was convinced that she would win the audience over completely, and even though Didrik was the most accomplished singer technically out of the bunch, I also had Ida on top of my list due to her attitude and undisputed rock’n’roll charisma. No wonder she has collaborated with Iggy Pop to put it that way. Here we talk attitude with huge capital letters.
After an exhausting day we returned back to our lair. Again I must say I was blown away by the professionalism of the Monster team; they were extremely sweet and understanding and did everything to make my day as smooth as possible. I was very happy and grateful for the treatment. A real top-team!
What followed were some days of relaxation rather than the original idea of me flying back and forth between England and Norway. I think that would have been way too exhausting. There were many people I wanted to visit and many things I wanted to see while staying in a suburb outside Oslo, yet I had to rein in my excitement and stay put, since I had to have the energy for my live-tv performance as an expert judge later that week.
Fast forward to Saturday……
…….and the live show was amazing. I really enjoyed it. It’s a fun show. I find it strange that the concept hasn’t been adopted by foreign broadcasters actually … I’m sure a show like this could be a big hit in a country like England or America. You can see footage with translations from the show below:
Freaking badass. I totally dig this. So cool.
Great song choice & a convincing performance. I would have had this guy up there with Didrik if it wasn’t for Ida Maria’s attitude and rawness \m/
Gaute managed to look like a bad guy 😀 he-he-he 😛 Mission accomplished. He did a good job \m/ \m/ \m/ I couldn’t believe that he seemed so indifferent after being voted out Weird. I wonder if he ever gets angry?
I did not look very excited during Lisa’s performance. I feel a bit bad about that. My face is way too easy to read. Lovely girl though and a lovely voice. I feel bad about my tragic face.
It was a cool experience to be part of “Stjernekamp.” It was so last time and it was so this time as well. The people behind the show are extraordinarily good! It is a great privilege to be part of a major production, it’s a lot of fun I must say. I wouldn’t mind doing more stuff like this.
I enjoyed my stay in Norway a lot. As I already said we were staying in a quiet suburb and also had the opportunity to spend time with Norwegian relatives. I ate lots of good Norwegian food which always makes my day 😛
The day after the live show we were on our way back home to “Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves.”
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Today I’m sharing a video of me working on Lakme during a recent singing lesson with my vocal coach who you can check out here: Bel Canto Coach!
I also want to notify my followers that there are only some few physical copies left of my “Battle For The Mind” demo, which will soon be out of print (as they are limited edition) & some very few copies still available of my “I Am” album which will soon be out of stock. If you are interested in getting your hands on a copy then make sure that you buy one from my store! Right here! 🙂
On another note! I’m releasing a new book very soon! This one will be a collection of music related blog entries, published & unpublished 😉 So make sure that you keep an eye on my social media for updates regarding both new music and other projects such as books!
I’m still off guitar playing though and can’t wait to get back. This has been a frustrating experience to put it mildly 😦
This year I decided to do something special for Christmas on my YouTube 🙂
Check out my version of “Once Upon A Dream” from Disney’s Classic the ” Sleeping Beauty” sung with opera technique 🙂
My other song of choice is ” Would You?” from the Hollywood classic “Singing In The Rain”. I picked those two songs as I associate these type of movies with the Christmas season and love both songs equally much 🙂