Lyric Book – Signed Physical Copies!

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A little while ago I received my 1st printed version of my Illustrated Lyric Book ๐Ÿ™‚ It made me so happy and proud to actually have a physical copy in my hand! I was positively surprised at the amazing quality as well; it certainly looks very exclusive when you hold it in your hands!

Signed Physical Copies of this book will only be available through myย Patreon Pageย ๐Ÿ˜€ If you are keen on a digital copy of my Amazon Bestseller Lyric Book, you can get yours here:ย eBook.ย The eBook version is shorter since the Physical one also includes some pages with only artwork; I’ll give you a sneak peek here:

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I’ve also released my 1st Blog Book; which is why a number of my entries have been set to private here on my blog. If you want a chronological insight into my Blog writing from my 1st entry up until Christmas 2016, then check this out. I’ve not included Music Industry related entries as these will be released as a separate book.ย Buy My Book Here!

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If you like my drawings then make sure that you check out my very 1st book; my Amazon Bestselling illustrated children’s book “The Freezing Snowman.”

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“Mozart In The Jungle” by Blair Tindall & Some Personal Thoughts Regarding The Aftermath of Feminist Liberation.

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โ€œYou ask my opinion about taking the young Salzburg musician into your service. I do notย know where you can place him, since I feel that you do not require a composer or other useless people โ€ฆIt gives oneโ€™s service a bad name when such types run around like beggars; besides, he has a large family.โ€
-Letter from Archduke Ferdinandโ€™s mother,
upon learning of his interest in Mozart,
1771.

Where do I start in describing this book? On the one hand it is a page turner, on the other hand a terrifying and negative read as Tindall becomes increasingly disillusioned with the music industry before wrapping up her dreams and changing her profession entirely.

The highlight of the work is when Tindall recounts the gradual evolution of classical music in the USA, displaying her broad understanding of music history and research ability. I was of course both pleased and charmed by her beautiful praise of her one year in Vienna during her childhood and her overall positive view of what our continent has to offer culturally. Tindall uncovers valuable information when she dives into the financial situation of orchestras, breaking down their salaries and whatnot. This information is what makes the book interesting, besides her gift for writing, which will keep you reading through the early morning hours, despite the depressing and discouraging topic.

And why on earth would I say that, being an artist myself?

Well … this book belongs and matches countless unflattering musician biopics.

Behaviour patterns rather than talent, seem to be the thread that glues a lot of the show biz mosaic together, regardless of genre. I also received a book called โ€œThe Lives and Times Of The Great Composersโ€ for Christmas and hope that maybe Iโ€™ll find some inspiring stories contained within its pages describing artistry in its purest form, rather than the personal mess weโ€™ve grown so accustomed to when it comes to modern musicians, whether widely celebrated or not.

The book is off to a typical post-modern-start that I have by now gotten used to; letโ€™s hit the reader hard with vulgarity in the introduction before reverting to a more subtle and civilised tone as the main text progresses. (Makes me think of this.)

Tindall decides to become an orchestra musician, because she wants to be a pretty princess, in a beautiful dress ; she wants to be a star. There is nothing wrong with that, but for some strange reason she does not pick up a solo-instrument but goes for the oboe, and never pauses to consider whether she should change her instrument. At the end of her story she complains about the treatment and payment of orchestra musicians and how the audience donโ€™t even notice them.

It is an interesting perspective to see after having complained on my blog previously of the ordeal of being a solo-artist having to deal with greedy, ungrateful, session musicians. My perspective would differ; “here I am and I write all the music and I am the one people pay to hear, yet I have to deal with backing musicians who donโ€™t care about what Iโ€™m trying to accomplish (in a lot of cases) and just want to suck me dry of whatever money they imagine that Iโ€™m in the possession of (in most cases), double charging me/my manager, stealing from me and whatnot without ever offering a simple thank you, despite getting paid and being treated well.” ย I have experienced going on stage as the only person not getting paid, having to deal with diva attitudes and entitlement issues from the other musicians, which is very interesting if you are a solo artist…

Quotes taken from “Mozart In The Jungle”

“Though my conservatory professors venerated that 1930 work for its twelve-tone serialism, I secretly filed it under H for honk-beep-squeak. Perhaps it was no accident that an American soldier shot and killed the composer during World War II.”

“Perhaps Mr. Mehta should have realised he was inflicting on the audience not one but several compositions by Anton von Webern. Since many concertgoers regard performances of Webern as the musical equivalence of a visit to the dentist, audience unrest should not have been a surprise. It is no accident that selections by Webern are generally programmed before, not after, intermission. Otherwise, few would return for the second half.”ย 

I’m willing to bet whatever I have that a lot would probably think that I’m the one with the Diva tendencies due to my skills, press quotes, and whatnot, in fact, people normally seem surprised that it is possible to be around me for long periods of time without succumbing to homicidal fantasies… This was mentioned several times during 2016 in particular, when I was involved with a huge secret project dealing with establishment people used to dealing with big stars. How could I be so easy-going they asked? I think that speaks volumes of how musicians and artists normally behave….regardless of their skill level.

Tindall however, on the other hand, complains about being the wallpaper and not making as much as the conductors and orchestra CEOโ€™s in the classical world. Or she complains about the astronomical differences in payment. She gets to be close to the well-earning soloist super-stars on some occasions, but thatโ€™s about it. The book is filled to the brim with resentment, at least that’s how it comes across…

I can relate to her moments of happiness whenever they are described, but her joy is constantly overshadowed by worries and negative thoughts, a common pattern for all artists I guess.

I’ve worked with veteran musicians in the past who were void of any excitement as they had just grown way too cynical. They had lost faith and that’s what can be sensed in Tindall as her story progresses. ย It is crucial to note however that she doesnโ€™t write her own music, nor is she a soloist. She flirts with the idea of going her own way by staging her own recitals, but these moments receive little space in the book as the author become ever more resigned and negative.

When she ends up dating someone who is influential in the music industry, she does not feel at home with his entourage of friends. She feels out of her element when exposed to the rich and the famous, and describes how she gets a glimpse into a world that isnโ€™t meant for her and where she doesnโ€™t belong. It is easy to sense the opposite class-arrogance, where people who feel an inferiority complex hate on those who they perceive as having more than themselves.

It is also described that her impressive classical CV doesnโ€™t necessarily matter much when it comes to impressing and catching the attention of traditionally eligible men (as described during one of her man-hunts) who seem more focused on appearances/class rather than music degrees, and/or are thrown off by her awkward schedule, etc. It is interesting to note however that Korean female piano students are described as coming to the USA to learn music, so as to increase their chances of landing a good spouse back home.

“He who binds to himself a joy

Doth the winged life destroy;

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in eternity’s sunrise.”

– from “Eternity,” as featured in “Mozart In The Jungle.”

She also portrays government funding for the arts as potentially problematic, using an episode as an example, where government money was being used in the USA to set up communist propaganda entertainment. The shutting down of this was bad apparently… I think youโ€™ll always lose some of your artistic freedom the second that someone writes you a check, itโ€™s like companies looking for investors, whoโ€™ll always take a big cut and demand a say.

She describes the now common unserious stock-music-industry-characters, who drink, do drugs, complain and never really have anything of interest to talk about and discuss. She reveals how she gets her jobs by sleeping with male musicians who can get her work. She describes a partially unserious music education, featuring teachers sleeping with their students, and unserious students more focused on delinquent behaviour than academic results. She burns bridges when it comes to her own career due to her numerous relationships with industry men who grow tired of her and do what they can to get her out-of-the-way professionally. When the affair is over then the jobs cease as well. She fails numerous auditions and is never taken up as a permanent fixture in an orchestra; and loathes it when she finally lands a well paid job working the Broadway musical scene. Note that this job makes it possible for her to buy her own place.

Quotes taken from “Mozart In The Jungle”

“The sooner we can implement a program of selling our culture to the ย uncommitted people of the world as a weapon, the better off we are,” said New Jersey congressman Frank Thompson in 1952.

” the arts are not for a privileged few but for the many, that their place is not on the periphery of society but at its centre, that they are not just a form of recreation but are of central importance to our well-being and happiness. In the panel’s view, this status will not be widely achieved unless artistic excellence is the constant goal of every artist and every arts organization, and mediocrity is recognised as the ever-present enemy of true progress.”ย 

For someone like myself who ditched formal education in music (as you cannot learn how to create and the cost and debt isnโ€™t worth it) and opted for an apprenticeship the old-fashioned way when it comes to one of my instruments, I have to admit that there is a great deal that I cannot relate to. The same can be said of my relationship to my 1st instrument: the guitar. As someone who is deeply creative and in love with music, I cannot relate to the authorโ€™s envy of other performers. I love being treated as a rock star, I love having a deep relationship with my music, I love the beautiful things Iโ€™ve experienced so far, and feel sorry for the author who seem set on convincing young people not to pursue a life of artistic passion. It would be the same as telling a priest with divine connection, not to pursue a life serving God. Or a soldier, devoted to his country or a cause, not to fight.

Of course you have the financial worries, so common for everyone involved with anything creative, Iโ€™ve seen myself how older musicians a lot of times, in fact most of the time, still live a lifestyle normally reserved for college students, who pass through a phase in their lives, while musicians are stuck in that pattern seemingly forever. There are plenty of men in the industry who literally marry sugar-mamas, which is an interesting phenomena as the norm, or tradition at least, is to see older men marrying younger women.

In the music biz however Iโ€™ve seen countless men with an unstable income marry older women who have everything under control financially. This was also echoed in Slashโ€™s unflatteringย autobiography where he described a horrible, degenerate, lifestyle in squalor, where him and his band mates would live off their groupies in order to get food and an escape route out of the gutter.

Musicians are also described in Tindall’s book as walking on eggshells from they are studying and all through their careers as influential individuals in the industry can ruin your prospects if you say no to sexual advances; which echoes the recent scandals with the whole #MeToo movement. That is actually an interesting scenario, since Tindall describes her work drying up due to her using intimacy as currency. She is cheating and realises this at a certain point towards the end of the book, where she officially delights in finally feeling a genuine sense of accomplishment due to her own merits rather than men helping her with favours. Even though she loses a lot, her entire music career or portfolio seems to be based on men that she is intimately connected with doing her favours. In fact also her writing career to a certain degree is, as a former platonic lover helps her with contacts when she sends in her first article hoping to get published.

“O sublime art,

In how many gray hours

When wild tumult of life ensnared me

Have you kindled my heart to warm love?”

– from “An die Musik” as featured in “Mozart In The Jungle.”

You also have reflective moments where Tindall scolds herself for focusing so much on her dream rather than spending more time with her family. The grizzly tale of celebrated musicians being forgotten by their benefactors and contacts the second that they are heading for the scrap-heap is equally dark.

A very interesting aspect of the story is the parallel-reality that Tindall witnesses by peeking out of her window looking at her neighbours, who make love, become pregnant and have a proper family. She is childless and has never been married. In the book she does not describe a single serious relationship. She cheats on her multiple partners, describe her own fear during the AIDS scare, have relationships with married men, and never (at least in the book) marries herself. She describes other older female musicians living in the same building that she does, who are unmarried, childless, and alone, stuck in a derelict building, with lousy income due to their music careers being stagnant.

In other words nothing uplifting or encouraging can be found anywhere, as the professional lives of performers is depicted as stressful and lonely with lousy pay and a dumb work environment. There is nothing positive to hold on to anywhere. It is a downright depressing read.

Tindall tries to break out of her cage and loop, by creating a new one, and taking into account that her book has been turned into an Amazon Original Series, Iโ€™m assuming that she finally found the fame and success that she was looking for.

I can relate to some of the worries described obviously, as all musicians would, but there is a great deal that I cannot relate to, such as the plethora of partners, drug and alcohol abuse, and a life basically void of values; before Tindall realises in her 40s that maybe values are of importance. She offers an alarming picture of smashed dreams and depression that will probably scare away women for several reasons and musicians in general. None of the women described in this book seem happy at all. Again – this is a very grim read.

Quotes taken from “Mozart In The Jungle”

“European opera stars crisscrossed the country during the mid-1800s on lucrative tours, injecting popular tunes like “An Old Man Would Be a-Wooing” into a Rossini opera, which might then be followed by a comic play. Once English-language performances made their stories more accessible, the New York Home Journal could declare that “opera music has become a popular taste.” Concert music, without the entertainment value of a story line, was still something of a Eurocentric rarity, and few instrumental concert performances were presented in the United States during the mid-nineteenth century.”

“During their summer seasons in a Central Park beer garden, conductor Theodore Thomas had to juxtapose waltzes and Wagner, complaining that “circumstances force me to prostitute my art and my talents.”

(I’ll be so lame as to include a trigger warning, of all things, as I contemplate certain ideas that would be seen as horrid in today’s sensitive public forum. I think that there always is a level of sensitivity or certain things “that ought not be discussed” but as I’ve said in previous entries; the topic changesย through the times. Today it would be seen as controversial to discuss differences between the genders and/or differences between races/ethnicities, and/or to question, not to forget oppose, socialist and untraditional ideas. I do find it very intriguing to think about all sorts of things, in case the people who read this blog haven’t noticed, so here we go).

An interesting thing to note is how orchestras only used to employ men; women were not allowed in the past. This really surprised me when I first read it, as I’ve always seen classical music as being very feminine. Considering how downright miserable all of the women featured in this book seem though, maybe it wasnโ€™t such a bad idea? I cannot believe that I actually just wrote that, but read this book yourself and you might actually start asking yourself the same thing … I guess having, or building a just world, means leaving the door open or simply put: “letting women know that the option is there.”

If you know that you can, you’ll probably just ignore things, if someone says explicitly no, you’ll become obsessed and angry, probably hell-bent on changing old-fashioned perceptions, etc; So by letting people know that it is possible for them to do such and such, much social upheaval and trouble is avoided, or that is until people find a new battle ground, as I sadly came to realise in this entry of mine:ย The Battle That Canโ€™t Be Won.

I can only assume that star performers and soloists may feel different when it comes to their happiness levels, as Iโ€™ve always been happy whenever sitting in a make-up chair heading for live-TV or whatever, it rocks to record albums, to see your music chart, to receive features, etc; Then again there are of course artists who commit suicide en masse and/or complain about their internal misery. So I guess it all boils down to individuals and how you personally feel about things….

That being said I donโ€™t like the idea of being old and alone, as is described in this book, but then again last time I checked: who does? There are plenty who claim that they like being lonely, but this is in most cases a lie, as complaints about depression or contact seeking behaviour usually always follows such bold remarks. (Pay attention next time you talk with someone who claim that they like being lonely, and you’ll see what I mean).

I do find it interesting though how misery is constantly described when it comes to working women, as egalitarianism, or the pursuit of this, is considered a standard goal in our age. Only traditionalists and people on the alt-right spectrum seem obsessed with the negative implications of female liberation, they highlight and address issues that had never really crossed my mind at all, until I was exposed to their arguments. I remember what I thought when I first saw young women posing with posters saying: “I hate feminism because…,” and that wasn’t nice! I felt that the whole online meme was crazy, because women wouldn’t really have much of a say in today’s environment if it wasn’t for those activists coming before us. Yet it is very easy to forget this if you are my age or younger, because we are spoilt. So when confronted with tales of old-fashioned sexism, it sounds completely alien and incomprehensible. Likewise it becomes easy to point out the negative implications of feminism, when looking at what women complain about in today’s western world and also when looking at the behaviour of radical 3rd wave feminists.

It is important however to point out, that there are elements on the genuine far-right, who genuinely espouse anti-female views as I’ve described before. Me thinking and writing about the things that I share on here, doesn’t necessarily mean that I endorse this or that, meaning that even though I’ve given good reviews and praise to communist writers; ย I’ve condemned communist ideas as I am horrified by the ideology, as I’ve come to understand it. You can disagree with an idea or movement while still respecting some of its writers and promoters. There can be inspiration found within texts and works that you mostly dislike.

Likewise me contemplating critique towards the new-role of women or basically issues addressed in the current public forum, doesn’t mean that I hate women or feel that it should be illegal with education and/or the employment of women. Contemplating different ideas, changing ones perspective, coming back to previous held beliefs, or moving on as new information is presented to you is normal and healthy if asking questions and/or looking for answers. It is in a way sad, that I feel that something like that has to actually be addressed. It should be self-explanatory.ย 

A common critique or concern voiced by many is that; women who spend a lot of time studying or pursuing ambitious career goals, for example, miss out when they are physically most adapted to give birth. Addressing something like this in the current year, sounds almost absurd, when one has been exposed to post-modern values outside the home. Yet all of a sudden one hears of bizarre trends, such as women in their late 20’s freezing their eggs, as they cannot find a partner, or don’t feel ready for motherhood yet. This fantasy of controlling reproduction though, does strike me as odd, because what if you are in a relationship ย and you ward off unwanted pregnancies, only to find yourself in an infertile situation later? There is also the issue of educated women complaining that they cannot find a man of interest, as they alienate men or find them intellectually uninteresting.

It is also of interest how “other tribes” see the female womb as a potential weapon, while our own tribes would regard a belief like that as outdated and barbaric. Even just writing it (in the current year) feels hilarious, as we surely must be above such things in our enlightened western societies.

The negative side-effects of the infamous “pill,” glorified as it is vital for women to be as sexually active as men in this brave new world of enforced equality, also crashes trough political-correct propaganda. The same can be said of all of the leaflets sent from the NHS, or displayed at the doctor’s office, not only highlighting different frequencies of illnesses between races, but also emphasising how multiple partners is risky for female reproductive health….

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Considering how Christian people are generally mocked due to their so-called “lame values” I find the negative consequences of the alternative quite interesting…….

I myself, despite not being a globalist, was shocked when I picked up “Scientific American: It’s Not a Women’s Issue” as the one influential woman after the other was promoting abortion and the destruction of the nuclear family world-wide, all in the name of female empowerment, of course.ย And these were women of political influence, working for international institutions. Despite being a proper pro-Westerner I read these articles with great horror and was amazed that these ideas were being promoted and articulated by females.

Considering how poorly assaults are treated as well over here in Europe, as it is “politically incorrect” to point out an imported threat – or more correctly: how sex can be used as a weapon against women who are “outside whatever in-group,” an overall conclusion can be drawn that women are not necessarily treated any better under the “protective wings of feminist politics.” It can certainly seem that quite the opposite is true. The absurd idea of telling young women that words or bracelets make them safe and empowered enough to walk around tipsy, scantily dressed and vulnerable, is also alarming. As much as female liberation is preached and glorified, it does seem as if though it only makes women more vulnerable.

Health wise and safety wise there is nothing positive with promoting STDs as ok, “slutty behaviour” as acceptable,” or excessive drinking to “keep up with the guys” as alright, when you look at the potential consequences, especially the potential complaints surfacing later. The siren song of liberalism is easy to fall for, because everyone (besides those who questions its principles) will be accepted with open arms. Reading of how brutal people were in their descriptions of women in the past and how limited the opportunities were for the so-called fairer sex, it would be ludicrous to not feel a great sense of gratitude towards those fighting for women to be heard and have a place in society.

That being said however, I do wonder, if more women feel inclined to get engaged in politics and enforcement professions if they start seeing the male population as weak or incompetent? That is a question that just fell into my mind right now. Would I bother to share my political opinions if I felt safe in Europe today and if I felt that our interests, heritage and institutions, were being properly guarded? I don’t think I would have written a thing. In fact I doubt that I would even have cared to cast my vote. I do see our situation as dire though, because certain basic concerns seems to be neglected, such as a general sense of safety or a culture of national/continental pride/appreciation. Maybe women become more outspoken when they sense a lack of leadership? Or maybe it has nothing to do with gender? I certainly think that a general sense of respect vanishes throughout the population as individuals feel inclined to step into certain roles that they wouldn’t step into otherwise. How do men without political influence react to the same scenario? Do they sit and plot a coup d’รฉtat? My questions are endless.

This year, or maybe it was last year, I started to have my doubts, or have my thoughts regarding women in prototypical masculine professions such as the military. It is of interest to note who I featured in my “20 Badass Women!” entry published in 2015. I personally think of it as cool and inspiring when I see the sort of women featured on my list, but as of late, after reading and hearing of how female military involvement is problematic for physical reasons, it has certainly made me think. It can also be assumed that women attracted to typical testosterone professions will represent a minority. So any attempts at normalizing such interests, is probably futile, as the appeal will not necessarily become broader, while quotas can become a destructive force internally if it crushes trust and morale. Yet again I arrive at the conclusion that what matters at the end of the day is “knowing that the option is there” somehow, yet this shouldn’t force certain institutions to lower their requirements; I guess it is these changes, the enforcement of “political correctness” that makes the situation so very problematic.ย (The War Has No Female Face.ย &ย โ€œLieutenant Colonel: Women in the Military Diminishes Norwayโ€™s Fighting Ability.โ€)

All of these things also makes me think of an interview I saw many years ago with a Russian sports legend. She was from the Soviet times, just like the war heroines on my list; this lady had been kicking ass left right and centre, but the price that she had paid was enormous. Filled with hormones to make her unbeatable, she had basically become a man. A story that always reappears in the back of my mind whenever I hear of transgender athletes and whatnot.

Last time I was in Norway for example I couldnโ€™t help but wonder about the absurdity of typical female careers; “you nurse other peopleโ€™s relatives and raise and/or educate other peopleโ€™s children, while not having time to raise and look after your own.” This independence is normally only a mirage as well as the payment is usually lousy. When women are climbing whatever career ladder it isnโ€™t uncommon for them to slow down at a certain point as a desire for a family and/or spending more time with husband and/or kids overshadow the drive to climb whatever hierarchy. Of course, as always, not all; but it is interesting to ponder the female misery described in so many different places by so very many.

It certainly makes me wonder, and I donโ€™t think Iโ€™m the only one.

In fact I know that I’m not the only one, as there are many who constantly criticise the well-fare state and how inefficient and incompetent it is, while defending it in the next sentence due to ideology. There are women on the left who are openly complaining about the negative effects of women waiting too late to have kids – yet even though they do – they would never change their political alignment, write something like this or be willing to take the argument to its final conclusion (even in a private, sheltered setting!), as that would be too spooky, since it could potentially lead to something sounding sexist, or “scary.”

Of course it can be argued that none of the female-issues I addressed above are of relevance unless there is a concern for “the national interest.” In a truly liberated society, where cohesion is undesired and unobtainable, and from a globalist perspective as well I assume, it doesn’t really matter how your nation is doing; because after all: the national interest can be seen as synonymous with oppression and discrimination. Why? Because there are a great deal of things that are not in the interest of a nation if that nation in particular is to be healthy and prosperous as a unit. So at the end of the day does it really matter?ย 

โ€œThe arts are essenยญtial to any comยญplete national life. The State owes it to itself to susยญtain and encourยญage themโ€ฆ.Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the revยญerยญence and delight which are their due.โ€Winston Churchill, 1938.

*A little note, as a comment to one of the JFK quotes featured in the article linked to above: Blair Tindall debunks the myth that classical music can make you more accomplished academically or that there are countless cerebral benefits as claimed by politicians from the past championing federal funding to improve the awesomeness of their population. She features plenty of quotes from recent research in her book. If I remember correctly it can increase spatial awareness, but the numerous claims that classical music can function as some sort of ubermensch measure seems to be a myth according to what she presents … of course there will be those who disagree.*

New Music Update!

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Hey there to my blog subscribers!

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:ย Bel Canto Coach!

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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!ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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On another note! I’m releasing a new book very soon! This one will be a collection of music related blog entries, published & unpublished ๐Ÿ˜‰ So make sure that you keep an eye on my social media for updates regarding both new music and other projects such as books!

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I’m still off guitar playing though and can’t wait to get back. This has been a frustrating experience to put it mildly ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Sit. Rap. November 2015 \m/

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Ever since I came back from Norway I’ve been busy finishing my first metal album \m/

I’ve had my first “charting success” with my classical music so I don’t know what to expect with my metal music, but I hope it will be well-received sales-wise. I’ve experienced a lot of awesome stuff with my metal, but it never officially charted and my first song to really go viral, (like past the 100k mark on YouTube) was my version of the violin piece “Zigeunerweisen”, that vid was spreading like a disease online. A piece of classical music written for violin virtuosos never before played on the guitar! So it will be interesting to see what will happened when we release the first video for my metal record! My metal music has always been selling (even though it hasn’t officially charted) and my ย “limited-edition” physical metal Demo’s have been selling this year too, so I have my fingers crossed for another charting album, because it would just feel so awesome and so victorious to see my original music reaching an Amazon-charting position + that I’m an independent artist, so buy my art folks! You can buy it here ๐Ÿ˜› mwha-haย My Store!!!!

Soooooo this is what you start seeing after staring into your screen while tracking! Read the captions..

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two fish bones!

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one little piggy went to market…

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a whale….

Lots of cool Instagram pics โค

I was in a mag again, look my name is on the front-cover \m/ and also…guitar legend Jason Becker shared my vid โค wo-ho! Thanks dude โค

Track-Track-Tra-ack…

What you see here is part of what I worked on yesterday, which was tracking 4 takes ( no punch in btw ) all the way through making it sound like one #guitar with the @audixmics #i5. Whenever there was something I didn't like in the take, I did it all over again. I figured it was wise to break it in the middle to tune, as the song is pretty heavy on the low B and this string can easily go out of tune especially when you are tracking with a tremolo system. The little portions of sound you see are chords played an octave higher in the choruses to make it bigger sounding & some harmonies in the middle eight section. Today I changed the position of the amp entirely to track 4 other type of takes with 3 mics capturing completely different parts of the amp. Thats the pile you see there. You can just imagine the amount of tracks, also I haven't named things correctly yet ๐Ÿ˜› When I'm done tracking with the good old tube amp, I'll track another set of guitars, this time with plugins so that there will be a wide range of options for tone ๐Ÿ˜ฏ #presonus #presonusstudioone #studioone #tracking #guitartracking #trackingguitar #guitar #guitarist #recording

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Nothing beats going for walks in the middle of the night…

Who said you have to take your sibling’s to the playground when there is light outside?

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Bearded Dragon’s and their weird habits….

First I figured that Satan was following me on Instagram ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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And then I got my first pic with over a 100 likes ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Oioioi! How crazy ๐Ÿ˜› Time to get a maid \m/ I’ve officially made it!

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A secret society is trying to recruit me. But only if I can solve this puzzle……

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Dad crashed his Mercedes….

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Kids these days……

Daredevil swans…..

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I have no idea what happened to my chair :/ Bottom line is…I fixed it…eventually… ๐Ÿ˜›

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Apparently there has been a change of seasons and there is something called Christmas happening soon ๐Ÿ˜ฎ wow-time flies way too fast!!!

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Disturbing Articles About Racism as entertainment & other articles worth a read.

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Some articles that are worthy of your time, if you feel like reading.

I had never heard of Margaret Keane’s “Big Eyes” pictures, but saw Tim Burton’s movie the other night and that was time well spent. What a story and what a great performance by the actors, seriously I had no idea Christoph Waltz could be this funny. An equally dark & entertaining film, check it out folks. You can read more about one of the greatest “art-frauds” ever right here:ย Margaret Keane

Speaking of stealing from others and claiming other people’s ideas as your own…read this disturbing story about “Jim Crow” right here:ย Jim Crow

I had never heard of this ” Jim-Crow-Thing” until I read a very cool article concerning the first and only all black-women’s army unit sent overseas during WWII. A very inspiring read that is certainly worth checking out!ย Afro-American pioneer women \m/

As I read about “Jim Crow” above this also led me to check out what on earth “Blackface” is. I remember seeing furious comments on YouTube after South African rap-group “Die Antwoord” featured a so-called “Blackface-character” in one of their videos. I also remember a huge backlash when Robert Downey Junior was gonna be “black” in one of his movies. To understand the outrage whenever people see a “BlackFace” check out this disturbing article and you will understand why this is a delicate and very sensitive topic. I’m quite frankly shocked after reading this:ย Blackface :/

Today’s big talk in Norway is that Anneke Von Der Lippe has made history by being the first Norwegian to ever win an Emmy! This is seriously awesome!ย First Norwegian To Win An Emmy!

Adele proves that physical albums still sells ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Adele!

And NATO countries might be in deep shit since the Turkish government are a bunch of assholes. Thanks Turkey! Seriously…. what a bunch of idiots, shooting down a Russian fighter jet. Interesting thing to note is that the Russians haven’t lost a single plane during their fight against IS…until a NATO country shoots one down. Seriously. Why are Turkey a NATO country? Their leader is a total nut case. Time to abolish NATO or get rid of Turkey?ย Turkey just made an ass of themselves.

Speaking of Russia. Patriarch Kirill’s hat is making waves online.ย Kirill’s funny hat.

A pigeon blows itself up in Paris.ย Homicidal Pigeon

An insane murder case from Britain. A man kills his own stepsister together with his girl friend. They both joke about the murder via text messages afterwards. Total nutcase. Read about the tragic Becky Watts case right here:ย Tragedy from Britain.

A very tragic case, again from the UK. A 14-year-old was stabbed to death by an 18-year-old he met online. The mother of the victim contacted the authorities as she feared that her son was being “groomed” online by a predator. The police ignored her and she lost her son. Read about it here:ย More UK tragedy

Freemason members revealed by the Freemason’s themselves.ย Freemason’s reveal past members.

More about the former freemason’s right here:ย Quite some cool names.

I don’t know why I clicked on this article. But it was interesting.ย Interesting.

Back to show biz. Are you a Star Wars fan? Well then you should check this out:ย George Lucas.

A cool insight into special effects and what “sets” actually looks like.ย Famous Movie Scenes \m/

Coaching & Judging on the TV-Show “Stjernekamp” \m/

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During the weekend that was, I finally returned back home to the UK!

I had an AMAZING experience over in Norway!

Time for a resume about what I thought about the show and my experience \m/

As I’ve written in my previous entry I was asked if I would be a coach and judge in the heavy metal genre for Norwegian Saturday Night prime-time TV-Show “Stjernekamp”.

This is a show where established artists every weekend perform a song in a different genre, competing to see who will be Norway’s greatest and most versatile artist.

They are all taken out of their comfort zones and have to try out styles that are completely new to them.

This certainly sounded exciting and I accepted the offer!

You can see the whole episode on the link below \m/

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/stjernekamp/KMTE60004715/10-10-2015

If you wanna know how I felt about doing this you can keep on reading ๐Ÿ˜›

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First they flew me in to do an interview where I spoke about the history of heavy metal and the role and challenges a heavy metal vocalist has to cope with.

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Some days later I spent a whole day coaching the participants in this genre that was completely new to most of them. I didn’t really know what to expect as I had never coached anyone vocally before ( I only had experience with giving guitar lessons), but both them and I, and eventually the viewers, loved it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I had lots of comments and feedback for all of them, and felt a bit like the “Metal-Police” if there ever was such a thing ๐Ÿ˜›

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Despite me wondering whether or not I was being too picky with these people (who are all established stars in their own right), it was fun as hell to see how tiny adjustments could make such a difference.ย But that’s what it is like to work with professionals.

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Then came Saturday the 10th, and it was time for the show \m/

I was suspecting that the show would be phenomenally good, I thought to myself, ” Damn, if these guys do live what they did during rehearsal, we are truly up for one hell of a show.”

And a hell of a show is exactly what we got, indeed!!!!

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You can check out all the heavy metal performances right here on this playlist \m/

Kudos to the producers for having Gospel & Heavy Metal on the same day! It made for a spectacular contrast both in themes, styles and the music itself.

Also thanks a lot to the production team for the great intro video they had made about me! That was really, really cool. Talk about a great introduction \m/

The heavy metal part of the show kicked off and dude…it made me so happy to see how well everyone did!

During rehearsal (and also backstage before the show kicked off), a number of the artists were nervous about singing and tackling the metal genre and a couple were afraid of coming across as too comical. As they thought the lyrics/etc…were quite hilarious….

But none of these worries came to fruit as they were all able to deliver a credible heavy metal performance, serious, with lots of attitude, convincing vocal renditions etc, it was simply amazing!

It made me happy to see how happy they were and that’s what any form of coaching is all about. Other people’s happiness makes your day, if that isn’t the case, you should never coach anyone at all.

I especially loved Maria & Heidi’s performances, those two were my favourites \m/ Check out Heidi signing “Run To The Hills” \m/

They all received standing ovation from the judge panel, with the exception of one, which sadly was Celine, who was eventually voted out ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Looking back she truly was a firework on that stage and totally rocked it! But she was the first act on and the competition was hard as all the artists gave it their all.

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They also competed in two genres that day. So the voters were not only voting for their favourite metal performance…

Trine Rein literally gave me goosebumps with her rendition of “Amazing Grace”,

Maria floored everyone with her “Joyful Joyful”

and Knut Erik was absolutely epic with his “A Change Is Gonna Come”. Especially cool was his reason for picking this track, half the choir refused to sing with him because of his beliefs regarding same-sex marriage. Check out the ending of this vid.

The metal part of the show was fun to watch, in fact a pleasure, I really truly enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a resume of the feedback from the judges ( including myself):

http://www.nrk.no/kultur/stjernekamp-dommernes-tilbakemelding-1.12596657

It was an absolute highlight to be part of such a big production, without any doubt!!! It is something I would gladly do again!

The feedback from the people who saw the episode was mind-blowing and a couple of the performers exclaimed that singing heavy metal ย ” was the coolest thing they had ever done”!

Heavy Metal is all about energy and giving it your all \m/

That’s exactly what they all did and that’s why this show was so utterly amazing!

Check out the full episode below! You can actually stream this wherever you are I’ve been told \m/

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/stjernekamp/KMTE60004715/10-10-2015

Thanks again to Monster Productions and NRK \m/ This was an awesome experience \m/

If anyone is interested in singing and/or guitar lessons you can order it here:

http://www.commandermusic.com/guitar-lessons.html

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Look at all that makeup!!!!

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The glamorous backstage area ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Erik looking good! Getting ready to Buuuuuuuuuurn \m/

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Done with hair styling \m/

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With Gospel expert Grethe Svensen!

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Stairway to heaven….

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Super awesome Judge Thomas getting ready \m/

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The amazing Judge Mona \m/

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Stjernekamp & Norway trip, Sit.Rap. October 2015.

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So it’s 4AM and I’m wide awake! So why not blog a little!

My oh my, what a wonderful trip this has been so far!

I came back to Norway a little while a go to do some more filming for the upcoming episode of the Norwegian TV-show “Stjernekamp”.

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In case any of you guys missed it; I was asked if I would be interested in being aย guest judge and coach on one of Norway’s most popular Saturday Night TV programs!

10 chart topping, established stars come together to compete live on national TV, singing a song in a different genre every week to ultimately crown who is “Norway’s Ultimate Performer”.

When I got asked to be part of this I was very honoured and got very excited indeed!

This is the first year that the metal genre is part of the program! So once again I find myself beingย part of something new, different and unique \m/ I love it!

In case you guys also missed this; I’m currently preparing and working on an upcoming metal album that will be out before the end of the year.

These are exciting times indeed.

Anyway, in-betweenย my guitar obsession I’ve been prepping myself for this exciting TV-show-adventure \m/

I came to Norway on the 29th last month to shoot an interview where I spoke about the origins and history of heavy metal! this also included some shredding, riffing and an awesome commercial for the episode \m/

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I then went back home, tracked some guitars, worked on my stuff, hung out at playgrounds, took care of Commander & non Commander stuff before I was flown back to Norway again, this time to coach these superstars on a selection of metal songs \m/

I have to admit that I was wondering how I would go about it the night before, and was on the phone with MY amazing vocal coach….Elisabeth Hagen, who again was coached by none other than Italian Opera Legend Aida Meneghelli!

Now Aida who sang with Placido Domingo, just to give an example, was trained by Maria Callas’s vocal coach! Talk about a cool story and equally cool connection!

My mother’s teacher was strict,ย tough as a nail, but my mother, who took lessons every day, 7 days a week, became phenomenally good. In fact such a voice expert that she is indispensableย in the studio. Just ask any producer we have ever worked with!

My mother have an incredible vocal register, and had an impressive coloratura repertoire which she mastered like no other.

Jaws dropped, eyes became wet with tears and the critics ink was flying as they wrote their praise. Both in Italy and in Norway. My first stage experience was turning the sheet music for my mothers pianist!

I’ve been quite lucky to have such a vocal expert at my disposition. I have to admit that my mother’s attention to details and her ability to adjust and tune me as a singer is equally impressive as it can be frustrating sometimes, as I strive for perfection.

So naturally I FaceTimed her extensivelyย before I was gonna go and have my first go at coaching someone vocally!

But once I came to the rehearsal place and heard the 1st singer. I knew exactly which tiny adjustmentsย that had to be done for this person to be able to just nail certain “tricky” parts. Just some comments here and there and pang this person blew me of my feet.

This ย could be said of all these super stars. They came in one after the other, 5 of the remaining contestants, great voices, great people, and so welcoming when it came to feedback.

It gave me such immense joy to see their happinessย and to hear the results of my comments.

How amazing!

You can certainly never be a coach in any field unless others happinessย and appreciationย makes you profoundly happy!

I loved coaching these extremely gifted and professional people. I enjoyed every second and got so carried away, it is quite humorousย to be honest.

And I also figured out that by simply having my mother as a vocal tutor I have become “vocal coach material” myself!

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As usual my trip to Norway is a mix of all that is good. Great work and also great company, even tough I miss the presence of my usual travel partner.

This time around I’ve found myself beingย a guest at family-friend Kjell who is an amazing host!

But this character Kjell and my stay at his house is worthy of an entry on it’s own!

When I thought that my trip over here couldn’tย be more enjoyable, EMG decided that they would release another one of my videos that I shot for them during my amazing trip to the U S of A earlier this year!

This is a brand new metal song, that will be featured on my upcoming album, so be sure to check it out!!!! Share and tell your friends!

This is a song that I have writtenย about online trolls, haters & online bullying.

As they say: Haters Gonna Hate, so why not tell them to fuck off in a nice little tune?

If this aggravates any of my haters any further, I shall consider it a success.

Not my problem if people have issues with my beingย to such an extent that they go crazy.

But anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe I should try to get some sleep as a dear old friend of mine wants some shopping advice in the morning \m/

Nothing beats real life interactions and great conversations!

We humans are social animals after all!

I’ll try to get some sleep \m/

Please keep track of my sites etc! More cool stuff is coming soon and please remember to watch “Stjernekamp” on Saturday, if you live in Norway!