Just a quick note to the people who have subscribed to my blog 😉 A new music video will be released today on My YouTube 😉
The song was first written back in 2007, inspired by John Dickie’s book about Cosa Nostra.
I made a new arrangement and re-recorded the song last year to include it as a bonus track on my second album which was released in April this year 😉
I hope that you guys will enjoy it and help me share it!!! \m/ ❤ \m/ ❤ \m/
Yes it might not come as a mega-surprise, but seriously, I really love what I do. Profoundly.
Just finished my playing routine, going thru all the tracks from my classical album and also some of my riffs. All of those riffs feel easy to play in comparison to the violin virtuoso material, funny enough.
Once upon a time these songs represented my technical limit, which I now find a bit funny. I mean, technicality aside I still like those melodies of mine, but it is certainly not challenging to play those songs anymore.
I’ve now embarked on a brand new virtuoso piece, I just couldn’t help it.
I won’t tell anyone what sort of ludicrous project I’ve embarked on now, but I can reveal that it is again quite unique.
The feeling of your fingers flying over the fretboard, knowing exactly where they are supposed to land next, always one step ahead, combined with the memory used to its fullest force, is literally priceless.
If you cannot find joy in the art of just playing and mastering your instrument you are seriously doing something wrong.
I know. That I Love.
That I LOVE. What I do.
Let me repeat.
I adore what I do.
Sooo, I’ve made fun of myself, made a list of my shortcomings, complained about my Mr.Bean moments, drenched by blog in self-deprecating humour….so maybe it’s time to give myself some praise and write why I rock \m/ If I could find “21 reasons” as to why I suck, I’m sure I can find 21 reasons to be happy, 21 things that are positive about myself.
Oprah Winfrey apparently used to say that everyday you should think of 3 things that makes you happy, so when I grew up my mom would ask us around the dinner table “What are you happy about today?”. This was something I brought with me wherever I went apparently….something I find quite sweet 🙂
So what are you happy about today? And why do you rock?
As self-educating and eye-opening it can be to write about your stinkers, take some time to write or think to yourself about why YOU are awesome \m/
I shall give it a go 😛
1- I care about what happens in the world and gave away all the money I got for my 18th birthday to an organisation that protects wild life 😛 I’ve never repeated extreme charity such as that, as I need to live too, but the bottom line is, that I believe that we should all help others. Not in order to increase our popularity, but because it is what is right. I’m also an Amnesty International Member and have been so for years. I was trying to raise awareness about Darfur when I went to high school among other things, but didn’t have much luck. I started a zine with a friend of mine when I was a teen that was supposed to raise awareness concerning social injustice where we lived in our local area. We didn’t have much luck with that either. I almost went to India to do charity work when I was in my late teens but ended up not being able to go.
2- I’m always there for my friends and family. At the end of the day I’m very loyal and I love to surprise people!
3-Dedication. I had to learn how to speak Italian when I was six as my family moved to a foreign country. I also had to wrap my head around French when my family lived in France for a year and I also had to teach myself English as I went to high school in America :0 When I started playing guitar I would use an English-Norwegian dictionary to figure out the explanations in guitar magazines since my English sucked 😛
4-Humble. That’s right! Why else would I put myself in the situation of “student” again, when learning classical music on the guitar 😉 I was already an internationally acclaimed musician, but I never let this get to my head as I believe that this will stifle your growth as a musician. I feel lucky that I always get feedback and constructive criticism about my performances and/or writing. This way I keep on growing.
5-I’m flexible and therefore have a good reputation when it comes to working with others in a studio setting for example. I’m as far as you could possibly get from being a dictator. I believe you will only shoot yourself in the foot if you don’t listen to others.
6-I write my own music. That’s right. I’ve always been insanely creative. I always wanted to be a songwriter and even though I gave up a couple of times as a kid, I always came back to it.
7-I can sing opera 😛 I’m classically trained and even though I’m not done with my opera education I’m really proud of what I can do already and excited about what I will be able to master one day 🙂
8-I taught myself how to play the guitar 😉 That’s right! I didn’t get guitar lessons until I was working on “artist-development” in L.A. 🙂
9-I had my first art exhibition when I was 13 😛 I didn’t sell a single picture but whatever, the bottom line is that I did it 😛
10-I had something that I had written published by a newspaper when I was 17. This was my first go at writing. I had to have a guitar break as my hand was all messed up after too much playing.
11-I used to draw fashion drawings. I wanted to be a designer. That was my dream from I was 6 years old. I kept on switching between wanting to be an archeologist and dreaming of owning my own “fashion house”.
12-Even though my visual arts is in the shadow of my music, I love to draw and this is what I’ve done the longest. I even wrote and illustrated a children’s book. I have plenty of other quirky characters I’ve come up with as I love “designing” characters, if there ever was such a word. If I wasn’t a musician it would have been cool to to have an arts degree and create graphic novels or maybe story boards for movies.
13-I co-direct my music videos as I “see my music ” when I write it.
14-I did theater once and loved it. That was the moment I figured that I wanted to be a performer.I love to play the “villain” or be “crazy”.
15- When I was a kid I was a goalie \m/
16- I also used to do Marshall Arts!
17-When I was 11 I got my first “studded” belt with proper nails, not the flat plastic ones 😛 So no wonder that my current purse looks like this \m/
18- I love to read and have always been a book-worm 😛
19- I always wanted a Doberman called Lucius and a Westie called Truffles. I don’t have either but I have a bearded Dragon I’ve named after Severus Snape. I would also like to have a white bunny, who I would probably name Draco 😛 I always wanted to own a snake, but after holding several different types I was shocked to see how strong they are, snakes aren’t very social either and try to hide away and escape. I figured that snakes probably aren’t that keen on “being owned” by anyone.
20- I have a very varied taste when it comes to music and there are plenty of things that interest me that have nothing to do with show-biz. I’m obsessed with space for example.
21- My hair looks like this. I cut it short in 2005 and coloured it green 😮 I decided to let it grow to see how long it could possibly get! I’m still curious to see how far down it will go \m/
I wrote this entry as a contrast to my 21 reasons I suck! entry, something I wrote as a counterweight to my 22 hopeless musicians, when you are a soloartist! entry 😛 I got 3 more “Top List” entries, you can check them out here: 20 Practise Tips For Guitarists,5 Horrible People,20 Badass Women.
This will officially be the look of my Christmas card 😛
Ever since I came back home I’ve been busy writing on my 3rd album, which is nearly done 😀 ha-ha! Lots of new stuff hitting the world in ’16 😛
Hmm….My “Daily Walk” route isn’t much to talk about these days in comparison to my previous one. If you guys ever checked out my early entries this year I posted lots of beautiful pics from the English country side….this is my new “walk/run” location…
Things are getting INSANE at the post office….so glad I have started with sending out a “proof of postage” to all my buyers. That way they know it has been sent if they have to wait a little 😛
There is a pub next door 😛
The Dragons are hanging in there. The angry guy with the black beard, seem to think that the whole living room is his territory. So he goes berserk if any other Dragon enters *ehem* “his” room 😛
Selling T-Shirts! There are not that many left folks!
It’s so wild to experience the tube with no people. So surreal.
The best spot is wherever there is a power outlet. So funny.
This is the best view ever, btw. Nothing beats seeing the world from the skies.
Hunting for food, in the middle of the night over at the hotel.
“Mandatory” make-up selfie.
When you’ve been living in the UK for way too long, you re-create the “meal-deal” when you are abroad 😛 See what I mean?
When my stay was over at the hotel, I had the most amazing host ever. An old family friend of ours called Kjell. A former business man, he told me of all of his adventures from doing business in Africa, to being a ski instructor in California, from being a teacher, to working at a hospital being in charge of a number of exciting things. He told of fist fights with a gang in America, hunting trips to the Balkans next to what would become Tito’s hunting lodge and a scandalous, headline grabbing news story involving a sea plane and a police officer who decided to hang onto one of the floats on said plane, as he was trying to catch the pilot ( a friend of Kjell), who had been shooting whatever deer he could find, which is illegal 😮
A very entertaining stay indeed, I had the time of my life. Here you got Kjell, a real life “Indiana Jones” type of character, a proper adventurer \m/
“The life of the rich & the famous” 😛
Swimming on top of the Aker brygge skyline in Oslo. The most exclusive area to live in Norway.
If you are ever making Mussels….I’ll help you out a little…
First, you gotta sort them out. Any mussel that is open already from the store you gotta throw away.
Then you gotta “steam” them. Which means that you need a steam cooker!
If a Mussel doesn’t open up after steaming, you have to dispose of it. Steam them until they open up and have a nice orang-y colour.
Then you are ready to dive in 🙂
Perfect dinner for two 🙂
The only thing nicer than reading to yourself, is reading aloud.
Especially if the literature of choice is amazing poetry.
I love Jakob Sande.
I don’t know if you can find his work in English, if you can’t you should learn Norwegian so you can read this 😛
Yes, here is a picture of something seriously mundane. A dishwasher. But I had never seen anything like it and loved that you put your cutlery up there in stead. Apparently it makes your forks & knifes cleaner. So there, I learned something new.
Hmmmm…..no Cecil the Lion? I used to sleep on top of that Canadian Bear when I was a kid, I would sleepover in the room where all the hunting rifles were. It made quite an impression on me as a child.
Whenever I was in Norway as a child I always felt that there was a Moose head staring at me. Seriously, there was always a moose head or a reindeer head hanging somewhere when you went to a house.
I remember I saw my “uncle” cut up a Moose once, Jesuuus, poor thing.
There was always a spinning wheel to be found somewhere as well….
Look at that view!
You will never run out of shrimps in Norway.
No excuse. If you can’t go online, go for pen & paper.
Here are some pics from Aardal ( Fossenes dal = The Valley of the waterfalls) in Sogn & Fjordane.
A Norwegian bakery.
This Ladies & Gentlemen is a proper Norwegian mountain tunnel. I was so fascinated that I took a gazillion pictures and even some films. It’s so tight that only one car can drive at the time, meaning…you got some “pockets” on the side of this…ehm…road..where you can go if you encounter any traffic in the non-existent other lane.
This was very cool though. Notice how you are truly in a cave. Hardly any smooth lines.
We went for a picturesque drive to check out “Offerdalen” which directly translated, if you were to be creative, sounds more like ” The Valley Of Sacrifice”… sounds very Viking-ish to me!
That is a very Norwegian looking farm btw, that’s the style.
Here they would cut up trees…or would that be timber? Not quite sure how to explain it, but this is old and out of use obviously. They cut down the trees in the forest and sent the wood down the stream and that eventually led the trees here, where they were cut up. These buildings are a fine example of Norwegian heritage when it comes to old buildings and how things were once upon a time.
The water is so clean that you could actually drink right out from the stream. I was so tempted but I didn’t dare…I was afraid of catching an infection or something, so silly. If I ever go there again I’ll give it a go.
Dad & me.
This Ladies & Gentlemen is a Norwegian “ute do” ( outside toilet)
It’s obviously the ancient version of toilet. But for some strange reason there is this Norwegian tradition that you should keep a cabin up in the mountains, this cabin should preferably have no water ( so you will have to go and pump it out from somewhere or collect rain water) and to stay true to tradition this cabin should also include the “iconic” “outside-toilet”. So when I was a kid, believe it or not, I also had the privilege of experiencing the “ute do”. I don’t think it is that common anymore now. But here you got one.
More of the lovely panorama.
Some information…We had an ancient Stabbur when I was little, in fact we had two. And we also had a house where one half was modern and the other half was really, really old, with a “Grue” which is a fireplace you put a cauldron in & stand upright in…and there was also grass on the ceiling. So pretty, so romantic.
Just a random waterfall…
Quality time with Grandpa 🙂
In Norway, we watch chess tournaments…Here we are watching Magnus Carlsen kicking ass.
And here is a picture of Grandpa playing chess with his brother. Look at the style. So cool.
There are some old copper & silver mines in Aardal so we decided to go and take a look 🙂
Check these pictures out, so cool! I can’t believe I’ve been inside a REAL mine!!!
You gotta write down your name!
And here we have reached our destination!
Check out how awesome this looks like!!!!
I was almost expecting a Dragon or something.
Aardal by night.
Yummy. I love Marzipan cake. Yum yum.
There is no end to how many books Grandpa has. It’s so cool. I love literature and once again as I said previously, reading alone is great but reading together is way more fun.
Grandpa loves Russian culture. He made the Icon in the middle himself.
Saying goodbye after a week up in the Norse mountains.
Suitable reading material. Funny enough I wrote an entry on the 8th of March about badass women where I included a number of female Russian snipers. 20 Badass Women! It’s so weird for me to read Norwegian these days. I gotta do it more.
Back home in the UK!
And back to doing this sort of thing…