For Female Readers, Vol.II

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When I started out playing my instrument I found it very discouraging that the only thing that women in bands spoke about when interviewed was “sexism.” I contemplated not pursuing what I wanted since other female musicians constantly complained, painting a picture of a very dangerous and anti-female industry.

This was one of the reasons as to why I made a conscious decision to be more optimistic and upbeat whenever I was asked about being a female in music, because I didn’t want young women to walk away from their passion. Music and entertainment is all about ideas and I fear that much valuable input and diversity can be lost if young female writers and creatives turn their back on their dreams. It is more productive to look forward and approach life in an upbeat way!

Yet what I’ve come across of articles these last few months are shocking and beggar belief, due to their grotesque nature. Whatever stories I’ve come across certainly describe genuinely dangerous behaviour, stories that make my own experiences with real sexism pale in comparison.

Nothing has probably shaken me more than the revelations regarding the dubious cult “Nexium,” where women were recruited by female celebrities to become slaves of an extremely unattractive bizarro known as “The Vanguard.” This cult was promoted as a self-help, self-improvement group….

While that caught my attention I couldn’t avoid hearing about a somewhat similar story:ย Eric Schneiderman.

When you know that these type of predators are for real it makes the extensive data-gathering (and sharing of private information) that we are currently experiencing even more spooky. Not to forget the so-called “dark web.”

You have to be careful when it comes to what you joke about and what you casually throw out there without thinking. Before you know it you’ll get approached by weirdos seeking to “empower you” by introducing you to “The Vanguard” or whatever! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Freaky.

& speaking of whichย this is the kind of stuff that I would joke about. Only that this chick actually meant it. Good heavens. Nuts. Hysterical to read about though ๐Ÿ˜€ But probably not for the guy who experienced this craziness.

Anyway, such a shame that there are people like Schneiderman & Weinstein out there. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope the victims can get back some light in their lives โค

https://nypost.com/video/schneiderman-thought-he-was-above-the-metoo-movement/

NEW SONG & VIDEO OUT NOW!

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NEW song & video to be released TODAY!

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Just a quick note to the people who have subscribed to my blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ A new music video will be released today onย My YouTube ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ย on myย second albumย which was released in April this year ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope that you guys will enjoy it and help me share it!!! \m/ โค \m/ โค \m/

I LOVE to play guitar.

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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, ย 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.

21 Reasons I Rock \m/

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ย about why YOU are awesome \m/

I shall give it a go ๐Ÿ˜›

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 ๐Ÿ˜› 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.

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2- I’m always there for my friends and family. At the end of the day I’m very loyal and ย I love to surprise people!

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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 ๐Ÿ˜›

4-Humble. That’s right! Why else would I put myself in the situation of “student” again, when learning classical music on the guitar ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.

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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.

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7-I can sing opera ๐Ÿ˜› 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

8-I taught myself how to play the guitar ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s right! I didn’t get guitar lessons until I was working on “artist-development” in L.A. ๐Ÿ™‚

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9-I had my first art exhibition when I was 13 ๐Ÿ˜› I didn’t sell a single picture :/ but whatever, the bottom line is that I did it ๐Ÿ˜›

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”.

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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 evenย ย 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.

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13-I co-direct my music videos as I “see my music ” when I write it.

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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”.

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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 ๐Ÿ˜› ย So no wonder that my current purse looks like this \m/

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18- I love to read and have always been a book-worm ๐Ÿ˜›

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 ๐Ÿ˜› 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.

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This is my guy \m/

This is my guy \m/

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ 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/

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I wrote this entry as a contrast to myย 21 reasons I suck!ย entry, something I wrote as a counterweight to myย 22 hopeless musicians, when you are a soloartist!ย entry ๐Ÿ˜› I got 3 more “Top List” entries, you can check them out here:ย 20 Practise Tips For Guitarists,5 Horrible People,20 Badass Women.

 

Back Home. Writing.

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Ever since I came back home I’ve been busy writing on my 3rd album, which is nearly done ๐Ÿ˜€ ha-ha! Lots of new stuff hitting the world in ’16 ๐Ÿ˜›

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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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There is a pub next door ๐Ÿ˜›

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 ๐Ÿ˜›

 

Selling T-Shirts! There are not that many left folks!

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