NEW Patreon Videos!

So far this year I’ve released 19 Patreon-only videos on my Patreon page!

For only 1$ you can see 18 of them, the other one is a 30 minute guitar lesson that can be accessed for 10$!

My Patrons heard sneak peeks from “Berit-Vol.1” while I worked my way through it and received downloads before anyone else did! They followed the process like no one else of my followers, getting regular written updates as well. They also saw the album art before it was released anywhere and are now getting sneak peeks from my upcoming illustrated Lyric book & will soon get previews from “Berit-Vol.2”

My 1st “Lyric & Art Book” can only be purchased trough my Patreon page, it also possible to unlock singing lessons, guitar lessons and Skype one-on-ones! If you like my work and enjoy my creative output then this is the best way to follow me and support what I do!

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The Daily Walk – Read By The Whole World.

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After being under the impression that my most popular blog-year was the 1st one, I find it fascinating that my 4th year is about to become my most popular  blog-year so far.

This is not due to one blog entry going viral, but rather the result of views consistently ticking in every single day from around the globe.

I’ve received some thanks this year and last from people who’ve found my blog posts helpful, I’ve even inspired some of my followers to purchase certain books.

I think that is really cool!

When I took pictures of my Bible as I worked my way through it I received messages from others who thought of it as very inspiring that I was actually reading The Bible, while sharing this with the world.

There was more interaction on this site during the 1st year, but even though more recent posts aren’t drowning in comments, there’s been someone landing on this blog, reading my various entries, every single day.

The only time I experienced no traffic was when I set my own blog to private, which I believe I did for a week last year.

I will break things down in greater detail when I compile my end of year entry, I just thought it was cool to look at this map and to realise that there actually is an increased interest in what I write!

 

Video Blog!

For only 1$ you can unlock all of my update & sneak peek videos regarding my upcoming 3rd release, which will be a multi-album affair! I played with the idea of a video blog back in 2013 and started this written blog back in 2015 due to fans asking for one. Early this year I started a Patreon where I release two new video updates every month! So if you want to follow a consistent video-blog there is now an opportunity to do so.

If you pay more than 1$ you unlock more exclusives such as music lessons, care packages, etc; If you like my artistry & you are curious as to what I’m doing, then please sign up!

Once I’m done with my 3rd “album,” there will obviously be more creative projects in the works, since I’m always in the middle of a creative process!

Here are some “blog-style” videos that are publicly available on my YouTube! Sign up to see my “Patreon-only” video library.

Super Cool To See This. Thanks!

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.

If you like what I do then make sure that you check out my books and my other music releases. 

If you are keen on music lessons, then I currently offer those over Skype only. They can be purchased either here or here.

If you feel like supporting my 3rd album then make sure that you go here: Making My 3rd Album.

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Goodbye August, Hello September!

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

I will now enjoy some well-deserved days off 🙂

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

Walking around in the countryside trying to think of something else than music 😛 ↑

I spotted the pope at my first village show ♥♥ hi-hi-hi ♥♥

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

I did not sign up my own veggies…hmm…I wonder why 😛

I think the most suitable name for this picture would be….↓

A Musician’s Harvest.

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*round of applause*

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Delicious apples that are red on the inside as well ❤

 

Enjoying a little bit of summer ↓

 

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Out of my cage 😛 ↓

 

Dropped by London ↓

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Classy! 

Had to take a picture of these two cute houses ♥♥

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

When this happens to you ↓

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When you come across a cool picture of your dad ↓

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When you enjoy a good meal that lasts for ever ↓

When you go looking at Barbie dolls ♥♥♥ & get annoyed when you see all the “poser” dolls pretending to be Barbie.

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When you see some serious swag ↓

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When you realise that your pet is gone forever.

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How To Have Fun – According to Moi.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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