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/

Swimming on a roof, how to cook Mussels and Sogn & Fjordane! Lots of pictures!

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It’s so wild to experience the tube with no people. So surreal.

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The best spot is wherever there is a power outlet. So funny.

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This is the best view ever, btw. Nothing beats seeing the world from the skies.

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Hunting for food, in the middle of the night over at the hotel.

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“Mandatory” make-up selfie.

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When you’ve been living in the UK for way too long, you re-create the “meal-deal” when you are abroad ๐Ÿ˜› See what I mean?

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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 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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/

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“The life of the rich & the famous” ๐Ÿ˜›

Swimming on top of the Aker brygge skyline in Oslo. The most exclusive area to live in Norway.

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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.

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Then you gotta “steam” them. Which means that you need a steam cooker!

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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.

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Then you are ready to dive in ๐Ÿ™‚

Perfect dinner for two ๐Ÿ™‚

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The only thing nicer than reading to yourself, is reading aloud.

Especially if the literature of choice is amazing poetry.

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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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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.

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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.

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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….

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Look at that view!

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You will never run out of shrimps in Norway.

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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.

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A Norwegian bakery.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dad & me.

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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.

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More of the lovely panorama.

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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.

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Just a random waterfall…

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Quality time with Grandpa ๐Ÿ™‚

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In Norway, we watch chess tournaments…Here we are watching Magnus Carlsen kicking ass.

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And here is a picture of Grandpa playing chess with his brother. Look at the style. So cool.

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There are some old copper & silver mines in Aardal so we decided to go and take a look ๐Ÿ™‚

Check these pictures out, so cool! I can’t believe I’ve been inside a REAL mine!!!

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You gotta write down your name!

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And here we have reached our destination!

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Check out how awesome this looks like!!!!

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I was almost expecting a Dragon or something.

Aardal by night.

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Yummy. I love Marzipan cake. Yum yum.

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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.

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Grandpa loves Russian culture. He made the Icon in the middle himself.

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Saying goodbye after a week up in the Norse mountains.

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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.ย 20 Badass Women!ย It’s so weird for me to read Norwegian these days. I gotta do it more.

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Back home in the UK!

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And back to doing this sort of thing…

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My first month Blogging! ( MY TOP 5 ENTRIES).

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My first month blogging has now come to an end!

People from 58 different countries have visited this page and out of those my top 3 countries are:

1)USA 2)UK 3)NORWAY, which doesn’t come as a surpriser to me as these have always been my top 3 countries both with sales, social media traction, etc.

My top 3 referrers are:

1)Facebook 2)Twitter and 3) Search Engines

The top 3 links people clicked:

1) WordPress Media-(my pictures) 2) Guitar World link 3)Link to my store.

I’m glad I decided to do this and will do my best to keep it up! These are my top stories from this month:

1) “Getting Back Into The Zone!” I shared this entry on FB and saw to my great surprise that it went on to become my top entry this month! Me getting back into “virtuoso-shape” clicked with fans and the entry was shared & viewed by many.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/getting-back-into-the-zone/

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2) “I’ve joined a torture club.”ย Totally “taking-the-piss” as they say in the UK. This became my most viewed entry this month! I think thats really funny actually!ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/ive-joined-a-torture-club/

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3) “Happy Mother’s Day to my mother.” This personal entry surprised me with becoming my most shared entry! I don’t know if people did that because they loved it or hated it, it was at least honest from my part and the rest of the family loved it too.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/happy-mothers-day-to-my-mother/

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4) “20 Badass Women!” To mark The International Womens Day I compiled this list! 8th of May is a day to celebrate, regardless of your political affiliation!ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/20-badass-women/

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5) “The Hills are Alive with the sound of music.” My very first blog entry that I posted on FB along with the news that I was blogging! I was very surprised by the amount of interest and instantly had people signing up for my email list on here. In the entry I was totally stoked over my album being in top-10 chart and went out for a daring walk…in the wilderness of the British Countryside…The amount of views this article got was only surpassed by my “Torture-Club” entry.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music/

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My least popular entries suffered greatly from not really being shared anywhere, these are posts I made usually very late in the night and didn’t promote on FB.

1) “Illustrations For Children’s books“. Getting attention for original art is usually a slow burning process, this entry was my least successful this month.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/illustrations-for-childrens-books/

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2) “St.Patricks Day a Christian Holiday?” – Writing about the origins of this used-to-be-religious- holiday gained NO traction. Guess if I had posted a top 10 most outrageous outfits it probably would have trended like crazy.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/st-patricks-day-a-christian-holiday/

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3) “#1!My album is #1!”ย Written by an overly tired, overly excited, sleep deprived me and published around 3AM or something, my exctatic post about my number one album received little buzz on my blog.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/1-my-album-is-1/

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4) “I’ve become addicted to blogging!” ย nobody cared much about that.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/ive-become-addicted-to-blogging/

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5) “Dragon Age Inquisition!” It was well liked on youtube and got an overwhelming response on FB, but here on my blog besides a couple of gamers who stumbled upon this from search engines, it earned little buzz.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/dragon-age-inquisition-m/

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Conclusion: It is unpredictable what will trend and what won’t, but sharing entries on FB certainly helps, especially if you have a featured image that catches peoples attention. Also, the one beauty related entry I did about nail polish got many likes from other wordpress bloggers, girls blogging about beauty tips. Which proves that certain topics can trend even without Social Media help, it’s just hard to know what will and what won’t.

Petitions I’ve signed! It has never before been easier to voice your opinion and hopefully contribute to some positive change! I’ve always hated injustice. When I was in high school I was a member of the Amnesty International Club, but at the time I felt like it was too passive to just sit and sign letters. I really wanted to bring CHANGE with big huge letters, but it can be hard to know what to do. Outside of signing petitions, writing letters and putting pressure on elected officials, the only other options are angry protest or running for office. So signing petitions it is, at least for the moment . . .

Overturn Asia Bibi’s death sentence #saveAsiaBibi https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-foreign-secretary-philip-hammond-and-the-government-of-pakistan-overturn-asia-bibi-s-death-sentence-saveasiabibi

Pardon all of the estimated 49,000 men who, like Alan Turing, were convicted of consenting same-sex relations under the British “gross indecency” law (only repealed in 2003), and also all the other men convicted under other UK anti-gay laws. https://www.change.org/p/british-government-pardon-all-of-the-estimated-49-000-men-who-like-alan-turing-were-convicted-of-consenting-same-sex-relations-under-the-british-gross-indecency-law-only-repealed-in-2003-and-also-all-the-other-men-convicted-under-other-uk-anti-gay-2

We Want Facebook To Remove Having To Pay To Reach Fans And Followersย https://www.change.org/p/facebook-we-want-facebook-to-remove-having-to-pay-to-reach-fans-and-followers

Pass the new ordinance to allow street vendors to earn an honest living!https://www.change.org/p/chicago-city-council-pass-the-new-ordinance-to-allow-street-vendors-to-earn-an-honest-living

BBC: BRING BACK CLARKSONย https://www.change.org/p/bbc-reinstate-jeremy-clarkson

The only campaign that reached its goal, was the one about Clarkson, that says a lot about our celebrity driven culture!

I’ve become addicted to blogging!

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I think it’s a good thing I started writing this blog, it serves as a reminder that there are other things to talk about than just music all the time.

I will try to maintain some mystery though, as this has been a trademark for what I’m doing for so long. Nobody really knows what I’m up to when I’m not working and I’m thinking maybe it’s better that way ๐Ÿ˜‰

In this age where everybody knows everything about everybody, it might be cool with a counterweight.

Those were my thoughts when I started promoting my music, but people change, and I think artist can have a tendency for dramatic image/communication & style changes that can baffle their fans.

I have therefore edited this entry and intend to only show you guys some peeks into my life with these pictures from last week, up to you to draw conclusions.

Helping my brother with school.

Helping my brother with school.

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Super yummy :P

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I don't know if I would be happy about an Easter head :/ :/ a bit strange don't you think?

I don’t know if I would be happy about an Easter head :/ :/ a bit strange don’t you think?

Hmm.....

Hmm…..

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Tomato allergy sucks :( I got some serious tomato cravings :(

Tomato allergy sucks ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I got some serious tomato cravings ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Mom's stalker tried to come into the house, he now comes everyday.

Mom’s stalker tried to come into the house, he now comes everyday.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy . . .

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Ibanez Thermion Cabinet with Vintage30s

I’ve had an extremely eventful day today! With the exception of an exhilarating, mind bending gallop to the mighty gas station…

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I’ve been inside all day working on my new online store. The truth though is ย that I’m quite proud of this ๐Ÿ˜€ I got t-shirts, plates, iPad covers & even a watch design ๐Ÿ˜‰ hi-hi…

http://www.zazzle.co.uk/commander_in_chief?rf=238491570896140644

Anyway…. It’s amazing how certain things that seem so simple can drag out for ever… and ever….aaaaand eeeeveeeer… aaaaaaaaaand..eeeeeeveeeeeeeer…

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That’s right folks! Spring is just around the corner \m/

While an appetiser of spring was lurking outside, flirting with whomever was lucky enough to be out in the sun, I was involved with an adventurous archeological excavation in my music room.
Considering how extensive my gear collection is, it was quite an undertaking.

Korg Pitchblack Chromatic Pedal Tuner

Selling both of those alonIntellitouch tuner2g with the cabinet on the top of my post today. eBay here I come.

The fun never ends ๐Ÿ˜›

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