NATIONAL TV-SHOW IN NORWAY !!!

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Last month I had yet another amazing TV-experience in my home country ๐Ÿ™‚ This time I was performing some rock’n’roll, check out the awesome footage below ๐Ÿ™‚ย โ†“

Here Are Some Pics From My Norway Trip โ†“ย โ†“

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Thanks a lot to Laney for the awesome amp!!!ย 

 

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Behind The Scenes!

 

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A girl’s dream โค All that make-up!

 

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Men are very happy if they can wear make-up.

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When You’ve Done Well ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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How to throw away guitar strings ๐Ÿ˜‰

Being a Tourist in my own Homeland…ย โ†“

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Appropriate Adult Activity….

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And here are some pics from the month that was….goodbye October….enter…November

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When the author that inspired your song, re-tweets you ๐Ÿ˜€ I couldn’t believe my eyes!

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When someone gets what you are all about ๐Ÿ˜‰

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When you run into a hedgehog and want to kidnap it โค โค

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When you run into a couple of runaways and you try to herd them back….

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When this guy digs your music…..

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When you try to capture the moon….for the 100th time…

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There is a season for everything….

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A typical Cotswolds street….

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When you love nature…

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When you find this in your garden…..like wtf???

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When you let your salad grow….

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When you nurse your roses back to life โค

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When you know better…..and order anything that has not been cooked by the people at the hotel…..yes…sneaking around in the English capital once again…I hope I can reveal my secret soon!!!!!!

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When your favourite tv-show mentions you in a comment!!!!

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When you look like a f%$ยฃ@!* rockstar and have the time of your life \m/ย 

Damn It’s June Already!

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Yepp, here we are 6 months into the “new” year. Here are some snapshots of the month that was.

We have a neighbour that I was planning to dedicate a whole blog entry to. A neighbour that pretends to be รผber nice while going behind everyone’s back, trying to put up wedges between the various people who lives here. She literally behaves like she owns the whole property and in that spirit she just decided to use funds without permission to set up an ugly fence in a section of the garden. I suspected that it was set up to block my ย “jogging path” but the official excuse, which she refused to reveal in writing, was that she was protecting the flower beds from the geese. No wonder then that I laughed whole heartedly when I say thisย โ†“

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Yup, the fence was a total failure, even though she and her husband refuses to admit it. I even had to rescue a couple of goslings when they got stuck on the wrong side of the fence. It was very interesting dealing with panicking goslings and a furious parent, that obviously thought that I was a threat, I almost got attacked by one of the Geese, one of them even came flying after me when I jogged past them on a separate occasion, they are still cute though…If you ever deal with geese, bear in mind that they are only territorial NOT randomly aggressive. If you run past them, get too close to their goslings or try to feed them by throwing things at them, they will see you as an aggressor. Keep a fair distance and it will all be fine.

It’s all about babies here on the country side now. I even saw a newborn lamb when I was out jogging, with a mother with lots of nasty bloody things hanging out of her as she was just done giving birth.

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Have you ever seen anything more adorable? The majority of the lambs are terrified of humans, but these guys who live in a separate enclosure are as tame as you can get. Seriously. I would like one. They are aaaadooooraaaableeeee.

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Yeah, I’ve never seen anything like this in real life. So cute. The “kids” are so shy ๐Ÿ™‚

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I found this while I was jogging. At first I put it somewhere “safe” away from the path, until I realised that it was the only survivor. There was a whole bunch of broken eggs and lots of feathers spread around. So I figured that this was a “lucky” egg and took it with me home to see if I could rescue the life within.

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I made some new friends while walking to the post office. These guys are seriously awesome.

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Badgers are HUGE, I’ve never seen one up close before, so you can imagine my face, when I found this corpse. I find road kill around here very often.

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Life and death. You are exposed to both everyday when you live like we do.

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It is crayfish. Finally I met someone who believed me. These guys live inside the lake. They must be huge :/ I can’t believe how anything can stay alive in there :/

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Dragon swag. Check the pose.

Here are some pics from London ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a blast playing a gig with Craig there ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s bizarre how you can live “in the middle of nowhere” in the UK but still be so close to big towns and cities.

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Last month my mother and her fiancรฉe drove to France to get some wine for their wedding. I had the responsibility to keep the house in check and decided to go into it full-on this time around. If teenage-me had seen me doing this stuff I would have been mortified. I was such a “modern feminist” when I was in high school I took ย offense, to people assuming that ” I would be cooking with my mother” or that “babysitting my siblings so much would make for great experience”, I hated anything that was stereotypical house wify-ish or what I considered to be outdated gender views. Now though, I’ve often asked myself why a woman becomes worshipped as a role model, the second she goes into a male dominated field and is a badass. Is being a badass the only kind of female role-model that is acceptable? It is an interesting thing to note that when I made my “International Women’s Day” entry last year, my list over amazing women featured women of the military and women being engaged in masculine activities, that are still ย dominated by men, even when women have a choice to pursue what they want. Lately I went to see an exhibition dedicated to a female scientist and was amazed at how small it was. It was the smallest exhibition I had ever seen and this made me wonder. Is she now considered an icon, because feminists desperately wants her to be one, or was her contribution to science worthy of an exhibit? Was it sexism that prevented her from contributing more or was it her own abilities?

Anyway, I figured out once and for all that if you want to keep a household of 6 in order and look after a kid that is home schooled, you literally have a full-time occupation .My brother was not allowed any screen time, I cooked every meal from scratch and kept the house clean and tidy. This took up all of my time for the 4-5 days I did it. You can always make short cuts, by putting kids in front of a screen, making cheap and unhealthy ready meals, living in a mess, etc. But if you want to look after kids and a household of 6 properly, it is truly a job. An ungrateful one too, because it isn’t valued in our part of the world.

 

I got a gift from France ๐Ÿ™‚

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You never know which area you’ll miss the most.ย โ†‘

Some jogging & travelling Picsย โ†“

Buy my music people. I’m an independent/unsigned artist, you support me directly whenever you buy my work! I’m very grateful whenever I see my music charting, you can also buy signed physical CDs, guitar lessons, signed original artwork, etc through my website:ย My Store.ย Remember that you can subscribe to this blog! If you read this on your phone, you just have to click on the + sign next to my pic at the top ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks a lot to those who got me back up on the amazon chart last month ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a million!

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I got a new hobby btw!!! Check it out!!! It’s happening!!!

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2015- The year in review.

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2015 was a year with great contrasts to put it mildly. On one hand things were looking perky professionally while things were looking more like Ragnarok privately. These are the highlights from the year that is soon over. I got my fingers crossed that next year will either be as good as this professionally or hopefully even better! As long as it doesn’t get worse I’m happy!

First up: ” My 10 Most Awesome Moments” in 2015.

1- In January I had the great honour of being in the jury of the Norwegian Grammys in the Metal category! I missed out on the red carpet and as I went all alone I didn’t get any pics but it was still awesome to be part of such a gigantic industry event, especially as an unsigned artist ๐Ÿ™‚

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2- Later in January I attended the NAMM show for my second year in a row! This year I preformed for the first time as well, last year I only signed autographs. I also had the great honour of performingย “Dee” at the Randy Rhoades Remembered tribute something I was very thankful for ๐Ÿ™‚ This was the first time I ever shared the stage with established rockstars and my first time on a stage in the US of A. Thanks again to Brian Tichy for being awesome! I also attended my first red-carpet event in LA as I attended the ” She Rocks Awards” ๐Ÿ™‚ It was an awesome experience!

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3- My original song “Let It Go” from my “Classical Crossover Album” received national radio play on BBC6 ๐Ÿ™‚ This was something I had never experienced before! I’m still excited about it ๐Ÿ™‚

4-My YouTube channel reached a million views ๐Ÿ˜€

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5- My album charted in March as number 1 on the Amazon Classical chart! This was something that nearly killed me of joy! My dream has always been to sell music but when stuff like this happens it is always overwhelming ๐Ÿ™‚ The album kept on bouncing in and out of the charts for the rest of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

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6- I got invited to Guitar World Magazine to shoot “Betcha Can’t Play This” videos for them. As the first Norwegian and the first European woman to ever do so. Only two other female guitarists have ever shot videos exclusively for GW’s YouTube channel ๐Ÿ˜ฎ How crazy is that? ย As I was in the USA I also took the trip over to California to shoot videos for EMGtv ๐Ÿ˜‰ I shot 11 videos in total! Doing 5 live videos of my Metal music over at EMG & 6 videos over at Guitar World, which included 4 Betcha Can’t play This from the classical Crossover Album, One Play Through & My first commercial for a brand. During my US trip I also played my very first US gig ๐Ÿ™‚

7-I did my first Live performance on a radio over at Dacorum Radio!

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8- I landed a killer spot on Norway’s number one Saturday night’s TV Show “Stjernekamp” ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a brilliant concept where established stars compete each weekend by performing a song each, in a different genre every Saturday. The concept has become a massive hit. I was there as an expert judge and coach in the Metal genre. This was the first time that the genre was included into the program and it honestly was a killer show ๐Ÿ™‚ It was without a doubt one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had to be part of such a massive production and give masterclasses to some of Norway’s finest performers ๐Ÿ˜‰ I truly had the time of my life and would love to do more TV ;):)

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9- My debut album in metal is done and ready to be released next year.

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10- I’ve written a 3rd album ๐Ÿ™‚ A mystery album that I’m very excited about ๐Ÿ™‚

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My most popular YouTube video this year was my live video for “Evolution” that was released by EMG’s YouTube channel.

My most popular vid released on my own channel, was my version of the incredible masterpiece ” Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso” which is my favourite music video of the ones we have released so far.

In terms of my personal YouTube favourite, I have to say that I’m very happy with my two latest vids as I feel that they really showcase my singing, especially my version of Disney’s ” Once Upon A Dream” from Sleeping Beauty.

Facebook remains my number one marketing tool. This year I signed up for Snapchat ( something I rarely use), Vine ( which I’m not able to get to work) & I’m still on Twitter, even though I’ve never really been a huge Tweet-fan.

This year I started a written blog after people had been suggesting it for years. I posted my first entry in February and started posting regularly the following month, out of 94 blog entries ( including some re-blogs) here are the ones that were my most popular entries. Here are my ” Top 10 Blog Posts Of 2015″.

1)- My most popular entry this year was my “anxiety” & ” OCD” entry. After reading it again I have to admit that it was spot on. I don’t regret writing it even though it was difficult.ย I have a tiny problem.

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2)- My second most viewed blog entry was the one about acne and image ย whenย you are a female artist.

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3)- My “20 practise tips” entryย was the only one of my 5 ” 10 year Guitar Anniversary” entries to make the list. If you play an instrument I recommend checking it out.

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4)- An hilarious entry poking fun at my experience with session musicians in the UK. Behold ” 22 hopeless musicians ( when you are a solo artist)ย 

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5)- I posted this on my birthday to poke some fun at myself. Here areย 21 Reasons I Suck!

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6)- A Year in Selfiesย a recap of my first year on Instagram. Here are my 38 selfies.

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7)- Here I trolled my fans a bit. I didn’t reveal in the title what this entry was about. And in fact I won’t do it here either. You can click hereย to check out what it is ๐Ÿ˜›

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8)- Crazy Fans!ย That’sย right. I’ve had my share of creepy experiences and decided to share some freaky stories.

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9)- 5 Horrible Peopleย Whoever likes to play God over other people is a scum bag.

10)- This was an entry about me getting back into virtuoso shapeย and how hard it is to play classical violin virtuoso music on the electric guitar.

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My personal favourite entries differ a bit from my most popular posts, here are the 5 entries I’m the most happy with.

1)- I think this is one of the most well written pieces I’ve written. Here I compared Orwell’s 1984 to Huxley’s Brave New World.1984 vs. Brave New World

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2)- My take on annoying everyday robotsย that we all gotta deal with.

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3)- The Underestimated Beauty Of Life

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4)- This was a commentary I wrote inspired by a blog entry over at That Metal Show’s FB. This entry is about controversies surrounding the metal scene.

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5)- The Art Of Self Expressionย I hate passive aggressive behaviour. If you wanna talk to someone, do it. If you got a problem with someone, say it.

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To round-up my annual recap I wasย gonna make a top 10 list over my most popular Instagram posts, that’s when I figured that there was a site that compile your top 9 posts for you.

My first pic to get a 100 likes was a professional pic of me in uniform with my guitar. Out of all the pics I posted on Instagram this year it is my professionally shot guitarists pics that really became popular as well as mini-vids of me playing, let’s not forget my Star Wars pics, so maybe I should get into cosplaying ๐Ÿ˜›

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My personal favourites were pictures of things related to me rather than pictures of me, so my personal top 9 would have looked slightly different.

All in all it was a creative year. I also had 2 trips to the US, travelling all by myself, I also had several trips to Norway.

I was lucky to be lent quite an amazing apartment right on Central Park in New York, I got the rockstar treatment in California as well as in Oslo. I experienced being a guest in Norway’s most exclusive neighbourhood and was also a guest at a proper Cotswolds estate in the UK. Personally speaking these were highlights and obviously I wouldn’t mind having the life of a rockstar 24/7 ๐Ÿ˜›

This was my 95th entry and my last one for this year.

Take care people & have a Happy New Year!

Fingers crossed next year will be full of positive experiences!

Cheers!