20 Mar, 2017
Yesterday's wild bird charity gig for the Rosemary Room Pop Up at Alfriston Chapel went really well - under the circumstances; On Friday night I accidentally stabbed my own hand with a pair of scissors, and am currently unable to use my left hand for literally anything as it's swollen, blue and still quite sore.
But, the show must go on, so I performed as planned, but with specially prepared backgrounds instead of playing the guitar, and it was kind of liberating, being able to focus on SINGING!
It might have been the first time ever that I sang songs in 4 different languages in one gig (English, Swedish, Portuguese and Japanese).
Here's the setlist:
1. Beautiful Place
2. So Happy
3. I'm Here
4. Waltz For Hana (Lyrics by Kazuma Yano)
5. Som om ingenting har hänt
8. Baby Just Relax
9. Love This World
10. Changes Changes
11. I Guess It's Ok
12. C'est La Vie
13. Bliss (English version of Balans)
14. After the Rain
15. Over the Rainbow (Arlen/Harburg)
16. Smile (Chaplin/Turner/Parsons)
The awesome three-course vegan meal, included in the £20 ticket, was cooked by my friend Krishna Mutty (link) and I could enjoy it fully at the end of the evening. Perfect ending to a pretty rough weekend.
Thanks everyone for coming out!
Apparently, the famous hymn "Morning Has Broken" was written in Alfriston by Eleanor Farjeon in 1931. It IS a lovely village in the middle of the South Downs.
02 Feb, 2017
"We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world."
Love This World is my 12th single. Let me tell you a bit about it, and why I begin this post with a quote (freely translated) from the Dhammapada.
As you may know, it's not a new song. I wrote it when I was living in Tokyo, for my fifth album Beautiful Place, which was released in 2013. I usually described it as a ”mantra for a more peaceful world”. Simple phrases which are repeated to manifest peace around us, because I firmly believe that we create the world with our thoughts. Currently, fear is overwhelmingly predominant in peoples' minds, and that creates a lot of tension in the physical world; War, hate, narrowmindedness, selfishness. That is not the world I want to live in, and that's why I wrote this song, to help people move peace and love into their own lives, minute by minute, day by day.
This new version of the song was recorded in 432hz, which is said to be the vibration of the Universe. Everything in the world vibrates in different frequencies. You can easily see this when you watch an atom in a microscope. When you zoom in close enough all you can see is vibrating matter. That's the world. Everything vibrates. Usually, music is recorded and tuned in 440hz which is a higher and apparently more tense vibration than 432. So I decided to give it a go.
Then, something amazing happened. I'd been crazily busy and hadn't sung a single note for weeks, so my voice was untrained and definitely not fit for recording. But I plugged in the microphone and recorded one take, just to have as a reference while recording the other instruments.
And for the First – Time – Ever when recording vocals, my voice was on pitch and I sang the song straight through without any problems. I never considered myself a good singer, and have always struggled with pitch. Until now.
That first take is the vocals used in the final version, which is now released on all online platforms, such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play. I simply couldn't improve that first, spontaneous take. I still remember when I recorded it, I was almost moved to tears because the experience was so effortless.
Listen to a sample here below, or get it from one of the websites above.
16 Jan, 2017
I have officially a new favourite country.
I spent the past week in the South West of France where I except for spending quality time with a friend, also worked on the production of a new album with new songs.
Having an unreserved dinner at a restaurant in a small village two hours from Bordeaux and asking if a vegan option would be possible and the French chef comes out within one minute offering us an improvised 3-course meal from what he's got in the fridge - in perfect English - turned out to be one of my most unforgettable eating experiences ever.
Or driving through the endless vineyards of Congac to the soundtrack of Django Reinhardt. Or feeling the smell of the Atlantic Ocean on the top of Dune du Pilat. Or strolling through medieval streets in the pale winter sunlight. I can't choose a favourite moment. I've met incredibly friendly people, seen marvellous places, been invited to people's homes, and this week really feels more like a month. The wine. The champagne.
And Bordeaux, what a beautiful city! I will be back. Probably sooner than later.
Here are some photos:
A late discovery, but...
I love you, France.
13 Oct, 2016
Posted at 23:28 under MUSIC
I have now been vegan for one year!
To celebrate, I decided to film myself singing Beautiful Place on the Brighton Beach in the sunset.
I used the cavaquinho to make it a bit more special, but however small the waves were, they were louder than my voice.
Still, I hope you will enjoy it!
08 Sep, 2016
This Sunday I am going to do my first and probably last performance on a small West End theatre stage.
We're doing a fundraiser for the BML (BOOK Music and Lyrics) workshop that I'm attending.
I will perform in two songs:
Deep Blue Sea
Music by J.C. Schütz, Lyrics by Rachel Dawick
Vocals - RACHEL DAWICK
Piano - J.C. SCHÜTZ
All the Things I Am
Music by J.C. Schütz, Lyrics by Neil Bastian
Vocals - J.C. SCHÜTZ
Piano - WILLIAM GODFREE
A selection of original songs written by the first-year Composer-Lyricist group, with special guests Darren Clark, Joseph Finlay and Richard Hughes.
Organised by Nikki Racklin, Hannah Elsy and Mike Stocks
Introduced by BML Founder David James
Compered by Adey Grummet
Sunday 11th September 2016, 5.30pm
Upstairs at The Arts Theatre
Great Newport Street, London WC2
AM SO looking forward to this!
Tickets are here:
02 Jul, 2016
Time flies. It's been 6 months since I posted anything here, and it's mostly due to the reason I haven't had time to create much of interest to post.
However, yesterday I had a very promising meeting with a British actor and writer who is very interested in being the bookwriter for my Japan-themed musical. He has already come up with some great ideas, and we really seem to be on the same page.
The musical has an important subject that we both are passionate telling the world about, so you can expect more updates on this later this summer. We're both busy with other things, but hopefully some time will open up to finally get this musical off the ground.
I'm also constantly writing songs for the weekly BML songwriting workshop, and that takes most of my spare time, not leaving a single moment to think of my own projects or musicals. We will have the whole month of August off this workshop, so that will hopefully be a blessed time for me to get some of my own writing done.
I am very happy with my new vegan lifestyle. It's over 8 months now, and I feel healthier than ever. Sure, I was a vegetarian for 20 years, so it was an easy transition.
I guess you could call me a Vegan Abolitionist.
Almost 10 years ago, a clairvoyant told me I lived a previous life in Brazil and that I was killed while I was fighting for the abolition of slavery.
So I guess it all makes sense. My love for human and animal rights, the country and culture of Brazil, the language, the music. It was all already in me.
Lots of love.
31 Dec, 2015
Posting the series of unreleased songs on facebook has been a wonderful trip down memory lane. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. It has been a true pleasure to share my musical past with you. Having written 500 songs feels very special, and as you can hear in these examples it's in all kinds of different genres.
Here's the list of all songs, with direct links and the year of recording.
The Best I Can Do
I'll Be There To Show My Care
Poor Black Mattie
(Punch & Judy Show)
If Only For A While
Best Transmission Wins
Cherry in the Shade
Think of Me
I en stilla sommarnatt
Here is the video page on facebook:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
08 Nov, 2015
Posted at 14:40 under MUSIC
As you may have read on my facebook wall or the news page, my full discography is now available from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.
This is the first time it all is available at the same place. Finally. Click the title for a direct link to iTunes.
C'est La Vie
I'm Here (Acoustic Version)
Möten och avsked (Encontros e Despedidas)
Det kunde lika gärna varit vi
I Guess It's Ok (Vai Ficar Tudo Bem) - with Vanessa Pinheiro
Christmas Time (We can change the world)
Hold On Now
Peace (Give the people the power back) [Peacebird Edit]
Balans (Bossa Remix)
Se solen gå upp
12 Oct, 2015
Posted at 14:59 under MUSIC
Especially with my fans in mind, today I pre-release a new single!
It's an acoustic version of I'm Here, a song that many of you state as your favorite song of mine.
So this is for you!
Along with the single, which is pre-released today on Bandcamp.com ONLY, I also publish a lyrics video on youtube:
Get the song from iTunes right here.
Or listen at Spotify:
Enjoy! And let me know what you think!
10 Oct, 2015
A completely new, acoustic version of my song I'm Here will be released soon!
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