16 Jan, 2017

France 


Posted at 15:13 under MUSIC, ART, OTHERS

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.

Merci.





31 Dec, 2015

The series of unreleased songs 


Posted at 15:17 under MUSIC, ART, OTHERS


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.


1994
The Best I Can Do




1995
I'll Be There To Show My Care
(Peaceflowers)




1997
Poor Black Mattie
(Blues Bash)




1997
Disastrous Woman




1997
Marilyn
(Punch & Judy Show)




1998
Winter Moments




1999
Private Aphrodite




1999
If Only For A While




2000
Leaving You
(Schütz/Welleby)




2001
Best Transmission Wins




2002
Cherry in the Shade




2003
Think of Me




2012
I en stilla sommarnatt



Here is the video page on facebook:
www.facebook.com/jcschutz/videos


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!






09 Aug, 2014

Hiba Tawaji - Al Rabih Al Arabi 


Posted at 17:56 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, OTHERS, DEMOCRACY


Hiba Tawaji is an awesome singer from Lebanon. Check this new song out. It's amazing - her voice, the song itself, and the haunting music video.

It's a masterpiece. The best song I have heard for a very long time.

Enough with hate and genocide now.

Seriously.

We must stop thinking in terms of "us" and "them".

Or it will never stop.








21 Sep, 2013

R.I.P. grandma 


Posted at 21:28 under MUSIC, OTHERS, THOUGHTS


My grandma Sigrid passed away recently at the age of 84, and the funeral service is on Monday. My heart is full of vivid memories even though we only met once or twice a year because of the distance.

I dedicate the following Swedish song to her, called Just one day, one moment, at a time, one of my favorite psalms, performed by Freddie Wadling.



See you later among the stars.




26 May, 2013

Photos 


Posted at 13:23 under ART, OTHERS






Last week we took some promotion photos for my new album. This one was taken by Tadatomo Oshima at IDEE Records, the record label that will release the album.

What do you think?


Photo from Oshima-san's instagram page:
http://instagram.com/p/ZpPkfIxz3-/

http://instagram.com/oshima_tadatomo/


IDEE RECORDS
http://www.inpartmaint.com/shop/tag/idee-records/





24 May, 2013

Love is not a crime 


Posted at 04:50 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY




http://www.change.org/petitions/assista ... lationship

Please sign this petition.

Kaitlyn Hunt is prosecuted in Florida for having a 3-years-younger girlfriend. I'm not the only one who suspects that this would not happen if one of them were male.

Kaitlyn's girlfriend's parents are against their same-sex relationship, and thus went to the police. Now, she faces years in prison - or - two years in house arrest, if she chooses.

Please sign this petition to drop the charges now.
Stop this madness. Love is not a crime.

Here's the link again:

http://www.change.org/petitions/assista ... lationship





18 May, 2013

Website up! 


Posted at 16:31 under MUSIC, ART, OTHERS


The new website is now On Air!

http://www.jcschutz.com


Let me know what you think of the new design. It's supposed to be responsive, so it looks almost the same both on big computer screens and small mobile phones. I used some big background photos from Sweden this time. Maybe they can be slow to load if you're on an old machine...

Please spread the link to your friends!

=)





10 May, 2013

R.I.P. Grandpa Calle 


Posted at 18:34 under MUSIC, OTHERS, THOUGHTS


Today my grandpa Calle passed away.

The news filled me with a great sadness. He was not my real grandfather, but he was part of our family as long as I can remember (my real grandfather died when I was 3, so I have no memories of him).

I always loved visiting Calle's and grandma's house. Unfortunately it was 4 hours by car to get there, so we just met once or twice a year.

When I was a kid, Calle introduced me to Swedish poetry - especially Dan Andersson and Nils Ferlin - but also to music and the actual playing of music, as he was playing the accordion. I also remember the electric keyboard he had, which I was allowed to play whenever we visited. Maybe I was 6 years old.

A bit later, when I had started playing the guitar, he went into the big, narrow closet you often find in Swedish houses, and fetched a vintage series of books on how to play the guitar, which he passionately lent me, happy to be able to support my interest in music. Maybe I was 9 years old.

We talked about death sometimes, and it never scared me. He seemed so sure it was nothing to fear.

He loved to read me his favorite poems, and he knew that I loved to listen. He was writing poems too, and I was inspired. We sat on opposite sides of the table and wrote poems, with the mosquitos from Dallven humming in the background - one day I got 100 bites. Maybe I was 12 years old.

Our connection was not by blood, but by heart. My music, and my heart, would not be same without you. I'm 37 years old, and life is humbling.

Thank you for everything.
May you rest in peace.


Here's a song I'd like to dedicate to you, to wish you a safe trip back to the stars.

Sarah McLachlan - "Rainbow Connection"




Du, grabben!
Tack fr allt.
Vila i frid.





28 Apr, 2013

The White Silk Dress 


Posted at 04:37 under ART, MOVIES, OTHERS




The White Silk Dress (Ao Lua Ha Dong) is an incredible Vietnamese movie from 2007 by Luu Huynh, which was Vietnam's official submission for the Oscar Academy Award 2008.

The movie, which is one of the most beautiful and touching I have ever seen, shows the hard life of a very very poor family in 50's and 60's Vietnam and how a simple white silk dress (ao dai) is closely linked to the fate of all of them. It starts when Gu gives it to Dan as a wedding gift with the promise of a proper marriage sometime in the future, and the young couple soon runs away from their slave-like lifes as servants to find a better life together.

The acting is touching and understated, especially Truong Ngoc Anh, as Dan, is amazing. The movie's wonderfully filmed, with rain-soaked landscapes and beautiful colors, and Duc Tri's music is also really good. 2 hours and 20 minutes may feel long for a Western audience, as Vietnamese movies often don't always follow the same dramatic structure as Western movies, but that's what I like about it. It's unpredictable, and there are always things to surprise you, and plenty of space for the viewer to breathe and reflect on the message.

Here is some kind of trailer:




I can't find this movie at Amazon, but here's a link to the movie wIth English subtitles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3twvSiZWxo


Soundtrack:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AV ... mp;sr=8-12


Watch this movie!

It's amazing, and you will never forget it.





22 Apr, 2013

Les Miserabablebles 


Posted at 05:12 under MUSICAL, MOVIES, OTHERS


Just for a laugh, I want to share this "honest trailer" for the Les Miserables movie.

Please note that it's a joke =)









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