02 Feb, 2017

Love This World 


Posted at 22:34 under MUSIC, ART, THOUGHTS, JAPAN

"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.



Love,
JC x







13 Oct, 2016

One year vegan anniversary 


Posted at 23:28 under THOUGHTS, OTHERS

This week, it's one year since I decided to go vegan!

For those of you who don't know (yes, some people don't know the difference between vegan and vegetarian), this is the Vegan Society's definition:

Veganism
a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey - as well as products like leather and any tested on animals.

It's been a lot easier than I thought, and I'm a bit sad I didn't make the decision earlier. After being vegetarian for half my life, the transition was incredibly easy.

I'm healthier and happier than ever.

JCx




02 Jul, 2016

Time and musicals and not much else 


Posted at 13:21 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY

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.





25 Feb, 2015

Composing music 


Posted at 03:01 under MUSIC, THOUGHTS


I'm currently composing the music for my friends' documentary movie about a Bulgarian young man who came to Sweden to work but ended up begging in the streets.

Here's the trailer, with me playing the piano:




Support their crowdfunding campaign to travel with him to Bulgaria to understand why people leave their homes:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/en-eu-immigrants-vardag-resa-hem-och-tillbaka/x/9649267

And let me know what you think of the music ^^




18 Nov, 2014

Planet Earth 


Posted at 01:17 under MOVIES, THOUGHTS


Watch this beautiful short documentary about Astronauts who all say the same thing. Seeing Earth in the empty space reminded of why we must take care of this planet.



Video is here [19 minutes long]:
http://vimeo.com/55073825


It's absolutely awesome!

=)




06 Sep, 2014

New single 


Posted at 23:38 under MUSIC, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


My new single is now available on iTunes and Spotify!

Det kunde lika gärna varit vi is a samba-reggae song in Swedish, and the title means "It could just as well have been us" and is written in the shadow of the growing Pan-European racism, nationalism, hate and violence.



Spotify:
http://open.spotify.com/album/5ZcoLH1dEpqnt8z7LwN1qO

iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/album/det-kunde ... d915956730


We have elections for the Swedish government next Sunday. This song is a call for people to have empathy with immigrant refugees coming from war and Eastern-European beggars coming from discrimination and racism in their own countries. Many of them are roma (so-called gypsies) and seeing the cold-hearted reaction of many Swedes to criminalize begging to get rid of them, is scary and is reminding of the 1930's Europe where nazism swept through countries in trouble caused by capitalism and the bubble economy.

Now, we're seeing the same thing again. People look for a scapegoat. Capitalism is the reason. Not the immigrants or the beggars in the streets.


"It could just as well have been been me
It could just as well have been been us
And all you'd wish for if you end up there one day
is a dash of empathy"


(English translation of the chorus)


Enjoy it and Share the love! <3




23 Sep, 2013

"Swedish saudade" in Japanese radio 


Posted at 12:37 under MUSIC, JAPAN, THOUGHTS


Thursday, 9/26, I will be the guest navigator of "World Navigation", a corner of RENDEZ-VOUS in Tokyo radio J-WAVE 81.3!

I will talk (in English) about Swedish saudade (melancholy) and play some songs of my favorite songwriters and one song from my latest album Beautiful Place.


Thank you as always to navigator Rachel Chan and producer Iwasaki-san, who invited me to try to explain Swedish mentality, and why Swedish music has such a specific sound.

It starts after 16:00PM, but RENDEZ-VOUS is broadcast live every day (Monday-Thursday) from 14:00, so make sure you listen if you're in Japan!

RENDEZ-VOUS website:
http://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/rendezvous/

Time: September 26 (thursday) 16:00
Where: J-WAVE 81.3
What: World Navigation - Swedish Saudade

Below is a photo of me and Rachel from 2010, I think it was the first time they invited me to the program!








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.




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





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.






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