02 Jul, 2016

Time and musicals and not much else 


Posted at 12:21 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 02:01 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 00:17 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 22:38 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 11:37 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 20:28 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 03:50 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 17:34 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.





14 Mar, 2013

On so-called "foreigners" 


Posted at 03:50 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


Being a 'long-nose' is not easy anywhere, my friend Mikael Wiehe wrote to me last year regarding being a foreigner. It doesn't matter which country you go. As long as you look different or have a strange-sounding name the police, the customs officers, etc, etc, etc, will treat you with suspicion.

In Sweden, the not-so-intelligent Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask supports the police's harassment of foreign-looking people (in their search for "paperless immigrants"), and yesterday, Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri wrote an open letter to her in DN, Sweden's biggest daily newspaper.

Within one day (!) it was DN's most shared article on the web ever.

Please read this. It may open your eyes to the situation of foreigners in your own country, wherever you live. Because it's the same everywhere. It's not just about the police. It's rooted in our collective consciousness, the "foreigner", the "stranger", the "weirdo", the "strange name", the "big nose", etc.

The letter google-translated into English
http://translate.google.com/translate?s ... mp;act=url


Original Swedish text:
http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/basta-beatrice-ask


It's FANTASTIC.

And unfortunately very very true.



Jonas Hassen Khemiri and Beatrice Ask.





21 Feb, 2013

John Pilger 


Posted at 14:28 under THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


JOHN PILGER is an amazing Australian journalist, and his documentaries are wonderful proof of his passion to show a truth that we many times are not supposed to know about, a truth which our governments don't want us to know.

With the internet, people all over the world have more access to information than ever before in history, and the fact that many of John's documentaries are available on youtube is wonderful news for all of us who long to hear the truth.


Read more about him here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pilger

or on his website;
http://www.johnpilger.com


Here are two of his documentaries (in English, no subtitles).

Please watch them. The awakened awareness may change your life. At the very least, it will open your eyes.


The New Rulers of the World -
Showing the secrets behind globalization, and the growing gap between rich and poor.





War by other means -
Showing how the lifestyle of us in the rich countries is actually paid for by the poor countries.









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