23 Mar, 2013

R.I.P. Bebo Valdes 


Posted at 15:42 under MUSIC, OTHERS


Cuban pianist BEBO VALDES has passed away aged 94. He was one of the greatest musicians ever to come from Cuba, and I just want to wish him a safe journey.

He lived in Sweden from the 1960's, and I have several friends who have worked together with him from the 1970's and onward.

One of his best albums was the amazing collaboration with flamenco singer Diego El Cigala - LAGRIMAS NEGRAS (black tears).




Thank you Bebo for all the beautiful music. Rest in peace.


The album on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Lagrimas-Negras-B ... B0001EKZOQ





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.





22 Jan, 2013

Think Of Me music video 


Posted at 12:42 under MUSIC, MOVIES, OTHERS


Just found the music video for my song Think Of Me, from 2003!

I wrote the song especially for the short-film Marcus & Medelhavet by my friend Johan Pettersson, and the song & music video were also made in 2003. Maybe, it was the first song I wrote for my debut album Passion, released in 2004.

I say maybe, because it's 10 years ago, and I don't remember...

Filmed on location in Norrkping, Sweden.





http://jcschutz.bandcamp.com/album/passion

Enjoy!





20 Jan, 2013

Nina Ripe nominated for Best Jazz Album 2012! 


Posted at 15:10 under MUSIC, OTHERS




I was just informed that NINA RIPE's first album Apaixonada - Brazilian Stories, for which I was giving artistic direction, is nominated for Best Jazz Album 2012 by OJ, Sweden's biggest jazz magazine!

If you live in Sweden, you can vote online:
http://www.orkesterjournalen.com/index. ... ;formId=18


I also wrote 3 of the song lyrics:

Picture in Black and White (Retrato em Branco e Preto)
A.C. Jobim/Chico Buarque de Holanda. English lyrics: J.C. Schtz.

Mten och Avsked (Encontros e Despedidas)
M. Nascimento/F. Brant. Swedish lyrics: J.C. Schtz.

Return (A Volta)
R. Menescal/R. Boscoli. English lyrics: J.C. Schtz.


Here's the album on iTunes;
http://itunes.apple.com/album/apaixonad ... d542465903

And Nina's website:
http://www.ninaripe.com





01 Jan, 2013

First sunrise of 2013 


Posted at 05:47 under JAPAN, OTHERS


The first sunrise of 2013:



as viewed from eastern Japan as the sun slowly climbed in over the mountain-filled island in the Pacific Ocean.


I feel that this will be a good year!





28 Dec, 2012

Guitar & Master Class Lessons 


Posted at 14:54 under MUSIC, JAPAN, OTHERS


Starting from January 2013, I'm offering Guitar Lessons and Songwriting Master Classes.

If you live in Japan, there's also the choice of taking a Music Producing Master Class and Group Guitar lessons.

Please check this link for English:
http://www.jcschutz.com/lesson/index.php?l=en
and send me a message to get prices in other currencies.




2013年1月スタート!ギターとマスタークラス・レッスン!

ギターレッスン
グループレッスン
個人レッスン

マスタークラス
作詞作曲 ・ ソングライティング
音楽プロデュース

是非、もし良ければ、連絡下さい。良いな音楽のお年を!

http://www.jcschutz.com/lesson

85% of the songs I have released are being played in radio. I was REALLY surprised myself to find that out!





24 Dec, 2012

85% of my songs 


Posted at 05:13 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN, OTHERS, THOUGHTS


HAPPY CHRISTMAS ! ! !

This is a simple Christmas card from me to you. First, let me thank you, my fans & listeners, for the love and support!

* * *

My Christmas song entered the J-WAVE Tokio Hot 100 chart yesterday as #100! Big thanks to ALL of you in Japan who voted for the song to enter!

http://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/tokioh ... t/main.htm

This is my 4th time on the chart (as far as I know), all 4 songs have been during 2011 and 2012.




* * *

Inspired by the radio airplay, I decided to check how many of my songs that have been played in radio or TV since I released "Passion" in 2004.

The result was VERY surprising. I knew that radio stations in lots of different countries have been playing my songs, but I didn't know it was so many of the songs. I have released 4 albums and 5 singles until now. It's totally 48 original songs.

The amount of songs played in radio or TV is:

85 %

! ! !

That's a pretty amazing result, remembering that they're all indie releases, but the music seems to find its own way out into the world and I feel really blessed and thankful for that!

The song most played is still "Passion" (in different versions):




One of my own favorite songs is "After the Rain" (2011):



* * *


I'll end with one of my newly re-discovered favorites, "The Rainbow Connection" by genius singer/songwriter Paul Williams together with Kenneth Ascher.

This is Sarah McLachlan's beautiful version:




Here's the original from The Muppet Movie (1979):




Have a beautiful and peaceful Christmas, and see you around. On one or the other side of the rainbow.






14 Dec, 2012

Open letter to my friends in Japan 


Posted at 03:01 under MUSIC, JAPAN, OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


http://nation.time.com/2012/12/13/elect ... -honestly/

To my friends in Japan:

Sunday's election is very important. This election can change the constitution of Japan (Peaceful since the bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and even wars with China or North Korea if people really vote for ABE.

* Prime minister NODA will lose his job, because opposite of the people's wish, he wants Nuclear Power.

* Expected new Prime minister ABE will boost the army and spend more public money on the army, weapons & aggresive foreign policies ("war"). Shouldn't public money go to rebuilding the country after the tsunami or improving schools? ABE also wants to put Japanese citizens to live/work on the disputed "Senkaku" islands, and you can only guess China's response. Several western countries have expressed worries about him from an international peace point of view.

* And nationalist canditate ISHIHARA, 80-years-old, wants Japan to test Nuclear weapons. Doesn't he remember the bombs?

* There are many small candidates as well. PLEASE check what they want, even though there's an accepted policy in Japan for politicians to lie about everything and suddenly change opinion.

Follow your heart. This election is Very Important.


Sincerely,
Johan Christher Schtz





11 Dec, 2012

Thank you for the wonderful response! 


Posted at 17:47 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, OTHERS, THOUGHTS


I've been totally overwhelmed by direct messages and tweets from people about the music video and the song. Probably about 25 % of everyone who has watched it has written to me. I was even blocked on twitter for writing too many direct messages to say thank you! I didn't even know there is a 24-hour limit.

I decided to collect some of the feedback from messages, tweets and youtube, in some cases translated to English for the sake of simplicity.


- I just watched this 2 times without breathing.

- I love this song... So beautiful & wonderful message!

- I watched it 4 times!

- It makes me really warm!

- Your beautiful song and video made me cry. Thank you for creating such lovely music!

- I love it!

- Wonderful!

- I was very very deeply impressed.

- Sooo cuuute music video - warm voice, warm melody and warm video.

- What a beautiful song! It makes me so excited.

- It fills the chest!

- The song and video is a perfect match!

- Thank you for the inspiration!

- It's amazing!



The video has just been up for three days, so please continue to tell me what you think!!!





You can also send me messages on facebook:
http://facebook.com/jcschutz


Thank you!!!





08 Dec, 2012

Christmas Time (We can change the world) music video 


Posted at 13:40 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, ART, MOVIES, JAPAN, OTHERS, THOUGHTS


32 years after the death of John Lennon, we publish the music video for Christmas Time (We can change the world):





Please share and spread the love!

Peace!






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