30 Jan, 2008

Balance 


Posted at 10:32 under MUSIC


i'm currently working with my coming album. yesterday i had an amazingly groovy recording session with OLLE LINDER (percussion, drums & bass). i've set up a special page here on my blog with updates and samples from recordings under production.

i'm really happy to be working with my new songs. as always i had a hard time deciding which songs should be on the album, but..... as always, they kind of choose themselves. and i have no reason to doubt or question this universal function.

this album will be in swedish, but i will make english versions of maybe three or four tracks.

i'm thinking about naming the CD "BALANS", which means BALANCE. yeah, you could've guessed...

partly because it's the title of one of the songs, but also because during the last year i've started to see life from a wider perspective. the world in general seems totally balanced from this perspective. everything is that's supposed to be. this balance is hard to grasp.

it's simply one of the miracles of this world. this world in which i am very happy to exist.

=)





23 Jan, 2008

Almost immaculate 


Posted at 23:13 under MUSIC


just want to mention a review of BLISSA NOVA that was published the other day by the swedish music magazine GROOVE.


"almost immaculate"

"Plunge Into the Miracle goes from 0-100 in less than a second, and if all the songs had been in a similar style then this could well have challenged the title of the best swedish album of the year in the genre"


Thomas Rdin, Groove (www.groove.se)


=)

the whole review in swedish can be read here:
http://www.groove.se/site/recension.asp?recId=1610&mediumId=1






16 Jan, 2008

New recordings 


Posted at 23:05 under MUSIC


i've had an annoying cold during the last weeks, but it can never keep me away from MUSIC!

this week i've slowly started some pre-production for my NEXT ALBUM, and it's still too early to mention any details about the final sound. i've got my mind brimming with ideas and need to sort them out first, so to speak.

it will be groovy, though, and slightly more spacious (productionwise). i had the idea to make an acoustic album, but that'll have to wait. maybe next time.....

so, what i'm doing right now is - deciding song keys, song tempos, song arrangements and stuff like that.

i've had a feeling for the last few weeks or so, that it's time for me to move on musically and try to merge everything i've been doing so far. this means, the next album WILL be less "brazilian". maybe there will be a samba-reggae or two, maybe a groovy french chanson with a tango accordion and some funky jazz pop..... it will be less bossanovanized, even though the influence surely will reveal itself at times.

sounds strange?

i hope not. to me, it's perfectly natural.

sometimes you need to go back to be able to go forward.

=)

oh, i forgot to say! i'll post some samples here every now and then for you to hear how the album is growing. just keep coming back.... ;)





08 Jan, 2008

Green tea and grey skies 


Posted at 22:54 under THOUGHTS




japanese green tea bought in asakusa, tokyo. the cup is also japanese, one of the gifts i received in japan. every time i drink it my thoughts wander eastwards....

do you blame me?

the skies are so grey in stockholm now, today it's rained almost the whole day and the snow we had for new year has melted away. it barely gets light in the daytime!!! i'm happy we're heading for spring now.

i'll have another cup of colour. i think both my heart and my eyes need it.

=)





02 Jan, 2008

Happy new year!! 


Posted at 02:17 under THOUGHTS


明けましておめでとうございます!
happy new year!
gott nytt r!
feliz natal!
etc.


i believe in the power of wishes. the imagination with which wishes are fulfilled will never cease to amaze me!!!!

let me quote a scene from the WIZARD OF OZ:

Dorothy: Now which way do we go?
Scarecrow: Pardon me, this way is a very nice way.
Dorothy: Who said that?
[Toto barks at scarecrow]
Dorothy: Don't be silly, Toto. Scarecrows don't talk.
Scarecrow: [points other way] It's pleasant down that way, too.
Dorothy: That's funny. Wasn't he pointing the other way?
Scarecrow: [points both ways] Of course, some people do go both ways.

so.... what i mean is: if we don't make up our mind about where we want to go, we'll never get there. i'm not good at maths, but this equation is so simple that even I can understand it!!!

seriously, life is not a series of trains running in coincidence without destinations. but it can appear like that if you don't decide where you want to go.

so where do you want to go?

=)





30 Dec, 2007

Tsuki no akari 


Posted at 01:17 under MUSIC, JAPAN


for a reason that only the universe knows, this song came across my path today. i loooooove it!!!!!!!!

it's a new recording of a song from the computer game FINAL FANTASY IV, and i think it's just been released.

the title is "TSUKI NO AKARI" which i think means something like "MOONLIGHT".

the singer is called IDA MEGUMI.

enjoy!!!



yeah, i miss japan!!! ok???

just the simple fact that people can take a song from a computer game (nintendo?) just as seriously as other popular music, makes me LOVE this country more than anything on earth. that is what i call open-minded.

please, never become like us in the west!!!

=)





30 Dec, 2007

New date for radio show 


Posted at 01:14 under MUSIC, JAPAN


the date for the japanese radio show has been changed. i'm very sorry, but there's nothing i can do about it.

it will be broadcast
wednesday 9th january, 2008

same time. sorry again, but not my fault!

=)





28 Dec, 2007

Internet radio show - January 2nd - J.C. Schtz special 


Posted at 12:16 under MUSIC, JAPAN


when i was in tokyo i recorded an internet radio special for the show CAFE DE YOSHI, which will be broadcast on wednesday!

the show is hosted by japanese bossa nova singer/songwriter YOSHINARI NAKAMATSU.

i perform special live versions of my songs, backed up by Yoshi-san on vocal and guitar, only for CAFE DE YOSHI listeners.

in the show, which is on internet air between 20:00-21:00 japanese time (please look below for local times) YOSHI will ask me about my childhood, presence and future.

we will also talk about how we have developed similar music styles, despite our different backgrounds, and coming from opposite sides of the world.


"CAFE DE YOSHI"

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2nd, 2008

Broadcast times:
Japan - 20:00
Sweden - 12:00 (noon)
London - 11:00 am
Brasil - 09:00 am
New York - 06:00 am


otonamazu.com]http://www.otonamazu.com

click PLAY NOW, and a new window opens, where you choose which music player you are using. you don't have to download anything!

=)


Yoshinari Nakamatsu website:
available-lights.jp]www.available-lights.jp
myspace.com/yoshinarinakamatsu]www.myspace.com/yoshinarinakamatsu





24 Dec, 2007

Christmas thoughts 


Posted at 21:10 under THOUGHTS


this christmas i especially remember Niklas (1974-2007), a friend from my childhood and early teens who has recently passed away.

when i was 10 years old and he 12 we tried to start a rock band. nothing really came out of that, in terms of "results" - we never actually had any songs - but i remember us making many phonecalls to annoyed record labels!!! anyway, it was definitely a very important step in my musical staircase, and i will never forget you!

rest in peace.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

to everyone else - i hope you have a nice christmas!!!


feliz natal!
merry christmas!
god jul!

=)





08 Dec, 2007

Culture shock 


Posted at 13:40 under THOUGHTS, JAPAN


hmmmmmm..........

i'm experiencing the strangest thing in my whole life - a reversed culture shock! when i came to japan i immediately felt at home, incredibly comfortable with everything. and now, after returning to sweden, i'm having the biggest culture shock i've ever experienced!

????

i was only away for 12 days!!

how can the CULTURE SHOCK of returning home be bigger than the CULTURE SHOCK of coming to a completely new country on the other side of the world?

to me, being in japan was like coming home.

i'm so thankful for meeting all the wonderful people and for all the new friends i made during my intense visit. i loved the food, the beer, the buildings, the tea (sorry but not the coffee hehehe), the caring, the honesty, the smiles, and the intense will to communicate despite the language barriers - i'm sorry, it's my fault, i'll learn more japanese until next time!!

i'm coming back as soon as possible, but then you'll have to make all your friends and family members buy my cds, so i can afford the flight ;)

i love you!!!!

=)






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