30 Apr, 2008

On the passing of time 

Posted at 13:55 under THOUGHTS

in the documentary i was talking briefly on how i believe that everything is connected. i've always believed that. and as i'm in an existential mood today, here are some thoughts about time.

we see time as linear, as a long endless line that started when we were born (or before, depending on our beliefs), and ending when we die, made up by hours tiled up beside eachother.

once i read a book, whose author and title are now faded from my memory, which claimed that our experiece of time as passing is something we have only created to easier be able to see the whole picture. (it's very existential, i know!!! but i warned you =)

it would be TOO DIFFICULT to understand your whole life at once, and therefore we have to divide it into days, into moments, to be able to see the whole picture.

it would be like watching an old painting that's 1000 meters wide and 400 meters tall. it's impossible to see it all at once. we have to start somewhere, and then take it from there, beholding one part at the time. moment by moment.

when we understand that time never passes (because it never arrives - and how can something pass when it never arrives?) we become aware that there is no difference between today and yesterday and tomorrow. there is no difference between today and a year ago. (even though we number the days and years to have some kind of order) they are only moments flowing into eachother.

the japanese zen philosopher DOGEN wrote this in the year of 1242:

"Because flowing is a quality of time, moments of past and present do not overlap or line up side by side"

this also means that what i experienced a year ago is not necessarily more distant than what i experienced this morning.

DOGEN gave time the function of being inseparable from existence, using the word TIME-BEING (UJI in japanese):

"Do not think that time merely flies away. Do not see flying away as the only function of time. If time merely flies away, you would be separated from time. The reason you do not clearly understand the time-being is that you think of time only as passing.
  In essence, all things in the entire world are linked with one another as moments.
You may suppose that time is only passing away, and not understand that time never arrives."

these moments, that we only see as passing, are our life. moment by moment. birdsong by birdsong. dish by dish. person by person. tropical rain by tropical rain.

we're trying every day to fill our life with things that will make us happy. this will never make us happy.

it's like your home suddenly wouldn't have any electricity and you're going away for the evening. you're running out of time and are desperately trying to find your keys so you can lock the door.
  but as there is no light, you can't see where you've put them.
  you know that your neighbour's electricity is working, but you wouldn't go looking in their apartment for your keys, only because they have lights, would you?

we will never find happiness outside of ourselves.

it's been waiting all the time for us to stop looking.

it's here and now.


26 Apr, 2008

After the rain 

Posted at 15:40 under THOUGHTS

just returned from jogging along the canal where i live, with a gorgeous feeling inside me. the air was warm, as before a thunderstorm, and rain clouds were gathering above the city.

first, a few drops, landing on my cheek. then slowly increasing.

and that LOVELY smell of spring in the air!!!!

when i'd returned home after something like 30 minutes, the sky opened. i sat down on the stairs outside my flat, enjoying the fresh, warm, summer rain, as stray rays of sun found the rooftops through sprinkled patches of blue sky.

have you ever watched raindrops hit the palm of your hand? landing, extracting as the tension of the drop is broken, and reaching out for the small wrinkles and grooves in the skin....

as if to water the seeds in your lifeline.


22 Apr, 2008

Piano and electric guitars 

Posted at 23:52 under MUSIC

as i am a man who keeps his word, here are the two songs i've been working with recently, recording piano and guitars (acoustic and electric), the vocals are new too, will probably re-do them again as my throat was hurting a bit this evening.

anyway, here they are:

(as if nothing happened)

added piano and electric guitar (here with a tremolo effect). i've also addded a snare drum, and changed the acoustic guitar from nylon-string to steel-string. maybe i'll record an electric slide guitar for the solo? ....i think that'd be gorgeous!

(how do you forget?)

it's a song about not wanting to forget, so all the instruments add to the mood, even the drum machine brings a certain loneliness with its monotonous blipping. the arrangement is not completely finished, but i'll give you quite a bit of the song anyway, because i really like it myself. the steel-string acoustic guitar is also new compared with the previous version. i love the electric slide guitar! and karin's trombone solo of course.....

now i'm so happy i had to re-think about these songs. the new arrangements go better with the over-all sound of the album. they are more "rock" or what you would call it. more blues? more latin? more whatever. more me!

hope you like it as much as i do!

oh...... =) - please note:

* vocals and some instruments are only Early Production Recordings and MAY CHANGE!
* this is only HALF-finished!
* several instruments are still missing!
* this is UN-mixed!
* this is only for you to follow the progress of the creation of my new album!
* this does not represent the sound quality of the album!


21 Apr, 2008

On music and open minds 

Posted at 22:47 under MUSIC, THOUGHTS

there's been a change of plan in a couple of the new songs. this means that bandoneon player mikael augustsson has left the "crew" of musicians and will not be playing on the album because of different reasons.

it's crossed my mind to replace him with an accordion player (accordion and bandoneon is ALMOST the same instrument), but have decided not to.

instead, i have re-arranged the songs that are affected, and made the brave decision to play the piano (myself) in these songs and even an electric slide guitar. i haven't played slide for years, so it's a wonderful opportunity! i did play slide guitar regularly, but now it's been a while. some 6-8 years to be exact....

i'll post the result during the week, i'm SO happy with the resulting sound. it brings a very different mood than a bandoneon would have done. as i use to say, "WHAT HAPPENS, HAPPENS", and i begin to enjoy the process of adjusting to life's ever-changing circumstances.

life is never stopping to move, to evolve, to change and surprise us.

and as long as we're "prepared" for the unexpected, really what could go wrong?

an open mind is the key.

to what? you may ask.

i don't know! but it's the key.


16 Apr, 2008

Download full movie 

Posted at 22:12 under MUSIC, MOVIES, OTHERS

the whole documentary is available here for download [free, of course] with english subtitles:

let me know what you think!!!!


15 Apr, 2008

Scene 1 

Posted at 14:13 under MUSIC, ART, MOVIES

i'll make the whole 20-minute documentary available as one large clip too, but i won't use youtube because their quality is too low (especially the sound). i'll also make all the scenes available for free download (with full quality) at my website.

sometimes the sound and image are not in sync, and that is completely because of youtube's systems. the original files are fine, but as soon as i upload them to youtube they get slightly out of sync... i've re-uploaded the clips several times to improve it, but it doesn't help.

hope you like it anyway!


09 Apr, 2008

Making a documentary 

Posted at 13:05 under MUSIC

lately we've been working on a short documentary, which will present my studio work with the new album.

hopefully i'll be able to post the result in the weekend!

patience, por favor!


01 Jan, 1970


Posted at 01:00 under ART, MOVIES

just have to mention a movie i saw yesterday, GRBAVICA, awarded the Golden Bear for the best film at the Berlin Film Festival 2006.

esma (mirjana karanovic) lives in the Sarajevo neigbourhood Grbavica, with her 12-year-old daughter sara (luna mijovic). it's a quiet, moving story about ordinary people trying to go on with their everyday lives in the aftermath of the brutal balkan 1990's conflicts.

according to the director jasmila zbanic, 20 000 women were systematically raped in bosnia during the war, and this movie tells the difficulty and hard work of accepting and overcoming a deep personal trauma.

i've tried to find something on youtube to put here, but everything available there is unfortunately very badly dubbed in spanish or german. i advice you to see this movie with subtitles instead!

here is the only undubbed trailer i could find, with japanese subtitles!!! if you want, you can watch the dubbed spanish, german or italian trailers under Related Videos. just please remember that i did NOT recommend them!


01 Apr, 2008

Some trombone parts 

Posted at 22:59 under MUSIC

here are some of the solo stuff KARIN HAMMAR recorded at last week's session, this is truly amazing trombone playing. i'm very thankful and happy she wants to play with me. we're starting to *plan* some gigs now, her, me, and OLLE LINDER and probably someone more. gonna be extraordinary!

please excuse my tired voice, these samples are just to show how good the trombone sounds hehehe
i will re-record the vocals and most of the guitars too..... soon! just waiting for a flash of inspiration!



bad vocals, i know!!!! please listen to the trombone instead ;)

well, you oughtta know by now =) - please note:

* vocals and many instruments are only Early Production Recordings and WILL CHANGE!
* this is only HALF-finished!
* several instruments are still missing!
* this is UN-mixed!
* this is only for you to follow the progress of the creation of my new album!
* this does not represent the sound or quality of the album!


28 Mar, 2008

Horn section 

Posted at 14:37 under MUSIC

had a recording session of a trumpet/trombone horn section this week, here's the result. unfortunately with bad sound quality because of my laptop, sorry, but at least it gives you the chance to hear how the horns section really lift the songs.


will still re-record my vocals and guitar/cavaquinho. and maybe some quca!?!?


some electric piano and this is done! will do new vocals and cavaquinho.


nice reggae horns... looking forward to do new vocals on this one!

the musicians are:
KARIN HAMMAR - trombone

karin played on my last cd, but i haven't worked with stefan before. if you can watch swedish tv you can see him play tonight in the show LET'S DANCE. he's previously worked with eric gadd and jennifer brown to name a few....

i'm very happy with the result of this recording. next week there are two sessions, one with bandoneon and one with backing vocals. this is so exciting!!!!!


<<First <Back | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | Next> Last>>