21 Nov, 2007

Off  


Posted at 09:12


off we go!!!!!!

=)





14 Nov, 2007

Quando a saudade apertar 


Posted at 01:28 under MUSIC


DICK FARNEY is a brazilian artist who died in 1987, here's a great video with a song he recorded the year before, written by Tom Jobim, and taken from the marvellous brazilian music blog LORONIX. i love this song, i find it hard to believe that i've never heard it before!!!!

the sound is not the best, but the performance is ôtimo!



DICK FARNEY: SOLIDO

http://loronix.blogspot.com

=)





10 Nov, 2007

Heights 


Posted at 03:44 under THOUGHTS, JAPAN


i don't like heights. but if my information is correct, my very first gig in tokyo will be in a club on the 52nd floor.

52nd floor!!!!

=|

i don't like heights. but on the other hand, i don't like fears, so this is a perfect opportunity to work with it!

=)

hmmmm....... i hope the weather will be nice, because i'll bring my camera. the view must be spectacular, or i know that it is, because i've seen pictures taken from this building in roppongi. anyhow it's a great start to my japan visit! this visit that i am looking forward to so incredibly much!

well, life is unpredictable.

and that's part of the charm. i guess that's how you gotta see it. the unknown is part of the beauty. DON'T RUIN THE MYSTERIOUS, to quote myself again..... i won't. i'm trying all the time to unveil the secrets of life, but i never make it. during the last year i've written about 15 songs in swedish, in my own opinion the best songs i've ever written. guess i'm finally finding my own language.

and all the songs are about life.

from different points of view, but always with the same focus.

in a way, i guess life is like a tall building. you can stay in the elevator, pretending you're safe.

or, you can step out of the safety, walk up to the large windows and take a deep breath.

really, you can see as far as you want, if you really want to.

the view is amazing.

=)





04 Nov, 2007

J.C. Schtz Acoustic Japan Tour 


Posted at 23:47 under MUSIC, JAPAN


yes i am going to japan for an intense 11-day visit to do live shows, small and big, and promote my albums. this will be a great experience! i am really looking forward to meeting all of you who have bought my albums and sent me wonderful emails or messages on myspace!!!! see you soon!!

any changes will be posted at my website and my myspace page, so please keep an eye there ;)

detailed schedule in japanese ( 日本語 )



23 november
22:00 and 23:30

The SALON Salon de Croix
@ MADO LOUNGE

Museum Cafe
Roppongi Hills
Tokyo

Entry: 3,500yen /w 1 drink
Doors open 21:00
ma-do.jp
+other artists & DJs



23 november
02:00 (after midnight)

BLUE CAFE
@ ORGAN BAR

Shibuya
Tokyo

Entry: 2,000yen /w 1 drink
Doors open 21:00
organ-b.net
+other artists & DJ



24 november
15:30

PRESS SIX

IN-STORE GIG
Omote-Sandou
Tokyo

Entry: 1,500yen /w 1 drink
Doors open 15:00
presssix.jp



25 november
19:00

TOWER RECORDS SHIBUYA

IN-STORE GIG
Shibuya
Tokyo

Free entry
towerrecords.co.jp



25 november
21:00

CAFE APRES-MIDI GRAND CRU

Shibuya
Tokyo

Free entry, order required
Doors open 20:30



26 november
19:30

BOBTAIL ACOUSTIC LIVEBAR

Ikenoue
Tokyo

oyasumi-records.com/bobtail/
+ Saeko Inuzuka



28 november
20:00-21:00

GUEST AT INTERNET RADIO SHOW

Tokyo

More info coming soon!



30 november
19:30

MOTHER MOON CAFE

Ashiya
Hyogo

Free entry, order required
Doors open 19:00



1 december
0:00 (midnight)

CLUB BUDDHA

@ Clown Cafezinho
Shin-Sakae
Nagoya

Entry:
Advance: 2,000yen w/ 1 drink
At door: 2,500yen w/ 1 drink
Doors open 21:00
+DJs



2 december
14:00

HUMMOCK CAFE

Himeji
Hyogo

Free entry



2 december
19:30

VIVO,VA BOOKSTORE

Kobe
Hyogo

Entry:
Advance: 2,000yen w/gift
At door: 2,500yen w/gift
Doors open 19:15


2 december
21:00

VIVO,VA BOOKSTORE

Kobe
Hyogo

Entry:
Advance: 2,000yen w/gift
At door: 2,500yen w/gift
Doors open 20:45


=)





03 Nov, 2007

Eternalizing 


Posted at 03:38 under THOUGHTS




the first trembling flakes of snow are falling over stockholm tonight, covering the ground with a thin layer of crystallized dreams, vainly trying to be eternalized.

which they are in a way, as i'm writing about them and even took a photo.... so when the snow melts away tomorrow, as i can guarantee that it will, it hasn't been completely in vain.

i've had a serious dose of insomnia again for several nights, so i really should try to get some sleep now.

i'll post my japan tour dates during the weekend.

=)





27 Oct, 2007

Jewelry 


Posted at 17:58 under THOUGHTS


time is like leaves, dwells a moment in thought before reaching the ground. another leaf. another day. another thought. another life.

autumn.

i'm still amazed. life is developing like a scene from "THE TRIAL" (der prozess) by Franz Kafka - i find a door and open it. expecting to find a room, i am surprised every time. there are no rooms behind the doors. there are new worlds. like stepping into a painting by Caspar David Friedrich.

new worlds also bring new people. i am so thankful for every person that comes across my way, because it's now becoming so obvious how everything is connected, how everyone enters our life not by chance or coincidence, but with a deeper "purpose". if we let ourselves be affected, there's a treasure waiting for us.

but this treasure is located at the bottom of the heart. you will never find it if you're afraid of being affected. fear is never an alibi for not going. for not loving. for not crying. yes, for not crying.

life is like a tear on your cheek - you never know which way it's gonna take next.

vulnerability in this cold, selfish world seems to mean "vulgarability" - the true values are slowly being reversed. sometimes it would be so easy to just turn your back on someone or something. don't do that. don't be afraid.

a trail from a tear is better than a trail from blood. the trail from the tear will glitter for a moment, like the jewel it is, then slowly fade away, leaving nothing but a taste of salt on your skin to remind you, in the kindest of ways, that crying is the best way to heal.

to quote Leonard Cohen:

"TRUE LOVE LEAVES NO TRACES"

=)





21 Oct, 2007

Recording 


Posted at 13:22 under MUSIC


yesterday i recorded 2 jazz ballads with singer NINA RIPE. fun to just be playing the guitar for a change, and leave the singing to someone else.
The songs are "5 A.M.", one of my own most recent songs in english, and "RETURN", my english translation of "VOLTA", the old Elis Regina song.

and new strings on the guitar.... i love it!

i'm really looking forward to my little japan tour in november. i still haven't got the exact dates, but i'll post it all here, and on my website of course, as soon as i get them. all i know is that i'll be beginning the tour in tokyo on november 23rd.

また後でね!

=)





21 Oct, 2007

One more =) 


Posted at 02:50 under MUSIC


my god, i just discovered this song!!!!! i love it, this recording is a live duet with GONZAGUINHA and SIMONE.

this is truly amazing stuff!!!!

mulher e da?



"E da?
Digo a frase maldita
E pra mim pouco importa
Se voc acredita
Eu te amo e no temo este amor
J vou indo vou levando esta dor
Vou em paz
Pois no temo a dor de amar demais
E da?"

=)





19 Oct, 2007

Gonzaguinha  


Posted at 18:41 under MUSIC


GONZAGUINHA from brasil is one of my absolute favourite songwriters and singers. he died way too early in a car accident in 1991, but this is the magical beauty of music - it never dies.

i will translate some of his songs from portuguese, to make his music reach out more, but in the meantime i'll just show you two videos from youtube.

in the first song, "Explode Corao", which is one of my favourite songs of his, he sings a duet with Maria Bethania:




here's another great video - "O que o que ". Wonderful song, wonderful arrangement and performance, look at the guy playing the rhythm with a knife!




please also look up the song "Grito de Alerta" (cry of alarm), an incredibly beautiful song:

"[....]
E assim nossa vida um rio secando
As pedras cortando e eu vou perguntando: at quando?

So tantas coisinhas midas, roendo, comendo
Arrasando aos poucos com o nosso ideal
So frases perdidas num mundo de gritos e gestos
Num jogo de culpa que faz tanto mal

No quero a razo pois eu sei o quanto estou errado
O quanto j fiz destruir
S sinto no ar o momento em que o copo est cheio
E que j no d mais pra engolir

Veja bem, nosso caso uma porta entreaberta
Eu busquei a palavra mais certa
V se entende o meu grito de alerta
Veja bem, o amor agitando meu corao
H um lado carente dizendo que sim
E essa vida da gente gritando que no"



and the song "Feliz" (happy), gorgeous stuff:

"Para quem bem viveu o amor
Duas vidas que abrem
No acabam com a luz
So pequenas estrelas que correm no cu
Trajetrias opostas
Sem jamais deixar de se olhar

um carinho guardado
Num cofre de um corao que voou
um afeto deixado nas veias
De um corao que ficou

a certeza da eterna presena
Da vida que foi, na vida que vai
saudade da boa, feliz cantar
Que foi, foi, foi
Foi bom e pra sempre ser
Mais, mais, mais
Maravilhosamente amar"



these songs are both available in live video recordings from this great tribute site:
www.gonzaguinha.com.br

=)





13 Oct, 2007

Life is a metaphor 


Posted at 17:54 under THOUGHTS


i'm getting even more existential, and i'm enjoying it!!! it's got nothing to do with the fact that i'm currently reading "a morte e a morte de quincas berro d'agua" by JORGE AMADO. it's about death, yeah, but not from the most existential point of view.

so it has to be something else. they said it would snow here any day now, and really, you can feel it in the air, winter will soon be all over us. and i've started writing lots of songs again, i've felt it building up inside me for a long long time, and finally here it is, the outburst of newness, the birth of memories, arranging and rearranging opinions, emotions, devotions.... neverending inspiration, does it mean it's eternal or just going on fully right now?

truth is not absolute. sorry, i'm quoting myself over and over, but does that mean that i'm self-centered or just a concentrate of "truths" as tousled and untamable as my own hair?

probably we all have experienced something wrong that felt right at the moment.... or something right that felt wrong. of course, the existence of "right and wrong" was invented my mankind, and doesn't naturally exist in nature, so how then, how, how, how do we know when we're doing the right thing? do we have to be hit by a car to wake up and see all the small messages we receive every day? and to make it even harder to tell, how do we know the accident was not only a very intelligent way to stop us from going to the shopping center where a masked robber would have killed us?

but i believe in karma. so in my opinion, the car accident may be the only way to stop you from dying in a armed robbery, and then the whole thing gets a totally different illumination. truth is not one-dimensional, truth is not two-dimensional, truth is not three-dimensional.

truth has four dimensions. and life is a metaphor for this.

=)






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