30 Dec, 2014

Most streamed songs 2014 - #2 


Posted at 10:54 under MUSIC


#2

I GUESS IT'S OK



Duet with Brazilian singer Vanessa Pinheiro, who sings in Portuguese.
The music video is made with footage from the 1914 movie Cinderella.

Enjoy!





29 Dec, 2014

Most streamed songs 2014 - #3 


Posted at 20:55 under MUSIC


#3

SLOW DOWN



During October 2011, the most played foreign song on Japanese FM radio.

With special guests:
Glenn Fransson - bass
Jocke Sandén - drums
Yoshinari Nakamatsu - electric guitar
Andreas Andersson - saxophone
Karin Hammar - trombone

Enjoy!





29 Dec, 2014

Most streamed songs 2014 - #4 


Posted at 13:22 under MUSIC


#4

DET KUNDE LIKA GÄRNA VARIT VI



Samba-reggae in Swedish. The title means 'It could just as well have been us'.

Enjoy!





28 Dec, 2014

Most streamed songs 2014 - #5 


Posted at 23:37 under MUSIC


#5

LITTLE STREAM



My English samba version of Allan Edwall's Swedish classic 'Den lilla bäcken'.

With special guests:

Peter Asplund - trumpet (Bo Kaspers Orkester)
Sebastian Notini - percussion (Lisa Nilsson)
Glenn Fransson - bass
Micke Sehlstedt - drums
Peter Bruun - percussion

Samba chorus (recorded in my living-room):
Heléne Blad, Ann-Sofie Lund, Katarina Gottfridsson, Johan Pettersson, Rickard Beurling

From the 2007 album Blissa Nova.

Enjoy!





28 Dec, 2014

5 most popular tracks 


Posted at 20:47 under MUSIC, SETLISTS


Starting today on my facebook page, I will post the 5 most popular tracks of mine.

This means the 5 tracks with the most streams on Spotify during 2014.

I could have included youtube hits as well as other streaming services, but I think it wouldn't differ that much. At least the top 3 would still be the same.

You might be surprised by one or two. I was!

Follow the countdown on my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/jcschutz





11 Dec, 2014

New single - Möten och avsked 


Posted at 23:24 under MUSIC, ART, JAPAN


My new single Möten och avsked was released last Monday, December 8.

It's my Swedish translation of Milton Nascimento's classic Encontros e Despedidas, a fantastic song. Singer Nina Ripe has previously released this translation in an acoustic version, on her debut album "Apaixonada".





The song was recorded on the day one year after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, on March 11, in a small recording studio in Shonan, a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean. The music video above shows Tokyo in the rain.

Musicians:

Kazuya Saka - grand piano
Show Kudo - bass
Kaoru Suzuki - drums
Me - vocals & cavaquinho


Here's the link for iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/album/moten-och-avsked-encontros/id948670130


I hope you like it!





30 Nov, 2014

Art exhibition setlist 


Posted at 00:43 under MUSIC, ART, SETLISTS


Today I did a live performance at the opening of a Christmas exhibition at the newly opened GALLERI MOT STRÖMMEN in Norrköping.

I focused on the Swedish songs from my C'est La Vie album, and threw in a Jobim song (Luiza) for good measure.

I did the gig completely unplugged, without microphone or speakers, and the acoustics in the gallery were awesome (as was the audience!).

Setlist:

1. Balans
2. Skuggor
3. Jabuticaba
4. Luiza (T. Jobim)
5. Changes Changes
6. Det gör ingenting
7. Beautiful Place
8. Passion


The exhibition is open until January 15, so be sure you don't miss it. There are some fantastic paintings and sculptures there!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Galleri-MOT-STRÖMMEN/...





18 Nov, 2014

Planet Earth 


Posted at 01:17 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!

=)




10 Nov, 2014

New website! 


Posted at 16:31 under MUSIC, ART


My new website is now up!

For the first time since 2007 when I started a blog separate from the site, the blog is now incorporated in the actual website, with the menus and colors exactly the same.

The new design is also responsive, so will look OK even in phones and on tablet screens. Let me know if something is not working for you, you can send me a message at the contact link in the menu.


And - there's a surprise haiku waiting for everyone entering a mistyped URL or clicking a dead link ;)

Click here to find out:
www.jcschutz.com/404page.php


Peace!




06 Sep, 2014

New single 


Posted at 23:38 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





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