cards, music, concerts and photographes

What is there to talk about? My creativety? Regarding card-making, I’m quite creative these days.  I’ve made two new cards.  One of them, the TV-card, I have no idea who to give to. I just saw a quote on a flickr-account and I instantly got an idea up in my head. I had to try it out. So this is what  came out from my idea. The quote is from Woddy Allen :)

Yesterday I made a ‘music-card’. I thought of giving it to mum with three cd’s with live Ulf Lundell music. But I might save it and give it to my friend Linda a long with some new music. She really need some (new) music after she split with her boyfriend and he took with him most of the music they had.

The quote on the card is from Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr and it says: Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.  Oh so true!

I’ve taken some music baths lately. First I dived into Maria Mena’s newest album Cause and Effect and I fell deeply in love with it. It’s wonderful. i think it might be her best so far! Some say she’s too personal and I can agree with that to some extent, but still – it’s very beautiful.

Now I’m really into Bo Kaspers Orkesters’s latest album 8. It’s their 8th album, hence the title. At first I wasn’t too found of it, I was a bit disappointed. But it has grown on me. The songs keep getting better and better. It’s not as good as their last album ‘Hund’, but good! I told you that they are coming to play in Oslo. i think it’s early november. i think I need to go see them – just need to find someone to go with. I asked Linda, but she refused since she almost hate them. haha. I didn’t know that. So I’m thinking of asking her brother. We’ve talked about it, but we never decided anything.

Other new music is Oasis news album. I haven’t had the chance to listen to it that much. Only had one listen. Sounds promising. Last month I bought Q. They had a Oasis special – 50 pages about them. You could choose if you wanted the cover with Liam or Noel. Pretty cool. Very interesting to read the interviews about the crazy Gallagher brothers. Can’t say I like their personalities that much, but the music they create is great.

Last new album is Travis – Ode to J. Smith (or something like that, too lazy to look it up). I haven’t heard it at all yet, so I can’t say much about it. Travis is coming to Oslo too. I wanna go…. Can’t buy any tickets now, doesn’t have any money for that. And there is a artist I think I would like to see more than Travis and that is the swedish rapper Timbuktu. Saw him in Stockholm summer of 07. He’s great!! Ellen wants to go too. So if there are tickets left when we get our salery, I think we’ll order tickets.

Me and Ellen went to see the Lemonheads last monday. Cool, but a bit strange concert. At least the ending. They played for about an hour. Not long if you ask me, but whatever. After 45 mins, the band left – the lead singer Even Dando was left. He sang some songs alone for 15 mins, then the light flashed in our eyes and he left withou saying anything. And then the concert was over. I was like WTF?  Not sure I will go see them again, but it was cool to have seen them. The support band Racoon, from the Netherlands, were great. When the lead singer found his harmonica, I was sold. heh.

From music to photography… I’ve delivered the photographes to mum and her colleague got them today. She was very happy and liked them a lot! That’s good to hear. Now I’m waiting for a new assignment… but I don’t have any. Sigh.

The weather has been so unstable these last days. On sunday it was lovely, but yesterday and today has been clouded and so-so. No nice light to catch. You can’t go shooting in grey weather. I bet that the weather will be great tomorrow when I don’t have time to go shoot. After work I’m gonna meet Ellen. We’re gonna go eat some chineese food and then go see Wall*E. Will be out all day, be home way too late and dead on thursday.

It’s late. I should go to bed right now. I should’ve been in bed long time ago. But I can’t seem to get things right. Sigh. But that’s a whole another story and I’m not going to start on that.

Next time…

Don’t stop the music

I’ve just recived a newsletter from Rockefeller.no that gives me the latest news about music acts in Oslo (at Rockefeller, Sentrum Scene and John Dee).

It looks like it’s going to be a great fall music-wise. The only thing that worries me is my wallet. I’m not sure if I can afford all the concerts I wanna go see!

So far, I’ve decided to go see Lars Winnerbäck in September, Amy McDonald in late October and Ulf Lundell in early Novenber. And I think I’ve said yes to go see Katie Melua. Linda wants to go. I also wanna go see Bo Kaspers Orkester (swedish group), but that’s not at the top at my list.

I see that the Lemonheads are coming to John Dee. I’ve already asked Ellen if she wanna go and she said yes. Even though she doesn’t know them. That’s the girl I like! I have to give her some cd’s so she can get a hint of what they’re like. I remember I went to a festival years ago and the Lemonheads were playing. I only heard the two last songs or something, but immediately heard they were something to check out. I did and I loved them. Their best album is It’s a Shame About Ray. Lovely, goofy pop songs.

Then I saw that Tracy Chapman is coming in November. I would like to see her too. But the tickets are 500 nok and that’s quite expensive for a concert at Rockefeller. But she’s famous and I guess she can ask for such a price… When Ellen now responded yes to the Lemonheads, she also asked if I wanted to see Tracy Chapman. I was like; wow, I’ve ‘just’ been thinking of her too. What a coincidence!

And… there is another concert that would be great. Åge Aleksandersen. That guy is a cool rocking Norwegian guy. He’s out with a new album now, well this summer, and I’m sure that concert would be great. I’ve seen him before and that concert was awesome in my opinion. I don’t think I’ll have anyone who wants to see Åge with me… oh well, it’s not on the top on my list.

So if I add this up, it will be:

– Lars Winnerbäck
– the Lemonheads
– Amy McDonald
– Ulf Lundell
– Katie Melua
– Tracy Chapman, maybe…
– Bo Kaspers Orkester, mabye…
– Åge Aleksandersen, maybe…

And god knows what more acts they will come with as days past… :S

Somebody needs to save up some money. Not that I have so much money to save up though… heh. Thank god, I bought a few new clothes cheeply in the Netherlands last week.

I’m your fan

Cohens bllissfull smile

Wow! That man is amazing. I’m refering to Leonard Cohen who I saw with mum at Bislett Stadion today (or yesterday actually because it’s past  midnight).

I’m so happy I bought a ticket to this concert. Cohen is a guy I’ve liked for a long time. I’ve never been a huge fan, but I’ve always loved his hits. I remember mum bought The Future on cassette in ’92. I think that is the earliest memory I have of Cohen. Looking back on that album I see several great songs; like The Future, Anthem, Closing Time and Democracy. He and the band played them all.

That man, his voice is incredible. It’s deep and beautiful. With the lyrics it comes nothing less than beautiful. I love what he stated before the song Anthem.

Forget your perfect offering.  
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.

What he says is so true. There is no such thing as perfect. Perfect is an illusion.

Cohen started with Dance Me To the End of Love – a great song. And it didn’t stop there. More hits came. Like Everybody Knows, Suzanne, Tower of Song, Anthem, the Future, Ain’t No Cure For Love and Democrazy. There were more known songs than unknown.

He had a 15 minute break after an hour. The man is 73 years old, so I understand the long break. After the break more hits came like Hallelujah, I’m Your Man, Take This Waltz and First We Take Manhatten. I’m not sure in which order all songs came, but that doesn’t really matter.

I had totally forgot about Hallelujah and was very pleased to hear that song. We’e (people in Norway) have been cursed with a cover version of Hallelujah sung by Espen Lind, Kurt Nilsen Alejandro Fuentes og Askil Holm. It’s not that they did a bad job, the did great. But the radio stations played it over and over and over and over and over again. And then some more. I got sick and tired of that song. We all did. So it’s nice to hear the song sung by the orign artist :) Those four Norwegian guys has nothing compared to Cohen.

The thing that I will remember the most about this concert is how blissfull he looked. That smile on his face; it looked like he was so thankfull for all the people who had come and cheered on him after evey song.

After this concert, I will remember him as a gentleman and a very sweet old man.

Place: Bislett Stadion.
Audience: around 12.000
Age: 30 + (adult audience)
How long: about 2h. 50 mins including a 15 min break.

It might be the only concert of him I will get to see. At age 73, you don’t do world tours every year! I’m going to bed as a happy girl tonight.
 

the Shining Hour

When I was something between 16 – 18 (my memory’s gone bad!) my sister introduced me to an american group called Grant Lee Buffalo. It didn’t take long before I was sold. Their second album Mighty Joe Moon took me by storm and is their best! Their first album Fuzzy is great too. I listened to those two albums a lot.

The band slip after two more releases – the last one in 98′ After that Grant Lee Phillips went solo. He’s released some nice albums on his own; Mobilize and Virginia Creepers are fine examples!

I never thought I would be able to see Grant Lee Phillips live. I never thought that opportunety would came, but I was wrong. Last night he played at Rockefeller. I was there! :)

Luckily I got a friend that likes Grant Lee too.  So Ellen and I went to see him last night. I also got the ticket cheeper than normal. Since I subscribe on Aftenposten (newspaper), I’ve got a discount card, I can use on different acitivities.  I saved 60 NOK on each ticket. Woot! :)

Ellen came to me ater work was done. We ate home-made mashed potatoes and weiners.  Not long a go I bought a new food-color and it was time to test it out.

Mashed potatoes

This is how it came out. It looks more like mashed carrots or something. After dinner we shared a bottle of white wine. A riesling, which tasted ok, but nothing more. I’ve had better wines, but worse too.

We were at Rockefeller almost right in time before the support act started – Seven Doors Hotel. Norwegian band, but the singer was solo now. He played some songs, in sort of the same alley as Grant-Lee. He was ok. I’ll have to check out that band later some time.

Grant Lee was great! He song some new songs and lot of old ones. He even song some requested songs. Early in the show he said that if someone had a request, they shouldn’t be afriad to shout it out. It might happen that he would sing it. three song were requested and he sang them :)

The song that made me the most happy was my two fave songs Mighty Joe Moon & Fuzzy and Honey Don’t think, Jupiter and Teardrop, the Hook, Mockingbirds, Rock of Ages, Happiness, Lone Star Song and the Shining Hour.

I’ll live on this concert for a long time. Until my next one. Uhm… that won’t take long, cos I’m gonna see Kurt Nilsen next saturday with my Dutch Tulip Chantie :D

I was home around midnight. Then I ate some in front of the TV and fell alseep there. Only for a good 15 mins I think, but still… *shakes head*

Ida’s Dance

Radiumhospitalets Venner (the Radiumhospitals Friends) held a concert in Oslo Spektrum last Thursday. The organisation is new and the reason for the concert was to make publicity about the organisation. The organisation itself is created to contribute to strengthen the hospitals identity and the role as a national and international cancer-center, and to get means to patient-directed actions at the hospital.  

Jan Fredrik Karlsen and Liv Ulmann were hosts. There were lots of Norwegian artists that contributed for free – like Kurt Nilsen, Arve Tellefsen, Madcon, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Espen Lind etc. In between the hosts talked to various people – people who had cancer, some who had beaten cancer, experts etc.  

One woman got stuck on my mind. It was a mother of a child who died of leukaemia. She had written a book about it. The name was Idas dans (Ida’s Dance). ‘ I don’t know exactly why, but I got the urge to read that book. So the next day, last Friday, I went downtown to find that book. I found it in paperback and only paid 99 NOK for it.  

I knew in advance that this book was a book I would find myself crying over – a lot. I cry easily over sad things. And this book, where I knew from the start that she was going to die, I knew it would be hard to read. Still I bought it and read it.

By the afternoon was over on Saturday, I was finished. Through out the book I cried many tears. At some times, my vision was so blurry I had to stop reading. What a sad story! My friend Chantal asked me if it was worth it – reading the sad story.  

Yes!  

I got an insight in how brutally life can be, how fast it can change and what family really means. I got to experience something through this book that I otherwise wouldn’t have known much about.  

After reading the book, I have questions.  

How can someone be as strong as the mother who wrote this book? She portrait herself almost like a superwoman in my eyes. I guess when you are in the middle of something like that, you get strength from a place deep, deep down, somewhere hidden.  

And how can you, when you’re 19, prepare yourself for death? I can not in my wildest dream imagine how you can. How do you live the weeks, days and minutes before you know it’s all over?  

There were two moments in the book that really caught me. The first was when Ida for the first time expressed to her mother that she was afraid – afraid of dieing. It was heartbreaking to read. The second was when she at the end say goodbye to every close family member (father, sisters, brother). She took time for every one of them. It was painful to read, but also so beautiful at the same time.  

I’m glad I read this book. It opened my eyes a bit.  

On to something totally else at the end. I bought this book downtown at Tanum Bookstore. It’s huge and I had trouble find the book. So I asked a woman if she knew where I could find it. I only had the title, not the author. That was enough. Without searching on her computer she told me it was under the section ‘grief’ in the area where health and psychology were. Wow. That woman was amazing. It felt like I could come with any title and she would know where it was.     

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