Lars Winnerbäck trip :)

So yesterday was the day of the Lars Winnerbäck concert at Nøtterøy Culturehouse. Linda picked me up at work at 15.00. It was great to be leaving one hour earlier than normal, espesially on a friday when the hours after lunch often are long and boring.

Normally there is a lot of queue out of town on fridays. It’s also a big queue around Drammen, about one hour away from Oslo. But since we left at 15.00 we came before the queue. There were only a litte bit of trafic around Sandvika, but that was nothing.

We used less time than we thought. I think it took us about two hours to get there. We entertained ourself in the car with lots of chatting, listening to Winnerbäck and eating buns; Linda with chocolate in it and mine was with raisins. Yum! Linda had brought the buns, I brought chocolate.

It was a little bit of a hassle to locate the culturehouse where he played. We found the building, but it wasn’t easy to find the entrance. I tried to call the culturehouse, but there wasn’t any respond on the phone. I had to use Linda’s phone, because I had managed to leave my phone at the office! Doh! After some walking we found the entrance and we picked up the tickets.

We has quite some time to kill and we went to find something to eat. I knew there should be some pizza places around, but I had no idea where and what their names would be. So we ended up asking a girl working at a gas station. She guided us to a pizza place that had very good pizza in her own opinion. Later we found out she was right.

We at at Pizza Nouvo in the middle of nowhere! None of us really knew where we actually were. When we came in we said to the man behind the counter that we had driven all the way from Oslo to taste this pizza. That was of course a big, fat lie, but we thought it would be funny to say. The guy just smiled back to us. We ordered a pizza with some marinated beef on it. Yum.

The doors to would open at 20.00, but we were there an hour before that. The lady at the ticket office said that they would start sell wine, coffee and stuff at 19.00. We both bought some chocolate and drinks (Linda coffee and I just plain water). We sat there for an hour talking about this and that, look at the other people around us and ocationally comment something funny we saw.

This was an amfi, which contained about 400 people, and we sat at the top at row 14. We only had the mixing-table behind us, which was great. Then we could stand up and dance a little if we wanted to. This show was acoustic, so that’s why there were only seats.

At 20.15 Winnerbäck entered the scene with two other; a guitarist and a girl who played the piano & tambuorin and sang. The set-list he had was just great. He delivered on hit after the other. There will of course always be songs you wish he would play, that he doesn’t, but there’s nothing you can do about that. He only played great songs, and I guess that is because 98% of his songs are great. Right now, I can’t come up with one song I don’t like! He played Söndermarken, my absolute favourite song by him, as the second song, so I was already satisfied after 5 minutes!

I think Linda was even more satisfied than me. I knew she loved Winnerbäck, but didn’t know it was this “bad”.  She knew the lyrics to many of the songs by heart and that impressed me. I don’t know any of the lyrics by heart. Not full lyrics, only bits and pieces.

The concert ended 1.5 hour after it started. We went really happy home playing Winnerbäck in the car singing along!

Before we went home to me I had to get my cellphone so we drove by work to get it. I was lucky  to have both my security card and my key with me. Back home we found a spot to park really easy, to my big surprise!

Linda had her boyfriend in town. He was with some friends at a Progedy concert. And they were going out afterwards, so it was impossible to know when he wanted to go home. 

Linda and I watched some TV while waiting for her boyfriend to call. At 01.15 I was so tired that I had to go to bed. Linda placed herself on the couch under a woolen blanket, trying to get some sleep. She had her phone by her side so she would hear him when he called. Half an hour later, he called. Linda hadn’t been able to sleep so it was easy to hear it. Even I heard the phone and I was sleeping.

Linda came into me and said goodbuy. I had concidered to join her downtown as a “travel guide” so she hit the right streets. But I was too tired to tag along. Just the thought of getting dressed and going out again… YAWN! So Linda went by herself and I’m sure it went ok. I had explained her where to go.

I fell asleep as soon as she had left.

This morning, I knew I had to give Linda one extra birthday gift. I got to get her all the LW cd’s. She’s become a die-hard fan as she said herself ;) And such fans need all the music.

Christmas-cards & Ulf Lundell

So far I’ve made 14 Christmas-cards. I think I have twenty left. Here the othre day i got one more card to make. A flickr-friend (Jaep) asked me if I could send him a home-made card, because he was curious on how they look. I emailed him and told him he had to send me his address so I could send one. He was really happy I would send one :)

Here the other day I made a card specially for mum. I knew she would like it, because I’d written the name of a song of Ulf Lundell on the card. See below on the first card. The text says ‘snart kommer änglarna att komma’ which means ‘soon will the angels arrive’.

That song is a beautiful Christmas song that we play every 23rd of Decemember when we’re decorating the house with Christmas-stuff. And Ulf Lundell is my mums biggest music-idol.

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I emailed a picture of it to here, as I’ve done with every other card I’ve made. It didn’t take long before i got an email. She said it was the most beautiful card ever made. That made me happy :) Really happy.

On sunday I’m going to see Ulf Lundell live here in Oslo. YAY for that. It will be my 4th or maybe 5th time I see him. I’ve lost count. haha. I’m going with my mum. Dad is also coming along. I don’t know anyone else that (expect my sister and a distant acquaintance) who like Ulf Lundell as much as I do. So that’s why I’m going with my parents. Sounds dorky, but I don’t really care. I love Lundell too much to care.

The concert is said to be unplugged. That’s what the ticket says. But I have my doubts it will be all unplugged. I can’t really see Lundell and Janne Bark, kick off an hole concert with no electricity. It’s like Bruce and the unplugged concert he had in ’93 on MTV. It was one song unplugged and then he shouted out: Let’s rock ‘n roll! Haha. So… we’ll see. I’ll give you an update next monday or so.

Anyway… here is the last cards. Enjoy!

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Blargh!

I was looking forward to see Amy Macdonald at Rockefeller with Terje today. At work I was listeing to Amy while working. I have music on the left ear and the right ear “free” so I can hear other talk to me or the phone ;)

On my way home, walking up from Carl Berner, Terje called. He’d been checking out if the concert were sold out or not, just to check how many that would come. Then he saw that it had be cancled because of illness. Sigh! That sucks. We were both very unhappy about the situation. Hopefully she’ll come back later when she’s back in business.

Lucky for Terje that he checked that out before he left. It would’ve been annoying to drive 45 minutes, park the car, go over to Rockefeller just to find out the concert is cancled. And then just have to go home again.

Listening to Amy in my bedroom (where my computer are) with music from the computer-speakers are SO NOT the same!

Oh well, like Terje said – life goes on ;)

It goes on indeed. The clokc tic’s off in a rapid speed towards 22.30 – when I have to be in bed. I better go brush my teeth and get ready. A yawn just escaped my mouth and told me I’m close to ‘dead’.

Hey ho, lets go.

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*

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