In addition to photographing, there is two things I really love; writing and music. Now I’m going to combine all those things and write about the music I discovered and loved in 2016 – both new and old music. When the year ends and a new starts, you see all these lists with ‘the best’ music from that year. Can you really define the best music from 2016? What is best for someone, might be the worst for someone else. These list of ‘best of’ is just one persons taste in music. I read a good article about that, but when you don’t bookmark stuff, it just vanish into the air. So no link from me.
It feels like eons of times since I last went to a concert. Good lord, I don’t think I’ve been to any since the Pink Pop festival in late May. Jeeze Louise. It’s about time I go to one then.
Today I got hold of a ticket to see A-HA on saturday. They are playing at Oslo Spektrum.
I had thought about going since August. On monday I thought ‘oh I have to buy the ticket NOW!’. Then it was sold out. Not good. Ellen, who is also going, was not impressed with me. I found a guy on finn.no who sold one ticket. I was able to buy that. So today I went downtown to pick it up.
Something strange, is that today I saw there were tickets left. Maybe they added more tickets? Or maybe they relisted the tickets no one has picked up. I don’t now, but it doesn’t really matter.
I’m really looking forward to see A-HA again. It’s been years since last time. It’s so long ago I don’t remember. Maybe it was 2002 or 2003? I’ve been going around singing on Cry wolf all day.
And if that wasn’t enough. Next week I’m going to see Lars Winnerbäck again! That will be great! I absolutely LOVE Winnerbäck. He’s fantastic.
I aslo might have another concert to attend this month. It depends if a friend is avaliable. Can’t say much about it now, since it’s gonna be a surprise for her. Hopefully it will work out!
So, two concerts in one week. And maybe one more this month. About time! It shouldn’t go several months between my concerts.
Even though it has rained some days now, it’s been very grey outside and the prospect of cold nights is present, november won’t be that bad! It will be quite good actually.
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.
After work today, I went downtown to pick up the pictures to the calendar. I could’ve piced them up yesterday, but I worked until 17.00 and I was tired/hungry/grumpy so I went straight home instead.
The calendar looks great. Each pace have a color and the color match with the picture in most of the months. That was not intentionally, it was more pure luck. Well… the colors change as the seasons change and my pictures are carefully picked to match the season. So I guess it’s not just luck after all.
Tomorrow my parents come to pick it up. I called mum earlier today and invited them on coffee. I’m thinking of making some waffles. That would be nice and a surprise I think. Then I need to buy some full cream. Waffles without full cream, isn’t real waffles. hah. ;)
I can’t wait until friday. It will be so much fun to go see Winnerbäck again. Linda found out that it would be best if we drove a little early on friday, so she called me and suggested I should get an hour off at work on friday. I agreed and asked my boss about it. It was ok by her, so Linda is then picking me up at 15.00. It will be so great to leave at 15.00, becuase friday after lunch is always so dreaful. I have to remember to bring some Winnerbäck cd’s we can listen to in the car.
I was online yesterday to find out where this place he’s helding the concert is. We need a map so which I found on the yellow pages. I also had to find their phone numer, just in case. When I was on their webiste, it stated that tickets had be picked up, the latest, 8 days after you’d purchased the tickets. I got worried instantly, because my confirmation said something totally different. I called them and the calmed me down. Tickets need to be picked up 45 mins. before the concert starts. Phew!
The book to Linda is almost finished. I just need to adjust the cover and the back of the book. It’s become 74 pages! I have two friends who hasn’t returned anything, but I’m not gonna nag at them. They knew the due-date and I’m a bit tired of nagging. They were not close friends, so they weren’t that important. I’m gonna send the book to printing tomorrow. Woho!
I was acutally ready to go to bed at 21.30 tonight, but look at the clock! 23.08 already. Whoops…. Tic, toc! Tic, toc!