Concert photos

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Taking photos at concerts is a bit double for me. Should I do it or should I put all my focus into enjoying the concert and put the phone away? I love taking photos at concerts, because you often get that smoke and cool light, like the photo above. But at the same time, when you’re at the concert your primary thing should be to listen to the music. I’m sure musician wants you to stay focused at what they do on stage than have your face planted at the phone screen to get a good shoot.

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Music I discovered and loved in 2016

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.

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Heartstopping music

This blog is mainly for my photographs, but I do make exceptions. I do have other passions and two other things I really, really care about is writing and music. Now I’m going to combine the two of them and write about music.

Music makes life so much better and it is something I can’t live without.

I love explore new music and I remember a time where I was discovering new music on Spotify regurarly. I found something I liked and then I explored all the related artists to see if I could find something new and great to listen to. I found heaps of great artists / songs I’d never heard about before that I fell in love with.

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Sleeveface photos

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I’ve been a fan of sleeveface photos for a long time. I especially love it when you use LP’s. Four years ago I made my first one. When Springsteen turned  I  used the sleeve of the album ‘the River’ to make a sleeveface photo – to honor him and his birthday. Not long after I decided to make more and hang them up in my bedroom. I had four photos up over my bed and I felt it was time to change them.

I have a few LP’s and two of them was suitable to use. You need a huge face on the LP to make it work. No all LP’s has that and if they do, it’s not certain it is the right face. I don’t want a random musician up on the wall, it has to be someone I have some sort of connection to – like Bruce Springsteen. Finding suitable LP’s is hard. I’m lucky to have a quite huge LP store downtown I can browse. I did spend a lot of time to find that last LP I needed, so I would have for photos up on the wall.

Since I removed a huge photo (poster) from one of my walls in the bedroom, it was space for one more sleeveface shot. For a while I’ve been thinking of what kind sleeve I would use. Last weekend I went to the LP store and browsed it without finding anything I liked. When I got home I suddenly knew what to use! One of my favorite swedish musician, Ulf Lundell, has an album cover with a huge face of himself. I had forgotten until it just popped up in my head. Mum is also a fan of Ulf Lundell, actually a bigger fan than I am, so I got to borrow her LP.

Today I took the sleevephoto with portrait of Mr. Lundell. It’s not easy to make everything match. You want the line of the clothing to match exactly. Well, everything should match or else the photo won’t be any good. Now if you don’t have anyone to assist you, it’s very tricky to make it right with just a remote control and a tripod. I’m glad I shoot digital, because I needed 147 shots to get things right!

So the next photo is the latest contribution to the sleeveface photo collection. Three old sleeveface photos follows.

280913- 147 bobdylan sleeeveface_kjersti_kim larsen2 sleeeveface_kjersti_kim larsenDo you have a sleeveface photo to show me? Post a link in the comments section!

If you’re not tired of sleeveface photos, go to sleeveface.com to see more. If you want to know how to sleeveface, here’s a tutorial video ;)

Happy brithday, Bruce! A compilations of ten great songs

Yesterday Bruce Springsteen turned 64 years old. For those who knows me, know that Springsteen is my favourite musician ever. He is really up there alone, being awesome and amazing! (You can read about my fascination here. I wrote a blog piece about it years ago.)

To honor him on his birthday, I wanted to make a compilations of his ten best best songs.  Making a compilation meant searching on Youtube for songs / videos which make me listen to a lot of great Springsteen song / see lots of great videos. That was also a reason for making a compilation.

So, what is his ten best songs? That’s almost impossible to say. He has so many great songs and which I like depends on my mood or what situation I’m in. You can’t really say that for instance Born to Run is better than Badlands or vica verca. They are equally good.

Well, I’m not ending up with a list of his ten best songs, but then awesome song that might be his best at some point.

Drive All Night (from the River)

Tougher Than The Rest (from Tunnel of Love)

Thunder Road (from Born to Run)

Badlands (from Darkness on the Edge of Town)

Downbound Train (from Born In the USA)

Born to Run (from Born to Run)

Jungleland (from Born to Run)

the River (from the River)

Atlantic City (Nebraska)

Racing in the Street (Darkness on the Edge of Town)

What the fox?!

Friday evening I came across a video by the Norwegian comedy group Ylvis on facebook. Two friends posted it. I had seen it in a online newspaper as well, but didn’t click on the video at the time. When two friends said it was awesome, I thought I should check it out. I know Ylvis. They are two brothers, Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker. Together they become the comedy duo Ylvis. They do comedy shows and now they’re doing a talk show called I kveld med Ylvis (Tonight with Ylvis).

The video is a teaser for their new season of I kveld med Ylvis.

OMG! What a video. It makes no sense, but yet it is so friggen hillarious. It’s so awesome I had to blog about it, even though I normally don’t blog about things like this. I’ve seen the video at least 30 times and I just can’t get enough. It’s only 3 mins and 45 sec, but every time I see it I find a new fave part of it. It’s strange that something so silly can be so catchy and captivating at the same time.

The video has gone viral they say (pepople / newspapers online) and since it was uploaded 03.09.13, it has almost 7.000.000 views. That is not normal for videos posted by any people from Norway. It’s crazy. Some call the duo the European Lonely Boys and some say it’s the new Gangnam Style. I think it’s way better than Gangnam Style. This is hillarious.

This song is made for a TV show and is supposed to entertain a few Norwegians for three minutes — and that’s all. It was done just a few days ago and we recently had a screening in our office. About 10 people watched — nobody laughed.

—  Bård Ylvisåker talking about THE FOX

The song is produced by the Norwegian producers Stargate (produced songs for Beyonce, Rihanna and Ne-Yo).

You can read about Ylvis on wiki or you can watch oher videos made by them here. There is an interview wih Bård, one half of Ylvis, on Billboard.com you can read too.

Yeah. That was about it. I’ll go back to posting normal photography posts next week. Until then you can try figuring out what the fox say ;)

The Promise: Darkness on the Edge of Town

On monday I bought myself a pre-Christmas gift for myself; the new Springsteen box-set loaded with goodies. It costed a lot of money, but it’s so worth it. I have been waiting for this for a long time now! Someone suggested I should put it on my wishlist for Christmas. I was like ‘haha, do you actually think I can wait until Christmas getting it?’ It would be impossible!

You get a lot with this box-set. The Darkness on the Egde of Town digitally remastered, the Promise: 2 discs with outtakes from the Darkness (with lyrics), one DVD: Springsteen plays the entire Darkness at Paramoumt Theatre in Asbury Park 2009 &  Thrill Hill Vault 76-79 (Live songs), one DVD: the Promise, the making of Darkness, one DVD: concert from Houston ’78. All of this you get in a notebook filled with Springsteen’s writings and photos. It’s a copy of the actual notebook he used to write in during the making of Darkness. All of this you can see on the photo above. In the right corner you can also spot some clippings. Yes, I still save clippings of Springsteen. I know it’s dorky and nerdy, but I just can’t stop…

Darkness is one of the albums I like the most out of all albums Springsteen has made. If someone had asked me if it was the best I wouldn’t be able to say either yes or no. It’s hard to judge; one week I’m in love with Darkness, another week I’m in love with Tunell of Love. All I can say is that I’m very, very fond of it and it contains some of my favourit Springsteen songs. It contains Badlands and Racing in the Street – two awesome and beautiful songs!

On monday, me and my friend Ellen went to Rockefeller (concert hall). They screen music movies now and then. Yesterday you could see The Promise: the making of Darkness of the Edge of Town. Since I’m subscribing on their newsletter, I got a free entrence. It was crowded, the little concert hall was full. Seems like lots of people were interessted in this movie, even though you could buy it at the record store the same day.

It was a cool movie. You got an insight on how Springsteen works. There was a lot of cool clips from the studio and a young Springsteen. Something great, but a little sad too, was to see Danny talk. At the beginning, they had a little segment where they interviewed all the members of the E Street Band. That included Phantom Dan. It’s sad to think about the fact that he’s not around anymore.

I enjoyed every 88 minutes of the movie. I’m pretty sure the rest of the audience did too; some clapped after the movie.

I found  a font that looks like Springsteen’s handwriting yesterday. It was via a link from a twitter-guy I follow. It’s very accuarate and looks a lot like his handwriting. I downloaded it. It’s used on the top picture. I wanted to use it somewhere, but couldn’t really find a good spot. I was like ‘YAY. A Springsteen handwriting font. Super cool!!! But…. uhm… where to use it?’  First I thought of changing my header again, but I decided not to. I ended up using it on the top picture here. I might find a better use for it later.

Well… now I got a box-set to indulge in. See you later!

Buddy Holly musical

Last thursday I went to see a musical about Buddy Holly. My friend Linda asked a while ago if I wanted to go and even though I didn’t know much about it, I said yes. I know Buddy Holly and some of his songs and I know Heine Totland (who plays Holly) as a good artist. So Linda, her boyfriend, her brother and I went to Folketeateret to the Buddy Holly musical.

I had no expectations to the show, since I hadn’t read much about it. I’d only seen a commercial of it on TV. After the show, which has played since the end of September, I read some reviews of it. They have been so-so. It woudn’t have mattered if I’d read the reviews before I decided to go or not. I would’ve gone anyway. I’m pretty open-minded, so the reviews wouldn’t have affected me. It’s only one persons opinion.

The show (show fits better than musical in my opinion) was great! I loved it from the very beginning! It was like we were put in a time machine and taken back to the middle of the 50’s. It was like we where there. We got to see his life –  from the start of his musical career to he died in a aircrash about three years later. The stage were build in a great way. The walls, the acceories and everything was built in a great way. It was exactly how I would pictured the 50’s to be. His music got, of course, a big part of the show. We got to hear many of his hits like Peggy Sue, Everyday, Oh Boy, Heartbeat and That Will Be the Day. Buddy Holly put rock ‘n roll on the map and the songs mentioned proves he did a great job.

The show was divided into two parts, with a 20 minute break in between. The second part was when everything exploded. It was like a little Buddy Holly concert. We also got to see ‘Ritchie Valens’ sing La Bamba; that was so cool! His moves were incredible. At the end of the show everyone in the audience were standing up clapping and some were even dancing. The show ended with a bang!

Have seen the show, I don’t  understand why the reviewer doesn’t give this show great reviews. I think it was awesome! If someone gave me a free ticket, I would go again! Inthe aftermath of the concert, I’ve created a Buddy Holly playlist on Spotify. It’s happy music! And it gets me in a good mood to listen to it.

A-HA: farewell tour (ending on a high note)

Yesterday me and my friend Linda went to see A-HA on their farewell tour. This is their last tour, before they split once and for all. (Allthough I think they might come back when the urge is too big or the money offered is something you can’t say no to)

I was excited about this concert because I’d read that the stage would be huge and the screens behind the scene too. I read somewhere that the screens were around 600 square meters and the stage would be 1200!

It was a lovely evening, the sun was shining, but it wasn’t too hot. We arrived the arena with lots of other people and the queue to get in was not bad, concidering there would be around 28.000 people there (the newspapers have stated between 25 – 29.000, so god knows how many it actually was…)

The warm-up acts were two norwegian band; first a jazz-heavy-metal band which only did two things: played the guitar insanly loud and screamed. Not my cup of tea. It was aweful! Then there was a strange group named Polka Bear. It was a funny band; playing polka and jodl.

From A-HA’s first song, The Sun Always Shine On TV, the stage which looked like a butterfly, blew my mind. It was friggen awesome. During that song, multiple pictures were displayd rapidly. The lights, the colors, the pictures… ah! It was magic. A-HA isn’t the band that does the most on stage;t they don’t rock around like crazy. So the screen and the lights helped them out to make magic. A reviewer in a online newspaper said there had not been anything like it in Norwegian Rocks history! And I believe he was right, saying that.

A beautiful backdrop.

The hits came one after one. They played 21 songs which included hits like Scoundrel Days, Manhatten Skyline, Hunting High and Low, Stay On These Roads, I’ve Been Loosing You and Move To Memphis. Linda and I, we were looking at each other so happy! We praised the songs and the stage not only once, but several times.

I recorded Hunting High And Low. I have still no luck with embedding videos to this blog, so you have to go check it out on youtube.

Half way they calmed it down a bit and played their new single Butterfly, Butterfly (the last Hurrah) in which Morten Harket forgot the lyrics. He had to stop for second and just smiled to the audience.  Along with that one,  and a sencere thank you for coming and following them all these years,  they played a few songs from their albums released in the early 2000.  Minor Earth Major Sky, Forever Not Yours and Summer Moved On is such beautiful songs and they are awesome live! The only thing missing in the calm section, was Velvet; a beautiful, beautiful song.

The backdrop for Living Daylights (song from the James Bond movie)

The Living Daylights was a sign that the concert was coming to an end. They often play that song as one of their last songs. Everybody were singing a long to the chours: Ooooh oooooh oooh, living daylights.  We knew that their monster hit Take On Me was around the corner. Before they started the song Mags (Magne Furuholmen) said: Here it is; like we had waited for it all evening. Even after all these years, this song still kicks ass! It’s a stadium breaker. Everyone went crazy; singing out loud, jumping up and down, waiving their hand in the air.

The song ended, but it wasn’t over yet. The fireworks started! That’s how you say farewell in a propper way!

The show as two hours with pure awesomeness. This concert was better than my last, mainly because of the stage. The newspapers agree with me (and Linda) that it was a great concert. The online newspapers I’ve read has all given them 5/6. I will give them 6/6. 6 because of the stage alone.

I’m (still) your fan

Last friday my friend Linda and I (8.000 in total) went to see Leonard Cohen in Oslo Spektrum. It was her first concert with him, but my second. I was very excited about this concert, because I knew how great it has been back in 2008. The concert start was set to 19.30 and he started ten minutes later. We were there right in time. high up quite far from the stage, but with a great view.

With Dance Me To The End Of Love, he started the concert. And after the opening, the hits came one by one. We got to hear Anthem, Take This Waltz, Halleluja, I’m Your Man, Closing Time, Tower of Love, The future, The Aint No Cure For Love among others.

He was just as sweet as last time. And humble and a pure gentleman. He took off his hat and bowed so many times. When he introduced us to the band he did it and when one of the players/singers in the band had a solo. How many musician bow the guitarist when they do their solo? Pretty much nobody. I said to Linda sometime during the concert that Cohen was so sweet I felt like giving him a big hug!

I must say Cohen impress me. The concert started at 19.40, he had a 20 minute break and ended 23.30. That means he played for 3.5 hours! And he’s friggen 76 years old! It’s amazing.

At the end of the concert he left the stage a few times and came right back. He acutally danced off stage and danced on again. His steps were so light and it was so funny to watch!

How cool isn’t it to be 76 and still being able to do what you love the most in life? Ah. I wish I have it like that when/if I get 76.

I managed to record some of the songs via my phone. I’m a newbie when it comes to that, so on all songs you have to tilt your head to see it. Before next concert (A-HA, the 21st of August) I have to find out how to do it right!

Can’t embed my videos into this post apparently, so I’ll give you the link to them on Youtube.

Enjoy :)

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