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!

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