Did you know I was once a professional choir singer?
I worked in church choir and for one year I worked with the famous Swedish radio choir . I was one of the singers when we performed a requiem by Sven David Sandström för the first time in Berwaldhallen in Stockholm. Tonight I listen to the recordings from the Concert found on spotify. Memories are coming back to me… There was protests outside the concert hall… the lyrics by Tobias Berggren was inappropriate they said and definitely not for young girls to sing… there was high security and rumors said that the event were under bomb threat. The music is both very beautiful and sometimes awful, just like the lyrics. “The memories of the fallen” was inspired by documentation of German and French Nazi persecution of the Jews marketers, the paper Svenska dagbladet wrote. The concert was broadcasted live in Swedish radio and recorded and released as an album, now available on spotify. Sven David Sandström was rewarded with the Nordic Council Music Prize for this requiem. Want to know more? read here. Want ti listen? Listen here.
To me this is much more provocative than punk or death metal… Both the music and lyrics describe the horror when families were put on trains for the last journey towards execution… No toys were allowed on the long journey…
A different kind of gig…
Yesterday I played at a party. Just an acoustic guitar and my voice. To celebrate my 80 years old mother I sang and played a song instead of a speech.
After nine days he suddenly came back!
The hope has left me and I just begun to accept that he probably was dead…
When I got out of the car I heard a tiny little “meow” and there he was. Wet, dirty and thin….
I dropped my bags on the ground and hugged him, crying of happiness.
I’ll never know what happened to him but I know I love this little animal.
It started with a strange sound from the washing machine… Something is wrong but I have absolutely no idea what…
Then the fridge started scream…something with the cooling system… I tried to fix it but it still comes and goes.
Then I recognised that the floor in front of the dishwasher had a bump. I pulled out the machine and discovered a water leak. I called the Insurance company who came and removed the floor and told me I have to replace the whole floor, in the kitchen, livingroom and the hall. But first, four weeks with a large fan to dry what´s left of the kitchen… Then i noticed a similar bump in the bathroom. We have to tear down your bathroom too the carpenters said. But don’t worry, we’ll fix a provisional shower for you… in the cellar…. ( my cellar has no heat, no floor but a lot of spiders…) Then the cat disappeared. The cat I love so much, who wakes me up every morning and always kiss me goodnight… He was just gone. When I searched for him I discovered that the water heater was broken. Hot water spurted from below and I had to call the on-call Plummer. 5000:-
On Wednesday the carpenters come back and I don’t know if I can stay in my house until everything is fixed…
I hope this is it… I’m a bit worried about the car… and the studio… and my health…
But I only cried once… the cat. everything else can be replaced, but the cat… I miss him and it hurts thinking about what could have happened to him….
My most beautiful guitar is a Ibanez Rs525 purple haze.
I bought him in the early eighties together with a fender dual showman reverb amp.
That was my equipment playing with Krakel Zpektakel.
I still use both the guitar and the amp.
Of course the guitar family has grown since then and my latest love is also an Ibanez.
A seven stringed Rgd matt black who I met last summer.
But number one is still my Ibanez Artcore AWD82 Electric Semi Hollow Body Guitar Blue Flame Top.
Love at first sight.
These guitars are my top three. (Right now I’ve got
Another year passed…
2016 was a good year. I released 8 songs, one video and worked a lot to restart the new version of my band Krakel.
Two gigs, one with Krakel and one with Lokalbefolkningen.
Three Krakel songs are mastered and ready for release and two videos are finished. We haven’t decided about the artwork yet. We’re planning for a release party but have some work left to do before gig. I you want to know more about the band go to www.krakel.co
I want to thank all of you who supported me last year.
I wish you all a happy 2017.
It’s time for a video…
Here’s Talking to strangers…