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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 9 Sat-/Sunday Programme

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Good morning! Here comes the second part of the compilation from Fanø Free Folk Festival # 9. Impressions from 10 of the acts from the festival´s Saturday and Sunday programme.

Part one, from the Friday´s programme, you can check out here: Fanø Free Folk Festival # 9; Friday Programme.   🙂

I also wrote there about how I feel about this year´s amazing festival, and the festival in general. So I can´t really repeat that here. Please read the Friday programme post.

The acts I did not get covered in Saturday and Sunday´s programme, were Western Skies Motel, Simon Joyner and Nicole Hogstrand. My apologies to these artists. Like I explained in the last post, I edited video during the festival, and also needed a couple of breaks off site. I´m sure these acts were as brilliant as the ones I did manage to cover.

It´s actually lucky I got so much filmed, as my phone was messing with me. It´s 2 years old now, and hence ancient and dying, apparently. It recorded until the middle of Faun Fables, last band Saturday. Then just plainly refused to film any more. Said it had no room, though it had 12 giga. I don´t know why it did a comeback Sunday, but I´m very grateful. 🙂

Faun Fables blew me away. The two incredibly strong voices, the intense energy, the movements with the drumsticks and the fiddle, base and guitar… The communication and timing between the two musicians… the storytelling, elements from mythology, theatre, opera… I will most def go to another concert with them if i get the chance. And I have found them on Spotify. I even bought the t-shirt. And had a long talk with them both on Sunday. Very inspiring people. Felt like catching up with old friends. Fellow passionately mellow tribesmen… Don´t know quite how to describe it, but their performance was an eye opener to me on several levels.

There was also American Sarah Louise´s beautiful solo singing… and her duo House & Land… there was the lovely French lady with the harp and the other strange string instruments, there was of course German Limpe Fuchs and her fantastic percussion installation (I never knew stone slates can sing…) There was the cross nordic group of young women wearing masks… and the soothing sound of Calming River from the UK… And the session in the community house ended with an international trio that mixes genres and made me actually dance with the camera! Hence the unstable ending of the compilation, in the last song there.

I´m not apologizing. I simply couldn´t stop myself, and thought I´d experiment with filming whilst dancing… it´s the eternal conflict for me, as I love to dance. But also to film. When to shoot and when to just dance. Is the question. I can see that it wasn´t ideal to mix the two. But until u try, u´ll never know, u know. The sound of the clip is great, so I´ll live with the grooving camera moving. As I always say, I´m far too perfect to be a perfectionist. 🙂 I wish the band had continued that super build up of strings and drum there, I reckon the whole audience had been up on their feet dancing extatically after 5 more minutes of that stuff!

I have seen this handheld tripod thing in a facebook add, where it keeps your phone camera stable as u run, even… It costs a bit. But I reckon it has to go on my xmas wish list.

Anyways. Here is the video. And as I said in the last post, get in touch if you´re in the material and want something edited out. Also, feel free to connect with me on Facebook and Youtube. On my Youtube channel there´s many videos from FreeFolk # 7 and # 8 as well. You find me under my name, Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen.

(My blog also has its own fb page; Kaltwasser Heart Matters. And I have a page for my work with sound healing: Kaltwasser Vocal Sound Therapy. If you are interested, then give my pages a thumbs up and be notified when I post on my blog or about sound therapy).

In the category “Fanoe my home island” on my blog here, you find what I´ve written and filmed previous years from Fanø Free Folk Festival, as well as other words and images from the island.

Already looking forward to FFFF # 10 !!! 🙂

Thank you, all of you, for the wonderful atmosphere and the great sounds. I feel inspired, energized and filled up with good vibrations!

Here´s the second and last of this year´s compilations. Hope u dig!

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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 9; Friday Programme

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Hi there. It´s 02 am & I just woke up after 3 hours´ sleep. Rather peculiar, since I returned from the Fanø Free Folk Festival earlier this eve, where I´ve stayed in a tent all weekend and I slept not quite enough hours. (Understatement.  Friday I went to bed 06.30 in the Saturday morning, and woke up in the hot sunshiny tent 09.30…)!

But ok.  I can sleep more later, I feel very awake now. Energized by the weekend. I enjoy typing away in the quiet of the night, and it is a big satisfaction for me to finally get the Friday compilation loaded up to youtube, as I´ve been working at it since noon! Had all kinds of technical problems. Won´t bore you with that.

It has been yet another simply fantastically wonderful Freefolk Festival. I don´t know which swear words to use, really, to give that sentence power.  The amazing line-up of talent. The atmosphere at the concerts, where the audience really are there to LISTEN even when it becomes late in the evening. The 120 tickets that are sold out every year BEFORE the programme is ready! Coz we all know it´s gonna be great artists, and a lot of the same happy faces that have been there all the 9 years this has been going on… I have written about the festival before, this is my third year to be there as a video blogger, but I´ve been at the festival, I think all the years but once.

Check out the posts from earlier in my blog category here, called “Fanoe my home island”.  This is the 5.time I write about it. Of course there are also videos on my youtube channel, both compilations and longer films of single acts.

This year I have tried something new, I´ve edited video during the festival. Was allowed to use a local friend´s house as a safe laptop keeping base. Hence I could edit a couple of hours here and there, when I needed a break from the music. Because I do need breaks. It is really intense listening, all this experimental  folk, electronica… loop pedals, synths, percussion, drones… artists who use their voice in unusual ways… who mix genres… Fantastically interesting.

And intense. I love intense. But my nervous system needs a breather in the programme, I´ve noticed. And I have talked to a couple of my fellow local-citizen festival guests this weekend, and I´ve come to realize they feel the same way. They too walk away from site to catch their breath for a minute here and there. 🙂 I don´t say this as a criticism, more as a compliment, really. It is not just any kind of easy listening populistic fun fair, this festival. It is for people who enjoy being challenged, to hear something never heard before, to listen to ways of doing things that are not necessarily shaped to please the listener, but shaped to make an expressional effect important to the maker of the message/music…

Yeah, you catch my drift. I´m a huge, huge fan of this festival. I organize my Summers around the date where it takes place, making sure I´m home for it.

Well. About the video. I´m sticking to compilations this year. Because I´m hosting a family party with 50 guests in a week. I don´t have the time to sit and enjoy the editing process. I´m sorry about that. But ok, such is life. It is possible that I make longer films with just single acts in them. For example of the Irish fiddlers´ show in the church Friday. In the compilation from the Friday programme, I have picked just one of their songs, and it is not representative of their performance. I have picked the song because I recognize it, and I enjoy hearing it in this different version. And also it is way quicker for me to edit a set song than to go into deep listening to stretches of improvisations and building up of tapestry, musical thread by musical thread… (borrowed metaphor there, from the Irish gentleman´s own description of their work method)…

Same with the other artists. I have made fast decisions, and just present short appetizers from the programme. Two of the Friday concerts are not represented, as I didn´t see them. These acts are “EKKO & The Syrian Roots”, (DK/SY) and “Fru Skagerak”, (DK/NO/SE). My apologies to the artists. I´m only human. And I do my best, sincerely.

I have edited it “as short as I could”. But one clip I just could not shorten. So they got 9 minutes out of the 19. That´s a  freedom I give myself as a blogger; to spend extra attention on the acts I love the most. But like I said, there are many of the acts that deserve longer films, by themselves, and maybe I get the time to do some of this after the summer holiday.

The reason for making compilations, for me, is really to make like a string of pearls where we get an impression of the programme as a whole. And hopefully also an impression of the lovely atmosphere in the room during the concerts. The listening audience, often lying down on the floor with eyes closed. Little children, and a dog or two. I feel so happy there.

I haven´t filmed from the tent or tables outside this year. I have done this in little glimpses in earlier compilations. I like to share in a personal way, but I don´t share what feels private. So although it is nice to see happy people partying, enjoying conversations and late night jam session or folk dancing on the festival site… it is kind of private, backstage, intimate moments.

I always try to present people so they look good. And if I´m in doubt as to whether they´d be ok with a clip of them becoming public, then I don´t use that clip. To me these are essential balances to keep. The respect for those whose images I catch in my fishing net / the camera. To treat people with care and integrity. Being trust worthy. That is a status we earn, through our actions.

I go to the task of video documentation with humbleness and gratitude. I know these are words seldom used in everyday language, but. Hey, this is my blog, I have my permission to express  myself freely, experimenting with phrasing and openness any way I feel like … Like all my fellow, free flowing freaks … 🙂

Freak said in the most loving way. Weird is wonderful!If everyone would allow themselves to be authentic, unafraid to stand out and be different from peers, parents and co workers… well, then this world would simply be such a much better place!   🙂

Until this becomes a reality, I´m so lucky I have our festival to go to, this one weekend a year. Thank Goodness for this blissful oasis of friendliness, fun and so many freakily fantastic feelgood factors! (F.x. the amazing vegetarian buffets and the midnight snacks. I LOVE it)!

Here, hope you dig. The Friday programme compilation. Any comments are welcome, and if anyone portrayed in the clips want something edited out, don´t be afraid to contact me and say so. You find me on Facebook/messenger most easily, under my name, Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen.

Ciao for now, and I´ll be back with a compilation of the Saturday programme as soon as poss. I only filmed glimpses from 3 of the acts today (Sunday), but if the recordings look fine, I´ll include them in my Saturday compilation piece.

Best wishes!

Lene

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Requested Update :)

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Dear reader.

I received a comment today, a notification in my emailbox. A reader said she´s noticed I haven´t updated my blog for a while, and was wondering if I wasn´t going to post again soon? 🙂

That felt really good. I actually do have a reader! There are so many spam comments I have to erase, and when I share my posts to my blog´s facebookpage (Kaltwasser Heart Matters), normally I get very few, if any, likes.
Not that I blog for the likes. I blog for my own pleasure, and for the joy of sharing. But it´s still totally motivating to receive a comment from someone saying they miss my posts! very much appreciated indeed.

So. Here I am, updating. The reason I´ve been rather quiet lately, is that I´ve been busy intensively researching the field of online teaching. I have watched I don´t know how many webinars, received free e-books and video series, checked out loads of different people and their models for turning passion into profit, as Rasmus Lindgren puts it. I´ve bought a course from him, on “how to create amazing online courses”. He has positioned himself to be top notch in Denmark in this area of knowledge. The course is good, but a bit…. well, I need more. Both knowledge, and a wider model, more into depth on mindset, time management and client enrollment. So I have made a serious investment into something that looks rather splendid. Visionary Business School, with Ryan Eliason. Wholistic, idealistic, practical, and teaching from his own business experience. He started an ngo called “yes” in the 70s, Youth for Environmental Sanity. He is also a trained hypnotherapist, like myself.

So I´ve received his launch over the last 2 weeks; 4 videos, a book that i read in 5 hours and could not put down… and webinars, a manifest, a mindmap… I trust this guy. I am dead excited to be starting this training in July. For 5 months.

Other than the research, I have been busy getting a lot of rest. And snapchatting with my lovely good girlfriend in Norway. We send eachother video monologues, almost daily! And as I type here now, she is actually in her car, driving towards my house! Gonna visit me for the first time here in my home in Denmark! What a gift. Her presence, such a present. 🙂

I will show her this paradise island, in all its picturesque summer glory… I´m picking her up at the parking lot by the ferry on the mainland side late tonight. Costs a fortune to take the car across, so. I bring a trolly and we load it with her luggage and have a beer on the ferry deck those 12 minutes the ride takes… then, a five minute walk from the harbour, there´s my home. This old post office from 1789. Straw thatched roof, and with half moon shaped “Fanø windows”… cobbled streets and lots of high quality little shops. Best butcher´s in Denmark, bakery, ice cream, glass blower´s, cafés, women´s clothing, knick knacks, galleries… Yeah… I love this place. I really truely do. It relaxes me. I feel at home here like I never did anywhere else I have lived. (Different places in Norway, on Anglesey off the coast in north Wales, in Bahrain…)

We need a song to break up this rant!

I made this film, and recorded him singing. He´s a friend of my husband´s, a local, multitalented musician. The quality of the video is grainy, but. I must have accepted a low resolution from youtube, coz I shot it in 16:9, if it wasn´t HD, this was in 2014 or there abouts…

We did it as part of our app “Fanoe Nordby Byvandring”, which still can be found in the Android version. Apple version needs some technical adjustment before it can be accessed again. Aaanyways.

(We have a facebook page for it, called Fanø AppTeam, if you want to learn more about it).

I think I will stop here. As I have to get ready to go pick up my girlfriend. And on the way there, I will drop by the corner bar, Hjørnekroen, as they have an “old school dj” there tonight, playing hits from the 70s and 80s! Never experienced such an event here before, so. Curious as I am, I have to go see what it´s all about. 🙂

I´m very grateful for the comment from you, dear reader. Please always feel free to leave me a comment. Writing is a lonely job. It feels nice to know there is someone in the receiving end, who even appreciates my wordplay.

Here´s one for the road, be happy out there in the sunny shine…

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Fanø Vesterland: Sweet Festival!

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This weekend I went to the Fanø Vesterland festival. Like I have done a couple of times before. Always a nice time to be had there.

It´s down at the harbour. Two whole days of good music. Tons of happy people milling about. On the very creatively built festival site; with a huge dream catcher hanging from a crane, and. A champagne bar, lots of good local pop up restaurants selling anything from lamb, to oysters, to fish and chips as well as barbecue and fries…

Here´s a picture of the champagne bar. Placed in a corner, a bit secluded. Nicely quiet spot in the festival hustle and bustle.

Beneath you see Fanø´s OysterKing doing his work. He´s created a recipe book, one can go with him for oyster safaris on the island. His name is Jesper Voss. On www.visitfanoe.dk one can find out what time he takes people out for oyster trips. (some times there is too much pollution to eat the local oysters raw, sorry to say. You find all the info with Jesper, though. He makes sure to keep it safe).

I ordered 3 different oysters from him, and a glass of champagne. What a treat. Pure deliciousness. 🙂

There was even a view to the big stage, from my table. I could have stayed much longer in that quiet corner with a view, if I only had the dough for a bottle of champagne and more oysters. Haha!

View to the other side from my table:

Here´s a couple more photos from the site:

(We did have sunshine early in the days, both Friday and Saturday)

Atmosphere was very friendly. Relaxed and easy.

Well. Instead of still photos of the musicians, let me share with you the video compilation I´ve made today, out of the bits and pieces I filmed during the weekend. Hope u dig.

I was lucky to get a free bracelet for this year´s festival. As my husband´s son plays the keyboard in Wangel, the band that played the opening act this year. (Kasper played a couple of years ago as well, with one of his other bands, The Grenadines. I remember I filmed them, in the rain. It´s on my youtube channel somewhere, as well as a couple of videos from gigs  in 2016.)

I look upon my festival videos as some kind of a “no frills, bootleg recording” kind of style. Handheld, phone made, spontaneously documenting more than elegantly presenting, the acts. I tend to shoot stills or record when I´m touched, or enthused. When I feel the joy of music making, going on between the musicians (and the audience)… then I want to join, to play along. Catch the energy.

The atmosphere. The… Love. I guess. Basically. Movin´with the groovin`. Sharin´ in the Good Vibes, yo. Aligning. Participating. Being in the Sound scaping. Yeah. One Love, One Frequency. Peace. (Yes, call me a hippy. Why would I mind. They stopped the Vietnam war, for crying out loud. Time we stopped accepting the American effort to weaken the peace movement by calling the participants hippies. Hips are cool. Or hot. Whatever your preferred lingo is). 🙂

Music is all about e-motions. Energy in motion. Art is all about emotions too. So is religion, and politics. So. Let´s just be whole hearted people. If the only word for this kind of (human-) being, is hippy… Then call me that. I´m all for peace and love. Who isn´t?

(Yeah, and what are they called? The war mongers. Why don´t THEY have belittling namecalling attached to them? A fair question, I reckon. Aaaanyways. Moving swiftly on).

My goodness, I have really improved my steady-hand-cam since then, man! (And very annoying with the people talking in the background, right in front of a quiet, intense stage act… I remember I had very good footage of one of her songs, yet had to throw it out due to talkative festival guests standing behind me. Sorry, but I find it rude to be talking loudly at a concert. Or in the cinema or the theatre. Why not respect those who have bought tickets, and go chat somewhere away from the stage?!)

Oh, here´s the Grenadines-shot: (It was in 2015)!

Windy. Is that why the sound´s shaky? Possibly.

Anyways. I can see from these old recordings, like I said, that I have gotten better at shooting and editing. Which is due to the festival that each year allows me in for free, to blog. Just because I asked if they´d let me. It´s an incredibly cool festival, in Sønderho, happening each July, this year will be the 9.time. The Fanø Free Folk Festival. International, experimental folk (and electronica, in my own understanding of genre labeling). Some acts are world music inspired, many bring loop equipment, home made wooden instruments, building up trance beats…

But that´s a different story. I look forward to Freefolking it again, a weekend in July. And I also look very much forward to Fanø Vesterland again in a year. If I´m home, and if the energy in motion (e-motion) grabs me and grips me, I´m sure I will be shooting video from Fanø Vesterland again.

As it is so In Joy – able. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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International Women´s Day 8/3-18, on Fanoe

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Hey there people!

Today, 13/3-18, is the day we give birth to the green party Alternativet´s own solo division/group on Fanoe. Long story, which is not the one I´m gonna tell u now. It just takes up so much of my hard disc, that I have to share the 8.of March with u now, before the meeting tonight. So I tell the stories cronologically. If u get me.

Well.

I was invited by Ragnhild Kallehauge, and her one-woman-ngo KUK (Kontor for Ukontrolleret Kreativitet), to take part in marking the women´s international day of struggle. Marking it for the first time here on Fanoe. Last Thursday.

In Bergen, where I used to live, this day is a big deal, with marching, paroles, music and speeches downtown… here on Fanoe I have missed it so much. So it is great I could be part of the contributors from the beginning here. I hope it is the start of a new tradition.

I told Ragnhild I would write something for this date especially. So I woke up in the middle of the night on the 1. of March, with a long rant poem pouring into my mind. Got a pen and paper and wrote it down.

It´s in Danish. Here is the video of me reading it out that night, on The Corner Bar.

Ragnhild did two performances, she is a storyteller. One scene from the view of a victim of domestic violence. Very sad.
And one scene wearing long gloves and a pink wig, being Lulu the Lapdancer…
Excellent. Funny and serious. Thought provoking and entertaining. She´s our performance artist. Theatrical. Wonderful.

And our friend, Julie Frey, went on stage twice as well. Singing, first a song by Martha Wainwright, and then a song she´s written recently, after her mother passed away in October.
Amazing voice, and she played the guitar too… very very good. Love her work. My singer songwriter close friend. Sensitive singing.

I had decided that since the other two would enter stage twice, then so would I. So I´d decided to sing a song. And chosen “Gratuitude” by my vocal sound healing teacher Githa Ben-David. A lullaby she wrote to her children, and that I sing to my children. I chose it as a celebration of the mothering instinct, the feminine principle, of receiving and nourishing. Which all women have as a part of our biology or DNA, whether we have given birth to children or not.

Here is the video of me singing “Gratitude”:

After our 6 stunts on stage, we drank a few beers. Maybe 20 people came to take part in this event. That´s great. It´s about quality not quantity for me. And 20 people on a Thursday night in that location, for this type of event, is actually quite many for our little island.

Next year we have booked the community building! It´s a Friday, 8/3 next year. We will make a party, for both kids and adults alike, ending up in a dance party. YEEESSS.

My singing was not perfect. But this world needs rolemodels that dare to stand up and say, I will share this, I will be imperfect, and that´s okay, coz human beings are not perfect and should not strive to become so either.

The audience were moved by the song, they said. I can see that it was a brave thing to do. I didn´t know whether my voice would be calm or would shake, until the moment I started singing into the mike…! 🙂

I´m glad I did it, and I look forward to doing more stage stuff.
I enjoy it.

Ps The heading photo of me, is shot by Anne Jensen Zeuthen. Thanx for that, Anne! Much appreciated! 🙂 And it´s Julie Frey who filmed me with my phone.
Thanx, Julie!
Ds

Toodle-pip! Seize ya later, gators!

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A Media using Medium Me

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I actually love to feel so tired that I fall fast asleep at 9.30 pm. Only thing is, i tend to then wake up at midnight feeling it´s morning. Not that it´s a problem. I enjoy being awake in the vast quietness of the night. Reading or writing. Or watching something on my laptop.

I joined Gaia.com two days ago. Been wanting to for a while, but it´s not free, so I´ve been hesitating. But two days ago I just felt dedicated, so I joined, and wow. Access to a big selection of films. Spiritual films, or. Stuff about the brain, ufos, healthy eating, fractals and yantras, just tons of the kind of stuff I love to watch and learn.

www.gaia.com

We´ve stopped the cable tv package this year. Costs a fortune. And we hardly ever watch tv, really. Time to stream instead. The kids channels are on apps. Dr. Phil must be findable online, as is Long Island Medium. And a bit of soccer for daddy-o.

New times. Dvds; our house is filled with good dvds, but we hardly ever watch them now, as we have Viaplayl. Which is a bit saddening, coz I´ve invested a fortune in high quality kids movies especially. They used to watch their favourite films again and again, and it was ok with me as it was really good cultural texts I didn´t mind them learning by heart. Astrid Lindgren, f.ex. And Miyazaki´s films. Norwegian classics from my own childhood. Mary Poppins. E.T. The Neverending Story. Barbapapa. And so forth.

Been years now, since I watched a good tv series. My favourite ever, is “6 feet under”. Michael Ball, was that his name? HBO. I should check out what´s new in that area. I used to really enjoy a good series. Especially watching together with a good friend who would drop by with a bottle or an ounce, and a bag of crisps…

These days my main use of media, is by far Facebook. A bit of Instagram, a bit of Snapchat. But Facebook. Is a place where I do spend time. I studied media science in uni. And anthropology, and organizational psychology, and comparative politics. The arena of Facebook for narratives and meaning making… to me it is extremely interesting. To see groups form. Over shared interest. Such as criticism towards a political trend. Conversations being created between people who don´t know eachother, maybe they have a friend in common, and meet in a thread openly sharing experiences of mourning, or of parenting… I always wanted to make poster campaigns. Facebook gave me an eternal poster wall.

Music. One of the corner stones of my life, really. I used to buy new albums all the time, spend Saturday afternoons in record stores, listening to big wads of records before deciding on which ones to take home… Played a lot of cds and minidiscs at home. Discovered new music. Went out dancing a LOT. (Pre motherhood days).

Now… I play old cds from time to time. Minidiscs in my garden hut. But same old same old. My husband is a musician, and makes a lot of …noise, haha… no. He plays guitar and piano a lot. So that fills the ether. Plus living 5 people together. Makes the need for sound… vacant. I also use sound in my therapeutic work, when I “sing on people”.

I´d like to get myself a radio, though. Isn´t there still an interesting station out there? I worked at a radio station for 2 years. These days I´m quite impatient with young people who sound like they just want to hear their own voice. I guess maybe I was just as annoying to someone listening, when I was a radio host… !

Podcasts. Want to check that out too. Have listened to a handful good ones.

But I enjoy video more, maybe. Or just listening to talks. Ted talks. Youtube. Abraham Hicks. Guided meditations. Self hypnosis.

I would like to switch focus. From taking in impressions, to making more expressions. Dance more. Write. Sing.

I dream of creating a playlist of great songs. To dance to, and to feel good listening to. Once I have 3 hours of great vintage reggae, world music, pop and rock anthems etc. Then I want to make a 3 hour long visual piece to go with it. And then I want to take these pieces to a dancefloor nearby and invite all my friends to come party with me!

I also want to make more songs myself, and make an album.

And another book or two. Send to a publisher, I think. As the book I self published in 11… I tend to give it away to people. Which is nice of me. (!) But. I need to start making some money now. Somehow.

I´m in the middle of a film on Gaia right now, called “Choice Point”. Inspiring. Says there are times in one´s life where one stands between what Robert Frost called “two roads diverged in the woods.” In between. Neither nor – status. Open. Options.

I feel I´m in such a place right now. I just finished a very succesful election campaign. My party´s head candidate is now the mayor (!). I am… floating mid air somewhere, waiting to see where my feet land. We´re gonna build this party. I´m gonna be having some functions and responsibilities. And influence over some issues that matter to me. At the same time, I´m building my clinic, receiving sound clients. And I would like to write books and make dance parties.

🙂

I went to a ciromantic in 2005. A good one. Palm reader. He told me “why don´t you just write? You have the skills. Let that be your priority. That, and mothering.” He also said: “One of your main goals this lifetime, is to develope trust. In Spirit. To rest assured, knowing that you are taken care of. It´s as if they are saying, just do your thing, from within, and we´ll support you, get you headhunted, or fix you some money when needed…”

So. I live by that. Actually. Trust in Spirit. As when he said that, it rang bells inside of me. Recognition of truth. So many times has my life just taken a 90 degree turn in strange directions. Guided by my heart. From finish line to start. Full circle non stop. Growing round and round and up.

Reminds me of one of my favourite songs. From 1967. What a year for music that was! Wish I had been born then. Or maybe I was there, then overdosed or flew off a rooftop on acid or something. To be incarnated again in 1972. Who knows? Not I. (This could be an opening scene in one of the episodes of 6 feet under, haha…)

Magical wonder. Beyond the yonder. Help me rise, help me land softly and blissfully on my flat, lucky footsoles. Show me the doors, the path to choose, the loopholes.

Amen.

And so it is.

I guess the headline for this post will be something “media use”… I had a one man company once. Called “Kaltwasser Media Freelance”. Wanted to use it for my jobs in the film making industry in Bergen. But then I realized I would not have the right to dole money in between projects. So I deleted the company. These days I´m thinking to make a company again. If I am to go serious about the vocal sound therapy. Media freelance can also cover mediumship tasks.

I consider myself a medium. A channel. For light & love, Higher Self.

I dream of further education in this field as well. My old teacher of mediumship, English Val Williams, the spiritist priest based in the UK. There is this old Harry Potter-ish castle, where she and others do all kinds of mediumistic courses. Trance mediumship, f.ex. Or Inspired Speech. I really want to go spend a week or two there.

Yeah. Money Honey. And plenty of Time. Thank you PlentyVerse for multiplying greatness in my life.

Wei Wu Wei (taoism; action of non action)

The attitude of gratitude
Is the way to go
Don´t worry be happy
Make your passion glow
Focus on the Good and True
Practice sitting silent
Listen to the inner will
So soft and smooth, unviolent.

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The Alternative´s first ever mayor in Denmark, is here!

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So. On Friday the 15.of December, the city council of Fanø was finally constitutionalized. As the last municipality in Denmark.
It was a… long process, from the night of the election 21. of November.

Negotiations became rather dramatic. Tv stations had a field day, citing angry citizens from our local Facebook group “Fanø Forum”…! Our island was turned into some kind of Disney universe, where the 11 elected politicians were divided into 2 opposing groups, one evil and the other good, the deceiving villains against the innocent victims. Comfortably black and white, for the purpose of good melodrama, i.e. maximum output on mediastory sales.

As I was myself a candidate on the list of the party The Alternative, I knew many details from the negotiations. But as the information is confidential, I could not tell the truth from my perspective. It was in fact incredibly hard for me. My blog here is called “Heart Matters”, and I have also previously self published a book (2011) with the same title. I am all about sharing openly, whatever feels important to me!

In the Facebook forum, I and one of the other Alternativet candidates, Julie, decided we had to be visible and participate in the defining phases of the narrative. Say as little as possible, and keep on the right side of the confidentiality line, of course. But show the local citizens that we were standing tall, self respect intact, not hiding in shame due to some “back stabbing run for selfish mammon, in the dark of the night”, as our elected candidate was portrayed on tv. Because she accepted the offer of becoming mayor, from the electoral minority group. Leaving the agreement she alas too hastily had signed with the majority group that had been founded primarily. (6-5).

Day 5 after Saturday 9. of December, where national media suddenly announced that The Alternative was to take the seat as the new mayor on Fanø, (and actually the first “mayor’s chair” in all of Denmark, in the history of the  only recently established party!)…. On day 5, Wednesday, the rage finally started to simmer down in Fanø Forum, after 3 citizens separately shared their views of how they personally understood the negotiation events, looking at it from an angle I could agree with.

To me this was a great relief. I actually lost weight during those 5 days, as I lost all appetite. When I was in public places, people would stare at me all angry and upset, as if I personally had done them wrong! Very uncomfortable, as I could not openly explain to them the reasons why we had made the choices we had made.

I wrote a letter to Tv Syd (South), which I also published as a comment in the forum. Telling them that their stereotyping and shallow coverage of the election process on Fanø, was doing damage to our community. That there were essential questions to be asked before they could claim to understand what had happened. And that their choices of dramaturgical tools; choice of descriptive words, visual imagery and abrupt editing, had a conflict escalating effect. And that in their position of power, they are not allowed to be unconscious about the effects of their choices of combining narrative elements.

The tv station replied a couple of hours later. Thanked me for the input, and said they would include it in their internal discussions on ethics.
The following day, the station interviewed the leader of The Alternative in Copenhagen, Uffe Elbæk, who con gratulated Fanø´s elected representative, and said that his perception was that she was showing integrity in the constitutional negotiations.

Then came the final deadline for negotiations to be finished, and the new city council to be constitutionalized. I filmed the meeting, and uploaded it, unedited. And posted it into Facebook´s “Fanø Forum” and “Fanø Online Opslagstavle”.  As our local station Tv Fanø was not able to broadcast live from the meeting.
Here it is:

In the days following the meeting, information started being freed. Not by me. But I could see in the Forum that someone “from the table” must be informing a couple of openhearted citizens, who took it upon themselves to inform the island of details in the constitution´s proces of negotiations.

I think it is beautiful they gave this work to the island. So many emotions have been thrown about, hurt feelings, disbelief, angry, unfair words uttered, about perceived deception and manipulation.

To see how, with information of what had really happened, and why things evolved the way they did… with information, insight, the discussions died down, basically. Very quickly. There were no more questions left unanswered. Anyone who really wanted to know who had been responsible for what, could now just read the whole story, delivered in portions throughout the comments section  in one single thread.

I also realized that the civillians (including myself prior to being inside the process), were lacking insight into “the political game rules”, i.e. what was to be expected from the 11 elected, and what did it mean when one group had majority, how much of the power had to, by law, still be given to the “big minority group”… and so forth. The fact that no signed deal is legally binding in the negotiation proces, until the final constitution is voted upon. Little details like that, which could have saved our community from a lot of stress, had we all known more about what to expect and how to analytically weigh the events that had unfolded.

Well.
The drama has been extremely intense, (for my taste), and the tale to be told is highly fascinating. But it is not mine to tell. If you are interested (and can read Danish), you can read the whole case in Facebook´s Fanø Forum. (It´s a public group, visible to all. The post to read, including comments, is titled “Lille Spejl…”). My position as a candidate for The Alternative, now suddenly a part of the island´s new mayor´s support team… My position is to make choices that make my party colleague´s job easier. And her job is to try and bring the 11 elected ones together, in co operation for our community´s future. Not to divide, but to bridge.  Make connections.

The drama is over. Water under the bridge.
And tomorrow is new year.
Speeches will be held, visions will be shared.
Truth proves quite unstoppable, and liars should be scared.

Happy New Year.

Or as we put it in my party:
Yes please to more transparancy!
Yes to a friendly rapid change / revolution!
Away with pollution, confusion and illusion.
Yes to humble empathy and generosity.
Yes please to bravery and humourous integrity.
So help us God and every-man.
Coz Yes indeed, together we can!

Pardon me for celebrating in all generous humbleness.
The thrill has been accelarating increasingly just recently.
We came, we saw, we won, God Bless!
The road ahead is bendy, steep and long, but none the less;
The gate´s been unlocked. With partners, we´re strong.
And here´s a little song  for us to sing as we walk along:

Never give up
Always take down
the barrier that stops you
from swirling freely ´round
Never fully stop
Always do move on
Flowing with the growing
´till the tough going´s just all gone!

Hoo! Hah-hah-HAH!

Aaaand, Billy Ocean will obviously  take it away from here… :

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The Alternative Fanø

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Hi guys

Sorry I haven´t written for a while, have I…
It´s because I have ended up running for election!
Local council, election date 21.of November.
Together with three other citizens, I´ve formed a list for the party Alternativet (The Alternative).

Very short: Alternativet thinks that climate issues and social needs, is as valuable as increasing profits. That there are three values to consider when one speaks of growth; economical, social strengthening and climate protection.
So in other words, we can increase the red and the green growth, and not always just look at the financial income / cost. There is such a thing as investing, too. In increased wellfare for example. Which the latest decades has lost a lot of meaning in Danish politics. The main aim seems to be to make money for the upper class.

Aaaaanyways. I said I would make this party presentation short!

The Alternative is based on 6 values,                                                            which really makes me feel good:
1.Empathy
2.Humour
3.Generosity
4.Trans…lucidity? No, parancy, transparancy!
(That political processes and decisions can be observed by the people, not made in hidden forums out of sight of  the public).

5.Humbleness (We don´t know all the answers. We listen to our “opponents”, we ask experts for advice, and we admit it if we make mistakes)
6.Courage

The Alternative want basically a NEW POLITICAL CULTURE.
Where we listen to eachother and work together, instead of seeing the political arena as a “battlefield” where everyone “fights to conquer” “opponents”.

Yes.

Our group of four, makes me very happy as well. The communication between all of us is remarkably harmonious and inspiring.

1.

Sofie Valbjørn is our primary candidate. She is a true local islander, she grew up here, has local family and friends, and has a background from another local political “party group”. So she knows a lot of important local information and political history. She has a university education in anthropology and sociology, and works in the Esbjerg council administration, so she knows a lot about this field of work.  She is the mother of three sons, and married to a nature conservation consultant (? I don´t know his formal title)  from Belgium.
Her main political focus is to strengthen the local democracy, increase cooperation between the council employees and the civilians.

2.

Julie Frey is our candidate no.2. She is a singer songwriter, mother of two, she´s from Copenhagen and married to a local “boy”, who is a surgeon. She is active in a good handful cultural ngos, has a BA in English, studies sociology, and has a company that does translation of texts Danish/ English… She is my good friend, and we have a lot of great ideas that we are in the process of exploring if we can turn into a source of income together. She is very outspoken, and not afraid of saying what she thinks, even if her opinion is not shared by the listener. She is also very funny, and paints amazing pictures, and she can sew as well… Her main political focus is school politics, to create contact between the generations, and ecological, green, sustainable lifestyle change.

3.

Simon Voigt is our candidate no.3, and he is also a good friend of mine. As well as an ngo colleague of both Julie and myself. He is in his late 20s, has a BA in folkmusic from Esbjerg Music Conservatory, and is active in running our cinema, he is a folk dancer, helps out in “Fanø music Club”, and sits with me in the Cultural Advice Board, (Kulturelt Samråd), where we receive applications for local citizens´cultural projects and give them financial support, from a budget trusted us by the council.
Simon is from east Germany and has lived on Fanø for 3 years. He is good at graphics, homepage building and stuff like that. He is very funny, and warm hearted, and helpful and. Yeah. Haha. You can probably read how crazy I am about both him and Julie.
And Sofie as well. It´s lovely to get to know her.
We have sons who will be in the same school class next year. And we have both studied social anthropology and worked with integration of refugees. A lot of common interests.

Simon is politically focused on maintaining the variety and quality of cultural ngo activity, as he sees it as a cornerstone to be able to be part of meaningful communities. It´s a question of good health and general life enhancement, for the individual.

4.

Me, I am our candidate no.4. I have insisted on being the last on the list. As I don´t really have time to be in the council. I am a vocal sound therapist and want to prioritize this work. And be of support in the background, for the candidate or candidates we get seats for.
I have 5 years of university education from the University of Bergen, Norway. An extended cand.mag degree. Social anthropology, comparative politics, media science and organizational psychology.
I have worked in the film industry for 8 years, making f.x. a documentary for cinema called “Welcome Home” for Piraya Film in 2000, about how refugees and immigrants from Africa and Asia feel about living in Norway.

I think maybe you know the rest about me? 3 kids, married to a musician / music teacher… active in Kulturelt Samråd, Fanø Music Club, The Incredibles (that make an annual children culture event for participation of all local ngos), actively helping the Red Cross with the integration of our “new” Syrian citizens, and I´m also a board member in the national board of Kulturelle Samråd Danmark.

(I´ve also self published a book of poems in English, and made a video installation for a local art exhibition in 2011, called Linking, you can see it on the Youtube channel in my name). I have previously done volunteer work for Tv Fanø, Fanø Kindergarten, Fanø AppTeam, Fanø Cinema… yeah. Ngos. I love them, always have. I have lived on Fanø for 10 years now, and I originally come from Norway.

Politically I´m focused on …. yeah ….. well. I agree with all the other three, ofcourse. School, cultural ngos, and strengthening the democracy and the nature…
In my work as a therapist I help my clients with stress symptoms. A lot of other ailments and imbalances as well, of course. But. Stress relief is in high demand.
So I´m interested in decreasing weekly work hours for everybody, like the Swedes have done. And in health tools like “culture on perscription” which many Danish councils have adopted now thanks to initiative from The Alternative nationally. (It means you can get expenses covered for cultural input, as a part of treatment of f.x. depression). I think we should have this option on Fanø.

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This has become rather heavy on the written text side, huh?

I could insert some of the photos we took on the beach  Saturday 27/9, the day we started our election campaign with a splash! (The top photo of this blogpost is also taken that day, by Mille Borregaard). But I don´t have those photos accessible here & now…

Let me just finish this post up. I have to move on, to the editing of our election video for the local tv station. Lots to do, when one wants to run for election, I can tell you. All very new to me, and interesting.

You can read our election programme and join the local debate on Facebook, if you please. (Especially if you live on Fanø, otherwise it´s maybe not that relevant for you).

Our group is open for anyone to post issues or questions. it´s called “Alternativet Fanø, politisk laboratorium”.

Our logo, isn’t is brilliant?! I think it is. (It´s created by The Alternative on national level, not by our local party group).

 

 

 

 

 

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Fanø Freefolk Festival # 8; Saturday

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There. So. Now.

My second and last of this year´s Fanø Free Folk Festival films, is ready, and uploading onto my youtube channel as we speak.

It wasn´t easy. Well. Tons of good stuff to edit. But. I had to make a couple of tough decisions in this process.

First, I chose to allow one act to fill arond 20 minutes, quite a lot more than the other acts. Simply because this band had me…. hypnotized… their music trance inducing, no less… (Those of you who follow my blog, know that I passed an exam in hypnotherapy this spring. So I don´t use these words meaningless-ly…) This choice made a long film become even longer. But. So be it. Skip along the timeline, perceive it as a cd, and jump forward if something gets too long for you. Or dwell, and dive into that meditative state of being, that the music invites one to…. simply delicious…

They say “kill your darlings”. But some things are just far too dear to kill. Sorry. Not sorry. I even included at photo stills section, taken of their instruments on the floor before they got on stage. Oh. It´s so GOOOOOOOD !!! 🙂

(And it is such a satisfation to be an independent blogger, and not answer to external editors´  whims and fancies and boring conventions….)

The second, and much harder editing choice than the first one, is that… Well. I had to accept that my recordings from Sunday are… too few, and all in all just not of good enough quality. So I won´t be making a video from the Sunday programme. Sad to say.

Thing is, I had technical problems during the fantastic concert of Marie-Louise Munck. Hence I only got 27 seconds of that! Which totally ANNOYS me. Make sure you check her name out, it was mezmerizing. Maybe my favourite concert the whole weekend! She reminded me of a female Nick Cave. But at the same time, they´re quite uncomparable, of course. I bought her cd.

Why oh WHY did exactly this concert hit the exact point in time where my camera went down with no warning and no apparent solution for immediate fixing…?!  ARGH!!

Then, a bit later in the day, came Kottos, A Danish quartet, truely amazingly skilled… I was, by then, though, just completely and utterly exhausted! I shot two minutelong recordings, but there was a kid sitting on a chair  in the middle of the picture…  and the room was too crowded for me to go find a better angle to shoot from.

(I´m not the pushiest of people, I would prefer to be invisible, a fly on the wall or something, can´t stand drawing attention to myself, disturbing the stage performance and the audience. So mostly I find somewhere in the back to film from, apart from the rare occaions that I manage to stay seated during sound checks, and place myself at the front…I aim to get better at this, but after each concert it´s just so tempting to get outside for fresh air and a cold pint and a chat and all that…)

I left the room in the middle of Kottos´ performance, my brain boiling from intensity overload, after the Friday and the Saturday…!

Then, an hour or so of rest later, I wanted to go film Kaddal-Merril at the museum. An Egypt-UK-act, fiddle and flute as far as I could see, the two minutes I managed to stand and watch from the outside of the museum room there… I then realized I just basically couldn´t listen to any more music any longer!

So, I finally accepted defeat, packed up, found my car, and drove home, to the north end of the island. Fell asleep for 3 hours, woke up and had some food, and fell back into bed again 9 pm.

End of story.

Next year, if I am to film at the festival again, I will make sure I´m not tired as it starts out on the Friday.

I don´t have an ambition to cover all the gigs. Though they all deserve total coverage. I am just a blogger, and a local citizen who loves music. And I am far too perfect to be a perfectionist. (! … )

So it doesn´t bother me that I have missed some acts. But it bothers me that I have basically missed a whole day´s programme. The Sunday evening gig at Fajancen restaurant, for example. The owner, Jacob, is my friend. Last year I covered it, and it was such a lovely event.

But there you go. This is where I get the chance to prove I really am no perfectionist.

Haha. She laughed bitterly, teeth clenched. Her brilliant level of self insight forcing her to realize unwanted realizations. (Yet no one could say she didn´t own the precious gift of self irony. Maybe she indeed WAS an imperfect imperfectionist. But self ironic, yes she was, at least no one could take that trait away from her proud self).

My apologies to the ones I let down. Well, I guess…. Instead I should focus on saying “You´re Welcome”, to the ones I have filmed successfully. Shouldn´t I.

I choose to do both.

And with this, I consider the case closed. I did my best, as always, and due to valid reasons, my best wasn’t as good as i would have liked it to be, this time around. Such is life. Acceptance. Acceptance. Let go.

Here´s the film. Much deserved after all this reading, eh. Well, I needed to get that rant out of my system. Once explained, I can now move on.

Thanx for this festival. Year after year, it makes my Summer sparkle.

Check this out. It´s marvellous, actually.

There should have been a part 3. But. This part 2 is still just smashing!  🙂

Let´s be grateful for the positive stuff we receive in life, and not dwell on what could have been, if only.

She said to herself.

Wisely.

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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 8; Friday

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Hello y’all

Another year, another Fanø Free Folk Festival. A great privilege to have such an amazing festival happen annually on this tiny island where I have my home.

I organized my holiday so I returned just in time to get to the festival. To me it is a highlight of every Summer.

Enough about me, here is the first video I have made from the weekend, 21.-23. of July… The 8. time the Free Folk festival was held…

I managed to see all 7 gigs on the Friday. Some of the concerts are represented more than the others… it doesn´t mean I couldn´t have filmed all of everybody´s performances, they were all great.         Gotta keep the workload down a bit, though.
And some of my recordings are better quality than others… so.     That´s why the limelight is spread a bit unevenly between the artists.

I am no judgmental music journalist.
I just love to participate somehow, and to express and share feelgood-stuff.

Enough explainings.
Hope you enjoy the outcome!
Please comment if you feel so inclined, I am always open to listening and learning.

Lots of Love;
Lene.

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