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Fanø Free Folk festival # 7 part 2

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Greetings! This Sunday morning…

I´ve been editing more concerts from the Fanø Free Folk Festival these last couple of days. Enjoyable work. I uploaded the set with Sophie Cooper, with that brilliant loop pedal I mentioned in the last post about the festival; Fanø Free Folk Festival # 7 part 1

Here´s Sophie Cooper: (Delphine Dora also joins her towards the end).

Great to experience something unusual, something not seen before. At least to me, this was new and refreshing.

If the films that I have made stop and start from time to time, it´s because they are shot and uploaded in HD quality, so the files are rather big. I have tried to upload in a smaller format, but the pictures become grainy. So. It´s up to the quality of streaming power and flashplayer that makes the difference between smooth viewing and non smoothe. I think that pretty soon all devices and streaming will adapt to deal with the HD sizes.

Here is one more piece from the Sunday programme. Flygtningestemmer. Voices of refugees. It´s a pretty long film. That´s because I care deeply about the issue of refugees, I always have. Back in 1990, 18 years old, I was the leader of a local group of Sos Racism. We helped the newly arrived asylum seekers, showing them around town, involving them in voluntary work projects such as helping to paint an old people´s home… we arranged a women´s cafe once a month at the asylum centre, where we locked the door and drew the curtains, and off came the abayas, and all the infants were laid on the pool table to sleep once they had been fed… and we cooked great meals together, and they taught us bellydancing and told us dirty jokes…!! Hahaha… I remember I got so surprised. These ladies, whome on the street were all wrapped up in their burkas, almost invisible. Behind closed doors they were anything but invisible. Great characters. A lot of fun to hang with.

Yeah. So I include the stories between the songs here, about the project, and Nour´s thoughts on being in his situation… Thumbs up for international meetings and co creating music to share important stories!

 

I have also edited together a series of glimpses from the Friday happenings. A couple of the acts I have also made longer concert films out of. You find it all on my Youtube channel, which bares my name; Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen.

I have not turned every act into a separate video. Because one, it takes a lot of time to edit. And two, not all my recordings are good enough, I really need to get hold of a small tripod with a tilt-and-pan-handle… Three, there are gigs where I have only filmed a couple of minutes, because I was tired or needed air / it became too intense for me… (Not meaning to say the music I have filmed less, is less great than the music I have filmed in full, of course). There are also a handful gigs I didn´t film at all.

So. With that said, here´s a compilation of the Friday programme:

(The Great Park, Tidebound, Rasmus Kjær, Uhrbrand/Bjørslev/Brodde, Rowan Coupland, Eric Arn, Boucheloud and Christian Pallin).

Yeah. So. That´s what I´ve got for now. I´m in the process of editing a similar piece from the Saturday programme. The Sunday artists I have covered as individual pieces, minus Ghost flute and Dice, because I was exhausted that morning and couldn´t make it to the Forsamlingshus (House of Gatherings) until Sophie Cooper´s set. I´m only human. All those mindblowing gigs, and beers and coffee punches into the early hours of two mornings on the row…

Here is a video of Ghost Flute and Dice I found on Youtube. Darn, it´s so annoying I missed this, man!

Okay.

Ps, if you go to my blog´s facebook page; Kaltwasser Heart Matters, and give it a like, then you will be notified every time I publish a new blogpost. I share every new post onto that page.
I write about my life on Fanø, about spirituality, about vocal sound therapy which is my profession… I share some of my (video-)poetry, talk about sexuality, equality, cultural events and… yeah. Anything that is in my heart to talk about, and that matters to me.

I will publish this blogpost now and get ready for the Red Cross event this afternoon, for refugees and their local friends to gather and eat some cake. That´s gonna be nice.

Fanø has taken more refugees than any other kommune /county in Denmark, related to the size of population. (3000 people live here).
We are proud of that fact, and also proud to say that we have great success stories from the integrating of Bosnians and Burmese citizens, and now we welcome our new Syrian neighbours and make an active effort to meet them and show them what life on Fanø is all about.

I´m a member of the ngo Kulturelt Samråd, and we arranged a welcome party for the Syrians last April. With Syrian and Danish folkmusic and folkdancing, and an international cake buffet. 35 nationalities are represented in the Fanø population! You can read all about that splendid day we shared, here: People Meet! An event to welcome refugees

I actually think this event should be copied by cities and counties across Europe. To organize an arena where we can communicate as equals, without so much need for verbal language. We can appreciate good cakes together, and dance and laugh…. be human beings together,  showing interest in eachother´s  cultural expressions… Yeah…

We had a wonderful welcome speech written by the leader of our ngo, and we had one of the newly arrived Syrians with us on stage, translating it  into Arabic, so everyone got the message…

Aaaaanyways. Yes. It´s all described in that other blogpost there. People meet.

And so we also did at the Free Folk Festival. Thank you so much for that weekend. I will edit a compilation of the Saturday programme, and make one last blogpost about the festival.

See you!   🙂

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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 7 part 1

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Dear folks. Free and unfree ones. There is this festival. It´s set on the tiny isle where I live. It happened for the 7.time this year.

There was 120 tickets available for sale. Yes, that is the correct number. One hundred and twenty. They were sold out before the programme was ready! Before the acts were in place and announced, people hastened to get hold of tickets. That´s pretty special. Why like this?! One might wonder. And so I asked the man who has created this event, and here´s what he has to say about why:

(It may sound like 19 minutes is a long interview, but I simply left it unedited because I think the conversations flows so naturally  and there is nothing said that isn´t interesting and relevant. So. Enjoy).

So the festival started out as a gathering of friends who played music. And has grown each year. The whole event is one backstage area. The musicians, the volunteers and the audience all hang out together, stand in the buffet queue together, camp in tents… No hotel, no vip zone, no distance between the festival participants.
It creates such a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. I´ve been to a few festivals in my life, but this one has a tremendous feel to it, unlike anything else I have experienced.

Well. Listen to the interview for more in depth descriptions on this score. Rasmus puts it so well that it´s hard to describe it in written words after hearing him explain it.

Let me share with you the gig-vids I have managed to edit so far. (I will make some more video from the festival, but I´ve just been so busy the last few weeks, as I described in my blog post from yesterday,  Autumn routine is upon us! )

Here is a young Finnish woman. I tell you, hers will be a world famous name! That´s one of Rasmus´ talents; finding great quality artists. This woman uses her voice only. Studying traditional Scandinavian singing… She totally blew my mind. Catch this:

(If the opening song feels too intense for you, skip forward, her set is diverse and exciting, her use of the voice is truely unique, yeah I will actually call it horizon-widening)!

 

Another one of my favourite concerts, was Arlt, from France. A couple, I believe they must be, at least there seems to be  a really good chemistry between the two of them. I don´t understand French, so I don´t get the lyrics, which for me often stands for at least 50% of the meaning of a musical experience. But these people, with their melodies, rhythms and energy,  just… filled me with joy! Catch:

If the video stops as you play it, it may because of the speed of streaming in your local system. I film with a new phone, and I have tried to upload to youtube in a smaller format but it made it grainy, so I stick to the HD.

I hope the artists approve of my editing. I see the editing programme as my creative instrument. Choosing elements, combining them in the right bite sizes and order… I love this activity.
I play the piano myself (had 6 years´ training with a teacher as a kid), and I play hand drums, and love to sing and to dance. Music is to me… on the top 5 list of most imortant things in life. Maybe even top 3. (“There´s also food and sex, but… yeah maybe top 3”, me and a female musician agreed, out in the beduin tent during the festival…)

Here I should paste a video from the tent, but I haven´t edited that one yet. Let me find a still for you, it´s such a beautiful tent:

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I took these pictures Sunday afternoon, as the festival was ending. The guy on the ladder is Fanø´s own (very) sound guy Frode, and as well as steering sound he also owns this tent. Proud to say he´s a friend of mine, and he plays small informal gigs with my husband from time to time. Oh, and the woman who agreed with me about music being on the top 3 list of greatest things in life, she´s sitting right there, next to David! They were passing a ukulele around, singing… such a beautiful shared timebubble shared there. I felt so lucky being part of it.

Many times during the festival, I just felt so moved. Tearful, choking up. But not sad, just moved. To be part of this…group of strangers who treated eachother like friends… Year after year, the same volunteers come back, and some of the musicians come back, familiar faces though I know we don´t actually know eachother…but then again somehow we do, we know that we love this way of being relaxed and open together, and that´s plenty enough known, for all of us  sending eachother wide smiles from the heart…

Hard to describe the undescribable. Huh.   🙂
Anyways. Me and my words.
Moving swiftly on:

THIS is an exciting Danish act; ML Buch:

And so is this; Kloster:

Every time I go to the Freefolk festival, I discover something completely new and different. Like Rasmus said. It is so refreshing and inspiring! Some of the acts are too “noisy” or “weird” for me, but I still enjoy the experience of discovering them, to know that such music exists, and obviously is appreciated immensely by other festival guests, so my taste is not… something to define quality or popularity by… just another person´s personal experience…    🙂

This was the biggest name in the programme this year, I dare say.
Sadly, I went outside during sound check, coz they asked us to. By the time I was to go back inside, it was so crowded I simply couldn´t film!
So I caught a glimpse through a window, just… But a nice glimpse it surely is. I will check out her music more, no doubt about that.

The guy playing together with Josephine there, gave a solo concert earlier that day:

Rarely have I seen a guitar played that… mezmerizingly… I totally dig what he does….drumming on the guitar while he plays it… And the…his voice…what can I say… “clean…pure…”?

I had to stop myself from crying when he sang! His voice went straight to my heart or soul or. Essence. And again, I do not understand Spanish! So it´s not the words. It´s his voice.
I told him so too, whilst we were in the bar queue.
Sadly I was too slow to buy one of his albums, they were sold out in a couple of minutes after he finished playing! I wanted to give it to my husband, who also plays the guitar. Luckily I found Victor on Youtube, so I could show my husband that…

Oh. And then there was THIS guy. My Goodness. What a… wow. Just.

Him, Rowan, and Michael from Kloster, also gave an acoustic set Sunday night, at Fajancen; a small local restaurant in the village where the festival takes place. Very cheap tickets. Giving the locals a chance to get a taste of what goes on at the festival…. I haven´t edited those recordings yet… hopefully I can make a good piece out of that concert as well.

The festival went on in Sønderho Forsamlingshus (community centre), and also in Sønderho Church! Here is one of the concerts I filmed there. In one piece, unedited, as i just couldn´t put the camera down! I love church organs… This is experimental. I find it very interesting.

I will try to make a compilation of shorter pieces, from the gigs that I didn´t manage to film in full, or from a satisfying angle. There are also a couple of acts that I just didn´t see at all. At one point Saturday evening, I actually had to go for a long walk and Get Away from Sound! I was so…filled to the brim, couldn´t take one more note in…! Sat down on the grass, leaning my back against the wall of one of those quaint little village houses there, for a while… turning my attention towards listening to my own breathing! … Yes one CAN get some, satisfaction. There IS a point of Enough. Cup floweth over.   🙂

Anyways. I think this is the last of the ready edited and uploaded videos I have made… I soooo want that loop thingy Sophie´s got there!
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Hmmmm…. it hasn´t been uploaded, I was sure I had done that. And now it seems Youtube´s got some trouble uploading it, seems to have stopped half way through the process.

Well. I think I will just let that un-watchable video of no video, be a cliffhanger, then, and share it in a part two post about the seventh FreeFolkFestival.
This post is already rather lengthy, and I will have to make a part two anyways, to make use of the rest of my recordings.

So. Bare with me!
I´ll be back, like that famous Austrian once said.
Hasta la vista, baby!

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The Sønderho Day 2016

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This year Fanø celebrates its 275 years´ anniversary, from the time when the locals bought the island from the king, and Fanø became independent. The celebration started with the usual Fanniker-Days, continued through the whole week and ended with the annual Sønderho-Day the following weekend.

I have written a post called The Fanniker-Days. During the week I have been too busy to attend the celebrations, as we are refurbishing our house at the moment, building a wall and tearing down an other wall, so that we will get a big kitchen for all our 5 kids, their life partners and our two little grandsons…

But. Here, let me show you my photos and videos from the Sønderho-Day.

Sadly, it was raining. But that did not stop hundreds and hundreds of people from going to the little village at the south tip of Fanø.

Up by the old mill, benches and chairs were ready to receive.

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Bertel Haarder is the name of the Danish minister of culture. He held a speech, because of the anniversary.

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Here is a total of the location:

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Soon time approached 14.00 (2pm), where the parade would start from the old harbour and continue to the mill on the hill. I filmed 5 minutes of the parade. (Normally there are more musicians on board, but raindrops and musical instruments don´t go together…)

As soon as all the people had arrived, Bertel Haarder entered the stage. He speaks in Danish, of course, but. It gives you an impression of the crowd and the event, even if you don´t understand the language.

After his speech, a woman read an old poem written about Sønderho, and an other woman guided us through the bridal riduals of yonder years… where they dance three different folk tunes, and in between the dances, they get three different drinks that they have to drink. First, a sweet one, then a sour one and last, a bitter drink. Symbolizing the feelings of married life over time, she explained! 🙂

After this, the traditional costumes were presented and explained. By a man called Claus. Whose first name I just happen to know. I think the woman who recited the poem, is called Christiane. The lady explaining the bridal rituals, I don´t know her name. They didn´t introduce them as they came on stage. Or else I would of course mention them by names here.

Here is Claus, talking about the costumes:
(The fabrics were brought home by the sailors, from Africa and Asia… The costumes are special to Fanø only, no other place in Denmark have these).

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After this, all the people walked into town, where there was music and folk dancing outside the restaurant Nanna´s Stue. (Nanna´s Cottage). Next to Nanna´s there is a place that sells huge, delicious icecream cones, so. Yeah. I went there with my husband and 3 kids, and had an icecream. Didn´t film or take photos there. Afterwards we went down to the dike and enjoyed the view. Here:

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Here we see Børsen, which is a very popular piknik / party location for late nights turning into early mornings…

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There was a boat lying just there, all poetically…:

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We drove home late afternoon, a bit cold. The other Sønderho-Day-celebrators joined a folk dance party at the old community centre and danced the local Fanø dances for hours and hours beyond the sunset and possibly even beyond the following sunrise, I haven´t heard the rumours in full yet… 🙂

In my post about The Fanniker-Days, the last photo was of my girl Viola, who is 6 and who just that day discovered her first loose tooth. Well, guess what:

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She lost her first tooth on The Sønderho-Day!

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So. Yeah. Perfect timing, I guess we might call that. Easy to remember for the parents, anyways. “When did I lose my first tooth?” Easy! 🙂

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Fanniker-Days on Fanø

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Hi there.

It´s been a while since I wrote now. Again. I have simply needed time to find out how my new fruity laptop works, it is the other camp of I.T. equipment I have bought, and many things are not the way I was used to.

I should write about the Diversity-Day first. But. I have promoted it so much on Facebook, that I´m kind of tired of telling the story! I wish I could share facebook posts directly over to here. If someone knows if it´s poss, and how to do it, let me know!

Today I´ve loaded up another handful videos, from the local Fanø tradition – event this weekend called the Fanniker-Days, which celebrates the old traditions of the island where I live.

I will share the videos here with you now…

First; Here is the parade yesterday. From the town hall to the festival tent ground down at the harbour. So many people joined the parade! We are only 3000 inhabitants! And so many in the traditional old costumes. Which one can borrow if one wants to wear one. They even help put it on. So sweet. Beautiful dresses. The ship captains of Fanø brought the fabrics home from their journeys to the far east…

Right. Watch this for an impression of the parade:

Here are some photos of my kids in Strien, the community centre where they helped dress girls and women in need of help.

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They were waiting for their turn. My three ones, and our lovely neighbour girl Alma, whose mom was the one with the great idea that my kids should wear traditional costumes this year. For the first time.

The costumes were all layed out ready for their wearers…

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Neatly put together in packages…

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First the white head scarf, my daughter Lava here:

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And my other daughter, Viola, got hers done:

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Look at these smashing-looking Fanø-children!

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In the parade the youngest ones were put in a horse-carriage:

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My son Linus-Ferdinand on his big sister´s lap there in the foreground…:

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At the festival site there were tons of stuff for the kids to enjoy. From lollypops, popcorn and slush ice…

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…to things they could win… he loved his “balloon hammer” for the half hour it lasted before it broke… It was a golden half hour, though. He was really very happy.

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…there was a drawing competition…

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…there were nice prices to be won for the best drawing…
(and other competitions as well)

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Today, there was another parade. My girls were eager to wear the traditional costumes again! 🙂

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Today the parade ended on the beach by the ferry. Fanø celebrates 275 years anniversary this year, so there was a speech by a previous minister of culture…

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(If you want to see the speech, find it on my youtube-channel. It´s in Danish so…I don´t expect it to be too relevant in this English speaking forum here).

This last photo I´ve picked out, is of Viola playing with her loose, rickety tooth that she discovered today. Her first one!

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Let me share the videos as well, that I shot mainly for the benefit of the festival´s facebook event:

Here´s folk dancing in the festival tent Saturday afternoon:

Fanø has an amazingly strong folk music tradition, which is kept very much alive and kicking. (There is a whole category on my blog here, dedicated to stories about Fanø).

And here is a piece showing them explaining about the different traditional costumes, what the different colors etc. symbolize. There were lots of other interesting things to film as well, fore example they show a traditional Fanø wedding. But my phone ran out of battery. So here´s just the piece about the costumes:

Yeah… I´m gonna go to sleep now. Or, with a bit of luck, I can manage to hear a guided meditation from Youtube first.
Pure luxury.

🙂

Good night! When you get to that point.

🙂

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Just…Positive Stuff

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Sunday. Both my daughters have a sweet friend over, hanging out. Nice and peaceful. I serve them apples and sandwiches from time to time and other than that the house is just quiet and harmonious, I can hear chatter and giggles from different rooms from my first floor office here. Lovely.

Feel happy today. Peaceful. Rested. Excited for the future, actually.

We have plans for renovating inside our house. Move a wall so the front room and piano will be part of the kitchen instead. No more front room, just a sofa and a movie screen. And a huge kitchen.
Also, we want to turn one bedroom into a clinic room or what to call it? For my massage table, and my desk and books. It needs a new floor, and wardrobe and. Yeah. A lot of work. But creative work, satisfying work. With very heartlifting rewards.
A big dining table that can sit all our five kids, two inlaw-kids and soon two grandkids… or our kids´ friends when they come round, or when grandma and aunties from Norway come to visit for weekends…

Yeah, A good project.

In addition I am working on two large social events.

First, 17.of April, my ngo is hosting a folk dance party for the entire island, to welcome all the new Syrian neighbours we have received. International music, trying eachother´s traditional dances, and an international, local cake buffet. Nice, eh? I´m very proud of the idea we have created. Now we just need to get all the work ready.

The second event is called Day of Diversity, and is happening 11. of June. Hosted by an other ngo I am a board member of. “The Incredibles”. There will be a circus show made by the island´s kindergarten children. And an international buffet of some sort. Local bands. maybe a soccer match between adults and kids. Maybe anything at all,  as we are inviting all social clubs and sportsclubs and local ngos in general, to come and strut their stuff so to speak, take part in the programme, come show us who they are or whatever they would like to do. We are hoping this can become an annual event, for the whole island to celebrate our community.

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This is from an art exhibition in Christiania, Copenhagen, that i visited in December. I love art exhibitions. Here´s some more impressions from the same one:

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Here is the house marking the entrance to Christiania. So beautiful.     I just adore this.

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Here is a positive piece of news:

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And here is something to help us surround ourself with positive people:

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And here… is a piece of reality, which made me laugh. In all its… darkness. We have to keep a sense of humour when times are tough. Is my humble opinion.

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Right… let me also share with you some positive songs.
This one I love! 🙂

And this one by the Kinks. So political. And true.

One more. For the road. Have a splendid Sunday out there. And treat eachother lovingly! 🙂

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To Feel Good

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I dreamt last night that I updated my blog with two excellent posts, and they were dead easy to write. And of course I don´t remember what those posts were about. Ha a-hAA.  Mother Universe plays pranks on me.

Well, then. I have just spent the last couple of hours out in my listening hut in the garden, behind the apple tree. With a great book written by Lars Muhl.  And half an excellent bottle of red wine.

And I´m feeling good…

I love Nina and her music. Total respect. Such strength. Such talent. My first child was born to her song “Here comes the sun”. She has a special place in my heart.

Now. What else makes me feel good, apart from her song about feeling good…

happiness is to not compare yourself

Hmmyeah… feels good to not compare myself to other people. That´s right.

make yourself a priority is necessity

Yups. This too plays a major role in my feeling good. Time alone with myself. Me, my Self and i.
Small i intended. And capital S. Meaning; it´s a spiritual refuelling thing, not an ego refuelling thing.

I read this book years ago, that said to take one´s inner child our for adventures. Like dates.
I can tell you, it works wonders for your feelgood-factor if you take this literally. As do I.

This video. It makes me feel good. Dancing does. Dancing like no one is watching. YEAH.

And of course we can´t even MENTION to feel good without everyone getting this line from this man on their inner movie screen / loudspeaker… :

!965… There is another video, where he is in some kind of skiing lodge, is it a clip from a movie? He´s in like a woolly sweater. Icelandic knitting tradition… check it out on Youtube… I just think it´s a bit too corny for me to paste it here, somehow… it´s worth seeing though. Handsome guy, James.

So. Feeling good.

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Seeing my kids have fun, makes me feel good… Like here, in an airport somewhere…

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And here, in a fish spa in Budapest with my eldest daughter… we felt very good as you can see…

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This must be the bottom line. Never stop loving. If you want to feel good.

Simple but True. Don´t you agree?

🙂

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My Valentine View

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Just wrote a facebook status:

Happy Valentine´s Day to each and every one of you.
Celebrate the Love you have in your life.
The Love you are allowed to give.
To your cat or dog, your friend, your child, a stranger on the street, your mother, your uncle, your neighbour or your spouse. One Love. Long Live Love. Let Love Rule.

Because. Something on facebook last night made me think. A woman was saying Valentine´s day was sickening to her, all the focus on being a couple, feeling left out.

Then someone said that in other countries they celebrate it differently. In Syria one says happy valentine to one´s friends, and the same applies in Japan and some latin American country I forgot which one was mentioned.

And of course that´s much better.
Why make limits to Love?
Why leave some people out?
Love is including. Not excluding.

Anyways.

I don´t have that much more to say about this. And also, I don´t have time to sit and think about it. Because I´m spending this my Valentine´s day with my husband and three children on the ice, skating about in a probably disturbingly big crowd.

But hey. It will be memorable. It will make us laugh together. And make us two adults catch eachother´s eye above the little ones´heads and smile together about how cute we think they are. If that is not a perfect way of celebrating a Valentine´s day, I don´t know what is.   🙂

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Here´s me with two of my four favourite people on this planet. Budapest, November last year.
Age soon 3, and 11. And then there is Viola, not in the picture, who soon will turn 6!
God I remember thinking “Soon they won´t be 2 and 4 anymore, but 3 and 5!” Well, that´s a year ago now.

I finish this post with a song. A happy ending. A lovesong?

Okay, you´ve got me started now. This one belongs together with the last one, in my head.

And all good things are three. So. Here. One of the best lovesongs ever written. I said so!

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Happiness, Compassion, Awareness

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happiness is to not compare yourself

So true. We do not compare different kinds of trees and say one is better than the other. Our comparing ourselves to other people is… destructive!

happiness is not locked

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To me, happiness equals meaning. To feel I have purpose makes me happy. That I am of use, of help, of value.
Happiness is easier when I avoid expectations.
And when I remind myself  that I am the maker of my happiness, no one else is responsible for it.

im not perfect

Indeed…

and

compassion is to share woundedness

Compassion is a relationship between equals. Sharing eachother´s darkness. Recognizing our shared humanity. Beautifully put, this.

 

to care is a weakness and a strength

I don´t think I would define the ability to care as a weakness. Other than that, this is a nice and useful statement.

 

feel what we say

I would say AND instead of “more often than we”, but. Yeah.
We should feel what we say and say what we feel.
White lies is ok, though, to avoid hurting someone unnecessarily. In my book that´s okay.

 

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Bottom line.
Mr. Tolle.
He is … extremely inspiring…

So.

That was just a handful nice posters.

Wishing you a super Monday night, and a week filled with smiles and constructiveness.

Be happy, don´t worry!

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10.01. David Bowie

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The following morning, after I wrote in the night about the good Joni Mitchell… I got up, very tired of course, only because my eldest child starts school way too early every God blessed day…
Yeah, well.
I was sitting there with a coffeecup, scrolling my Facebook stream, and. A message from the son. That his father had died. 10.of January. two days after his 69.birthday, where he also relesed his album number 28 I think it was, or 29.?

David Bowie. He struggled with cancer the last 18 months. Very few knew.

david bowie

He is of course an icon, a legend and a unique artist, who has helped us understand the world and our selves these last 50 years or so. He is different from everything and all. In his use of theatrical characters from album to album. Showing us that self presentation is all about masks and costumes and plays with lines and scenes, and that we can create our personas freely, and over and over again play with or change our identity, or at least our personalities… self enactment? Is that a word?

Myself I have never gotten that deeply into Bowies music. Ok, hits like Rebel Rebel, and Major Tom to ground control… (that album was great all the way through… ) But it didn´t grip my soul like for example Roger Waters´ “Amused to death” did… maybe I was just a tad bit too young for Bowie…

It is fantastic that he celebrates his birthday with an album release 08. of Jan, knowing he is dying, and then gets soaring reviews Saturday and leaves earth on Sunday. Elegant, is the word I am tempted to use. Not that he planned it, maybe not. Though who knows? But.

He went through with his project, and then he let go.

Although, his producer says  that Bowie demoed five new songs for another album… so he hadn´t drawn his creative full stop.
I hope they will allow those demoes to come out.
Let me give you the music video of his new album´s title track:

It´s a whole short film isn´t it.
Disturbing. With his bandaged face. Button (?) eyes. The shaking, serious, empty-look black man – white man – woman dance…

The lyrics.

Here:

In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle, ah-ah, ah-ah
In the centre of it all, in the centre of it all
Your eyes

On the day of execution, on the day of execution
Only women kneel and smile, ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, at the centre of it all
Your eyes, your eyes

Ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah

In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen
Stands a solitary candle, ah-ah, ah-ah
In the centre of it all, in the centre of it all
Your eyes
Ah-ah-ah

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)

How many times does an angel fall?
How many people lie instead of talking tall?
He trod on sacred ground, he cried loud into the crowd
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar, I’m not a gangstar)

I can’t answer why (I’m a blackstar)
Just go with me (I’m not a filmstar)
I’m-a take you home (I’m a blackstar)
Take your passport and shoes (I’m not a popstar)
And your sedatives, boo (I’m a blackstar)
You’re a flash in the pan (I’m not a marvel star)
I’m the Great I Am (I’m a blackstar)

I’m a blackstar, way up, on money, I’ve got game
I see right, so wide, so open-hearted pain
I want eagles in my daydreams, diamonds in my eyes
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre then stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a star’s star, I’m a blackstar)

I can’t answer why (I’m not a gangstar)
But I can tell you how (I’m not a film star)
We were born upside-down (I’m a star’s star)
Born the wrong way ‘round (I’m not a white star)
(I’m a blackstar, I’m not a gangstar
I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar
I’m not a pornstar, I’m not a wandering star
I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)

In the villa of Ormen stands a solitary candle
Ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, your eyes
On the day of execution, only women kneel and smile
Ah-ah, ah-ah
At the centre of it all, your eyes, your eyes
Ah-ah-ah

Wow.

“Something happened on the day he died. Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside.”

“he trod on sacred ground, he cried loud into the crowd” …

“Just go with me (I’m not a filmstar)
I’m-a take you home (I’m a blackstar)
Take your passport and shoes (I’m not a popstar)
And your sedatives, boo (I’m a blackstar)
You’re a flash in the pan (I’m not a marvel star)
I’m the Great I Am (I’m a blackstar)”

A man facing his death wrote this. I cry when I meet this movie.
It really touches me. And I feel respect for his way of expressing his facing with his body´s end, like this. In melody and words. And in theatrical film on top of it, himself being the lead character.
Come on. How strong can a human get? Not much stronger than David shows us here.

I so want to know what that disturbing shaking means. And Blackstar.

Well.

Things come and go, and we must trust that all is as supposed to be.

To me this video is about Syria. Our new planetarian emergency situation.

Seems (to me) he only managed to get two videos made for his new album.
This is the one I saw first:

Lyrics:

Lazarus (David Bowie)

Look up here, I’m in heaven

I’ve got scars that can’t be seen

I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen

Everybody knows me now

Look up here, man, I’m in danger

I’ve got nothing left to lose

I’m so high it makes my brain whirl

Dropped my cell phone down below

Ain’t that just like me

By the time I got to New York

I was living like a king

Then I used up all my money

I was looking for your ass

This way or no way

You know, I’ll be free

Just like that bluebird

Now ain’t that just like me

Oh I’ll be free

Just like that bluebird

Oh I’ll be free

Ain’t that just like me

That video makes me cry as well. Not because I was a huge fan of David´s. I wasn´t really. I just knew he was great. But here. Making these videos as a dying man. Allowing us to look into his eyes.
So intense. Both sound and words. And him. Never seen anything like this. So grateful.

You know I am very interested in  death and dying, right?

Read my post http://dealing with death

Also in several of the posts in the category Vocal Sound Therapy I write about death… how I had a client who was dying, the meeting with her.  http://kaltwasser.dk/crossed-over/

And in a later post, I wrote about how I would like to help people in their death process… to work in hospice maybe…

Anyways.
David he does something very special in giving us this album. Accept my deepest thank you, David.

I have read a lot of analyzing articles these last few days about his album. And life. In the light of his passing.

Here is the one that has given me the most. It is alas in Danish. Maybe it will get English subtitles later.
His is a name to notice. A pop musician turned spiritual teacher. Lars Muhl. His site Cosma Porta has many videos in English also.

Here he speaks about David, and his last two videos. In context of Jungian archetypes. especially that of Lazarus.

​Yeah… very interesting, what he has to say… Don´t want to translate into English here and now.  Just watch that space. Lars Muhl. Worth listening to. About a lot of things to do with spirituality.

I will finish this post with a couple of his eminent songs, that I remember from growing up:

 

 

Lyrics:

You’ve got your mother in a whirl
She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl
Hey babe, your hair’s alright
Hey babe, let’s go out tonight
You like me, and I like it all
We like dancing and we look divine
You love bands when they’re playing hard
You want more and you want it fast
They put you down, they say I’m wrong
You tacky thing, you put them on

Rebel Rebel, you’ve torn your dress
Rebel Rebel, your face is a mess
Rebel Rebel, how could they know?
Hot tramp, I love you so!

Don’t ya?
Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo …….

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Thank you for all you have been and all you have seen, David.

Enjoy the Freedom Now.

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Inspired by Joni M.

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“Oh me oh my there’s a light in the sky….” (Steve Hillage, on the album Green)…

I just saw a hell of a great documentary. Made by Susan…Lacy, was it? About Joni Mitchell. Interviewing her, and all those closest to her, through all the different, oh so varied steps in her life / career… Enormously inspiring.

You may be thinking; Goodness gracious, you didn´t discover her genious until today?!
But yes, of course I have known of her, and listened to the occasional song by her.
But not in depth. Not really her poetry either. Didn´t know she was such a revolutionary.

I know my way around the music of the 60s and 70s okay well. Not very well. I was born in 72 after all. But I have always loved the classics, the Beatles, Lennon, Kinks, Stones, Incredible String Band, Syd Barret, Bolan, all the hippy hits, Mamas and the Papas…. many. Many.

But not really Joni. Until tonight.

Just Ice. Governed by greed and lust.

Effin fantastic.

The film made me cry several times tonight. Got to get hold of that film. Doesn´t seem to be on Youtube.
Graham Nash, who lived with her for a while, described how, when she was writing, it was like she was a medium, he couldn´t reach her, she sat right there but she could not hear him, she was not present…

She said her songs take a lot of meditation. And she paints in between the albums; without painting she doesn´t think she could write…

Genderless, classless music… Refusing boundaries. No boxes. Inclusion, not exclusion, as a fellow musician expressed it…

She had a nervous breakdown, “or, as they call it in some cultures, she said; “a shamanic rising”. ” She turned to nature. Fame turned her off.

Such strength.

Wow. Just.
There´s a whole bunch of albums I need to get hold of. Quickly!

I feel… inspired by her. And a bit sad, in a strange way. To realize that talent can have the size of hers. That old thought comes back to me. The one I have learnt, through hard work, should not steer me or limit me, should be calmed down or talked against. The thought that “why should I write, when someone like her has already done it so well?”

That old fear again. Not being good enough. At least when one can identify it, it has lost most of its power.

I have a manuscript in English that´s been lying in my drawer for years. Unseen. I have a collection of poems in Norwegian, also unseen. Which I was planning to send to a publisher’s, but I haven´t gotten it done yet. Had this plan for over a year. I have a third project, a story about a girl whose mother dies… that story is hard to continue writing…

But okay. To my defense or excuse, I have young children. I don´t get the priviledge of going within for extended time periods, to create, or even focus. I will get there.

success not what u see

That human mind. Endlessly comparing. I know it is silly. So I don´t really take it seriously. But it is how i deal with fear. I give it air, I voice it and listen to it. Accept it, comfort it, then watch it let go of me. Like a child, who gets through something that hurt comforted in its mother´s arms, then lets go and runs off to play again, relieved and happy, one experience wiser. Swiftly moving on to new learnings…

I wrote a poem about this. In my book. I wrote it in 2007.

About How I Deal with Fear

Fear.

To be allowed passage.
To be faced.
To be taken seriously.

To be reasoned with, talked to,
analyzed, to understand its cause.
To be cried.
To be accepted.

To try and change my inner dialogue.
If unsuccesful, to get help
from NLP or other specialist.

This is the song I knew from before. Masterpiece. As, honestly, it seems, all her work is. Master´s pieces. And the moving between genres, writing such personal, psychological lyrics long before others did… She´s something else. Outstanding. Un comparable.

I guess she received yet another fan tonight, huh.      🙂

I just become so grateful when someone expresses the universal so well. Form and content not just mastered, but invented! The immensely special way that she uses her voice… Yeah. I could go on.

Thank you Joni.
I shall enjoy your work and be inspired by it.
And work on not faling into the pit of fear.
I am good enough too. My work has its place, just like anyone else´s.
Let this be the year where I send my finished stuff to publishers.
And let my story about the girl, keep moving forward.

Amen.
So to speak.

🙂

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