Last night in Sweden

So I know a lot of you are wondering what the hell happened on friday night in Sweden. Truth is, we would like to know as well. We have no idea. We will rebuild, thank you for your support, the pain and fear has been hard an non-existent…

So he watched Fox News and a special about or immigration problem? Fine. But he was referring to a special event threatening national security and as far as we know ourselves, it never happened. Fox news hired a specialist from Sweden, and he was supposedly working for our government, but the government didn’t recognize him at all. It’s kind of disturbing, actually.

We did have violent demonstrations on SUNDAY after the fact, but they were directed towards Neo-nazis and their attacks. Blaming that on immigration is sort of like blaming and transferring the bullied kid instead of dealing with the bullies. So we still don’t know. But trust me when I say, we will get through it…

Below is a comment from an actual Swedish politican, (right wing, even, the Swedish equivalent of a republican) who is well known.




Mixed madness

I am OK with the mixing part of production, I really am, but I’m not crazy about it. Even if you’ve done some brilliant recording, mixing takes up a lot of time. A LOT. Like today, I think I sat three hours just listening to a four-second piece of one of the songs, over and over again. Now, if you do that part right (you look at the part with the most instruments playing and try to make the whole thing sound great) half of the job is done. But it’s taxing. You get up and stretch a lot. You have to. Three songs are DONE and ready to go, so that’s good. But you still end up looking like this at the end of the day;


More cowbell!

I recorded melodica and cowbell today (and I know you’re alreading quoting that SNL sketch in your head so carry on). Realizing I don’t have a single drumstick in my home, for the simple reason that I am not a drummer, I had to get creative. I’d just finished a portion of dumplings and the chopstick where lying there, calling my name, so I rinsed, dried and got to work.

Not bad. I’m gonna have to mix it a little to get a fuller richer tone, because chopsticks, believe it or not, ar not as big as drumsticks. But I can get it there, I think! ūüėČ


Album of the year at the Grammys

OK, so this is my humble opinion. Lemonade is 2016’s greatest album among the nominees. I’m not hating on Adele. Adele is not hating on herself. 25 is fantastic. 2016 was a great album year in fact. Let’s not forget Bowie’s Blackstar. There are a lot of things to regret about 2016 but the album releases are not one of them. But conceptually, artistically, visually, the live perfomances. It was Beyonc√©s Lemonade all the way.

It may seem trivial to some, but black people are seriously lacking in representation when it comes to Album of the year wins in the Grammys. It’s not trivial to a lot of people out there, believe me. And if Beyonc√© would have won, it would have meant a lot. There’s no denying.

Beyonc√©, you’re an awesome woman. And if it’s any consolation, sometimes I have dreams that come true and the other night I dreamt that Blue Ivy (Bey’s oldest daughter) became the US president that saved the world. Here’s seriously hoping.



Mansplaining at its best

I think I can actually give you my most clear example of mansplaining ever. And that’s saying something! In the musical, I’m coaching the singers. One of them is about 20 or 21, and has had the equivalent of preparatory music college. No harm, no foul.

Except when he tries to explain Swedish history to me, specifically Stone age, Bronze age and Iron age which I happen to have a handle on since I’ve worked as a guide in one of the biggest “forntid” (the collected name of these ages) upbuilds in Sweden. For SEVEN years. For those seven years I’ve been educating as a guide, specific to Forntid. Like, I feel confident that I know my stuff. And he kept feeding me all these wrong facts and I kept contradicting him, trying to explain I actually get paid to know these things. Did not seem to bother him one bit.

“Swedes spoke latin for a while” No… no we didn’t… “And Sweden as a nation was formed in the 12th century!” The nation has been documented since 500 BC. “But we weren’t christian until the 12th century!” Terrific, I’ll tell the very small (sarcasm if you needed it pointed out) nation of India that they are not a country yet, since they’re mostly Hindu.

“We traded with Germany because of their power” We traded with what would later be known as Germany but wasn’t yet, because they had pretty silver and gold and sweets which we liked.

I’m still impressed at how he totally ignored the fact that I had actually taught this part of Sweden’s history for seven years. After a while I just stopped contradicting him and started counting my mental facepalms. There were quite a few.¬† And I think I left the place¬† dumber than when I had first arrived. It’s impressive, really…


Working on…

Can go out in public now. I’m working on the production of “You’re a good man, Charlie Brown”, and I’m the song coach! April/May is premiere time, and it’s gonna be fun! So if you’re in Sk√∂vde, get some tickets and drop by! I get three for free, so if you’re really nice to me…

BTW, Lucy and the football? Heartless…