Wild boar bonanza

The weather has been winter like this spring. I’ve worked at Ekehagen since 2011 and I don’t think I’ve ever had snow and ice on the lakes (that settles and stays) come end of april. But it’s been exceptionally cold. But whatever, climate change is a hoax…

Today was good though, I love working outside regardless but there’s no denying the sunny days are a bit more fun. It does clear my head and when I went on to do some musical work my head was in the right place and I most deffo had more energy. What I love about the Ekehagen job is that they really do want to help you pull it all together. They truly appreciate you, it’s pretty rare. One of the bosses asked me about the musical and was genuinly happy to hear how I felt like it really made me grow. “Tell us if it’s too much, tell us if you need days off, if you need to rest the voice and stuff like that. We want you here and we don’t want you to be tired.”

This is full on “leftie” Falköping kommun work, not privatized, I think is important to note. Because people feel like the private sector is the only one providing work with leg room and personal space, but I’ve found it’s the other way around. Privatized work places are the most rigid ones that have employed me. My own experience of course, but worth mentioning.

Aaaaanyways, have some awesome pics from today’s photo session. Me with some stone age fishing equipment and some wild boars wondering why I’m taking pictures and not bringing them food. It’s a fair question.

 

 

Easter egg

This easter holiday I’ve been mostly chilling and taking a step back, because I worked hard before it started and I will work hard again when it finishes. I did donate some blood because I do regularly and it was time again. Talking to the nurses, they told me 20 new donators hade signed up after the Stockholm lorry attacker. Well, if something good can come out of it I’m glad. The blood is always needed.

After easter I’ll be back at almost working full time, but including all my music work, not in addition to it. I’ve learned my lesson and am taking care of myself. Doctors and Försäkringskassan (our sick leave organisation) have actually been doing a good job helping me ease into it all. I’m grateful.

Every year when I paint my easter eggs I think of someones head I wouldn’t mind smashing. It’s been everything from Kim Jong Un to Putin to Jimmie Åkesson (Swedish far right). This year the choice was obvious. Hello Trumpty Dumpty, what small hands you have.

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I even checked out reference pics to see which way his weird comb-over pointed!

West Pride 2017

Ooops, I’ll do it again!

West Pride has become a tradition of mine by now I think, the Pride-week in Gothenburg. I love the rainbows, I love the cause and I love to play. Win win win.

This year it’s June 9th 17.15 on the main stage in Regnbågsparken (more commonly known as Bältesspännarparken the rest of the year).

Hope to see you there! 🙂

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E to the ugh

Music wise, things are coming along nicely. I’m trying out different methods of coaching as some can read sheet music, some can not. I don’t think the “nots” should be a problem. There are loads of great musicians that can’t read sheet music, the fact that I can is just due to me being such a nerd when I was a kid and I wanted to learn so badly, I sat with scores every day for a long time and learned how to read them because it was like learning a language of sorts, and I loved it.

On album notes, I just sent away some stuff to my collaborators, I’m looking forward to getting the results back.

I’m not feeling the spring yet, but the first cranes (sign of spring) have landed in Skaraborg and the temperature has been on the plus celsius side for more than a week after february 15th, something that weather wise counts as spring over here in ol’ Sweden. I have my spring jacket ready just in case.

On an “I’m properly peeved” note, the discussion of rape culture appeared in a magazine and celeb males where asked; “What are we gonna do about women being afraid to walk around after dark in our society?”. Most of the men responded very sensibly and then we have Alexander Bard, who wanted to know if women were actually full of themselves and maybe shouldn’t be that scared. “That’s where we start”. Oh honey, no. We don’t start by questioning rape culture’s existence and women’s fears for the upteenth time. Nice try, though. I really don’t like him. His disrespect for women is well documented and makes me kind of sick. Plus I wish he’d just put some proper trousers on. The guy walks around in his ugly ass shorts, 365 days a year. That’s a personal note though, I guess not too relevant.

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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.

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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 Beyoncés 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 Beyoncé would have won, it would have meant a lot. There’s no denying.

Beyoncé, 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.

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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…

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Malignant narcissist

A John Hopkins psychologist gave Trump a diagnose the other day. He called him a malignant narcissist, which mind you differs from the more common narcissistic personality disorder. One of the big differences is that a malignant narcissist can not be cured. Now, while I’m not gonna take the final word from someone who hasn’t actually spoken to the man, a lot of the traits fit. Like the whole “creating your own reality and scold opinions that differ” bit. But like I said, I don’t find it worth getting into if the medical proffesional hasn’t actually met him, so I won’t dive in further, but Trump has inspired one of the new songs I’ve written for the album. Yuuuge inspiration. It’s called “Good in you” which basically is about someone who can’t prove there’s anything good in them.

It came about during the Women’s March, when Trump took to Twitter (of course) to first complain, then actually giving a mature response. I was surprised. Several others where too and someone even said: “Well, thank you mr President.” To which someone responded; “I get where you’re coming from, but it’s like rewarding a dog for not peeing and biting the sopha for the hundredth time”. Of course he continued to be a jerk after this one tweet, and I figured someone in his team had just begged and pleaded; “Pleaaaase, Mr Trump, let me do one of your tweets so you don’t look like a complete assh*le!”

So the song came about.  I recorded vocals today and sh*t, they were complicated. It’s one thing to hum them along to the piano, it’s another to make a strong voice during recording. The coda was the most difficult part, throwing myself between two voices, but I realized as soon as i half and half stopped concentrating and just sang, it got better. That’s a good tip to all of you recording out there. Just do one or two takes where you don’t laser focus and there might just be magic.

Below are the pics of some of the tweets I was talking about.

Douche…

Mature adult…

Aaaand back to douche…

Nope, no, nu-uh

Well, that was a real grab by the p***y, wasn’t it? Admitting defeat already. Human cheetoh does baaaad things. Now, Obama signed for Guantanamo to close in his first day of office, and it hasn’t yet, but there is a subtle difference. Trump is basically breaking laws and constitutions keeping the world and the US safe, just to get his small-handed business through. I did NOT see that coming. I thought; “Hey, he’s a douchebag, and he’s gonna do douchebag things, no doubt, but some laws and stipulations will still stop him from the worst actions”. Nope. I’m now rooting for what some experts have claimed; that he will quickly be impeached (same experts predicted his unlikely victory, so…) I will not and can not wish any living person dead (which some have) but I do hope that the same rules that almost got a US president impeached for not keeping his thing in his pants works here.

On album production stuff I’ve been working on different things, but I’ve been working harder since financial issues due to the sick leave have kept me at home. It makes the time more valuable somehow. I’ve promised to use my time well and I am doing just that. I have promised to buy my friends new boobs with my rockstar money when they start rolling in after all. Can’t back down now.