My new live performance

I’m looking forward to tomorrow and a new chapter in my live performance. For the first time ever I’m playing on two keys simultaniously! 🙂

I’ve been dreaming of a double key performance since I saw Tori Amos live at Hultsfred 2005. This gorgeous woman straddling the piano bench and commanding both a giant Böse and a fender Rhodes at the same time might be the sexiest, most wonderful thing I’ve ever seen. I was thinking, and had practiced, of doing it in Alingsås already, but decided I wanted just two or three more rehearsals and to debut it in my home town as an homage to littlest Skara.

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tori_amos_090319Me tomorrow. Slightly unsexier and deffo less ginger

First rehearsals of the year!

I am finally on the go with rehearsals and I’ve missed it so much. Already more gigs booked in this year than I had last year and I can’t wait! Plus, it’s been three months since proper rehearsal with the gang, as we did our last recordings in October. So chappy chappy. We had our different theories as to what we should do to win Livekarusellen. I thought about stage diving with the piano, as the setting it on fire has already been done with Lady Gaga. Damn you, Gaga, always imitating me and my ideas! 😉

Then we thought about doing a Lion King intro. But most venues won’t accept you waving a cat in their face, what with allergies and such, even if you whisper a magical, cool “Simmm-bah…” into the mic. So we’re back to stage diving. I might have to.

Anyway, pics down below. One from rehearsal room and me and my bestest pals: The maker of the coffee, and Kiss Hello Kitty.

And one from the tragic storm Egon hitting us all in Sweden and traumatizing us this weekend. One of my chairs tipped and my balcony carpets got all messed up. Curse you, patriarchal storm Egon, the chair will rise again!

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Egon. We’ll never forget… always hits harder when it
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Three new shows

Mapped out and planned at last, and more to come, but dates not set yet.  As I think I’ve pointed out before, I love playing live and it’s been a huge sacrifice to not do so very much in 2014, but the album is one of my biggest projects yet, and pushing the envelope in many more ways than one to how I’ve worked before. I hope I can plan for the album to be released if not before, then some time during the last show, as I’ll be playing songs from the album and, well, you really wanna give the listeners an opportunity to know where they can get/keep listening to the music. I remember Lenka performing “Heart Skips A Beat” at Arvika in 2010, and it was just waaay to long of a wait til’ the album was actually released late spring (April) 2011. February in Singapore, still too long!)

It’s already been delayed a bit as I started asking around in late 2013 and arranging the whole thing, wanting 2014 to be the year of release. You know, every two years is a good number. One to create, one to tour. Tour year is pretty awesome, it’s when I try new things, show new skills and learn a lot by experimenting, those skills passing over to the next year and the next album.

However, I know plans in music means about twice the time lapse you think it’s going to be. And I’ve done the “major touring with album release” year before, so it’s not too bad. I needed 2014 to work on it though, I know that, but jumping back in the live saddle feels wonderful. Some suprises and new skills and new live tricks in store for you for sure! Earlier it’s been; new equipment with shiny buttons for me to press on from the comfort of my mic, new instruments. This year might be more organic, less tech;

Choirs might actually be added, which I can give away, the second suprise I might sit on for a bit longer! 🙂

For tour dates and updates on tour dates;

http://www.mariabohm.com/index.php?page=shows

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Judging by the music…

Spent the weekend gigging and judging a music contest for teenagers. I initially accepted because, honestly, I wanted to give it a go. Knowing music and history, maybe I’d make a great contribution. And it was pretty smooth sailing, there was concencus among the jury and we worked swiftly and easily together, but maaaan, I hated the judging part. I mean… Not just because I’ve been at the receiving end, but also, to judge fairly, you may have to critisize artists that have great potential, maybe greater than the winners. Me, I was old enough to know that in live competitions, i just have to enjoy playing live and putting on MY show, because artists like me and Tori Amos are NEVER gonna win these things, we speak to a certain audience, we’re not public entertainment like that. But these are teenagers. And I don’t feel like stopping the next great thing in its tracks. Hopefully they get so pissed off they work even harder towards brilliance, I’m not sure I’ll be doing this again. Remember that, competitors, you never know what that jury is really thinking about you and your future!

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