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En styck piano

May 11, 2015

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Liz och jag spenderade lördagen med att fira livet lite extra mycket. Vi åt ute, drack öl, mötte upp min bror, hans tjej samt en kompis för mer öl och satt och njöt av solen vid ån. Men innan allt ätande och drickande, begav vi oss, som jag skrev om tidigare, till en pianoaffär som bara ligger ett stenkast från där vi bor. Min terapeut hade uppmanat mig att gå dit och plinka lite då pianospelande är något som hjälper mig otroligt mycket då det kan vara lite tufft samt är något som jag generellt saknar oerhört i livet. Sagt och gjort. Vi gick dit. Jag spelade och dreglade (typ) över alla möjliga pianon och flyglar…

 

Och vet ni..nu har vi beställt ett piano (tack mamma och pappa som hjälper oss lite på traven!) ♥ Nu kommer jag äntligen att kunna ta upp mitt stora musikintresse och kommer att kunna spela prick när jag vill. Lyckan är total.

 

Vi fastnade för ett digitalpiano som har i stort sett ett autentiskt ljud som ett akustiskt piano, men är ett mellanting mellan keybord och ett aukustiskt piano. Jag kan med andra ord använda hörlurar om jag vill (vilket är bra om man bor i en lägenhet, vilket vi gör), jag kan koppla den till en dator, spela in och den har  ytterligare ett flertal olika finesser, men det bästa är att det låter som att man spelar på ett akustiskt piano. Det är med andra ord ingen keyboard-känsla. Underbart.

 

Är så himla glad och längtar tills vår får hem den, vilket är troligtvis om bara några dagar. Foton kommer då, förstås.

 


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A digital piano

Liz and I spent Saturday, enjoying and celebrating life a little bit extra. We ate out, drank beer, and hung out with my brother, his girlfriend, and a friend of ours. Before we headed downtown, we went to a piano store/factory here in town. My therapist had mentioned about this store and told me that I should go there and play a little since it’s something really good for me to do when I’m feeling a bit blue, and I truly miss music in my life on a regular basis. So we went. And it was heaven…But you know what, we have ordered a digital piano now (it sounds like an acoustic piano but is something in between a keyboard and a acoustic piano. You can record with it, plug in headphones..so it has some major things like a keyboard, but sounds like a real piano) and will be delivered in just a few days. I’m so so soo excited and thankful! My parents are helping us out some with this purchase – thank you, thank you, thank you!! Can’t wait to be able to play exactly whenever I want to! ♥ Please try the more or less good Google translate, if you want to translate the whole text.

ONSDAG KVÄLL

April 8, 2015

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Sitter här och skriver ett litet blogginlägg från mobilen för att se hur det fungerar. 

Liz och jag köpte träningskort igår så nu ska här börja tränas! Känner att jag måste hitta lite fritidsintressen att sysselsätta mig med så att det inte enbart blir att sova, vakna, jobba och sova (på ett ungefär). Jag måste göra något som jag mår bra av, får energi utav och kan känna en glädje i att göra. Jag hoppas att träning ska kunna hjälpa mig att nå dessa, inte alltför höga, mål. Musik är något annat som alltid funnits i mitt liv men som jag tråkigt nog inte har sysselsatt mig med de senaste åren och jag saknar det så får se om jag kan komma på vad jag ska satsa på inom det. Ha tillgång till ett piano, lära mig spela gitarr bättre eller kanske sjunga i någon mindre grupp eller i en större kör – antingen på avancerad nivå där man får provsjunga eller i något lättare där alls får vara med. Blir att fundera på det och göra lite research tror jag allt. 

Ja, det var lite tankar från mig denna onsdagskväll. Hoppas att ni har en skön kväll! 

  

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WEDNESDAY EVENING

Testing out writing a blog post from my cell. Liz and I bought gym cards yesterday! I need something to do other than sleep, wake up, work, and then sleep again (basically). I also hope it will help me to gain some more energy! Would love to do something with music too – like singing, playing the piano or guitar. Need to do some research about it all, I believe.  

EN LÖRDAG

March 29, 2015

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Att vakna och se ett sms som det här <3 Min kusin skulle nämligen ha konsert (Brahms Symfoni nr 1) senare under dagen i Universitetsaulan!

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Så Liz och jag bestämde oss för att gå efter att vi hade uträttat lite ärenden på stan (läst: försökt att hitta presenter till lite olika släktingar som fyller år nu i april). I Uppsala har de förresten dekorerat lite björkar så här fint. ↓

Easter Feathers

 

Jag dör vad fint Uppsala är och att staden är så gammal och har en sådan historia…känner mig priviligerad att få gå på dessa gator så många andra människor i historien har gått på. Ja, jag tänker på sådant ibland när jag promenerar.

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Vi kom fram till Universitetsaulan där konserten skulle vara. Tog inte kort under själva konserten för då skulle mobilerna vara avstängda ju…

The Auditorium

 

Men här är konserten över och vi applåderade och applåderade. Är så sjukt stolt över min fina kusin som är så otroligt duktig <3

Brahm's Symphony nr 1

 

Sedan var det så här fin blå himmel ute när vi promenerade hem. Resten av kvällen tände vi ljus (Earth Hour, ni vet), drack vin och åt chips/godis samt pratade sommarplaner. Men mer om det någon annan gång!

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Nu ska det städas och tvättas här hemma. Och föresten, tack för alla fina och peppande ord i det förra blogginlägget. Ni är så fina <3

 


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A SATURDAY
Woke up with a text from my cousin telling us that she was gonna play (violin) at a concert Saturday evening. We decided to go. Before that, we did some errands downtown and I walked around just feeling so fortune to live in a city with such history <3 To walk around on the streets where people have walked hundreds of hundreds of years before me. Amazing. The rest of the evening, after the concert, we lit candles at home (Earth Hour), drank some wine, ate chips/candy, and talked about our summer plans, but more about that another time. Today, we’re gonna do laundry and clean. Btw, thank you for all your kind words in my earlier post. Love <3  Please try the more or less good Google translate, if you want to translate the whole text.

 

 

THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE

December 23, 2014

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Today, we (mom, dad, and I) relaxed and listened to music at home while Liz was working some.

 

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We also opened up a Swedish chocolate box, and I gladly ate a bunch of pralines while we were having fika.

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Once Liz was done, we all headed to the Grove Park Inn, a luxury hotel that opened in 1913, where plenty of celeberties have stayed when visiting Asheville, where they have a National Gingerbread House Competition. The rule is for everything to be edible. Pretty amazing, I think. (The Santa has hair..just the crappy light outside that makes it look like he hasn’t. Hmpf.) We also checked out the Christmas lights on the beautiful houses/neighborhood of Montford, and ate a yummy, early dinner in West Asheville at one of our favorite restaurants – Walk.

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LUCIA

December 13, 2014

 

… otherwise called, Saint Lucy’s Day, is on 13 December, in Advent. Her feast once coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feast day has become a festival of light. St. Lucy’s Day is celebrated most commonly in Scandinavia, with their long dark winters, where it is a major feast day. In Scandinavia, a person dressed in a white dress and a red sash carries palms and wears a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In Sweden, girls (or sometimes boys) dressed as Lucy carry rolls and cookies in procession as songs are sung. It is said that to vividly celebrate St. Lucy’s Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light. Text totally copied from wikipedia, and click here to read the whole article.

Liz woke me up this morning, with the Lucia song playing on her phone, and with a candle in her other hand. She had also prepared coffee that was brewing and fixed so we could stream the traditional Lucia program on the TV, from the Swedish TV. So cozy, and I totally teared up. It means so much to live in a bi+national marriage where your other half totally knows the tradition from your home country and culture. ♥

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BUSY FRIDAY

November 28, 2014

Gosh, have been totally busy today with one of my final projects in school – a short 3d animation movie. It’s been taking pretty much the whole day to render (what the computer software do to make the file look like a ready product – like a finished look). Hard to explain. Anyway, it takes hours and hours…but I’m pretty much done with it now. Have edited some, added my music, intro. etc. Not gonna look at it for a few days now so it’ll be easier to see any possible changes to make later on, since I’m too tired of it now.

While rendering on both my computers, I decided to play Christmas music, light candles, and light the star which we have put up in the windows now, and go through my studio stuff (read old school papers, notes, office supplies etc.). Feels good to go through it in several different phases so I really get rid of the things I don’t need. Gaaaah, the charm of moving from one continent to another.

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Liz and I are getting our Christmas tree tomorrow so be prepared for Christmas Tree hunting pictures along with pictures of us decorating the tree!

THROWBACK TUESDAY

November 25, 2014

To a few weeks ago when we saw First Aid Kit at the Orange Peel here in Asheville. Such a good concert and night with good friends!

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LISTEN

November 24, 2014

I was going on YouTube to check out some short informative movie clips about Graphic Design History (studying for my upcoming final exam in that class). But, when I got on the website, other videos related to earlier visits, showed up…Among them, a bunch of Beyoncé clips, since I love her music and her live performances are amazing, which I clearly had looked at on YouTube before. One song that showed up was, Listen. Ok, getting really personal now, but thought I wanted to share it with you all.

I have met quite many people in my life that are intimidated by me… I don’t really know why, but perhaps they think I have my life all put together and have had it like that all along. I haven’t and I don’t. There have been many years of a lot of sickness in my life. Anorexia, which some of you already might now about. Anyway, I’ve spent months in the hospital to recover (now why this is related to today’s YouTube visit)..and the song Listen was one of the songs in my playlist, I listened to all the time while laying in bed at the hospital. In the midst of all the sickness, there was a tiny bit of hope, and I found some strength within this song.

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Listen to the song here in my heart
A melody I start but can’t complete
Listen to the sound from deep within
It’s only beginning
To find release

Oh,
The time has come
For my dreams to be heard
They will not be pushed aside and turned
Into your own
All cause you won’t
Listen…

Listen,
I am alone at a crossroads
I’m not at home in my own home
And I’ve tried and tried
To say what’s on my mind
You should have known
Oh,
Now I’m done believing you
You don’t know what I’m feeling
I’m more than what you made of me
I followed the voice you gave to me
But now I gotta find my own.

You should have listened
There is someone here inside
Someone I thought had died
So long ago

Oh I’m screaming out, and my dreams will be heard
They will not be pushed aside or worked
Into your own
All cause you won’t
Listen…

I don’t know where I belong
But I’ll be moving on
If you don’t…
If you won’t…

…listen to the song here in my heart
A melody I’ve started but I will complete
Oh,
Now I’m done believing you
You don’t know what I’m feeling
I’m more than what you’ve made of me
I followed the voice you think you gave to me
But now I gotta find my own,
My own.

After being so sick, I am still recovering as of today, because it is a long process. And while I’m not underweight anymore, I still need to deal with sick thoughts e v e r y d a y. The difference now is that I’m not letting them take over my life. But laying down at the hospital bed, trying to figure out who I was, and leave the sickness behind, was tough. Today, I’m still trying to figure out who I am, without the sickness, and to find my place in the world, and mostly important, within myself. It’s, of course, an ongoing process, not only for someone who’s been sick, but for everyone, and a continuous exploring throughout our lives. I thought I’d share this little story, this song with you, because not only do I need to probably hear these words, but perhaps you do too.

Here’s the video of Beyoncé singing the song live, and the exact video I happened to stumble  upon  on YouTube today that reminded me of my life process and progress.

Hope you’re having a great Monday!

THE WILHELM BROTHERS @ FRENCH BROAD BREWERY

November 21, 2014

Last night we headed over to → French Broad Brewery and listened to → the Wilhelm Brothers who played there. This band is made up of Chris and Cristof, a guitar player and a cello player, who not only play, but share their souls with you as you listen. They sing and play with such amazing feeling/emotion and express such pure happiness so that the only thing you do is to smile from the inside out. I love it. Their style is, as they describe it, is Folk Rock with Cello Infusion. The best thing is that I’m fortunate enough to have gotten to know these guys, so when we heard they were back in town from their two week long tour in the northeast US, we of course headed over to the brewery wheere they were playing last night.

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thursday2It was actually the first time I was at this brewery, which is funny since I do have a favorite beer (Kolsch) from here that I always order when I’m out eating (and not eating at another brewery). We talked a lot with the girl who worked there last night and she told us it’s only $2.5 pints on Mondays, so I guess we’re heading back there then to experience it some more and drink cheap beer!

thursday3Liz is talking to our friend, Andrea, who also married to the guitar player, Chris, in the band. Oh, she’s a Multimedia Artist and has her own studio in the → River Arts District here in Asheville, called, → Studio A. She designs, lamp shades, prints/cards in collaboration with her mom, and Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs. She has an etsy shop up and running now → AshevilleStudioA on Etsy

thursday4We decided to head over to Rosetta’s Kitchen after the show to eat a delicious dinner. Rosetta’s Kitchen is all about vegetarian/vegan food. Sooooo good!!! 

thursday5They also have various local artists’ work on their walls, which is for sale. I love that concept. 

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thursday7It was such a great night and I just love to be surrounded by positive energy people, artists, and creative people and friends in general. Such an inspiration in life, and I’m so blessed to have gotten to know amazing people here. Yes, I’m having an emotional moment right now. More about that in another post…

Ps. If you would like to listen to the Wilhelm Brothers, you can check them out on Spotify. Just follow the links below. 

Wilhelm Brothers – Lay Your Burden Down

Wilhelm Brothers – Like a Bird (Live On Wdvx Blue Plate Special)

THE AVETT BROTHERS

November 20, 2014

The music playing in the background in the video I made and posted on the blog yesterday (link → here) is, the Avett Brothers – an American folk/bluegrass-ish kind of band from North Carolina made up by two brothers Seth and Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, and Joe Kwon. My amazing wife, Liz purchased tickets and she, together with Paige and I, went and saw them at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville some weeks ago. I thought they needed a little bit more space here on the blog. To be honest, I haven’t really been listening to them a whole lot, just through Liz, but I’ve started getting into them more and more lately. It’s not my typical kind of music, but after being to the concert and seeing them live, I’ve gained a huge appreciation for their musical talents and generous positive energy they shared with their audience. Let’s check out the concert some through my phone.

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My favorite song is → The Once and Future Carpenter which is also the song I used as background music in my Camping video. Check the group out, if you are in the mood for some new music! You can find their latest album → here (opens in Spotify).