Since last time, quite a lot has happened.
I've found inspiration - lost inspiration - a found it again 😅
A couple of weeks ago we had a concert in Bergen Cathedral.
We prepared this concert for about 6months.
We had our amazing soundguy Anders with us, all our favourite musicians and this really good choir!
"Regnværssuite" turned out to become a beautiful piece with my choir arrangement, which is quite
a huge deal, because it was my very first arrangement..ever. And I'm so greatful that Sola Fide wanted to
sing it - and that they liked it💕. I really had to concentrate not to burst in to tears when they made the last
part so magical!
To make a good setlist is something that I work a lot on before a concert, and this time I think it clicked.
Also, our new songs "Brefall" and "Tidevann" where better than I could dare to hope for, and I can't wait to play them again!
All in all, the concert went really well I think, and the feeling we had after the concert can not be compared to anything else.
It is a mix of total happiness, a bit sadness that it's over, and emptiness. We gave everything, our soul and heart, and it
takes a few days after a concert like this just to be normal again. We analyse, we talk about what went well and what didn't, we play the
songs when we sleep and then, after a few days, we can look forward again.
Sadly, not that many came to the concert. Without a management, and with quite modest personalities😎
the PR-part is our achilles heel. We are not used to playing for thousands of people, but this time we really really
wanted people to come, because we knew it would be a great concert! We wanted to give people an extraordinaire experience.
And to those who came, I think we gave them that. And we are so gratefull to all of you<3 !THANKYOU!
And shouldn't that be enough?
We really want to record new music, but when the numers are red from a big concert like this, with that many
contributors, it looks bad.
Every other week, I want to give up. Why should we use all of our savings on this project when only a few wants to listen to it?
Some people think that art is not art until it has an audience, and sometimes I think the same. What's the point in making music-
an artform that is often feeded from it's audience. Artists often perform better live because they get so much back from their
audience, and then again they get inspired and make more and sometimes better art in return.
But it's normal to doubt. I guess it's healthy, and often it comes great things from struggeling a bit.
When I'm having doubt, I listen to the songs- and normally I say " Ahh, it was good today as well 😉
people just don't know that they need this type of music yet".
So imagine my surprise when Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest with a tender and sweet piece filled with emotion.
I did not see that coming!
Luisa Sobrel have written a unique song that her brother, Salvador Sobral, sang really beautiful,
all alone in between all the other glam-songs with lights, coreography, dancers and choirs.
In his thankyou-speach he said that this was a victory for all the music that's been written with heart and soul,
not just to entertain, but to make people feel something. He praised his composer-sister, and when they sang the
song together, my heart almost burst. To me it seemed that they truly respected eachother, and that they
loved to perform and touch people with their music <3
So maybe one shouldn't give up yet.
Maybe it's a time for our music as well.
I think there's room for (almost😏)all music in the world- we use different music for different things, such as when we want to party, to dance, when we drive and when we run, when we are sad, happy, angry and in love. Sometimes we want to feel something- sometimes we want to forget something. Sometimes we like to listen to it live- other times we want to listen to it in our livingrooms.
But I have a wish- Get out there!
If you don't go out in the world you can't collect stories, spontanious things might not happen, and
you might not get surprised by something you didn't know you liked.
To make more art, all artist need that you as an user of art, show up. And that means all of us!
We as musicians should visit other musicians shows, go to vernissages, sircus-shows, and danceperformances ect.
Hopefully people who have something to give will continue to create- because the alternative is much worse.
And we need many different people to write all the different music.
Hopefully the same person doesn't write it all😉
Thankyou for your time.
I dette innlegget skriver jeg om et viktig tema: Nett troll.
Mennesker som med fullt navn.., eller anonymt, slenger dritt offentlig om enkeltpersoner.
Mennesker som skriver det styggeste de kan på andre sine nettsider.
For å ydmyke? Såre? Skape sinne?Eller bare for å få seg selv til å føle seg bedre?
Og er de ikke redde for å få tilbake med samme mynt?..
At andre skal poste ting på deres offentlige sider?
Ifølge Wikipedi er nett-troll:
Troll og praksisen trolling er et fenomen som forekommer i mange ulike former på Internett. Trolling kan defineres som «å lokke andre inn i meningsløse og tidsløsende (off-topic) diskusjoner». Et troll på nettet skriver innlegg egnet til å provosere folk og fremkalle en hissig diskusjon. Et troll mener ikke nødvendigvis hva han skriver; trollets primære formål med innleggene er ikke å argumentere for en påstand, men å få folk til å hisse seg opp og «bite på kroken».
Jeg lar ikke enkeltmennesker ødelegge noe jeg har skapt og tror på.
Jeg lar ikke enkeltmennesker, som ikke vet noe om Herr&Fru og forholdet mellom oss, trykke oss mer ned.
Jeg lar ikke enkeltmennesker ødelegge noe som har gitt meg enorm glede, selvtillit, styrke og mening❤️
Så skam deg! Du som offentlig slenger om deg med usannheter, løgn, stygge ord og kommentarer.
Bloggen min har ikke åpent kommentarfelt lenger.
Ønsker du ikke å lese hva jeg skriver: så LA VÆRE.
A few weeks ago I went on a trip to Loen, which is a beautiful place located in a fjord between tall mountains and blue glaciers.
Sounds like an advertisement for Norway right?☺️
My goal for this solotrip was to take a step back from life; to digg into the nature and into myself, to get inspiration and make some new music,
in my own time and without anything rushing me or expecting things from me.
I brought my Yamaha digital piano, placed it in front of the hotelwindow and sat down.
It has always been hard for me to take myself seriously, and I think I've always felt that I had to prove that I'm worth something.
So on this trip I tried to do exactly that. I wheeled my piano with me through the reception, put it in place at my room,
and I felt like a real composer. And it felt good. Not trying to be important, or different or cool. I just had a
mission and I felt in sync with myself. Four days on my own, doing things in my own pace, beeing creative when I felt like it.
It was great!
In beetween writing music and floating in the pool😋 I went for a hike to Briksdalsbreen (glacier) and it was an extraordinary experience. This glacier has become really small, but still, the air, the sound, the colour and the structure of the glacier is something I've never seen before, and it mesmerized me.
The new song is called "Brefall" ( Glacierfall) and I have a really good feeling about it. I think I' ve captured the feelings I had when I went up the mountain, over the topp and through the valley towards the glacier.
Nature is my greatest inspiration, and when I work with the different parts of a piece I try to "see" and feel what it feels like to be in a particular
place, or how it feels like to f.ex be in the rain, or how it feels like to have a lot of water coming towards you. This time it's the feeling of the glacier and the mountains, of feeling incredibly small and yet a part of something huge and amazing.
I now know that the music comes from within me, and that it reflects my soul, my thoughts and my view of life.
To me it is beautiful, melancolic, tender, loving, daring, organic and living ; it is not chaotic or without borders, it is not angry (okey, a little bit angry),
and it doesn't need to impress, or be fake. It's real. It's me; who I've been, who I am and who I want to become.
Finding out that I have the ability to compose music has been my saviour.
Through the music I've found a way in to my own core, a way in to my feelings and a self esteem that is real, not fake.
I hope you all find something in life that give you a way to express yourself, something that makes you feel good
about yourself and help you develope, relax, and thrive in yourself. Because you matter! (Yes, a bit peppy this blog apparently,😎but it's true😘😘)
I wish you all the best!
Okey, this week I've been working on a lovesong. My first, ever!
Again, I blame this on my lack of words..😅 but that's not entirely true.
If we can talk about love for a moment..
Love to me is the greatest force in the universe. I truly belive that love can conqure everything.
But where there is love, I also think there has to be a few important elements present, otherwise the love will end up dying.
Where there is love I think there has to be :
1.accept; for us to be different and for needing different things
2. air; so the love can breeth and grow, if there's no air, one will suffocate and the love will die
3. independence; you can not make the other person your whole life; feed interests, hobbies and whatever make you happy
3. support; without the other persons support, the love you have for him/her as well as the love you have for yourself,
silently will become smaller and smaller, and at the end; die
It's easy to be in a relationship when everything in your life is A-Okay. It's not so easy to be in a relationship when you feel
that you are falling apart. How do you know that the other person will love you anyway? With all your faults out in the open.
How do you know that he/she will be strong when you are weak? How do you know that he/she will love you through all that's hard
and still love you when things are getting better?
I've written a lovesong for the first time in my life. I'm going through some things in my life that's hard, and maybe I needed that
to get something to really write about. The song is called " Elsk Meg!" ( Love Me! ) and is a prayer for my lover to
love me through all that's ugly, bad, dissapointing, weak, and hard.
I'm still working on the lyrics and hopefully this song will be used in a concert with vocals.
One of my favourite lovestorys that I've been so lucky to observe not too far away from it's core, are some friends of mine.
They have both been in unhappy relationsships before and both of them have had a lifetime of hurt in their young lives.
Then they met eachother. They are both strong individuals with a strong integrity, very independent and they both have big hearts.
Dispite all life has given them, bad and good, they don't stop believing in love. Even if it's hard, they have chosen to
give their hearts to eachother and got married yesterday. It's one of my favouritemoments in life so far. With a little baby
on the way, they complete their family and make it a family which include, love, support and cherish eachother.
To me, that's what's love is all about.
Do not give up on eachother.Give eachother space.Support eachother.
Today we celebrate love!
Have a wonderful day.
Halloween is over, sadly but true. And to me that means that autumn is in the past and winter is taking over,
and with that said, Christmas is on the way.
Today I got inspiration from this image. The light outside this morning, was amazing. So when i sat down at the piano,
I finally felt inspired.
I've always dreamed of writing a really good Christmas song, I guess like many musicians before me.
But the thought itself is terrifying. There are so many simple, beautiful and touching christmas songs, so why do the world need
another one? And why do we love the ones that we love? Is it because they are extremely well written songs,
are they catchy, or is it simply because it's tradition? If you listen to them every christmas you' ll start to love them?
Hmm.. My problem, I think, is that I write wordless music, so how do I know if I have written a christmas song?
Are there any rules that I don't know about? Like which chords I'm supposed to use? Instruments? If I add some bells,
will it then sound like Christmas ?
Today I've written a song which is, I think, inspired by the great norwegian composer and pianist; Bugge Wesseltoft's legendary album
" It' s snowing on my piano", which is a cheesy title for an album 😂 but it's a brilliant album and the title say something about
what expectations you as a listener can have to the music. And it makes it automatical a Christmas album.
So I guess that's what I' m supposed to do, find a good title that includes snow, winter, bells or simply Christmas😅
Have a great Day!
Lot's of Love
Today we release our brand new website. 👏👏
It is completely homemade, just as everything we make in Herr&Fru Ensemble.. Except our food..😉
Ahh, can't you feel it? This blog is gonna rock!😆
In here, I try to write personal and real, even though my goal has never been to put myself in focus.
I want the music and art to be the interesting part about Herr&Fru Ensemble.
But it has for a long time bugged me, that I seldom read about female composers.
There are many, many excellent singer/songwriters, but in the classical department
it looks to me that to be called a composer is "mainly a man's job" even now in 2016.
I really want my daughter to grow up and feel that she can be anything she want, like REALLY anything,
and then I think the girls need to read about all sorts of people who write music, conduct music and perform music.
I think it's stupid to devide humans into female and male, but I can only write what I myself think and feel, and I'm a woman.
I write what I think I could've needed to read when I was younger and chose which way I wanted my life to go.
In here I will write about doubt, fright, joy, new crazy art projects, new songs and hopefully some of you will read it.
Lots of Love