We had another great day in the studio on Sunday, great vibe with great musicians who came over and laid down pedal steel mandolin and guitars. This week we’ll follow up with some editing and additional recordings at the Handlebar studio.
Finally!! Up and running in the studio with Martin “Styret” Blomberg who’s the drummer/producer with me on this project. The details about this project is yet a bit secret but it’s gonna be gooooood!!
I’m going to try to update the blog and keep you all loop on what’s going on.
And I’m also realizing that I need to get a haircut…
Hi everyone, it’s been a while. They say it’s funny how time flies, but I don’t think it is…
I’m gonna pick up this blog again for a few reasons but mainly because I’m embarking on new adventures now and it’ll be nice in the future to see what my intentions were and if I got where I right now think I’m going.
This past few months has been hard, it’s kinda been a rough year. Not very creative and not very fun on all levels.
While in Nashville I found a way of life that I’ve longed for ever since. Music drives me, inspires me and it makes me happy. There is something about writing a song and playing it with your friends or to a crowd that triggers something in me that I can’t describe. For that moment when you are “one” with a song can be very powerful. It’ll heal your wounds, it will give you strength and energy and it somehow it makes the rest of the world disappear for about 3 minutes and 34 seconds. If you don’t play and instrument or sing I can highly recommend it.
Now on to the news. Big things are happening. Well, not yet but the wheel is in motion. I’m making some recordings of the songs from my time in Nashville and I’ve have put together a kick ass band for this yet unnamed project. Earlier tonight we recorded a few acoustic songs in Studio Oodion in Gothenburg. And it sounds awesome.
Here’s Kristoffer Åhsberg (Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo) on the right with one of the owners of the studio and my good friend Thomas Andrén.
So, I’ll try to keep y’all updated on what’s going on from now on!
These past 10 weeks has flown by in an instant. But it has felt like an eternity at the same time. I have made Nashville a home away from home. Not only as a town, because to be honest, I have not seen all the stuff this town has to offer. But the friends that I’ve made here is friend that I will consider friends for a lifetime. And they are the ones that has made this into a home for me.
I’ve had some intense and heartfelt co-writes, cool hangouts and a couple of awesome saturdays that has shown me how I want to live my life and the friends I want to be around and what kind of person I want to be. Both as a friend and a songwriter.
Nashville is a place where dreams are made and shattered. It’s amazing and ruthless at the same time. The most important thing that Nashville has to offer is how to step up your game. To kick everything about you up a notch or two. If you are perceptive to this you might have a future here but if your not this town will chew you up and spit you out as fast as you got here. It’s humbling to say the least when amazing talent is on every street corner. The waitress serving you might be the next big thing here. There is too many small fishes in this big pond. (@Zack, and you can’t shoot the turtles to get ahead)
But it’ll make you better, at everything. Performance, writing, playing, singing. It all gets better her. Because the guy or girl who played before you might have knocked the socks off everyone in the room and you’ll have to convice the crowd that you’ve earned your spot up there on the stage.
To be in a place filled with dreams and aspirations is inspiring and emotional. It sure made me feel that I could do whatever I set my mind to, and my plan for myself is a lot clearer now. What is important to know is that Nashville is also a place where you have to pay your dues before you’d ever be considered as serious and a person that might make it big. I have very humble thoughts of beeing ”big”, in any way. I just want to keep on chasing my dream as a songwriter and I believe that I’ve taken a huge step in that direction coming here. I’ve learned so much and somehow surrounded myself with just the right people to get me where I need to be and experience and see what I need. There is stuff and things to do here on any given night that will blow your mind musically.
All things concidered, I had the time of my life out here.
Thanks to all for participating in my dream and I’ll leave you with some music…
Zack Logan and I went to Mississippi over the weekend for his nephews first birthday. I’ve been wanting, and needing to get out of town for a while to relax and have some fun. We had a great time, Zack took me out to his family farm and we had some good all-american fun. We shot some guns and rode four wheelers, hung out with his family, played some music and ate great food. Just a real good and relaxing time.
A couple of weeks ago Zack and I wrote a song called Mississippi Queen, it’s about leaving a relationship and leaving Mississippi going down old Highway 80. It was cool to actually see the Highway for real when I was down there and how it relates to the song. We recorded a little demo of the song and you can listen to it right here.
So, It’s two week left for me here in Nashville before I head back to good ol’ Sweden. These past two months has felt like forever and fast at the same time. I’ve been writing with some really cool people and we have written some wonderful songs. And I have also heard a lot of amazing songs and seen incredible talent. Nashville has really lived up to and exceeded it’s reputation as music capitol of the world. I have experienced so much and made really good friends. There’s a kind of magic to this town and how you meet people musically and it’s something I’m really greatful to be a part of.
This weekend, Zack Logan and I will head down to his home state of Mississippi. Feels great to get out of town for a while. I haven’t really done much touristy or explorations of the surrounding places and towns. Guess that’s because I know I’ll be back to experience them soon enough.
The weather right now is about 82 degrees fahrenheit or 27 degrees celcius. So it’s all good, sunny and warm Drinking a ice coffee on a patio. Seasons change so fast here.
Last week me and Austin Jenckes got together to write a song, we ended up writing a country song, well it’s a drinking song and basically any drinking song constitutes as a country song. But it’s got a twist to it. It’s about love and loss and how to get over someone. There’s only one way, Time. And you can dwell on your past for as long as you want, drink or do whatever but when you are ready to face reality and let go, you will hold the healing hand of time.
This is Austin preforming the song at That’s Cool in Nashville
Me and my buddies have performed quite a lot lately, Everybody is good friends, we hang out and do stuff all over town and we’re growing together. becoming better together. When we all are on stage it feels so cool. Because the song my friends are playing are starting to grow into my favorite songs. So up on stage with them is like listening to the radio when your favorite song comes on, and when you usually would be in a car harmonizing with the radio, you got a mic and an audience. That is so cool!
This weekend we played together both on friday and saturday. Good, pretty high profile shows at good places at a good time on a weekend. Here’s a video of me playing a song called It Is What It Is at The Commodore Grille on saturday. I had the verse for this song for ages and together with my good friend Matt Alderman we finally got a chorus to it. There is a lot of love songs that speak of how love is and everything that comes with it but most of the times, it is what it is.
The other day, me and my roommates Chris and Alan went to centennial park to see the Parthenon. It’s a exact replica of the one in Akropolis, Athens. It was huge and very impressive, why they’ve built one in Nashville doens’t really make sense and I never got a full explanation of it. But It’s very cool. We were tossing a football around. It’s quite hard to get a decent throw with a football but at last I got the hang of it.
There was also a storm here, a real bad one, with tornados and hailstorms. Nashville was just grazed by it but it still got pretty bad here and the tornado sirens went off throughout the whole town. Pretty intense. My friend took this pic just outside of town.
First of all, sorry for not updating in a while. But I’ve been busy. Which is good, actually it’s awesome. The songwriting sessions just keep getting better and better and I feel more and more confident in my self as I learn more about my strengths and weaknesses of writing. I’ve written a few songs with Matt Alderman, he is like me, very into pop melodies. We are having so much fun writing togehter and yesterday we finished our third song together. And I’m soo excited about that last song. If that isn’t a hit I don’t know what is.
Feels like me and Matt has some real good things going and I’m super excited to keep writing with him and develop songs and ideas. The feeling you get when you know you’re on to something great is so cool and awesome and wonderful that you just wanna in that moment the whole time.
The day before yesterday I wrote with Danish artist and songwriter Nanna Larsen. That was fun and I’m really happy about how the song turned out. The melody for it has been in the back of my mind for about a year and I’m glad to have crossed that of my list and finally turned that into a song.
I’m proud to say that I’ve now written 12 songs in the four weeks that I’ve been writing since I got here. To me that is pretty cool and it feels great to be on such a creative streak right now.
Yesterday I couldn’t sleep, I’ve got an important meeting today which has got me all nervous. But one guy told me not to be, because everyone, no matter how big they are now have been in the same position as I am in right now. So just be myself and relax.
So that’s what I’ll do and hope for the best. I’ll let you in on how it goes later. Maybe.
Had a real nice co-writing day with my new buddy Austin Jenckes yesterday. He just came down from Seattle a few weeks ago and he is a very gifted singer and songwriter. His voice is incredible. I first met him a two weeks ago when we both were playing the Bluebird Cafe. He went on stage as the last writer of the night and really stopped the whole show with his incredible voice. And this sunday we both played Taps & Tapas and had a really good night. The write with Austin was really inspired. Sometimes songwriting can be heavy but in a good way. When you really feel the need to find the words to explain just what you’re feeling at a certain moment in time. Finding that nerve and a story behind the song that you both can relate on a deep level to is truly amazing and when you’re done with the song it feels awesome. I can’t wait to play it live or even better, hear him sing it.
I’ve also been hanging out with Zack and Cailin a lot. Cailin made us biscuits and gravy. That is apperantly a real culinary dish here. I know there is a lot of my friends back home who doesn’t know what that is but it’s pretty much just biscuits with gravy. Good stuff!
While on the topic of food I’m trying to find a replacement for the Cap n’ Crunch cereal that I was so disappointed at. So right now I’m eating Fruity Pebbles, a multi-coloured frosted flakes kind of cereal that tastes a little bit like the swedish candy Ahlgrens Bilar. It makes the milk go pink and I can tell it’s bad for you and that it probably would be illeagal to serve that to kids in Sweden. Next on the list for my cereal quest is some cereal with Marshmallows in it and something called Count Chocula.
Btw, can someone book a dentist appointment for me by the time I get back home?