I just blew another deadline. First I said the new Orphan Songs album would come out in December 2013 and then I said January 2014. Truth is, I’m not sure when it will be ready for release but I am getting there. I am I’m taking the time to work on it. Part of why I failed to meet the deadlines is that I went from trying to make an EP with five songs to making an album of nine songs. And that’s a good thing, right? Eight of the tracks are done and just need some fine tuning. Then I only have one more song to record. It’s a new song I wrote a few weeks ago called ‘The Pearl’. It’s about ‘The most beautiful space station ever created’. Think about that one for a while.
I’ve added a page here on the website about my music for kids. At first I didn’t really want to talk about my work with music for children for the Orphan Songs fans. I felt I didn’t want to scare people off by promoting an album most of your wouldn’t really have any interest in. But as I am integrating all my different creations more and more and it feels natural to make cross references between my different projects. I won’t bug you about it though, but I want you to get a chance to get the album for free.
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It’s really great working with kids, making music, videos and shows. It may look as if Daddy Donut is stealing time from Orphan Songs, but that’s not really true. As Dinosaur Songs is turning into such a success I hope it will enable me to focus more on Orphan Songs in the future. And right now I’m just one song away from finishing the new OS album.
It’s time to release some songs, in fact it’s long overdue. The Orphan Songs debut first came out in 2008. That’s five years ago! Well, I have been busy with other musical projects, both with Daddy Donut – my kids project and with the Neil Young tributes. But now I feel I really have to make an Orphan Songs album. I’m not sure yet if it will be an EP or a full album, but I’m aiming for an EP.
The working title is “Press D for depression”. One of the songs that will be on the EP is called “To be left alone“. A friend of mine once said it was the most depessing song he ever heard. It’s about how we deliberatly destroy our planet. However, it’s rather tounge-in-cheek too. The songs in the upcoming relase are both humourous and dead serious. They share a common theme in that they all deal with the fact that we are making a mess of the world, not taking responsibility for the planet or ourselves. “Save the banks” deals with the absurdity of bank bailouts, “Not made to last” is about planned obsolescence. There will also be a brand new song I wrote last week called “We are idiots”.
This might not be the follow-up to “Orphan Songs” many of you have been waiting for, but that’s how I’ve planned it. My music-making is all over the place nowadays and I decided to group these songs together and get themout there now for several reasons. Well, now you know what to expect from this release: wild socio-economic commentary from Sweden.
As some of you already know, Orphan Songs has been on hold for some time as I have been working on other, quite different projects. I released a children’s album in Swedish in October 2012. It’s been rather successful and it’s finding new listeners every day. I also do musical adventure shows for kids locally. It’s great fun and very fulfilling work.
I have also been doing tribute nights about Neil Young, one of my heroes. It’s not just an ordinary tribute night though. It’s a two hour tour through Neil’s life and career – from his childhood up until now. I talk and show slides as much as I play music. The show has been a great success and has given me a good start after I made the decision to create a new life for myself that would be centered around music making.
But back to my kids project. The album I released was all about dinosaurs. I wrote it in Swedish as the songs were initially written for my son Svante. The album was recorded and released. I was very satisfied with the result and I thought it would be such a waste if I didn’t do and adaptation into English. It wasn’t easy though. I do have a masters degree in translation from the University of Lund, but that didn’t help me much. It’s a very unique process translating songs. It can’t sound translated. It must feel genuine. It took me some time but I’m really happy with the result. It’s just as good as the Swedish album. Some say it’s even better.
So here it is folks! My first children’s album in English: DINOSAUR SONGS! My English alter ego is called Daddy Donut and he’s got his own website and Youtube channel. The dinosaur album is not CC licensed. But the album is available for download and streaming almost everywhere online. Itunes, Amazon, Spotify, Youtube, you name it! Enjoy!