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!
Today is February 1:st. A year ago today I participated in the songwriting project FAWM (February Album Writing Month) in which I challanged myself to write 15 songs in one month. It was a really good experience and I learned a lot about goal-setting and the way inspiration works. You can still listen to a selection of the songs I wrote here on the website. Some of them will probably be on the next album. I will not participate this year as I have too much other stuff going on at the moment. However, my fellow musician Martin Johansson (Anikee) said he will do it and document everything with video recordings of every new song. Good luck Martin! He hasn’t started yet but you can follow his progress on his website: http://www.anikee.net/
Once a week, I get together with my friend and fellow musician Martin Johansson a.k.a. Anikee. We don’t have a rehearsal room so we usually meet at my summer cabin. There is no heat this time of year so we have to squezee into the smallest room and turn on the fan to get the temperature up. Then, for a couple of hours, it’s all about red wine, guitars and voices in the flickering candle light. For the last couple of months we have been preparing five songs each to eventually record an acoustic album. This clip is a song of Martin’s called “No serenity”. The video was recorded with Martin’s Iphone. I think it turned out pretty good. More videos to come.