Top Ten albums – ever.

Right, this is a tough one; Ten Albums I can listen through in their whole glory, without skipping a single track. With Spotify links – because I want you to check them out. You’ll see that the list is (not surprisingly I’ll imagine) dominated by acoustic pop kinda stuff, but you may find a few surprises there as well. I have listened to some weird stuff in my life – don’t judge me! ;-P

I chose my Top Ten by thinking (long and hard) about albums I have actually listened through in full, many many times. Not neseccarily albums I still consider the BEST ones, but albums that have meant something to me once. Albums where I still to this day hear the beginning of the next song in my head before the song before it even finishes. Albums I have listened through with the lyrics and Thank You’s in front of me, and that still have the power to make me feel a certain way. Of course, relationships like that with whole albums happened more often when I was a kid – when buying albums (that or tape recording from the radio) was the only way of listen to music – and that’s why there are so many ‘oldies’ on the list. Not many recent albums have earned the same place in my ‘music library’ – it’s all about playlists and shuffle these days. I have started buying more albums recently though, especially those of artists I really like and respect, who aren’t necessary selling millions of records already. It’s just a nicer way to listen to music, I think.

Ah, I digress. Without further ado, here they are, in no particular order; My Top Ten Albums – ever. Enjoy.

  1. To Whom It May Concern (Unni Wilhelmsen) 1996: The one & only.
  2. Lucia (Velvet Belly) 2000: A lucky present from a dear friend.
  3. Tragic Kingdom (No Doubt) 1995: My “angry-cd” for many years.
  4. O (Damien Rice) 2003: My ticket to the land of acoustic beauty.
  5. The Score (Fugees) 1996: Back when Hip Hop was still Hip Hop.
  6. Grace (Jeff Buckley) 1994: Sigh… To think what could have been.
  7. R U Still Down (Remember Me) (2pac) 1997: My ticket to Hip Hop.
  8. Straight Down The Line (Return) 1988: Early heroes.
  9. 8701 (Usher) 1999: Before he became gross – or before I could see it.
  10. Justified (Justin Timberlake) 2002: It wasn’t just the curls.
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So… Any surprises on there?
What about you? Would you be able to list ten albums that have had a great significance to you?

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xxx,

Audrey

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5 things I look forward to at the moment

  1. Settling into my new flat (and MY OWN ROOM!!)
  2. Having my piano and my guitar at an arms-length reach
  3. Sharing a bathroom with one girl (and not three boys)
  4. Setting foot in LIPA again; for Classes, Creativity, Coffee and Comrades
  5. Teaching Songwriting to the High Schoolers of Jevnaker

Ah, how I love lists. And Comrades.

The dates for the Songwriting workshops are settled, and the plane tickets are booked. I’m going a couple of days early to get some time with family and friends, and do some packing, even though I did most of the packing before I left last time. There’s really not a lot of things I hate doing as much as I hate packing. Especially when it is for this long – I doubt I will be coming home before christmas this time. I’ve been going back and forth so often over the last year, and it’s been nice, but exhausting. Plus, I’m expecting the course to get a lot busier and more intense in second year. And that’s both by default and by choice. You see, a degree like the LIPA one is pretty much as busy as you make it. You choose your own projects, and everything you do is a part of your career and what you want to do. And I’m planning on making this year a busy one. Lots of concerts, an EP, and lots and lots of new material. Like I’ve said before: I can’t wait to get started. 

Seriously, on the last day before the summer holiday, I wasn’t thinking “thank god, finally some time off!” I was thinking “Uh, yeah, I don’t really need this holiday, can we just get on with second-year please…?” Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the time off, once I got used to it. I enjoyed being home, seeing family and friends, traveling… But the thing is, the time “on” isn’t as “on” as a lot of other degrees, and jobs. Am I making any sense? It’s more than a degree, it’s more than a job. My music is my job and my spare time. It’s my life. How can I take a break from my life?? I just felt like I was on such a roll, I felt like the break came too soon and is lasting too long. 4 months. 16 weeks. 115 days. No matter how I look at it, that’s too f*ing long man. Give me my life back!

Yeah, just a little LIPA withdrawal rambling for ya there… 6 days till Liverpool, 24 days till LIPA. See you sooon!!! ❤

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Take care & keep Shining! I love you!

xxx,

Audrey

6 Reasons why my wallet is crying (and my wardrobe is celebrating)

I wouldn’t call myself a shopaholic. Not in any way do I fit the criteria of that diagnose, something my pathetic little joke of a wardrobe is obvious proof of. I very rarely spend money on myself, and if I do buy clothes I buy them because they are cheep, not because they catch my eye (depressing as that sounds, even to me). I think shopping is a drag. I hate fitting rooms and I hate walking around a busy town with plastic bags. I never find anything I like – especially if I’m actually looking for (and in need of) something specific. However…

Very rarely (about once a year or so), something… sets me off… All of a sudden, every shop I set foot in is full of gorgeous things, all calling for me from the racks to take them home. Everyone is smiling and there is music I like on the speakers and everything fits and the yes-pile is bigger than the no-pile and I can justify every single piece of clothing and think of occasions for them all… The veil of sensibility and moneysaving lifts for one day only, and my pathetic little wardrobe gets a few new members.

Yesterday, I went into town to buy one dress for one dinner party, and ended up with two rather large bags containing things of questionable necessity…

And you know what? I’m ok with that. Because I always snap out of it and back on a sensible wavelength, back to not spending money on anything other than food and other necessities. These little “fits” are well needed, in order to make sure I wear anything that I haven’t been wearing for ten years already (yes, there are still items in my wardrobe that have been there for ten years). They are also quite enjoyable. A little holiday from the guilty conscious that haunts me every time I even think of buying myself something nice. Needed, enjoyable and besides; look what comes out of them! ❤

I wouldn’t call myself a shopaholic. Far from it. I’m just shopohol curious.

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Take care & keep Shining! I love you!

xxx,

Audrey

5 Reasons why today is awesome!

  1. My boyfriend made me breakfast before I woke up properly.
  2. I’m drinking one of my fabulous coffee mochas.
  3. I’m going to a bbq party with lots of people I don’t know.
  4. (News from Norway:) My youngest nephew said his first word today!
  5. I’m one day closer to Liverpool.
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I love lists. I love shopping lists, I love to-do-lists (I also love ticking things off these lists – sometimes I put stuff I’ve already done on there only to get the pleasure of ticking them off) and most of all I love lists like this. Lists that make you think about how awesome your life really is. Cause sometimes you forget. Sometimes you get stuck in a circle where all you can think about is all the things that go wrong, and you end up saying “fml” (an expression I never use btw – I find it so ridiculous to say “fuck my life” just because you can’t find your keys or something stupid like that) and in stead of getting on with your day and your life you mope and sulk and have yourself a terrible, stinking little poo of a day. Don’t get distracted by the “you” here – I do this to. Part from the fml bit.

I guess my little words of wisdom here today, are these:

Don’t forget how awesome your life really is.

So, who’s got a list for me then? Go on, let’s hear it:

5 reasons why YOUR day is awesome. Looking forward to it! 😀

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Take care & keep Shining! I love you!

xxx,

Audrey

News from Audrey-land! =)

Just a little update (waaay over due) from your favorite Audrey!

Woop Woop! I’m back in the UK, and one step closer to normal – i.e. LIPA, my piano and the new flat. It’s been nice to be home, to travel, and to relax, but to be honest, this holiday has been way too long already and I just want to get on with my second year already (or third, technically)…! Right now I am however in York, for my Lovely’s Birthday party tonight, and we are staying here until we can take over the flats in Liverpool in two weeks time. I. Can’t. WAIT!!

Another thing I’m really excited about, is that two of my all time favorite girlies are on their way here RIGHT NOW to join the party! Becky is in a car, half an hour away, and Dolly is in York, waiting for us to pick her up (which we can’t do till Becky gets here). I’m so excited to see them both – it’s been too long! ❤

Aaanyway – to the NEWS! 😉

Summer News:

I’ve mainly been in Norway this summer, but I’ve also had some time in the UK and South France, as you know. I haven’t been giving my music anywhere near as much time as I should have, but I’ve done plenty of other, exciting things.

Singing lessons…
Over the summer I have had two singing students, and they have both been absolute stars, and a joy to teach. I have had an overwhelming support from the local Culture School, who among other things let me use the dance room to teach in – look how huuuge it is!

Epiphany…
I also found (to my great joy) that teaching vocal technique actually makes me a better (technical) singer – I have crossed so many barriers over the last couple of months, and I am absolutely thrilled to start lessons with Ian again in September.

I am a business…
I have (finally) registered Audrey Wilsen Music as a business, and can now proudly call myself self-employed and independent. I do invoices and everything, it’s well good! 😀 So much to learn though, and I’m hoping I won’t screw up – ending up having to pay twice my income in taxes or something stupid like that…! I’m sure it will be fine, and I’m doing the only thing I can do – learning as I go along.

Songwriting workshops…
Another piece of exciting news, is that I’m going back to Norway for a few days in September, to – get this – do two songwriting workshops for local high school kids! I am so excited, and very very honored to even be considered for the job. I’m not sure how I’m gonna do it yet, because I’ve pretty much been given the freedom to set it up entirely as I wish, which is a massive (and wildly appreciated) sign of trust from the arrangers side. The workshops are gonna be a part of a music video project the Culture School in my home town are setting up, and my job will basically be to “light a spark” in these kids, and help them get creative and start writing some lyrics, which they will later down the line get help to make music for, record in a studio and in the end make a music video. Amazing! Man, I wish they had done stuff like this when I was in high school!!

Next Year News:

I have pretty much decided what next year might look like, if I get my way (which I will). My wish is to put together:

  1. A full band, consisting of the usual: Drums, bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keys, backing vocals and maybe a bit of ‘synthage’ and some strings for special occasions.
  2. An acoustic mini band consisting of an acoustic guitar, a cajon and backing vocals – and probably keys as well.

Live…
Basically, I will rehearse pretty much the same set list with both bands, and play live as often as I can – with either of them. My main reason for having two bands is that I would definitely like to start gigging with a full band, but I would also very much like to do more smaller acoustic gigs in cafés and stuff, like the one I did at Café Sør in April. There is such a great mood in places like that, and it seems like people are generally more interested in chilling out and listening to the music, rather than getting drunk and talking loudly which is often the case with bigger concerts.

E.P Release…
I have pretty much decided to do the EP acoustically as well. Both because it will be easier (less people to depend on to make it happen, more flexibility with recording locations etc.), and because it will suit my music very well. The EP will probably be out around christmas time, and I will do a release concert at the Culture School’s youth café in Jevnaker in early-mid January. It’s gonna be schweet!

I should go see if I’m needed in the party preparation department – there’s a lot to do! Until next time, TAKE CARE! ❤

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Take care & keep Shining! I love you!

xxx,

Audrey

Darling I Do <3

Finally, I have something new to show you guys!
(I realize what this looks like, but NO, I’m NOT getting married – this is about someone else’s “I Do’s”) ;-P

On Saturday, Dan and I were meant to perform our version of the song ”Darling I Do” by Landon Pigg and Lucy Schwartz in my good old friend Marhú and her now husband (eeek!!) Madalin’s wedding. Sadly, Dan had to go back to Ireland to finish the album he’s recording with his band This Is Two and couldn’t make it. That’s why, before I left the UK a couple of weeks ago, we recorded the song as a surprise for Marhú & Madalin, and in between my duties as Toastmaster I snuck in a few words of my own and played them this recording. I am very glad I got the chance to put my mark on such a lovely day and evening, and I hope their marriage will be just as awesome as the wedding was.

CONGRATS GUYS, and enjoy the honeymoon! ❤

 

 

…And so, the world moves on.

And, I guess, so should I.
This is not the place for political discussions and too much seriousness – this blog is, and shall be, about the music. So I will try my best to poke a hole in the bubble I’ve been living in for the last week, and get back to some kind of “normal,” whatever that means anymore. Some things just require a whole new definition of “normal,” and this is one of those things. I’m sure I will find it eventually. Or create it. Before I do that though, let me just say that though I am heartbroken and shocked, I am at the same time incredibly proud of my country after the last week. I have never loved Norway more than I do now.

Taking Oslo back…
What I will do, to mark my passage back into reality so to speak (lame, I know), is show you my own pictures of all the Flowers & Love that was Oslo this weekend. It felt so good, and right, to get some quality time in Oslo again. To “take it back,” as so many people have said before me (Juliiii!). I went in on Saturday for the Memorial concert in Oslo Cathedral, and Marita, Sunni, Mel, mini-Mel and myself enjoyed the wonderful concert from Youngstorget, a square near by. The sun was completely on our side, it was amazing! You can watch the whole concert here.

Like it never happened…
It was kind of weird to sit there on the ground, in the heart of Oslo, watching the concert and at the same time looking straight up at the buildings surrounding the square. Most of them still have broken windows, as the only visible proof that any of it ever happened. In a few weeks most of those windows will probably be put back in. Another piece of visual evidence, are all the flowers everywhere. People are still coming to Oslo from all over the country to put down flowers and show their sympathy, and, I can imagine, to try to get some kind of personal closure.

On and on, the way it must…
It’s been a heavy week in our corner of the world, in every way, but the world keeps spinning wether we like it or not. And the only thing we can do is enjoy the ride, even when it’s going a bit fast for our liking. So here’s me, taking Oslo back. Enjoy. ❤

Flowers & Love, Oslo 2011

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Take care & keep Shining! I love you!

xxx,

Audrey