Mike Brits Photo shoot

I really really really don’t have time to sit here and blog right now, seeing as I am leaving for Norway tomorrow, and I haven’t finished packing yet. Or tidied my room. Or emptied the fridge. Neither have I checked in, or printed my boarding pass. But I just couldn’t help it – the laptop was RIGHT there and I wanted to share some of the results from the photo shoot I had with Mike yesterday! We had a great, but freezing cold day in Sefton Park, where I had never been before, and in addition to getting some great shots out of it, I got to climb a tree and  get nibbled by a squirrel. But yeah, without further due, here’s five of those great shots, all curtsey of Mike Brits Photography.

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Photo: Mike Brits Photography

Hair & make-up: Vanja Andersen

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I hope you like! I have allowed myself to get five more off him, so it’s just a matter of choosing the right ones. But anyway, I need to get back to business. Until next time, as always, remember to Subscribe to this blog (top right corner), follow my Tweets and Like me on Facebook, and drop me a comment or two if you feel like brightening my day… ;-P

Take care, and have a safe drive/flight Home For Christmas! ❤

xxx
Audrey

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Art. Love. Local. Photos! =)

On Thursday, November 11th, I did my first proper gig with the mini band (minus Laura). It was at a night called “Art. Love. Local.” at The Brink, a lovely dry bar in Parr Street. The atmosphere was amazing, and the audience was absolutely beautiful. Especially my girls on the front row, who came down to see me even though they were all ill and knackered. ❤ Much love ❤

In addition to my own gig, I also performed with (half of) the band I, Volatile, and enjoyed some wonderful performances by artists such as Joe, Ellie & Moorea and The James Whitehouse Band, who are all in a picture or two below. All in all it was a great night, ‘big up’ to the hearts & heads behind Art. Love. Local. for having me! And of course, to Ellie and Obadiah, thank you so much for being awesome! ❤

Here are some of the photos from the night, courtesy of Allegra Whitehouse Photography.


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Take care! ❤

xxx
Audrey

Everyone should spend days like today barefoot in a park.

Like, seriously. Is there anything better than running barefoot in green grass, sun beaming?

Photo by Michael Kounti

Today was good. Even though I had to stand still and just take it when Mike poured 2 liters of water (warm water, but still) over my head.

Photo by Michael Kounti

Normally, this would be when I would run away squealing. But I kinda agreed to it beforehand, so all I could to was squeal. Ahh, the things you do for art. At least the result looks quite cool…:-D

Photo by Mike Brits

I truly enjoyed seeing Mike in action today, and I’m really looking forward to my promo-shoot with him. He is an amazing photographer, and if you want to check out some more of his work (which you should), you can visit his website or Facebook Page and have a browse! =) For the next shoot we will most likely just go back to the park from today, it was such a gorgeous location! It has the green grass and the trees, but it also has an awesome view of the city, which I thought was a cool contrast. Kinda like me. Born and raised a proud country girl, but way too restless and spontaneous to not live in the city.

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Until next time as always guys, remember to Subscribe to this blog (top right corner), follow my Tweets and Like me on Facebook, and I might bake you a cake. A really, really nice one. And keep checking in for more news from Audrey land. Tomorrow for example, I will have news from the first ever Audrey Wilsen band rehearsal! Don’t wanna miss that, do ya? ;-P

Take care! ❤

xxx

…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

Home Sweet Home 2011

I came back home for the summer on May 27, and what better way to mark my return than by playing at the local Festival “Liv & Røre”? I did 4 of my own songs and a cover in front of a tent-full of people, and it was great fun. Thank you to everyone who came, and to the arrangers of a great festival. It’s nice to be home!

Pictures by Øyvind Norstrøm (Jevnaker Kommune):

Pictures by Jørn Haakenstad (Hadeland):

“I like this life we are making for ourselves”

…said a friend of mine from my class today, when I told him about the last 48 hours I’d had. And I agree. It is a great life. The best. Busy, creative, exciting, exhausting… and so rewarding.

Hectic, to say the least… Thursday was the only day I had to reduce all the stuff I will need until September down to 30 kilos, (and jam it into two suitcases), and to pack all the rest of my stuff into boxes. It was my last day in the old flat, the last day with my boyfriend for a month and a half, the last day to rehearse for my concert the next evening – it was the last day for a lot of things. The taxi was pre-booked for 5 a.m. on Friday morning, to take me to Liverpool John Lennon Airport for my 7 a.m. flight to Norway, and I was not happy (but not the least bit surprised either) that I had left the packing to the last minute – again. At the same time it was kinda really  worth it, for a great night out the night before, with a bunch of people I won’t see again for over 3 months.

Stupid #$$/%$/%” packing…!! Like I said, Thursday was The Day Of Packing. I hate packing. Packing (plus the thought of leaving and the constant fear of leaving crucial stuff behind) makes me physically ill. I get nauseous and I can’t think – and certainly not about what to pack. There is nothing that gets me in a worse mood than packing, and this time I had to double-pack to. Ghaaah.

No sleep for me… I was literally packing until the taxi arrived at 5. No sleep, and no proper goodbyes… I got to the airport, had some breakfast with the other LIPA Norwegians who were leaving on the same flight (toast with jam has never tasted better), and got on. So. Tired. Luckily, I developed a handy habit of falling asleep instantly on pretty much any type of transportation while I was in college. I was 16, and had to move away from home to study music. 3 hours away to be correct. My dad’s condition for me going was that I would come home every single weekend, and so I did. He was afraid I’d go to parties and do bad things I guess – which I didn’t, but definitely could have done anyway if I wanted to, because partying was not a weekend-only type of event up there. Anyway, as the good girl I am, I spent 3 hours on a bus every single Friday and Sunday, in the dark for most of the year (that’s Norway for ya), and I got so used to sleeping on a bus that ever since then, I have just passed out whenever I sit down in anything that moves. And I always wake up right before I have to get off. So as always I slept for most of the flight, and woke up with a pang as the plane hit the ground. Two 1 hour bus rides, one 30 minutes long bus ride and a 20 minute walk later – dragging 30 kilos of luggage – I arrived at Ida’s house, where I had to squeeze in some rehearsal time before the concert. Intense! I still hadn’t really decided on the setlist for the show, but it’s not like I had much choice in the matter. After all, I was doing it by myself this time, and there is really only 4 of my songs I know well enough to play. So I did 4 of my own songs and one cover; Sacrifice by Anouk. Beautiful song. Strange music video, but beautiful song. =)

SURPRISE…!! I must admit that I wildly underestimated the crowd, and I was both happy and surprised (and terrified!!) to see how many people had actually turned up for the Festival. And that on a pretty cold and windy Friday night. Well done Jevnaker! ❤ I had a great time performing in front of a tent-full of people, and I enjoyed watching the other bands that played. I take my hat off to the arrangers of the Festival! I love coming back to play at home, may they forever keep arranging this in my summer holiday so I can play! YAY for a great night, great atmosphere and a great audience, and for it all going all right despite of the nerves. Plus there is nothing to calm down the nerves like a handwritten letter from your adoooorable four year old niece that says: “Good luck on the concert, you are pretty, from Marte.” Meeeeelt…!!!

Zzzzzz… I really wish I had managed to stay for the last act of the evening, (they looked awesome!), but by the time it was their turn I was so tired I could barely stay sitting up. Even my reserve batteries were running low at that point, and I couldn’t wait to fall into bed and lapse into a coma for like a week. Obviously that didn’t happen, but it felt like it would. Two days and no sleep makes Audrey a dull girl. Or something like that.

Most of the concert was filmed, and I’ll put some videos up at some point,. But for now I’ll leave you with the pictures taken by Øyvind Nordstrøm, one of the beating hearts behind the Festival. Jørn from one of the local newspapers was there as well, and he did an interview with me after the concert. Fun times!

Indeed… So that’s my last couple of days of madness… It is a hectic life we’re making for ourselves, but I love every second of it. I even love the packing I hate, on some level. I know I could have chosen a far easier path, but I like easy even less than packing. I’m too restless for easy, I wouldn’t cope. Phil was right. Through all its challenges, the life we are making for ourselves is, indeed, very likable. I like likable.

Audrey xxxx

Live Photos =)

So, Sunni has sent me over 400 pictures from the concert I did at Café Sør (Oslo) on the 24th of April, and here are a few of them… Enjoy! 😀

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All photos by Svart Katte Photo

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