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I have so much to blog about…!

It’s been crazy busy in Audrey land the last couple of weeks, hence the absence… I’ve rehearsed, gigged, had lots of awesome coffee with lots of awesome people, knitted, started going to hot yoga, had a wannabe mohawk for an evening while playing piano in a rock band… Busy busy times! I will get to all of that, promise – I even have pics & a video (and great memories) of my first gig that I’m dying to share with you all! But for now, I’m gonna leave you with a little bit of fun, at least I think so. I shamelessly stole this from my favorite blogger, but only because I loved the idea. So here’s a bunch of random lists, because I felt like listing things. Feel free to share a list or two of your own in the Comments! I like lists. =)

Some of my favorite bands right this second:
Some new, some old, some re-discovered;

  • Bon Iver
  • Everything Everything
  • Kings Of Convenience
  • Noah And The Whale

Random things I’ve done:

  • Rapped in a Bunad (Norway’s National Costume) on stage
  • Had cognac with Wu Tang Clan (and I’ve got the pho-tos to prove it. But they’re ugly, so I won’t post them.)
  • Been hollered at in New Jersey
  • Been shat on at Liberty Island
  • Gone scuba diving in Jamaica, even though I am kind of scared of water (even swam through a ship wreck…!)
  • Been in an R&B group

Things I’m excited about:

  • Concerts to be played
  • Songs to be written
  • Friends to meet
  • Christmas
  • Marit Larsen’s new album
  • The upcoming photoshoot with Mike Brits, and the website he’s making for me

Things I miss:

  • Living with cats (buhuuuu!)
  • Norwegian chocolate
  • Too many people to name ❤
  • This guy:

Things I care about a whole deal:

  • Kids (they are amazing.)
  • Knowing the industry I hope to be a part of (The Big Bad Wolf known as The Music Industry)
  • Lyrics
  • Justice and open-mindedness

Things I don’t really care about at all:

  • Football
  • A tan
  • Who Justin Beiber is dating (and how to spell his name. It’s either right, or it’s not. I could have looked it up – but I don’t care.)

And finally, my favorite list of Things; These are a few of my favorite things:

  • Creating music
  • Performing
  • Being an Auntie
  • Chinese food
  • Owls
  • Awesome people
  • Life
  • Krispy Creme Donuts
  • Hot yoga
  • Homemade hats
  • iPods full of new(ly discovered) music
  • Lists

Any surprises there…?

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Take care! ❤

xxx
Audrey

One of the best of them all

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; The amount of insanely talented people in this place makes me dizzy. One of the best of them all is this guy;

Mikhael Paskalev.

He is technically not here anymore, since he graduated from the music course this summer. But once you’re a part of LIPA, you are always here even when you’re not, in one way or another. We all still sing his songs, after the many concerts we had the pleasure of whitnessing, and something tells me we’re not gonna stop doing that any time soon. Listen to this one, and I’m sure you’ll understand why.

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Mikhael was today announced as something called “Untouched of the week” by one of Norway’s biggest radio stations, and that’s a pretty big deal. For the Norwegians out there, the interview can be found here, and for the rest of you I’ll translate the highlight; where they describe his music as “timeless pop with a nerve of restlessness and a mild form of insanity.” Best description ever.

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If you like what you’re hearing, you can find Mikhael on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Vimeo, Youtube and Urørt, so there is really no excuse to not check him out. Which you should. Cause he is amazing. Sigh.

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Take care! ❤

xxx
Audrey

Happiness is a journey, not a destination

I know a few people who would shake their heads at this, and they are probably the people who could use some perspective…

Ever since I found this postcard in the gift shop at the New York Library a couple of years ago, it has been hanging on my wall to remind me. Because it’s so easy to loose track of things, to fall into a thought pattern that is far from productive. Too many people wait their lives away, leaving no time to enjoy where they’re at. Then realizing, when they get there (wherever “there” is): Now what??

I refuse to be a NowWhat-person. Now What is almost as bad as What If.

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Take care! ❤

xxx
Audrey
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Musical intercourse under the stars

Between Thursday and Sunday, I saw around 20 live performances, by around 20 amazing bands and artists. And most of them I am lucky enough to consider my friends.

It kind of underlines my whole reason to be here, or, indeed, my whole reason to be. Live music is, to me, what it is all about. Recording is fun to, and not many things can beat the feeling of creating a new song, but there’s just something about those performances… To be a part of those magical moments, where a song is played in a way it will never ever be played again, and it’s happening right before your eyes and ears. It’s as intimate as sex, and as personal as prayer. To me, anyway. You probably have your own relationship with music, because we all do.

These pictures are from the acoustic night at Moorea’s house on Saturday – an absolute enchanting evening. It all happened in her back garden, under the stars, with candles, blankets, pillows, food and hot chocolate, and lots of people got up and played. Even I did a couple of tunes with Obadiah and Ellie, who to my great joy is as spontaneous as me! It was great to test the new song live, and I am getting more and more excited about creating more magical little moments with the whole band in the time to come. ❤

I want to share some of this amazing music with you guys, so here’s a list of most of the acts who together made my weekend absolutely magical, with links to their music. Sadly, it is hard to recreate the magic on record, but I reckon most of them manages just fine. There is a lot of different genres and styles in there; everything from R&B Diva vocals to the softest acoustic folk and the heavier rock. So I’m sure you’ll find something you like. Enjoy! ❤

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Take care! ❤

xxx
Audrey
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Thursday: The Leaf, Bold Street

  • Ian Dunn – Awesome acoustic guitar pop
  • Hedda Aronsen – “Don’t come any closer now.. You’re making this harder than it already is…”
  • Caroline Ailin – Putting a new electronical vibe to her Songwriter Pop/R&B.
  • Fabienne Holloway – BIG voice.
Friday: The 2be, LIPA, and Zanzibar, Seel Street.
  • Sophie Cooke – Amazing melodies this one, and a great voice.
  • Coffee And Cakes For Funerals – The vocalist sang me into a puddle. Meeeelt…! I can not remember the last time a voice impressed me this much. He has the head voice, the chest voice, the falsetto, the dynamics, the thrills, everything! Sigh…
  • Robert Mulder – Canadian wordsmith and cool guy.
  • James Whitehouse Band – They get better every time I see them.
  • Some terrible terrible band that made my ears (and soul) cry…!
  • Katrine Stenbekk – bringing Norwegian folk into her pop.
Saturday: Acoustic night at Moorea’s
  • Alec Brits – The South African DRUMMER who sang us warm.
  • Orian – a straight up cool girl with straight up cool tunes.
  • Synne Eileen – My Girl. ❤
  • Moorea Masa & Ellie Redgrave
  • Jørgen
  • Will
  • Daniel Ross
  • Helen Morrisson
Sunday: Mojo

Meet The Band!!

Tadaaa!! 

So here they are, my lovely band members;

Obadiah Jones (acoustic guitar), Ellie Redgrave (backing vocals, percussion and random weird stuff), Laura Williams (drums), Bendik Johnsrud (electric guitar), Laura Shea (bass) and Henry Burnett (keys). I made them do this lame group picture before we finished rehearsal, just for you. ;-P

The rehearsal was good, and I am very pleased indeed. We started playing around with Like The Wind, which has never been played with a full band before, and it sounded great for a first rehearsal. Happy Audrey! 😀 Friday will most likely be our slot from now on, and I’m already looking forward to the next one.

Now, friends, I shall leave you – I have a Barbeque to attend! And yes, I am aware that it is nearly October, but Liverpool isn’t. It has been insanely hot here today, and I was very pleased when I realized I could wear my hippie dress! Yay!

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Take care! ❤

xxx

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

Songwriting Workshops

I promised you a post about my busy week in Norway, and here it is!

Songwriting workshops
Like I said, the main reason for going home so close to starting the new year at LIPA, was that I had been asked to do 2 songwriting workshops in my home town, as part of a music video project the local Culture School is putting up. I was honored that they asked me in the first place, and I’m very glad to have been a part of this awesome project. I WISH they had done stuff like this when I was in high school! I did two workshops over two nights, and it was a great success. 12 people turned up on the first night (among them a 13 year old boy I used to babysit for when he was 1 – man, I’m getting old..!), and we had a fun time talking about songwriting, listening to examples and working on ideas for a song. By the end of it, we had a pretty good idea for a theme and a story, and they had all written down a few lines of lyrics. I took it all home and worked a bit on it until the next day. A special thanks to Susanne and Christina for turning up the next day and finishing the lyrics with me! It was great fun!

The song is being recorded in a studio in Hønefoss these days (after some changes by the music team), and in October/November the music video will be made. The final result is showing at the local cinema in the beginning of December, and hopefully I’ll be able to attend. If not, I’m sure I’ll get to see it on Youtube! =)

The rest of the week
Man, what a week…! The original plan was to head straight to my girl Milena on the day I arrived. She had just gotten back from holiday, just made some cool changes to her apartment I had yet to see, and we had lots of catching up to do. Besides, she lives en route to my home, and very close to another friend of ours, whos awesome boy Miguel turned SIX that week! I didn’t have a lot of free time on my hands at all, but the little window of time I did have I wanted to spend hugging the birthday boy. Sadly, that all fell through as I was headhunted for a teaching job the next day, and I had to go straight there.
And what a journey it was! Through a series of random events and stupid decisions on my end, I ended up traveling for about 11 hours, missing so many buses and walking around in the middle of nowhere, in the rain, dragging a suitcase after me. I was SO pissed off. At the end of the line though, I got to sit down on a couch and talk to my sister for a couple of hours, which I don’t get to do very often, so it was all worth while. =) I enjoyed being back in Bjoneroa, and teaching was a lot of fun, as always. Plus, the priceless bonus of being in Bjoneroa is of course that I get to hang out with a couple of the best kids in the world; My niece and nephew.

Wednesday and Thursday were pretty much absorbed by the songwriting workshops, but I did manage to squeeze in a lovely lunch with one of my favourite people in the world between all the work;

Friday and Saturday I spend on a glass stand with my dad, engraving names on his awesome glass. I had fun, and even started on a new hat! ;-P

We sat there for about ten hours straight on the Friday and about 8 on Saturday… It was nice, but cold, and a walk to the shopping center to buy warm socks (My feet were freezing in my Nikes after 2 hours) resulted in brand new boots;

From now on, I shall forever be known as (pause for effect) The Girl With The Red Boots… ;-P

And that’s literally where my week went. There were plenty of people I didn’t get to see and things I didn’t get to do this time, but whatchagonnado. I literally barely had time to piss.

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Take care! ❤

xxx

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