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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Week 42 - 2006

This week I'll start with an e-mail I got from my cousin Rande:

" Tor og Anna,
My favorite acoustic guitarist,
Tommy Emmanuel, is playing in Oslo on November 16th. I have attached the website of the venue in Oslo. Call Haakon and Ingelin to go with you, maybe Nikolas and Reuben, too! I guarantee you will have a good time. He always stays after the concert to sign (autograph) CD's and pictures. His personality and guitar playing will put a smile on your face:-) !
Hugs - Rande"

I heard
Tommy Emmanuel first time when Rande played him in the car when driving in the Bay Area. I couldn't believe it was only one person playing.


There's so much struggle and stupid wars going on around the world, I simply come to think about this one

Buffalo Soldier – Yes, it's Bob Marley


Last night I to my surprise discovered our old scrapbook from Chile and Argentina laying under our kitchen sofa/bed. Who had put it there?

However, I sat down reading it and then came music into my ears and heart.

El Corazon Del Pueblo (The Heart Of The People)

Cielo Andino


Weekend is approaching. TGT? Huu? Thanks God it's Thursday (derived from my name: Tor; i.e. Torsday. So I have my day every week. Then what:

Let’s dance from David Bowie


Waking up this morning, what did I do but listen to the

Rythm of the Rain by the Cascades


Could I be a warmer place? Yes, at least it feels like it when listning to:

Antonio Carlos Jobim


I'll finnish where I startet: In the SF Bay Area with a very fine jazzmusician and composer, born in Concord, CA, Dave Brubeck and his

Take Five

Have a good week

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Music 4 week 42


This week I’ll start with a CD I was recommended at The Rio de Janeiro International Airport some years ago as typical Brazilian Contemporary Music: Danca das Cabecas, by Egberto Gismonti.

Well, I did know samba and bossa nova, but brazilian contemporary music, what would that be like?

Well back home in Oslo, when opening the cover, I was very surprised: The Album was recorded November 1976, in Oslo, Norway. Brazilian Contemporary Music!

Of course, it was in tense expectancy I pulled the ”Play” button on my CD-player. First came some strange bird-like sounds, then came our Cats. Yes, our Cats. They behaved in a very strange way. Like in a Mating Play.

I come to think about this when we once again enteret our Winterhome with the Cats. I played this album again and the cats played again as well.

Did you know it’s a web-shop selling music for pets?


Second song this week do also have an unusual story. I didn’t think twice…

Back in 1964 I was in France for my very first time. That year might be special for Beer-lovers: Introduction of the Kronenbourg 1664 brand.

We could have 33 glasses of wine for 10 Francs in the local bar.

And in the bar I listened to Hugues Aufray, and this one became my favourite song ”N’y pense plus”. I bought the 45rpm EP and brought it home to Norway as Genuine French music.

How wrong could one take: It was Bob Dylan’s ”Don’t think twice”.


Early in the morning, when you are in a real hurry, listen to this one by Frederic Chopin:

The Minute Waltz


And when you’re out of house travelling by public transport or in your car with your spouse, best friend or childeren, tryt his one Side by Side.


Then you’re at work, or school or study, and you don’t feel like dancin’ , the Scissor Sisters may help a bit


In the afternoon or later, you feel SexyBack home, or?


First time ever abroad without parents, was in 1963. Took the ship from Oslo to Copenhagen. No cabin we had, the three lads, we slept in the saloon. Which was among teenagers, very common those days. We brought a tent and stayed at a camping just 12 minutes by streetcar from downtown Copenhagen.

My favourite place to og during the evening was Montmartre Jazzhouse. Who played there at that time: Dexter Gordon. Who song: Sarah Vaughan.

I in fact took the opportunity to interview them both – for my School Magazine.

When you go to bed ”Round Midnight”, think about Dexter ”TLD” Gorden, the only jazz musician nominated to an Oscar. And listen to the Sound Track from the Movie of the same name.

Have a wonderful time

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

My Musiclist October 11-2006.

This week both my daughter and mother celebrates birthdays. I have no chance to see my daugther, as she is working in Florida and I’m in Oslo, Norway. But I’ll se my mother and bring her some grapes from our summergarden. And a little more.

1) So what’s more obvious to choose as this weeks number one but the worlds most popular song in English:

”Happy Birthday to you”

Did you know the song was written by two schoolteacher sisters in Kentucky with the original Title: "Good Morning to All” as a classroom greeting?

2) Autumn leaves are falling to the ground around here. Let them fall down when listening to Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Blakey playing:

Autumn Leaves

from the Album ”Something Else”. If you like jazz, this is a classic.

3) Our friend Hakon, a Norwegian now living in Southern France , this year as well, payed us a visit in our Summerhouse. When he once again has left Norway for milder Winters in Provence , I came to think about one of my favourite French artists: Jean Ferrat and his song:

Ma France (My France)

4) Have you ever seen the rain, Rod Stewart.
A Classic for all seasons. And I’ve seen rain on a Sunny Day lately.

5) A Year ago the Graduates from ”my” school in 1965 met to a gatheringparty. Wow, it’s allready a year ago. So my old school come in to my mind some days ago. I used to play music (records) for my fellow students during the breaks. And for many, too much jazz.
Here you can listen to a young Norwegian artist, which father is a world reputated saxophonist and her mother went to ”my” school.

6) I think there are some songs and melodies you can listen to time after time, without having too much of it. For me Cindy Loupers Time after Time” is such a track. Not to mention ”Girls wanna have fun”.

7) When Darkness Falls you can listen to the melody and song with the same name performed by the Irish/Norwegian ”Secret Garden” on their album ”Earthsongs”. Listen to this wonderful music and have a good nights sleep.

Have a wonderful week