I am moving


Dear readers, followers and likers of   trynomore

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom now on I have moved this blog to

www.trynomore.se

At this new adress you may continue reading about my posts on meditation, yoga, reading, walking and writing. Poems, quotes, music and minimalism.

If you are one of my followers please re-follow in this new adress

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See you there

/Sten

Enjoying Christmas day!

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Listening to JS Bach Cello suites played by Franz Helmersson. Reading Chinua AchebeThings Fall Apart” and a book about our swedish Saint Birgitta. Laying on the sofa watching the short day light pass. Recieving a message that Nosa Señora da Barca church in Muxía is burning. Sad, since I have been there, I have visited the church on one of my caminowalks. It’s so beautiful, by the sea, the Atlantic ocean.
Christmas day is a minimalist day. When I was a child this day was a day of peace, no visiting friends, no loud music, just playing with the christmas gifts. It was a very looong day. Boring? Yes! Today I enjoy the slow tempo. The reading. The writing. No pressure.

/Sten

36 years later…..

Konserthuset Stockholm

Konserthuset
Stockholm © Sten-Ove Sundlöf

Believe it or not, but, these things happen. It happend to me.  I will take it from the start.

In the seventies I was, and still am, a great admirer of fusionmusic, jazzrock, (Weather Report, RTF, Mahawishnu Orch …). Great musicians and composers. Interresting and never ending improvisations, intriguing music. Among these musicians the guitarist John McLaughlin broke new ground and made som very special records an concerts. One of these concerts, in 1977, has a special place  in my heart. The acoustic group Shakti played at Konserthuset, Stockholm, sweden. Me and my frinds crowded us in a car and travelled the 550 km to Stockholm and witnessed this remarkable band. We had our seats on the second row, me with my camera ready to get some amazing pictures of our heroes.

Several years later a friend asked me if I had the pictures from this concert. A friend of his, also a McLaughlin nerd, had a site devotetd to this guitarhero and he wanted photos. I found them,  scanned them and sent  a number of pictures to the other side of the planet.

This summer, in june, I get this e-mail. It came from a french journalist. He said, he was writing an article about Shakti. It is now forty years since they started and they are celebrating it with an article in Guitarist Acoustic, a french quarterly magazine. They asked if it was possible to use my pictures from 1977 in the aniversary article.
At first I thought, “this must be a joke”, (like the nigerian letters.)
But, some mails later I was confident, it was not a joke.

During a couple of summerweeks I found and sent my pictures to a professional scanning service. I sent the CD to my contact, and now, in october 15, Guitarist Acoustic nr 42 will be available. With my pictures from 1977!

I find this a very positive story, so, I want to share it with you, reading my blog.
These things happen, it happened to me. Amazing! Like a lightning from the clear sky.
I am greatfull, filled with joy and happines over this great surprise coming to me. Thank you for giving it to me! Who ever you are.

/Sten

My music

I’m adding a list of music I’ve listened to during 2012.  No priority.

1:David Gray-
Album: White ladder Song: Please forgive me

2:Herbie Hancock-
Album: the Joni letters Song: River

3:Madeleine Peyroux-
Album: Half the perfect world   Song: Once in a while

4:Bruce Cockburn-
Album:Dart to the heart Song: There’s a bone in my ear

5:Eric Bibb-
Album: Natural light Song: Too much stuff

6:Rufus Wainright-
Album:  Poses Song: Cigarettes and chocolate milk

7:Aziza Mustafa Zadeh-
Album: Dance of fire
Song: Boomerang

8: Return to forever-
Album: Hymn of the seventh galaxy Song: Captain señor mouse

9: Laleh-
Album: Sjung  Song: Some die young

10: Ane Brun-
Album: Spending time with Morgan Song: Humming one of your songs

Some of the songs and artists are new acquaintances and still some are old friends. I have followed them from my early twenties and I wish music will continue to give me pleasure, memories and emotions many years ahead. Music and literature are my main inspiration.

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They give inspiration and escapism. Energy, happiness and they offer a path to my emotional sources. Music and literature are two of my best friends.

The river

I these times before christmas songs can help – River – a song by Joni Mitchell – it’s about loss, escape, flying, hurting – a sad song with a glimps of hope

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It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

But it don’t snow here
It stays pretty green
I’m going to make a lot of money
Then I’m going to quit this crazy scene
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know, he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I’m so hard to handle
I’m selfish and I’m sad
Now I’ve gone and lost the best baby
That I ever had
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Oh, I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby say goodbye

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

…a break…

First. I want to thank you  – for reading. Thank´s to you my motivation for writing keeps high even if the everyday trivia tries to stop me. My blog has been up two months now and I notice with a positive appreciation that I seem to have readers out there. Motivation, time and energy oscillates up and down. This week has been a week of down and a break from writing. From different reasons. The main reason beeing lack of time and low mood. I am not happy with these moodeshifts. I have my tricks for lifting. One is walking. One is music. One is doing one thing at a time. One is reading. One is meditation. One is yoga. One is doing things I enjoy. What´s your tricks?
I struggle with myself when I notice the downmood arriving. It´s mainly my thoughts that I try to shift and replace. My self-image is also in need of refreshing.
The comming week may give me some new angles to wiev from. I am in command. Important meetings from my hand. I am curious for what will be.
TBC