Heard this song, went straight to the heart.
Got all the tracks from Daniel and made a remix. Crunched and tweaked it, brought out something different.
I hope the remix will bring Ljus to ears that would otherwise perhaps never have encountered it. Oh, yes, “Ljus” means “Light” in Swedish.
No reason to get TOO excited - it’s just a Spotify playlist. That said, it’s a rather eclectic mix ranging from jazz to electronica to triphop and blues.
Here in Sweden, the grim season has commenced. The sun makes a brief appearance - most often shielded by clouds - for a few hours, and then descends into extended darkness. Muted colours, perpetual rain, winter blues, and the quiet hope for snow and a white christmas.
The mix mainly contains classic tracks - many of them with a solid blue note. But there’s also a glimmer of hope for brighter seasons to come.
“December Bliss” tracklist
1: “Penelope” - Pinback
2: “Chase The Sun” - Planet Funk
3: “Ballad Of The Sad Young Men” - The Rhythm Combination & Brass
4: “From Gagarin’s Point Of View” - Esbjörn Svensson Trio
5: “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” - Nina Simone
6: “Memories Of Green” - Vangelis
7: “A Song For You” - Donny Hathaway
8: “Som Glas” - Fläskkvartetten
9: “You’re The Storm” - The Cardigans
10: “Samson” - Regina Spektor
11: “Visa från Utanmyra” - Monica Zetterlund
12: “Reload It” - Kano
13: “Overcome” - Tricky
14: “So What” - Miles Davis
15: “Blues Run The Game” - Jackson C. Frank
16: “Neptune, the Mystic” - Gustav Holst
17: “Time After Time” - John Coltrane
18: “Mushaboom (k-os Mix)” - Feist
19: “Svefn - g - Englar” - Sigur Rós
20: “Everybody’s Changing” - Keane
21: “Stockholm Blues” - Tony Joe White
22: “The Farewell” - Nils Landgren, Esbjörn Svensson
Listen to it now » (Spotify required)
Admit it. You’ve also spent late evenings browsing through the vast musical offerings of Youtube. Being amazed by the talent, and shocked by the sheer quantity of awe-inspiring performances.
Now, meet the video mashup. Oskar just sent me this link: “Kutiman mixes Youtube“. It completely blew me away.
Kutiman has assembled a plethora of clips, then created new compositions based on these clips. From massive funk to spaced out dub, it’s a highly addictive 7-track tribute to music. And the mother of all music video mashups.
Watch it now »
Amidst packed bags, with a glass of cold Elderberry juice, a newly potted Hibiscus resting on the terrace and Istanbul sleeping, I’m winding down for the day.
This year has so far meant finding new melodies, time compression, unimaginable beauty, massive change and countless lessons learned. And spending far too many (to be desirable) hours in the air.
We’re now in the eye of the storm. Which, for us, means moving across three continents. From Istanbul to Delhi, via Stockholm.
The studio is packed up in an old Dunderdon bag, bar the Yamaha studio monitors. Countless cables have been disconnected, carefully wound up and packed in suitable compartments. Literally, metaphorically.
Change is difficult. Letting go is equally hard, and often part of the former. It never gets easier to say goodbye, but you eventually learn that many endings are but transitions to new beginnings.
So we’re heading further east. To Delhi, where there are peacocks and huge boulevards. Where Hindi is spoken alongside English, and the Rose of Althea blossoms.
Hoşça kalın. Namaste!
My friend Kristian, who’s doing marvelous things at Spotify, gave me a highly desired beta-invite to Spotify this week. And I’m amazed. Ever since Pandora shut down, I’ve been looking for a good alternative. Sure, there’s last.fm and many others. But they just don’t do it for me.
Meet Spotify. This is, hands down, the best streaming player I’ve ever encountered. The user interface is intuitive, the sound quality is excellent, the music selection is enormous. So far, I haven’t found a single bug or flaw that has annoyed me.
Sure, the genre selection is not as fine-tuned as it could be. Sometimes completely unrelated music enters your stream. But even if that’s unintended, it can be quite refreshing. To encounter something fresh and unexpected.
And that’s really what Spotify is all about: musical wandering. You make a few selections, then enter on a musical journey. A journey that looks very promising.
I’ve had Spotify open since I first downloaded the app. And I have no plans to shut it down. It’s simply too good, too addictive, too inspirational.
So, bravo Spotify! You’re on to something powerful.