Last Days of Summer - August 3, 2015
We've had a few, beautiful days of summer here in Norway, and I went to the U.S. to visit family and friends in St. Louis and Nashville (it was great throwing on a pair of shorts and t-shirt) catching up and seeing the progress of both cities. St. Louis is my hometown and one of my very favorite cities, full of cool things to see and do, great music and architecture, history, and food! Nashville, which I called home for nine years is really becoming gentrified, lots of new places popping up all around town, and in my favorite location of East Nashville, there seems to be some rapid expansion going on, although it still has that quaint feeling in my opinion, but some of the old hangs I loved like Mitchell's Deli, Sip, The Family Wash, and Bongo Java have either moved into new buildings, or lost a little bit of that East Nashville authenticity, but you gotta make a buck, that's for sure, just wish they could have retained a bit more of the old look. I haven't seen the new Family Wash yet since it's not re-opened, but I'm sure it will still have a very cool vibe.
J.P. and I had a few gigs this summer, the last one with our band Kicking Stars for the 2830 Sommerfestival (sans Reeves Gabrels, who is out touring with The Cure, we miss him, but are happy he's living the good life!) and we shared the stage with a highly touted Norwegian band called D.D.E., a lively bunch of fellows, with a lead singer who plays accordion and rips his shirt off accordingly, even though he's not as buff as he used to be, still and all, it was a great time had by all. Norwegians can definitely party when they have a mind to, jumping on tables, clapping hands, pounding their feet, and singing up a storm. The sound, stage, and lights were fantastic, always good to have a professional crew around.
In between taking care of our kiddies and fending off the massive flowers, trees, grasses, and forest whilst they envelope us (we wish we had a riding mower), we are slowly, but surely getting back into the studio to record a new album of songs we've co-written, and if we get lucky, maybe we'll throw in a couple of solo albums too since we both have a whole bunch of songs to record that we've written in the last few years. I'll also be teaching voice at a culture school here, as well as continuing with the teaching gig I already have for private lessons in voice and piano. I love the fact that I am doing music and being a mommy full time. My twins have followed in my footsteps and are both very active singers, even though they aren't even three years old yet; they sing in both English and Norwegian, and sometimes mix the two which is very charming! I need to push the envelope a little more in learning and speaking more Norwegian, they're already surpassing me, and one of them is starting to correct my Norwegian when I pronounce it badly.
Hopefully, you all had a good summer, it goes by so quickly, doesn't it? (especially in Norway). Ha en fin dag alle sammen!