Entering the world of Qello

Oh my,  I just updated my Apple TV and look what I found. Qello! Amazing. Someone, somewhere has thought of setting up a streaming service for concert films and music documentaries. Thank you! I’ve never heard of Qello before. Today was a very happy day for me, and my free 7day trial is already running. With…

Frozen trees, calming melodies

A thick fog covered everything in the Helsinki area on December 19. This handsome sailboat was lighting the Pohjoisranta harbour. I was on my way to a Christmas concert by Lumen Valo, a classical vocal ensemble. The ensemble’s name literally means the Glow of Snow, and that’s exactly how the music felt like: ‘interplay of light and dark…

Versatile Blogger Award

I was very surprised to receive an award for blogging. Wow. Peer support, the best kind! It’s the versatile blogger award and the kind fellow blogger to nominate me was Divine Debris Jewellery, who btw makes great crocheted earrings. Thank you so much! Since all good things are better when shared, I’m going to nominate a few…

The list of all things good

As you may remember, I’m very fond of lists. Lists are wonderful, they simplify life, they create order into what’s ambiguous and they provide an endless source of happiness to a person who prefers things easy. My lists this week include the so-called general list, including everything that needs to be remembered. I also need…

Reality TV – fight from the heart

So there’s going to be Rocky – das musical. Is it just a movie on stage? With all those great 1980’s hits being sung live? Or something else? I saw the ad in Hamburg late 2011, and the world premiere is in November 2012. Ted Berg, writing to Tedquarters, was also slightly surprised of the idea.…

Orson Welles: the Queen of Denmark

What a week. Have not had time to blog about things, and there are so many to mention. Must take it easy and not add everything to this one post. There is the issue with John Grant. He performed last Monday in Helsinki. I had never heard his music before, but then my favourite radio…

Listening to music without CD’s

I love my cd’s. They’re right there by my books, nicely organized. I love going through them on a Sunday morning, choosing one to play and then playing it. I never knew I was a relic because of doing that. Tori Amos played live in Helsinki last night. I was blown away. I’ve seen her play…

My top 10 Tori Amos songs

As the long-awaited Tori Amos concert is approaching, it’s time to make a list of her most meaningful songs for me. I’m a frantic list-maker, but I try to keep it under control. If I’m not mistaken this is only the second list I’m making in this blog. Here are my top 10 Tori Amos…

Night of Hunters

Listening to a new album by one of your favourite artists is always a thrill. What are the melodies like this time? How about lyrics? Will there be a song or two that stand out immediately or will the album become one of those you end up listening again and again without ever learning the…