20. May 2019
Contraband is a little snippet of my life, my compositional process, my way of thinking. I think during life we are always changing and shifting, however big or small. The songs of Contraband came to me in the usual ways during the writing phase but my way of interacting with them was a little different. It isn't just me and the piano anymore (mostly) and that cracked a few eggs of thought as to how to look for the important secrets in the songs and to try to expose them. Having more experience...
30. April 2019
Hum, hum, hum. The bicycle is spinning under me - a new song is circling in my head. I am sweating in the cold and there is a long unchanging path ahead of me. I am in the woods. There I was. In the woods. Cycling through the beautiful nature and feeling frustrated because I had expectations that were not being met. I had expectations of what my coffee would taste like in the morning (I can't shake that one...), expectations about how people I care about should act, expectations of being...
11. April 2019
It's raining and it's 9am and I am so tired. I want to make some magic but I can tell it won't come easy today. The puzzle pieces on a new song have to fit together but the fog lingers in my mind. Coffee. I wander over to the piano and grab a piece of paper and a pencil. I start playing and jotting down some notes - I am not going to wait for the ideas, I am going to hunt for them, corner them and write them down. If the ideas remain inside my mind floating from here to there, encountering...
24. January 2019
As I stood on the roof of my garage shoveling beautiful, white fluffy snow to the ground to prevent an imminent roof collapse I started feeling happier and happier. My arms hurt, my back hurt, I was getting one hell of a workout. But how incredible it was to feel useful - to physically have to take care of a property and people around you. If the sky had not dropped so much snow I wouldn’t even have had that task; if I wasn’t lucky enough to have a garage I also wouldn’t have had that...
15. January 2019
https://www.reverbnation.com/elizabeth25/song/28990902-preference The title "Preference" came from text that was originally included in the song but later was removed. Again, this song was written with a very basic idea in mind. How do we make our decisions, what shapes our preferences? The two extremes in decision-making I define as spontaneous decision-making and long thought-out decision-making. On a daily basis I would say that I make most small decisions spontaneously. Currently no two...
15. January 2019
https://www.reverbnation.com/elizabeth25/song/29054165-seashells This song was inspired by a quiet, beautiful beach in Normandy, France that was completely strewn with seashells. We can feel so clear-minded, present, disciplined and proud of how we carry out our lives and still not be immune to tangling things into knots. Often, in the hectic world in which we live the moments for reflection are stolen by, say, checking our social media, taking on one too many projects, necessary (and often...
27. October 2018
It has taken me years to unlearn behaviors and attitudes that are taught and considered normal in (my) society that I find non-constructive and even destructive. Almost all of these behaviors have the ego at their core. What kinds of behaviors and attitudes do I mean? Well, I suppose the main one is that we are taught to see ourselves as the center of the world. To some extent this is a natural direction - we need to care for ourselves and direct our own paths, not to mention sense danger and...
20. September 2018
A few people have asked me about my songwriting process and at the end of this blog post I invite you warmly to share yours (or your creative process in general), if you like. It is interesting to explore the differences and similarities in how we create. 1. The most standard way I write songs is when I sit at the piano and improvise. I never even do this in the first place unless I am feeling that a song is lurking and needs to exist, so to say - I never force myself to sit at the piano to...
09. July 2018
I came across some notes I wrote last summer when I was thinking about processes. Take, for example, the process of writing a song. The more songs I write, the more songs I write. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the songs will get better. Certainly some aspects of songwriting that at the beginning may have been daunting or tedious become easier, but I never believed in the saying “practice makes perfect”. More accurately - “practice makes permanent”, so I always try to think...
23. June 2018
I started thinking about quantifying goals as a way to describe intuitive feelings and thoughts I have when setting goals and observing goals that others have set. Then it hit me that goals with no roof are goals that I have gravitated towards my entire life because they make me feel that I am moving in the right direction. What I mean by goals with no roof are, for example, staying in good physical shape, composing music, expanding business knowledge or knowledge in a particular field - these...

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