Tjena! (What’s up in Swedish…)
I’ve had a very nice but loooong day together with friends in the choir VasaGospel. We began rehearsing just after 10 am and ended just after 5 pm… There’s a lot of stuff going on for the new year. And a lot has been going on this Fall-semester too. (I.e. see the pic of ‘Julgrytan’ from Odenplan the other day when we sang carols and collected money for homeless and needing people when supporting the Salvation Army/Frälsningsarmén.) First in the year of 2012 though, we are going to record a new album (that’s why we rehearse a lot right now) and then we are heading for a tour in Australia (!) in the summer of 2012. There are a lot of new material being processed and recorded right now! I used to have a really ambivalent feeling to singing in choirs earlier, well not all choirs, but some churchy choirs because they rarely develop your technical skills or give you something for your body, spirit AND soul. The thing is that today we had a really good time and we usually have a good time when we meet… I still prefer the solo-singer part I usually play though, not out of selfish motives, but out of joy and creativity. Yet looking forward to 2012 together with VasaGospel A LOT. If you haven’t ‘liked’ our page on Facebook yet you should!
I’m considering Christmas more and more for every hour that passes though. Will this X-mas be any different than other X-mases? Will I be content with celebrating X-mas in Hälsingland where I’ve never lived…? Wishing for bigger, abstract things barely seems to work anyways. Errr…just remembered something else. No wishing list will do as a grown-up anyway, you always change your mind what you would like to receive or you decide to buy what you (think you) need by yourself instead. But I still like the festivities around this very commercialized holiday! People take the chance to be more kind, generous and loving than during the rest of the year. Slightly superficial manners and perhaps a bit false for some, BUT I still believe a lot of people give with a happy heart. Why not be inspired by the spirit of Christmas during the rest of the year too? Are we too individualistic for that in 2012?
At least Stockholm city this time is more ‘X-massy’ than ever. I read that ‘Stockholm stad’ spent som extra millions of SEK on decorations and lights this year and it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s true ’cause there are lights on every tree and house-wall downtown ‘innanför tullarna’. I’ve added a few pics for you to see what I’ve been up too and have seen over the last days.
See you in a while,