Ingvild Koksvik at Naustet

Last Friday the Norwegian singer/songwriter Ingvild Koksvik released her new album Mørketidssanger. The album has new songs with her familiar melancholic sound, which I love so much.

A little while ago she announced that her release tour would start Tuesday 11 October 2022, and the first gig would be held at Naustet at SALT here in Oslo.

A woman holding a microphone, singing into it. Behind her is a pianist playing the piano, and a guitarist playing the guitar.
Ingvild Koksvik at Nausted, 11 October 2022.
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2022

This was Ingvild Koksvik’s first concert in a good while, and the first time I’d heard her live since I saw her at Time stasjon in Bryne in 2013.

Nausted was a small venu, and really cozy. The only negative thing about it was that it should have been better insulated. We could hear the music being played over the loudspeakers outside. That being said, I really enjoyed the beautiful music. It was a magical time, and I just wish it had lasted longer!

Happy Midwinter!

It’s Midwinter. Yule. Christmas Eve. Whatever you want to call it. (I prefer Midwinter myself). Here in Norway the night of the 24 December is when we gather to celebrate with food and gifts. It’s our “big night” this time of year. And this year, for the first time I’m spending tonight alone. It has been my choise, and to be honest, I am happy about it. I will eat nice food, relax and just enjoy quality “me time”.

And since it’s this time of year, I will share this nice version of “Fairytale Of New York”, a beautiful song in itself. Here it’s done by Katzenjammer, Ben Caplan, and The Trondheim Soloists, which in my opinion makes it extra special.

The greatest gift

So, the other day my friend Øystein texted me asking me if he could e-mail me a song he had made. I said “of course”, and that I wasn’t afraid of telling him my opinion. Which he already knows, of course, he knows me well enough. After a bit I found time to sit down and listen, so I opened up my inbox, and downloaded the song, called “Flowing”.

I was listening to the song carefully, and not only did it give me goosebumps, but it also made me cry. I found it so sad… Songs hardly ever have that effect on me. I then texted Øystein, and I told him about my reaction to the song, and the he said “I wrote it to you”. Needless to say, I was speachless. It made me cry even more, though not of sadness. What a beautiful gift to get from one of your best friends! The song is online, and can be listened to for free on Soundcloud.

This is probably, by far, the greatest gifts I have ever been given. It might not have much value money wise, but to me, it’s worth everything. So, what’s the greates gift you have been given?

Photo © 2015
Øystein playing with Tønes at Rockefeller in Oslo, 14 March 2015.
Photo © 2015

CrüxShadows gig in Oslo!

Went to see CrüxShadows on Saturday. It was great. We had to wait for quite a while before they finally went on stage, but it was worth the wait. I was slightly disappointed by how few people had turned up. A pity people don’t come to see them when they’re finally here…

I took a few photos, but I hadn’t brought a camera, as I was going to visit someone afterward, so I used the mobile. Needless to say, mobile phone photos don’t turn out good, but they could have been even crappier. It doesn’t matter, they make nice memories anyway.

Lead singer of CrüxShadows holding a mask in front of his face.
CrüxShadows, Oslo, 25.11.2006
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2006