Welcoming the Turbulence of 2016

11:41 AM

From my trip to Santa Fe in December 2015
It's been way too long. In my dreams I write here every week, keeping up with the process and reporting on random thoughts. Maybe discussing things artistic as well as the state of the world, having conversations – if someone wants to chime in. But in reality this here space remains silent as I work my way through days and months. Maybe, hopefully this will change now. I want to say more. Leave traces of unfinished thoughts and mark steps that are less significant and permanent than a finished song for example.

My look for the David Bowie Tribute show at Korjaamo on February 3rd, 2016
In early February a bunch of Finnish musicians had a tribute concert for David Bowie at Korjaamo Helsinki. it was a sold-out show. I had the honour to end the evening with Space Oddity. To play in front of 650 David Bowie fans in mourning and after all the fantastic performers of the evening was an experience I will never forget. Thank you1 Here are some pictures by Tomi Palsa of the evening if you'd like to see. Profit from the show went to cancer research in Finland through Syöpäsäätiö. 

Needless to say, the death of David Bowie touched me on many levels. As a fellow music maker, a weirdo and a breast cancer survivor (not sure if I like to call myself that). I celebrate his journey through different expressions and forms of music and his trials in combining music to other artistic expression. I take inspiration from the way he moved. I grieve his passing and the pain he was in, but I refuse to see his last album as an orchestration of dying artfully. To me there is no such thing. Dying is a tragedy. It is always too soon and at the wrong time.

Before I press publish and return to today's business I want to say two things:
A) I am recovering from an operation, which was the first out of two reconstructions I will be going through this year. After a mastectomy in 2014 I will be becoming a two-breasted woman again this year. Just letting you know! It's amazing and painful and many other conflicting emotions as well as uncomfortable physical states...

B) Please, give your support to people who report sexual abuse, harassment or violence. Kesha's legal case against her producer and her label has and will give rise to more abuse cases being spoken about in public. There are cases that relate to the entertainment and music business and others that don't – for the victims it can be very important to talk about what they have gone through even if time has passed. The latest person to speak was Larkin Grimm. Statistics about sexual violence in the US can be found from RAINN.
In Finland go to Naisten Linja for support and information.
Here's what Lena Dunham wrote about the Kesha case in Lenny Letters.

Let this year be full of creativity and bravery! We must fight for human rights and dignity NOW!

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2 comments

  1. I'd surely like to read more of your "traces of unfinished thoughts and mark steps that are less significant and permanent than a finished song for example." And I mean, especially when it comes with that kind of attitude. Not putting too much pressure to write a highly polished text, but more like sharing "the work-in-progress" unfinished thoughts and impressions.

    As, after all, that is what we all are, in our daily lives. We live in these unfinished thoughts and ideas, emotions and impressions. We navigate with them, and that is the sphere where life breathes - never perfect, never knowing everything, always a bit unpredictable, always unique and personal.

    Well, it isn't always that easy to find time to write a blog post regularly. But here I am encouraging you; if you manage to find that time and frame of mind, that would be great! Your radio program "Tyttöystävä" left me with many valuable little gems, listening those interviews which also were kind of a unfinished yet all so honest expressions of "this is how I find my life". I'm happy I did listen to those, and I'd be happy to read if you keep on posting more of your own thoughts in the blog =)

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  2. Thanks Erkka! I guess I didn't because I only just found your comment...meaning I haven't been back here for a long while.
    I'm always thinking I should write and then just don't. Now my writing time is consumed by finishing my album, editing one Quart Magazine and lots more.

    Will return soon to post here though.
    And have to make it regular or at least put some serious effort into trying.


    Astrid

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