|I released a single without knowing it. And then a book. I think that sums up life lately.|
My new album, «Like in 1968«, was released on 13 September. To celebrate, I brought my band along for a handful of concerts in Norway. For the tour finale in Oslo, we were accompanied by 60 children on stage. It was a heavenly experience.
The same day, I released a new single. «Underveis«, as it is called, is a poem by the famous Norwegian poet Rudolf Nilsen (1901-1929), who revolutionised Norwegian poetry in the early 20th century with writings from his working-class perspective.
Lately, I have been working with some of Norway’s finest folk musicians to bring new attention to Rudolf Nilsen’s poems, and the album «På gjensyn» was released last Friday.
…and just when I thought I was finally getting on top of things, I released a book. A photo book! «Kom for alt er ferdig» (Come, for all things are now ready) portrays the life of a priest on the Helgeland coast in Northern Norway. The acclaimed photographer Eivind Natvig has been gathering pictures for more than seven years – to which I have been writing poems (!) for the first time in my life.
Just in the last week, I have played five Christmas concerts, all with different songs and ensembles. As I’m writing this, I’m sitting on top of a stage monitor, waiting for the sound check to begin for tonight’s concert in Asker.
So as you can imagine, there’s a lot going on right now. In February, I’ll be going on a long tour throughout Europe. That’ll be my Christmas holiday.