Squishy and I have been roommates for almost 10 years.
When I was 18 years old and moved away from home, I wanted to have a pet. Knowing what kind of resposibility it requires to take care of a dog, I knew it wasn´t an option.
So I went to the pet shop, I saw Squishy and fell in love. Without having a clue about snakes I decided to give him a home and one week later he moved in.
Releasing my new album in Japan was again an experience of it´s own kind. Everything from performing in a Boxing Hall, to amazing food, weird toilet seats and making a fool of myself trying to speak Japanese.
In a few days (5th -12th) I´m stepping on the plane to come and see you for the release of my new album Grounded. You managed to impress and amaze me already as a child when I had my first piece of sushi. 20 years later you released my first album Renegade and gave me an armful of great memories and experiences along the way.
I can´t wait to get there for a second round!
Brrrrrr…. The first snow has fallen in Finland and time to kiss the summer goodbye for real and put the motorbike inside. I´m gonna miss my baby.
I always try to cling on to it until until the very last piece of sunshine. I think someone up there made a mistake, I´m supposed to be born under a palm tree not in a pile of snow…
It´s sounds very strange at feels even weirder. Before you think I have lost my mind, check out this video.
In 2010 I met Sofia Lilja for the first time right before recording my very first songs. An absolutely fenomenal coach who has worked with hundreds of artist, in Swedish Idol, Eurovision and not to mention a great artist her self from the band “The Nubian Rose”.
One of the first things Sofia did was to introduce me to the voice and tongue massage. I could´t believe my ears but didn´t hesitate to give it a try.
In that situation you just have to let go of all the weirdness and trust the person doing it, relax, relax and let go.
It is very painful. We use our tongue when we breath, speak, chew, sing and it easily gets tensed. For it´s size it´s one of the strongest muscles in our body, yet we never think of stretching or massaging it like we eventually do with our other muscles when they get tensed.
It´s extremely effective, and a lot of slime comes up when this is done, so you may wanna be close to a bathroom!
This can be done by the coach or yourself, but I always do it in a combo with a full voice massage and warm up (including yoga, stretching, massaging the jaws etc). Unfortunately I could´t fit everything into this one video blog so I will make another one with more stretches and techniques which help before getting up on the stage to sing, speak, act, having a lecture or just feeling tensed in general.
Thank you for watching / reading!
PS. See you in 2 weeks, and then I´ll have something completely different on the menu 😉