The Course of Things and Our Insignificance out now

Artwork The Course of Things and Our Insignificance

Recorded during the month of December 2015. Since november 2015 my father has been on his last, sick with cancer, and he has been forced to commit himself to a nursery home in Florø. During this time I’ve left my home in Bergen to stay with my father, and his wife. We’re watching out for father on shifts, and during the time I’ve had by myself I’ve making music and recording. This album is a result of this.

The first track is a mellow version of the Burzum classic, and a favorite of mine. I’ve rearranged it to a open tuning (dadga#d, all other songs on this release are also using this tuning) and arranged a vocal melody for it.

The second song is one of my fathers favorite songs and was written by Don McLean and released on his American Pie album.

The last two tracks were written by me, and also revolve around the themes I’m surrounded by these days. Memories. Death. The future. Fatherhood. Childhood.

My Hometown released digitally

My Hometown released digitally

Got hours of music just lying around on the computer, so this might count as another step to make it accessible.

My Hometown was written, I think, in 2003 or 4 and recorded maybe in 2005 together with Bosse Litsheim of Ai Phoenix​ on percussion and backing vocals and Jørgen Sandvik – artistside​ of Real Ones on mandolin and backing vocals. I sang, plucked the guitar and played the lap steel guitar on this one.

We travelled together with our instruments to Høyanger located by the Sognefjord. Me and Jørgen stayed in the late Bønna’s house (if I remember correctly). I think we were there for a week and recorded in the old gun club house. It seems like forever ago, and judging by the lyrics it is forever ago also. A year earlier I had discovered the Bonnie “Prince” Billy record Master And Everyone, and I was also pretty much soaked in compulsive Elliott Smith listening, finally finding something else than old country-blues, british folk from the 60s and Bob Dylan.

Its been a long road since then, and this was my first in a studio, and a first together with other musicians. I had shown Jørgen my four-track demos of this song and a few others and he wanted us to take it a step further. Bosse planned things, and made it happen.

Steps Leading Nowhere — The Story

My father has always been a brave soul. Never afraid to explore what has been unfamiliar and unknown up till where he has gotten in his life.

This song was written by my ailing father. Sick with cancer my father set out on a song writing journey a few years back, and wrote around fifty songs over the course of two or three years. Being a great outlet and therapy for him, it also gave a new insight for me into my fathers thoughts and mind.

Here is my version paired with my fathers version.

It has been my intention for a good time now to record the entire collection of his songs, and I have tried several times to find the right expression for recording them. This might my strongest card till now, and as my father only closes in on his dreaded enemy I more than ever feel the urge to finish this project.

The words

Some times i wish to cling to everything I’ve known
sometimes i wish to leave like a storm can blow
at times i close all doors and turn my back on you
sometimes my open heart it can be so true

and I’m never sure if theres love in me
or if im just hanging on
never found the answers
if im losing or if I’ve won
and as i move on further
think its easy to know
i always aim to where my heart will go

there are many steps leading nowhere some that lead to you
the going can be so fine and it can be blue
and often i go forward i hesitate and turn around
i would like to be more steadfast and stand my ground

but I’ve seen what is coming
i only know where I’ve gone
never found the answers
if im losing or if I’ve won
and as i move on further
think its easy to know
i always aim to where my heart will go

some times im feeling old
other times im young
some times I’m too scared i can only run
there are moments i’ll go out fighting
feeling so bold
what im given in this life i want to hold

but I’ve seen what is coming i only know where I’ve gone
never found the answers if im losing or if I’ve won
and as i move on further
think its easy to know
i always aim to where my heart will go