This summer I revisited older songs written for my daughters Ida and Minna and wrote “follow-up” songs to reflect the current moment. Today a follow-up song also beckoned to be voiced for Ella, the most recently born of the three precious daughters I am proud to call mine. ”Child of October” takes its title from… Read more »
I recently had the chance to see Springsteen live with the E Street Band and the E Street Horns. I felt like giving something back and wrote a little thank you note in the form of a song.
As mentioned in a previous post, confessional songwriting has a way of chronicling lived experience. Over time it becomes possible to revisit older songs, the sentiments and intentions behind them, and sometimes songs written for others in the past can do with new “commentary” in the present.
Confessional songwriting often chronicles lived experience. This allows one to revisit sentiments and perhaps go back to certain stories. It also allows for intertextual references. You will find both in this song.
I wrote “Where Oceans Meet” in Skagen in the very North of Jutland, Denmark. I have always found it a magical place because two oceans meet here at “Skagens Gren,” it is possible to stand with a foot in both. It got me thinking about life, and the agency of human and non-human encounters that constantly create something new. In the lyric you will detect a pop song about attachment to place, but you may also spot references to feminist posthuman perspectives.
On Wednesday June 14 2023 I successfully defended my doctoral thesis “Songs in the Key of Collaboration: Engaging with Anthropocene moments through personal and collaborative songwriting,” at Aarhus University. The outpouring of love and support in relation to this moment was deeply touching, and I felt – and feel – blessed to have the support…. Read more »
This is a presentation and song performance of “Dream of the Anthropocene,” a song that came to me during the first pandemic year (Dansk version længere nede) It was sparked by a personal story involving my child and health system care challenges during lockdown. The song develops from there to ask questions more broadly, and… Read more »
Debat om klimakrise og lokale og internationale vinkler med Frank Erichsen (”Bonderøven”) ved Climate Justice Days arrangeret af Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (Scroll down for version in English) Jeg var inviteret til at tale ved Climate Justice Days om mit projekt med at skrive sange med folk ud fra deres oplevelser af at leve med store systemiske… Read more »
‘The River Remembers It All’ was co-written with social anthropologist Steven Robins and reflects upon the role of private developers and the City of Cape Town in commodifying and thereby destroying natural resources, namely the Two River Urban Park where the ecological resilience of the wetland and the Liesbeek River are being ‘sold off’ to… Read more »
This song was co-written in the countryside outside of Stellenbosch in South Africa where social entrepreneur and environmentalist Peter Shrimpton is building ‘The Great Labyrinth of Africa’ made up of indigenous spekboom trees. We met at the site and talked about mutual interests and Mr. Shrimpton’s concerns with the environment and current state of affairs…. Read more »