Creative Mornings and Nordic Music Prize Nomination

3:06 PM

Tomorrow is my birthday. I'll be 36. A very good age to be alive, if you ask me.
This here blog has been a little silent in the past months. It's been the silence of recovery, return to an  insane (and self-tailored) work schedule and a pause from reflection.

Mostly it's been a silence out of the necessity of needing to extract every possible minute of the day elsewhere, in other creative expressive processes. You'll be hearing more on that stuff soon.

But this week is so full of wonderful things that I need to stop, write and celebrate. Bring on the champagne and the glass flutes!
I was nominated for an Emma Award in the Critic's Choice category!

Today the nominees for the Nordic Music Prize were announced. My album From the Bed and Beyond is nominated. You'll need to check out the other nominees (from the link above). They are insanely talented, brilliant and amazing – and famous. I am proud and surprised and happy and humbled to be in this company.

Up until this point, I have never ever been nominated for any award, so I'm going through the motions. It's weird. I suddenly realize that there is a difference in being an Oscar Gala fan (as annual TV entertainment) and to be a nominee for something and to entertain the idea of actually having to go to a gala. Or getting to go...

I'm also realizing that while I have always thought that I'm doing worthy and great things artistically, there's a kind of difference when others think so too 😂...

The other lovely thing that I am happy about (and scared of in pretty equal measure) is that I am giving a talk this week. On Friday the 26th of January, I will be talking at Creative Mornings Helsinki. The venue is Design Museo in Helsinki, the time is morning (breakfast starts at 8:30Am)!  The language is English. The event is free, but you have to book your tickets through the website in advance. This month's theme is anxiety and my talk is titled "Confessions of an Anxious Memoirist".

All in all, today's January blizzard doesn't signify traffic jams, loneliness or distant coldness to me, but crystallisation, inspiration and hope.

I hope your 2018 has started with a positive feeling.
Here's me ending this post with a humble wish that you are doing ok!


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