Archive for December, 2004

planet earth

well, this touring year is over.
it has been an amazing year!

some of the highlights, which some of you may have shared with me were:
the first tour back in january, which was my very first tour of my very first album, european opening for the great perfect circle!!!! our first and only headlining gig of europe was phenomenal, the album had only been out a month or two and the turn outs and enthusiasm were incredible !! thank you all for coming! (and i am sorry we didn’t make it to portugal ! one of my favorite countries in the world!!!! next year!)

my oh my the curiosa tour, the most romantic tour of the decade! dare to be romantic is what i say, and everyone on that tour does! wow, the euro summer festivals, and my decade reading festival anniversary! then their was the sweet hearts of the detroit brothers and sisters, the von bondies! and last but not least, the beauty of the finns of h.i.m.. which i believe to have been one of the most compatible musical unions of the year. that balance between heavy and romantic, strong et vulnerable, love, but metal. what a way to end the year. thank you everyone who made this possible and shared these moments with us.

now it feels like a free fall, no show to play, no band as my structure, just my unknown future.

i am most excited about getting working on my new material.
i have been feeling inspired in my brain as of late.
lot’s of lyric writing.
in the making of the last album, my biggest concern was to exercise my musicianship. my tools of choice were; bass and guitar and collaboration with the other musicians. for this next one, i am eager to expand in the areas i was avoiding last time; brain, lyrics and vocal experimentation.

i speak of following my gut a lot, which i do with pride and joy, but this time i will let my brain do some translating, for it to not be so abstract and more precise.

what i have learned in this last year, through touring these songs for the first time, is i am there to communicate, not only with the performance and sounds, but with words and my ideas.

by watching people in the audience and speaking to those after the show, the fire to connect has grown. as i have said many times, music is the great connector. it has a beautiful power to bring people together. so we are, and so our music will evolve and the message expand.

so this winter i will hibernate, and build sounds and atmospheres around these ideas i have. where as in the past, i would build ideas around sounds.

i wish you all happy holidays, and most of all a lot of hope for our new year.
2005, coming for us. full of opportunity and possibilities.
hope for the best, in love and health.

thank you for all your support in the past amazing year.
i made these sounds to share, and now i am.
thank you for listening.

Los Angeles

I am so disappointed that the San Francisco show was cancelled. I love that city, but because it is not our tour, I couldn’t rearrange anything. H.I.M., like us, have been on tour for a year, and their singer, Ville, lost his voice, so he had to cancel.

Hopefully he is all rested for the L.A. final shows. I am really excited about these 2 shows. Not only are they the last days to celebrate with our new Finnish friends, but they are our last last two shows of the year, and of this album. A change of pace is coming for me, from touring and connecting with the outside, to returning inside and writing my next album. Wow. New and exciting adventure, I have never written my second album before… but first I must play my last 2 shows of my first album before, something else I have never done before.

Thank you Los Angeles friends for coming out in the next few nights.

It has been an amazing year. I am so happy that I got to share it, through my music, with so many nice and enthusiastic music lovers…

One month left until the turning of a new year! I love new years.

With it, I always feel hope, and most of all the excitement for the unknown future to come… yahoo!! Music, love, friends, knowledge, food, challenge, adventure, confusion, freakiness, and much much more.

Hope you are all well.