Sometimes in my work as a pre-school teacher, we get interns from the iniversite. Aspiring pre-school teachers. A few years back I got a student that was totally uninspired and didn’t seem very interested in working (or even talk) with kids. This was of course very frustrating, and somehow I ended up writing this song after work.
I still like this song, but the first few times after recording it it reminded me of that student. Not a pleasant memory, but I do like the song!
This is the only track from the album which I haven’t written myself! I am kind of involved in the original tune since it was written by my buddy Dan Sigurdson. I occasionally play piano together with Dan in the project Broms Friskusen, and this was a song that Dan didn’t want to play (because it was to old) but I kind of forced him into including it in our list of live songs because I love it!
This is also one of the songs that I always play when I warm up or when I need inspiration. Or when I just want to play something instead of staring at the wall.
And here’s the original track:
This track from my album For the once left behind was written an recorded in the basement of my parents house in Arvika about a year ago. Like (almost) every year; I travel to my parents for celebrate Christmas. Each year I try to bring some kind of recording equipment. A couple of years ago I only brought my Maschine (which resulted in the tracks Arvika and Falsterbo).
This time I brought my nord electro, which resulted in this song (and a few others.
Today I want to give you the short story about the opening track from my album For the ones left behind called Sweden. Like the tracks Finland and We Won!, this was also written during the World Cup of ice hockey somewhere around may of 2019.
Sweden had, on paper, a pretty good team and was (by many) predicted to at least reach the final stage of the tournament. But individual talent is not all when it comes to team sports…
Hence the melancholic song.
So, in a world filled with singles; why did I finally decide to make an album? One of the reasons is really boring, but I’ll tell you anyway!
You know if you go to an artists Spotify profile, and you look at the release closest to the top, just below the “top 10 tracks”, there is always an album (as long as the artist has released an album of course). It doesn’t matter if the album is ten years old and the artist has made 200 singles since that album. In a world of singles, the album always ends up on top.
So one of the reasons for making this album was actually so that something I think represents me better than my previous albums should be on top.
Another reason is of course; ALBUM! There is a certain feel to release an album. Theres is so much more work to get an album finished than to just record one song, make the cover art and release it the same night…
This album contains a variety of songs from my entire life. Everything from newly written songs, cover songs and new versions of older (sleepy) songs.
I really like this little album of mine, so I hope you’ll enjoy it as well!
Have a listen, and let me know what you think!
This song was written and recorded during my Christmas vacation in Arvika 2018. I sat by my piano in my old room in the basement of my parents house, looking out over my old neighborhood. The neighborhood is called Lundellsgärdet, so this is my theme for my old neighborhood in Arvika where I grew up.
Right befor Christmas, I was listening a lot to Erik Slättbergs album Growth, and especially the song Tybblelund, so I guess you can say that the song is very inspired by that particular song with the time signature changing between 4/4 and 3/4, and has a rather jazzy feeling to it.
This song is a really old one. About ten years ago I signed a deal with a publisher who tried to pitch my songs to the asian market. I didn’t make piano music back then, but rather what you would call ”commercial hit music” or something like that. I never got a placement through this publisher, and soon moved on to making other kinds of music.
I still listen to these songs every now and then, and it strikes me every time that they are all pretty good! I was especially found of a track called Back on the track. It had this piano part which I really likes. So one night when I was playing it I decided to just record it, and it turned out pretty good. I wasn’t sure about how it would work as a sleepy song, so when I send out the demo of the album to a couple if friends I asked them for their honest opinion of which tracks that I should put n the album, which tracks should go as singles an a couple of other questions I don’t remember. One of the reasons I even started sending out the demo was because I wanted to see what they thought about this particular song.
When I got their responses they all had put Back on the track as one of the singles. Quite the opposite of what I thought to begin with.
But here it is! My third single from my upcoming album!
Another song about the Ice hockey World Cup. And for all the hockey fans out there it’s kind of obvious why the song is named Finland.
For those of you that doesn’t follow hockey; Finland won the gold medal.
I wanted to make a tribute to their fantastic team that won agains all odds after being laughed at before the World Cup started.
This song is probably one of the happier ones I’ve written under the name Sleepy Songs. As you will see (read) in upcoming posts about the other tracks I will release the next few moth they have kind of a common theme. And the theme might be kind of strange… I wrote some of the songs during the Ice Hockey World Cup, and this particular song was written when Sweden played Norway.
I am from Sweden, as some of you might already know. And for those interested in the result I can only say this:
I have probably touched the subject before, but I don’t think I have ever explained why I choose the moniker Sleepy Songs in the first place.
The story gets back to 2010 when I made the gold selling record Prinsessans Rockband with my uncle Per Gustavsson (you know; the guy who has made many of the drawings for my early covers). I wrote a really sad song, what would be called a lullaby (in Swedish godnattvisa). It was about the dragon who couldn’t go to sleepy because of all the scary things that kept him awake. We decided it was indeed a lullaby, but when we were about to find a name for the song we didn’t like the title Drakens vaggvisa (the dragons lullaby). Instead I suggested Drakens sovasång (the dragons sleepy song). Listen to it here!
Shortly after this I started working with the piano songs that would later become my first album Först ska vi äta, sen sova och sen kommer pappa, and since I didn’t want to put my real name on the release I had to come up with some kind of artist name.
And there it was; Sova-sånger (Sleepy Songs)!