A. J. Kazinski · BogForum · Caitlin Moran · Eva Maria Fredensborg · Gyldendal · København · Kim Leine · Lindhardt og Ringhof · Peoples Press · Politikens · Puk Damsgaard · Rufus Gifford · Silas Holst

Bogforum 2015

I fødselsdagsgave var jeg så heldig at få en partout billet til årets BogForum i København. Jeg havde aldrig været til BogForum før, så jeg vidste ikke helt, hvad jeg skulle forvente. Jeg vidste godt at BogForum er meget større end Krimimessen i Horsens, men jeg var stadig ved at falde bagover, da jeg trådte ind i messehallen. Alle de nye indtryk gjorde også, at jeg slet ikke fik taget så mange billeder, som jeg havde regnet med, men lidt har også ret.

Lad os starte med de aller mest spændende: bogkøb! Jeg købte 6 bøger i forbindelse med BogForum. Hos Lindhardt og Ringhofs stand købte jeg “Rejseholdets Historie” af Frederik Strand og Ove Kryger Rasmussen. Efter den første dag på BogForum var jeg forbi Arnold Busck på Strøget for at købe Caitlin Morans bog “How to build a girl”. Lørdagens første køb var “I Blinde” af Eva Maria Fredensborg, som er tredje bog i en trilogi og derefter lod jeg mig friste af Puk Damsgaards bog “Ser du månen, Daniel”. Søndag lod jeg mig friste af ikke en, men to af Kim Leines bøger. Hans erindringsroman “Kalak” (hvilket betyder “skide grønlænder” på grønlandsk) og romanen “Profeterne fra Evighedsfjorden”

Jeg havde derudover medbragt fire bøger, som jeg i forvejen var den lykkelige ejer af og som jeg gerne ville have signeret.
Silas Holsts nye bog “Helt Ærligt”, Stephanie Surrugues bog “Ambassadøren” om den amerikanske ambassadør Rufus Gifford, A. J. Kazinskis seneste krimi “Den Genfødte Morder”, som jeg fik af min moster og onkel i fødselsdagsgave og Niels Bjerre Poulsens bog om Vietnam krigen


Sidst, men ikke mindst, fik jeg den skønneste læseprøve, jeg nogensinde har set, hos Lindhardt og Ringhofs stand og jeg glæder mig helt vildt til at læse de første 160 sider inden hele bogen udkommer næste år.

Tilbage til min første BogForum oplevelse!
Jeg startede fredagen ud med først at gå en runde i hallen i et forsøg på at danne mig et overblik over, hvor altid var i forhold til hinanden, men det var en større opgave end jeg lige havde regnet med.
Herefter gik turen hen til Gyldendals stand, hvor en af de undervisere, jeg har haft på Syddansk Universitet, skulle interviewes om den bog, han har skrevet om Vietnamkrigen. Jeg har siden min bacheloruddannelse været meget interesseret i Vietnamkrigen, så bogen ejede jeg i forvejen og det var yderst interessant at høre Niels Bjerre Poulsen fortælle. Det føltes næsten som at være tilbage i undervisningslokalet på SDU.
Derefter signerede han bøger og da jeg lægger min bog på bordet siger han: “Neeeeej, min gamle studerende”, hvilket jeg slet ikke havde regnet med.

Herefter brugte jeg resten af formiddagen og lidt af eftermiddagen på bare at gå rundt og kigge ved alle standene og snakke lidt med alle de spændende mennesker, som man møder sådan et sted. Blandt andet havde jeg fornøjelsen af at høre Kim Leine fortælle om sit liv og forfatterskab på Plusbogs stand, hvilket var yderst tankevækkende, da jeg ikke havde det store kendskab til ham i forvejen.
Kl. 15 var jeg så ør af nye indtryk, at jeg valgte at forlade Bella centret og smutte en tur forbi Strøget.

Lørdag måtte jeg tidligt afsted med Bella Centret for allerede kl. 10:20 skulle jeg sidde klar ved scenen på Politikens stand, hvor Eva Maria Fredensborg skulle interviewes af Søren Dahl om hendes seneste krimi “I blinde”. Jeg kender Eva Maria fra Krimimessen i Horsens, så det var et meget glædeligt gensyn. Jeg har endnu ikke haft fornøjelsen af at læse hendes bøger, men de står meget højt oppe på min læseliste.

Lidt senere på dagen var det så tid til at bevæge mig hen til People Press’ stand, hvor Silas Holst skulle snakke med Katrine Memborg om bogen “Helt ærligt”, som de har skrevet i fællesskab. Ligesom den første bog, går “Helt ærligt” helt tæt på Silas og deler hans syn på mange af livets store emner.
Jeg har fulgt Silas i snart mange år og set ham i et utal af musicals, så det var en udsøgt fornøjelse endelig at møde ham.

Herefter ilede jeg videre til Gyldendals stand, som heldigvis lå skråt over for People Press’ stand, hvor Rufus Gifford blev interviewet af Stephanie Surrugue med udgangspunkt i hendes bog “Ambassadøren”. Det er altid en fornøjelse at være i selskab med Rufus Gifford og hans optimisme, gode humør og hudløse ærlighed er enormt inspirerende. Da jeg kom over til standen var der fuldstændig proppet og da jeg ikke er specielt høj kunne jeg intet se, så jeg valgte at stille mig hen i signeringskøen med det samme for jeg kunne sagtens høre resten af interviewet derfra. Efter interviewet signerede både Stephanie og Rufus bøger og jeg fik også lige taget et selfie med Rufus og fik mig en hurtig snak med Stephanie.

Efter endnu en gåtur rundt i messehallen var jeg forbi Politikens stand, hvor A. J. Kazinski signerede deres senest bog og siden jeg havde fået den i fødselsdagsgave, var det meget oplagt at have den med.

Et af mine absolutte højdepunkter fra weekenden var at høre engelske Caitlin Moran blive interviewet på Gyldendals ene scene. Jeg læste hendes bog “How to be a woman” sidste år og har i flere måneder nu, gerne villet læse hendes bog “How to build a girl”. Caitlin er nok et af de skøreste, men mest fantastiske mennesker, jeg nogensinde har mødt. Da jeg gik hen til skranken, hvor hun signerede bøger, blev jeg mødt med det største smil og et “Hello gorgeous. How are you?” og jeg blev totalt starstruck, så jeg husker ikke hvad jeg får sagt udover at spørge om, jeg måtte tage et selfie med hende, hvilket jeg fik et rungende ja til og hvilket selfie det blev!

Sidste punkt på mit program den dag var signering med forfatter og journalist Puk Damsgaard og fotograf Daniel Rye, hvilket jeg havde glædet mig rigtig meget til. Jeg har endnu ikke læst “Ser du månen, Daniel”, men jeg har kun hørt gode ting om den, så jeg ser meget frem til at få tid til at læse den.

Da jeg forlod Bella Centret om lørdagen, vidste jeg ikke, om jeg overhovedet kunne holde til endnu en dag derude, men jeg valgte alligevel at slæbe min trætte krop ud til Bella Centret endnu en dag.

Søndag var meget mere afslappende, idet jeg nu vidste hvor altid var i forhold til hinanden og nu handlede det om at nå de sidste ting.
Jeg måtte også lige forbi Arnold Buscks stand, hvor Kim Leine signerede bøger og jeg erhvervede mig et signeret eksemplar af hans erindringsroman “Kalak”. Herudover købte jeg også hans bog “Profeterne fra Evighedsfjorden”, som jeg ved at min farmor har nydt at læse.
Søndagen bød også på interview med Thomas Evers Poulsen, Thomas Helmig og Ulf Pilgaard. Derudover nåede jeg også lige at hilse på Caitlin Moran endnu engang.

Først på eftermiddagen forlod jeg Bella centret for sidste gang og sagde derved farvel og tak til årets BogForum. Det bliver nok ikke sidste gang, jeg deltager i BogForum.

Hvis jeg havde vist hvor smadret, min krop ville være efter tre dage på messen, så havde jeg nok valgt kun at tage derover én eller måske to dage, men på den anden side ville jeg ikke bytte weekends oplevelser for noget.

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Åben prøve på "Spamalot" på Odense Teater


I går var jeg så heldig at være med til en åben prøve på Odense Teaters opsætning af Monty Pythons “Spamalot” og skal love for at jeg fik én på opleveren!

Tirsdag blev der slået op på Odense Teaters Facebook side, at man kunne komme med til åben prøve på Spamalot. Alt man skulle gøre var at sende en mail med navn, telefonnummer og antal pladser man ønskede, så jeg sendte hurtigt en mail afsted med ønsket om 2 pladser til mig selv og en veninde, som jeg i forvejen skulle drikke te med og så var der ikke andet at gøre end at vente.
Kort tid senere modtog jeg en mail med den gode nyhed, at jeg var en af de heldige og min veninde sagde heldigvis også ja til gerne at ville med, så nu skulle tiden bare gå så det kunne blive fredag.
Fast forward til fredag, hvor jeg havde umådeligt svært ved at koncentrere mig på arbejde, fordi jeg bare glædede mig helt vildt.
Da klokken nærmere sig 16 ankom vi til teatret og ventede udenfor sammen med nogle af de andre, som havde været heldige at få pladser til prøven. Da vi kommer ind i foyeren får vi at vide, at vi skal sætte os så langt op foran som muligt, idet de ville gerne have os tæt på. Det skulle de ikke sige to gange til mig og vi sad lynhurtigt klar midtfor på forreste række.
Efter en kort præsentation fra instruktøren, hvor vi fik at vide, at de havde brugt dagen på tekniske prøver, så nu ville de gennemspille første akt for os og derefter ville de gå igang med de tekniske prøver på andet akt så vi, som instruktøren selv sagde, “også kan opleve hvor kedeligt det nogle gange kan være”. (Det var dog slet slet ikke kedeligt, det var spændende!)
Jeg vil ikke afsløre mere af handlingen end nedestående, men jeg skal love for, at vi fik grinet igennem og jeg havde helt ondt i maven af at grine, da vi forlod teatret halvanden time senere.
Jeg kan slet ikke beskrive hvor fantastisk et initiativ, jeg synes det er at Odense Teater inviterer til åbne prøver. Jeg har altid drømt om at få chancen for det og jeg blev på ingen måde skuffet. Jeg synes, det var vildt spændende at se, hvordan det hele foregår og hvor meget arbejde der ligger bag opsætningen af et teaterstykke. Og så er det heller ikke værst at få lidt ekstra insider viden af den venlige sufflør, som sad ved siden af os. Alt i alt synes jeg, at man efter at have oplevet prøverne sætter endnu større pris på det store stykke arbejde som de medvirkende, instruktør, crew og alle de andre backstage udfører. Det sætter pludselig det hele i et helt andet perspektiv og man bliver mindet om hvor meget arbejde der ligger bag at skulle underholde publikum dag efter dag. Jeg tager hatten af for de fantastiske folk på Odense Teater!
På deres hjemmeside har Odense følgende præsentation af forestillingen:
“SPAMALOT er en vanvittigt gakket musicalkomedie bygget over Monty Pythons kultfilm MONTY PYTHON OG DE SKØRE RIDDERE og guldkorn fra Monty Pythons øvrige bagkatalog – ligesom der legesygt er hentet inspiration fra andre musicals. 
Musicalen tager udgangspunkt i myten om Kong Arthur og ridderne om det runde bord. Arthur og hans mere eller mindre modige riddere kaster sig ud i jagten på den hellige gral med mudder, blod og overnaturlige væsner. Der er gåder, der skal gættes, og hårde kampe, der skal kæmpes. Med sig har de deres imaginære heste og en væbner, der med to kokosnødder sørger for den helt rigtige lyd af hestehove.
På den farlige færd møder de nogenlunde modige riddere dræberkaniner, ridderne der siger NI, The Lady of the Lake, de altid irriterende franskmænd og mange flere skønne Monty Python-figurer. 
Uanset hvor meget modgang ridderne møder, er det aldrig så slemt, at de ikke lige kan bryde ud i en glad sang: “Always look on the bright side of life”.”
De medvirkende i forestillingen: Anders Gjellerup Koch, Jakob Randrup, Mikkel Bay Mortensen, Michael Grønnemose, Rasmus Fruergaard, Lars Simonsen, Trine Gadeberg, Jacob Moth-Poulsen, Anders Bilberg, Rie Sørensen, Anna Jørgensen Kaack, Louise Rønhof Davidsen og Max Emil Nissen
Forestillinge har premiere d. 9. maj og spiller til og med d. 18. juni. Billetter kan købes lige her 

Jeg glæder mig helt vildt til at se hele forestillingen, men jeg kan ihvertfald allerede ikke andet end anbefale forestillingen!
Og så er der kun en sidste ting at sige: “fetchez la vache!”
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Krimimessen 2015

Sidst weekend (21. og 22. marts) var det endelig tid til den årlige krimimesse i Fængslet i Horsens, og jeg kan slet ikke beskrive hvor meget, jeg havde glædet mig. Siden jeg var på krimimessen for første gang i 2010, har det næsten været en tradition at skulle en tur til Horsens og i år var ingen undtagelse. I år måtte jeg dog alene afsted, da min mor havde lovet sig væk til noget andet og min farmor måtte melde afbud, men turen blev ikke mindre god af den grund og det var med højt mod og sommerfugle i maven, at jeg steg på bussen mod Horsens kl. 8.32 sidste weekend. Fra stationen i Horsens tog jeg en taxa ud til Fængslet, fordi bybussen kun kører én gang i timen og det havde jeg slet ikke tålmodighed til at vente på, for jeg vidste, at pladserne til Jussi Adler Olsen arrangementet hurtigt ville blive optaget og jeg ville ikke risikere at gå glip af chancen for at høre ham igen.

Jeg ankom til Fængslet allerede 9:20, og selvom det først var meningen, at vi ville blive lukket ind 9:45,  fik jeg lov til at komme ind med det samme. Så med et stempel på hånden og et gratis eksemplar af Michael Katz Krefeld’s bog “Afsporet” bevægede jeg mig ned mod teltet på boldbanen, hvor sort og rød scene, samt alle standende, er. Da vi var blevet lukket ind for tidligt, endte jeg med at rende et par gange rundt i teltet og fik også lige hurtigt sagt hej til forfatter Kim Juul, hvis bog “I et vægtløst sekund”, jeg købte til Krimimessen sidste år og som ødelagde min nattesøvn, da jeg lige ville læse et par kapitler i bogen da jeg kom hjem fra Krimimessen sidste år og før jeg vidste af det var klokken 3 om natten. 

Herefter bevægede jeg mig op mod Snedkeriet, hvor Jussi Adler Olsen arrangementet skulle foregå og på vejen møder jeg Jussi i egen høje person og får fremstammet et hurtigt hej. Selvom jeg har mødt ham flere gange, kan jeg stadig blive fuldstændig flabbergasted, når jeg møder ham. Oppe i Snedkeriet  fik jeg mig en plads på forreste række og nu kunne tiden kun få for langsomt. Så jeg vil sige, at Krimimessen blev startet med maner og mange gode grin. Jussi fortalte om inspirationen til hans Afdeling Q bøger, om sin barndom og sit liv generelt og det blev også til et par sjove anekdoter. 

“Dromedar jokes er bare ikke lige så gode som kamel jokes” 

 Herefter signerede Jussi bøger på Bog & Ide standen, men siden han allerede har signeret mit eksemplar af “Den Grænseløse”, havde jeg min farmors med, så hendes også kunne blive signeret. Da jeg går hen til bordet og siger hej kigger Jussi på mig siger “Åh det er altid en fornøjelse at se dig”, hvilket varmer mit lille hjerte meget.

Siden køen til signeringen var lang, tænkte jeg, at jeg sagtens kunne nå hen og købe et eksemplar af Jussi’s bog “Alfabethuset”, som han fortalte skal filmatiseres nu, så jeg kunne få signeret den til mig selv. Bogen blev købt og så gik turen tilbage til Bog & Ide standen for at få signeret min egen bog. Da jeg går derfra siger jeg til Jussi, at vi nok ses senere på dagen, hvortil han siger “Det håber jeg da”. Jeg rendte på ham flere gange i teltet i løbet af resten af dagen og hvor gang lød der et glad “Hej Mette”. Det blev også til et selfie (hvilket var Jussi’s ide) og på det tidspunkt blev jeg enig med mig selv om, at det var på tide jeg lod ham være, så han ikke ender med at blive træt af mig 😛
Herefter brugte jeg det meste af dagen på at gå rundt ved alle standene og jeg kan ikke sige mig fri for at jeg fik brugt en del penge på bøger. Alle standene bugnede af bøger og der var gode tilbud så langt øjet rakte.
Derefter endte jeg med at bruge det meste af dagen i Kim Juul og Eva Maria Fredensborgs stand, hvor jeg, allerede inden krimimessen, var blevet inviteret på kaffe på standen. 
Så da jeg på et tidspunkt gik forbi prikkede Kim mig på skulderen og sagde, at han syntes jeg skulle sætte mig ned og få en kop kaffe og jeg kan næsten ikke beskrive hvor befriende, det var, at få min meget tunge rygsæk af lidt og så er der ikke noget mere hyggeligt end en god kop kaffe i selskab med nogle rigtig søde forfattere. 
Jeg mødte, som sagt ovenover, Kim for første gang til krimimessen sidste år hvor jeg købte hans første bog så i år var det selvfølgelig på tide at jeg fik købt den anden bog i serien om Lars Norholt. Og så glæder jeg mig enormt meget til bog tre udkommer til sommer!
Imens jeg sad ved det hyggelige cafébord ved Juul og Fredensborgs stand faldt jeg i snak med den helt fantastisk søde forfatter Stephanie Caruana som endte med at forære mig et eksemplar af hendes bog “Smerten selv” som jeg ser frem til at skrive en anmeldelse af her på bloggen i fremtiden.
En af de andre forfattere, jeg glædede mig til at møde, var Thomas Rydahl og et af de første køb, jeg gjorde den dag, var at købe “Eremitten” efter at have hørt rigtig mange gode ting om den. Jeg havde set ved Bog & Ide’s stand, at han skulle signere bøger kl. 15, men da jeg så kom derhen var tidspunktet ændret til 15:30, så jeg havde pludselig en ekstra halv time og den blev brugt i rigtig godt selskab. 
Kl. 15 gik Eva Maria Fredensborg og Berit Holbek Jensen nemlig på sort scene for at snakke om Eva Maria’s nyeste bog “I blinde”. 
Eftersom jeg ikke har læst nogen af Eva Maria’s bøger endnu, var det spændende at høre hende fortælle om hendes bøger og jeg glæder mig nu endnu mere til at fordybe mig i dem, så snart jeg får muligheden. 

Herefter var det Kim Juuls tur til at blive interviewet af Jens Østergaard om Kim’s nye bog “Stilstand i fuld fart” men også om de to foregående bøger “I et vægtløst sekund” og “I et fravær af nærvær”. Kim er en af mine absolut ynglings krimiforfattere og jeg er helt vild med hans hovedperson, Lars Norholt, som jeg synes er det helt fantastisk friskt pust til krimigenren. Det anerledes ved Kim’s bøger er også at hovedpersonen er musiker og der indgår flere sange i bøgerne som, Kim sammen med sit band, snart skal indspille og jeg glæder mig til at kunne leve mig ind i universet på en helt anerledes måde, når det endelig er muligt at høre sangene igen og igen. Jeg havde fornøjelse af at høre Kim og hans band fremføre nogle af sangene til krimimessen 2014 og jeg håber jeg får den oplevelse igen engang!

Så snart Kim’s interview var ovre, skyndte jeg mig ned til Bog & Ide’s stand, hvor jeg vidste Thomas Rydahl var ved at signere bøger. Jeg havde købt bogen, “Eremitte”, tidligere på dagen, så jeg havde den klar og gik over til bordet. Da Thomas er ved at signere min bog, siger han pludselig “Det fandt jeg lige på“, men det går ikke op for mig, hvad det er han har skrevet før flere dage senere, da jeg viser min kollega bogen og indser, at han har skrevet “Til Ere-Mette” –  det ville jeg ønske, at jeg havde lagt mærke til med det samme, så jeg kunne have reageret på det. 
Herefter var det ved at være tid til at skulle hjem, men først skulle jeg lige endnu en tur forbi Juul og Fredensborg standen for at gøre dagens sidste bogkøb – Kim’s anden bog og Eva Maria’s første og anden bog.
Kim’s første bog ødelagde fuldstændig min nattesøvn sidste år, så da han skal signere den anden bog, skrev han “Til Mette. Jeg håber du kommer til at sove lige så dårlig som sidste gang”. Jeg tror ikke, at jeg kunne have forestillet mig en hyggeligere og sjovere afslutning på Krimimessen og nu var det tid til at slæbe min tunge rygsæk fuld af bøger hjem.
Da jeg kom hjem var det tid til at få et overblik over hvor mange og hvilke bøger, jeg havde med hjem og det gik hurtigt op for mig, at jeg havde en del flere bøger med hjem end jeg havde regnet med.
Det blev i alt til 13 nye bøger, hvor af jeg havde fået to af dem gratis, så det blev til en samlet udgift på 770kr, hvilket egentlig ikke er så slemt.

Jeg købte følgende bøger:

  • “Smerten selv” af Stephanie Caruana
  • “Den sidste gode mand” af A.J. Kazinski
  • “Eremitten” af Thomas Rydahl
  • “Min mund er lukket” af Eva Maria Fredensborg
  • “Én gang morder” af Eva Maria Fredensborg
  • “I et fravær af nærvær” af Kim Juul
  • “Uro” af Jesper Stein
  • “De hængte hunde” af Jens Henrik Jensen
  • “Afsporet” af Michael Katz Krefeld
  • “Øjesten” af Jakob Melander
  • “Serafine” af Jakob Melander
  • “Kædens sidste led” af Fredrik T. Olsson

og sidst men ikke mindst

  • “Alfabethuset” af Jussi Adler Olsen
Jeg glæder mig allerede til Krimimessen 2016 som ligger 12. og 13. marts!

a helping hand · all you need is a little love · present · stress · the little bag of happiness

The Little Bag of Happiness

For Christmas my amazing friend Shannan sent me a parcel full of love. It contained a relaxing candle, chocolate, a book and a book mark. However one thing that really stood out to me was a little fabric bag with a tag on it that says “The Little Bag of Happiness”

(front and back)

On the other side there is a list of the things that the bag contains. The list goes as follows:
“This Bag of Happiness contains…
A PLASTER to heal you when you hurt, a
LOVE HEART so you know someone loves you,
STRING to hold it together in tough times, a
RUBBER to erase those little mistakes you make, a
DIAMOND to bring a sparkle to your eye, a
MARBLE for when you lose yours, a
LUCKY BEAN so you always have luck on your side, a
COIN so you are never completely broke, a
STAR to wish all your wishes upon, a
PAPERCLIP so you are always organised, and a
KISS for when you are feeling down”

(The contents of the bag)


I can’t even start to describe how much this bag means to me right now and I can’t even imagine how much it is gonna help me in the future. The last few months I have really been struggling with life and I have been majorly stressed. At first I was hiding it, just like I did when I first moved here but then I decided that I was done putting on a brave face. Best decision ever! 
But the things is – it doesn’t take much to heal a broken soul. All you need is a bit of kindness and a helping hand. All I needed was to realise that I have the most amazing mum and so many amazing friends in my life who  are always ready to help me. All I have to do is ask.
Now I am gonna put my little bag of happiness in my handbag so I can bring it everywhere with me. Who knows when I’ll need a thing or two from it when life gets too much.
Thanks for reading!
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Wakey!Wakey! – The band that changed my life

“Loving a band with all your heart is something you understand when it happens to you. On the surface, others can see it as a petty obsession, but they’ll just never know the feeling of putting so much faith into a few people on the other side of the world. Its hard to explain it to them, the listening to a song on repeat, the waits for new albums, the excitement and surreal sensation when you finally see them live. They dont understand why the lyrics booklets give you a sense of comfort, or why you paste photos of them all over your bedroom walls. And they cant understand why one band could matter to you so much. And you think to yourself, Because they saved my life. But you say nothing, they wouldn’t understand.” 

  Alex Gaskarth


I can’t even describe how much I agree with Alex Gaskarth! People always say that music can’t change your life and that one specific band can’t make such a big difference in a person’s life. I am here to prove them all wrong!

Let’s revind to 2010 when I had just moved 80 miles away from the town where I had lived almost my entire life. Suddenly I found myself in a completely unknown city where I didn’t know a single person.
At university I only had lectures on Monday and Thursdays to the other 5 days of the week I was just sitting at home all by myself with no one to talk to about how I was feeling. My mum had her own problems to deal with so I keep quiet about how I was really feeling and the depressing thought in my brain grew bigger and bigger.
But then I found the band that changed my life. I spent most of my afternoons watching “One Tree Hill”. When I reached the end of season 6 one of the episodes started out with a song playing in the background and the song immediately caught my attention and I just knew that I had to find out who it was by.
Since I was very behind on watching the show it only took a quick Google search to find out that the song was called “War Sweater” and it was by a band called Wakey!Wakey! and that’s where it all started. I immediately knew that this was a band I need to hear more of. And if the amazing songs wasn’t enough, the leadsinger, Michael (Mike) Grubbs, is also a very handsome guy.

Fast forward to February 2011 – at this point I have been completely obsessed with Wakey!Wakey! for just over three months and the obsession is only getting worse. For Valentine’s Day, Wakey!Wakey!s record label are having a poster sale where you can buy a Valentine’s Day Wakey!Wakey! poster set and as the loner I am, I immediately bought it and could not be more excited about receiving them. A few weeks went by and they finally arrived and immediately went on my wall. Later that evening I tweeted about the posters being on my wall and not long after I received a tweet from a girl named Tsuua asking if I had ever heard about Team Wakey! which turned out to be the most amazing Wakey!Wakey! support group consisting of people from all around the world. At the time there weren’t a lot of members but I could already feel that this was going to end up feeling like a family! Time after time I can feel that I definitely wasn’t wrong about that. I have met some of my closest friends through Team Wakey! and sometimes I don’t know what I would do without the world of Wakey!Wakey!

Since then I have been to 4 Wakey!Wakey! shows – London and Copenhagen in 2011 and Hamburg and Copenhagen in 2014 and I seriously wouldn’t trade those shows for anything.

Heaven, London 2011
 Little Vega, Copenhagen 2011
 Übel und Gefährlich, Hamburg 2014
BETA, Copenhagen 2014

Each of those shows has a very special place in my heart since those four show were so different. London in 2011 was very special because it was my first Wakey!Wakey! show but also because it was on my 21st birthday and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday. This was also where I got to meet quite a lot of other Team Wakey! members – both at the meet and greet before the show but also after the show.
Copenhagen 2011 was special because it was the first ever Wakey!Wakey! show in Denmark. This show brings back memories like the squeaky door, a wigglestick sign and Mike messing up the lyrics. This was also the show were Mike helped me win a bet by letting me kiss him on the cheek for a picture.
The show in Hamburg was also amazing. Even though Mike’s set was a lot shorter than we were used to, he still put on the best show of the evening and we didn’t even stay behind to hear the guy who played afterward. Instead we went outside the venue to just hang out with Mike until he had to leave.
And now moving on to the show in Copenhagen last year. That concert is honestly the best concert I have ever been to! The venue was quite small and we were standing right at the front. Just seeing Mike’s face has he looked around at the crowd and the biggest smile appeared on his face. Just like I felt at home, so did Mike. Even though he played for quite a while, I still wish the concert could have been ten times as long. However that still wouldn’t have been enough. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of going to Wakey!Wakey! shows.

People always ask me why I don’t spend my money on seeing really big bands instead but they clearly have never experienced the amazingness of an intimate show and even thought the 4 shows have been completely different in size, I have always felt like I was the only person in the room and for the entire duration of the concert nothing else mattered. I always feel at home at those shows.
Part of it is because of the amazing people that are part of the fan base and who are always there for you if you ever need them. Wakey!Wakey! fans are the coolest people I have ever met. The atmosphere at Wakey!Wakey! show is amazing and it feels like a big room of friends I just haven’t met yet.

However an even bigger part of it is Michael Grubbs and his amazing personality. Before meeting him in 2011 I was so nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. What if he thought I was a horrible person? What if I made a complete fool of myself? I know this sounds silly but this is the guy whose songs helped me through the roughest time of my life and whose songs had changed the way I look at life. His songs changed my life. I was quickly proven wrong! As we were walking up the stairs to the backstage area, he turns around and says “Watch out. I might fart” and that’s when all my nerves disappeared. Even though he did tell me to shut up and give him at hug at the end of the night, it has been just like seeing an old friend every time I went to a Wakey!Wakey! show since then. Mike is no longer “just” the leadsinger of Wakey!Wakey!, he’s a friend who I just don’t see so often but who I know has written a song for every situation I might encounter in life.
Mike always takes time to come down to the merch table after the shows to sign stuff, take pictures and just talk to anyone who has stayed behind to meet him. I wish more musicians were like him.
Another thing I love about Mike is that he tells so many stories. Both true and untrue stories. One that stands out to me is the story of how he thought Copenhagen was this magic place full of fairies and that if he was lucky then going to heaven would be like going to Copenhagen. When I told him that he said that the last time he was here, he looked at me and said “I say a lot of shit, don’t I?” and I can only agree!
Mike is the reason I can no longer listen to Rihanna song without laughing.
Because of him I laugh whenever someone mentions something about dancing.

So here I am just over 4 years later and as I am writing this I can look up at a frame full of tickets, photos and the memories from all the shows and online fun we’ve had over the years. People always ask me why I spend so much money and time on travelling to see bands and why I spend so much time online. I don’t have a good explanation for it but I think that if they had experienced what I have experienced and have the memories that I have, then they found feel the exact same way as I do.
I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

I could go on and on about this forever but I better end this now! Sorry about the length of that but I just had so much to say and so much love to share. If you made it this far, I just want to say a big thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you have enjoyed it!

I will leave you with some links in case you might wanna check out the awesomeness that is Wakey!Wakey!: Facebook Twitter YouTube

P.s. Michael Grubbs, if you’re reading this, probably aren’t, but still… Thank you for being you. Thank you for always making me laugh. Thank you for writing the songs that help me through life. Thank you for creating the music that has brought so many amazing people into my life. And last but not least; Thank you for the amazing hugs and for always letting me be the one to let go first.

books · introduction · reviews · university

Let me start over again!

So doing a book blog clearly did not motivate me enough to get any posts done so now I am starting over one more time!
This time my plan is to just write about whatever comes to mind whenever I have time to sit down and write a blogpost. I am still aiming to do book reviews and maybe also the occasional book haul but I have also come to realise that I wanna write posts about everything else as well. This can be a list of 10 things I am currently loving, 10 things I have learned or something else I think might be able to help other people. 

I’m still doing my Masters in International Business Communication at the University of Southern Denmark after having finished my Bachelor degree in English literature, history and language.
In my spare time I spend a lot of time reading books, watching films and listening to music
Photography is also one of my passions

Ever since I learned how to read I have always loved reading books and the freedom that disappearing into the world of whichever book I am reading gives me is what saves me from going insane from time to time.

I hope to see you on my blog again very soon,
Happy reading!

australian · discover · interview · music · my own way · new · sam clark · singer

Repost of my interview with musician Sam Clark

Interview with musician Sam Clark

 Photo by Mathieu Bitton

This is reposting of the interview I did with Australian musican Sam Clark back in 2013. He agreed to let me email him some question and the following interview is what came out of that

But first a huge thank you to @SJCOfficialFans on twitter for helping me with the questions and for generally being awesome and uniting all the SAMurai from all over the world!


Just to get to know about Sam’s musical background, we first asked about when he first started to sing and this is what Sam told us

I started singing with a purpose when I started to play guitar. I was 15 years old and quickly got bored with simply playing guitar and moved onto singing and playing.”

Every successful musician needs a supportive family behind them so we also asked about Sam’s family and this is what he said

My family were kind enough to pay for singing lessons which helped me immensely. They have always wanted me to balance whatever makes me happy with whatever keeps me alive and that gave me the courage to chase my dreams.”

and since musical talent often runs in the family we also asked if any of his family members play music but no one in Sam’s immediate family does


When being asked about his musical inspirations, Sam says the following

My musical inspirations are constantly expanding/evolving. My earliest musical memories are dancing along to Peter Coombe and my parents playing albums by people like Van Morrison and Billie Holiday. I remember making mix tapes to play on my parents battery operated stereo while I rollerbladed in the car park across the road. The first albums I ever bought (I’m not quite sure of the order) were RHCP – Californication, Smash Mouth – Astro Lounge and The Offspring – Americana. This was when I was about 12 years old.From there my musical tastes have evolved dramatically. When I was 15 (and just starting to play guitar) I’d been listening to a lot of Ben Harper, Jack Johnson etc – mainly acoustic based music – but I also listened to a lot of hip-hop, Rap, Metal, Punk, Rock, and everything in between and was soon to join a cover band inspired by Simon & Garfunkle. I definitely was drawn more to guitar driven folk/pop/rock based music which is definitely clear in my music today. Right now I’m listening to Jack Peñate, A$AP Rocky, Macklemore, Jónsi, MuteMath, Sigur Ros, Other Lives, Daft Punk, Young The Giant, The Cold War Kids – my next iTunes purchases will probably be some songs by The Trouble With Templeton or Georgia Fair after seeing them at a gig this last weekend.”

Furthermore Sam told us that the first song he remebers ever listening to is “Peter Coombe – Newspaper Mama”


Rather closely linked to this we asked him about his favorite album by another artist to which he said “Ohhh woowwww… tough one… Again constantly evolving but right now Jack Peñate – Everything is New.”


Every musician has that special place they want to perform, that musisican they would love to open for and those musicians they would love to collab with so we of course asked Sam about all these things.

About where the would most like to perform, he said Wow, what a question. Since watching the Incubus Live at Red Rocks DVD I have always wanted to play there! Maybe one day…”

When it comes to who he would like to open for, he said “Right now I reckon it’d have to be Jack Peñate.” so maybe that can be at Red Rock

And last but not least, if Sam could collaborate with three other musicians (living or dead) he said the following ”Right now (as this list constantly evolves) Jack Peñate, Sameer Gadhia from Young the Giant or Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson” and we are sure that some kickass songs would get out of a collabs like that!


We were also curious about where Sam usually gathers songwriting inspiration ajd what his usual songwriting process is to which Sam said

Life in general. Things that I feel passionate about one way or another (love/hate). I usually write chords just before melody just before lyrics.”


Members of Sam’s fanbase are called SAMurai and we were curious to hear if his SAMurai ever influence his music and Sam told us that every time he logs on and read the comments left for him, they affect my mood and how his day will turn out so the SAMurai inspire him every day.


Sam does not hide that his fans mean everything to him so we asked him to describe his fans in three words and he said “S.A.M. Sexy, Amazing, Magnificent”that is quite a lot to live up!


If you already know Sam or have read my earlier post about him you’ll know that Sam released an EP called “My Own Way” and when being asked about what song from the EP that means the most to him he said “My Own Way – it is about my split from my label and management” Sam also told us that he has never regretted leaving the management and recordlabel

We also asked Sam which of his own songs he is most proud of and why to which he said ”I think my unrecorded song Take Me By The Hand is one of my most honest songs. Honesty in music is unfortunately a rarity these days.”


Just to keep it all from being too serious and music orientated, we decided to also ask about Sam’s favourite food and what his drink is when he goes out. To the food question Sam’s answer was “Vegetables” and about the drink he said “I’m taking six months off drinking this year so generally water but I do love an Old Fashioned.”


Since Sam is both an actor and a musician, we thought it would be interesting to hear which of the profesions he would choose if he had to only choose one of them. This is what Sam said In terms of a career – acting as it is (ever-so-slightly) more stable.”

Furthermore, we thought it would be interesing to hear what he would be doing if he was not singing or acting to which he said “I have no idea but I’d make sure I enjoyed a big part of whatever it was. I’d love to buy and renovate houses and then sell them. I like being creative and making things.”


We also asked best advice he has ever been given is

Tough question… I’ve been given lot’s of advice and some advice is valid once you reach a certain point in your life. This is one of my favourite quotes though – “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― Albert Einstein.”


When it comes to hidden talents Sam says that he has plenty but one is that he can gleek on cue. (If you don’t know what that is then don’t google it!!!! :P)


And no interview without asking about celebrity crushes. Here is what Sam said:

Gotta be Jennifer Lawrence right now but I also find Marion Cotillard incredibly talented and beautiful – oh and I also just fell in love with Betty Yeowart from The Trouble With Templeton.”


I think the last question is on the mind of every SAMurai. We asked what we can expect from him in the future and if there’s anything he’d like to share, upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums to which he said “Hopefully a lot more music, acting and the crossover of those two things! In the meantime you can stay up to date with what I’m up to via my website samclarkofficial.comwhere you can catch up with my blog posts and find links to all my official social networking sites etc!”


I’d like to end this by saying a huge thank you to the awesome Sam Clark for answering all my questions and for generally being an awesome and kind guy!