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Today I worked in our tiny garden/patio until I couldn't stand up any more! Wow. I haven't pushed myself that hard in a while. But yes, I do tend to get carried away with physical labour, and yes, I do tend to forget that just because I'm tons healthier than I was a few years ago doesn't mean I can do whatever I want.

Sitting down and saying stuff on the internet time!

I have a music recommendation to make today, because I've just had a huge burst of enthusiasm for the musician in question. She is Frida Hyvönen, a Swedish singer-songwriter who performs entirely in English, and who has a really unconventional and yet actually very expressive approach to the language. Sometimes odd song lyrics make one feel that the writer just didn't actually understand the language properly and have no idea what they are saying. With Frida Hyvönen, well - maybe she doesn't know or care about the conventional ways of phrasing things in English sometimes. And maybe that is a good thing. Maybe it means she writes fabulously strange and poetic songs which I love to pieces as a result!

The first song by Frida Hyvönen that I ever heard was played to me at three in the morning after much of a bottle of gin had mysteriously vanished, and in my slightly inebriated state I thought it was the best thing I had ever ever ever heard. The next day I still thought it was pretty great, so I went and found some more.

Here is that song, which I have actually uploaded for your listening pleasure because I couldn't find it anywhere (though you can listen to it & the rest of her music legitimately on Spotify, if you're in an area which Spotify covers). It's called London!, and it's basically about a love-hate relationship with a city. London, she says, the way you hate me is better than love & I'm head over heels... London, the way you want to get rid of me makes me weak at the knees. Which is, well. I'd been living in London for a few years and having a weird time and something fitted in there. Then she said, sure I want to be like them, I don't care that they are men, I want to be rich and fine and dandy; in a town-house in London with art on the walls, and memberships and clubs for gentlemen, and I was so utterly sold you simply have no idea.

Frida Hyvönen sings a lot of songs about relationships that feel real to me and she sings about people who don't quite fit and she sing about trauma and she sings songs that're just fun (and funny). She has a really cool voice, I think; I certainly like it a lot, but I'm not really any good at explaining music, so I'll just have to ask you to listen and see what you think.

Another download:

Enemy Within
The enemy within says a body of work is just as strong as its weakest point, and other such truths.

(this track is also available free from Licking Fingers, Frida's Scandinavian label)

Some other songs on youtube:

The Modern
I Drive My Friend

& if you stumble across anything else you should basically check it out (though most of what's on youtube is bad live recordings).

Frida's really inactive website:

Date: 2010-05-09 05:45 pm (UTC)
starlady: headphones on top of colorful buttons (music (makes the people))
From: [personal profile] starlady
oo, sounds cool. *clicks download*

Date: 2010-05-09 08:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eggcrack
Ooh, intriguing! Thanks for sharing all of this, I gotta check her stuff out as soon as I can.

Date: 2010-05-09 08:54 pm (UTC)
pulchritude: Manuel Neuer comforting Benedikt Höwedes (10)
From: [personal profile] pulchritude
Sounds interesting, snagging the downloads~

Date: 2010-05-10 03:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] isis
Woo, thank you! I have Birds (which I like a lot) and Straight Thin Line, which - I can't recall right now! But apparently I have it! Hah, I found it. I don't think I had ever listened to it before, so I am listening now. Nice!

In exchange, you might like this lovely song by Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller (on my website, please save as, anyone else reading this is welcome to download as well): Burning of Auchindoun/Pint of Wine.

Date: 2010-05-10 06:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] isis
Hmm, use http, not ftp. I copied and pasted the wrong thing.

And, ETA to say HMM again. I know it's there. I am having website problems lately - I'll fix it and get back to you.
Edited Date: 2010-05-10 06:30 pm (UTC)


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