Thursday, October 30, 2014

Oh the stress of life...

…isn´t it just horrible?

Well, I am mostly stressed in a way that can be productive and not negative but the last weeks I´ve felt that my stress starts to be precisely that - negative.

And when I stress I am less productive than I should and some days just end up with me having missed several things I really HAD to do..

And with a BIG exam next friday I feel stressed when I haven't been reading as many hours a day as I have planned…and then I also have to practice my singing every day and if I miss that one day I feel stressed over that too… and then I feel guilt about that my kids are long days in pre-school… and the list goes on and on and on…puh!

It´s actually almost the same every single autumn in october-december. Don´t know why its always like this but maybe it´s because everyone´s been taking it so slow during the summer time and then when it gets darker outside and we are closing in on a new year (yeah it´s soon here) everyone realizes on how much they need to have done before this year is closing.

For me, the things that make me stress down is taking a walk in the forest, go to my church and sit in the silence, light a candle at home during the day when the kids are all gone and inhale and just BE in the NOW.

I try to do these things a lot now and I also take extra D-vitamin supplement since its so dark now, some multivitamins and eat a little bit more of good fat. And of course exercise a LOT=)

And well, we all have our things to cope with and stress is one I almost have to struggle with all the time in my life.

Love and hugs and peace to you all=)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To dare and challenge yourself=)

Hi all!

As you know I love crossfit and my gym Fnf4life so much that its like a second home. Since I started there last year in november (almost a year ago) my life and myself has developed increcibly, not only physically but more so mentally.

When I was a young girl I loved gymastics and always were more or less up side down in a hand stand or a flic flac. I stood on my head, I was totally fearless and loved it!

Then after I got older I stopped exercising gymnastics and only did dance classes and with time I got more and more scared over acrobatics and things like doing hand stand and so on.

When I started at Fnf I was so scared of many things, like doing box jumps, doing hand stand and I didnt dare to challenge myself to try.

Then after some months as I got stronger in my body and with wonderful coaches who pushes me a little bit every time, I now box jump, I do hand stand against the wall and even freely on the floor and I know I will master it perfectly soon.

Cause one thing I have learned about myself this year is that I CAN do it, I AM STRONG enough and I do NOT need to be afraid!!!

Thank God that I challenged myself and dared to enter the door step to Fnf4life one year ago! It has given me SO much and most of all-getting to know wonderful strong, talented and caring people who always lean a hand if you need one. Who asks you where you´ve been if you´ve been away, who cheers on you when you have a tired day, who motivates you to progress and get better!

I love my gym! I love crossfit! I love FNF4LIFE=)

Thanks expecially to my coaches: Carl Axel, Johan K, Johan H, Oscar, Tobbe, Malin, Nogge, Pierre who help me every single wod and make me get better! Love to you all!


And why not another treat??

I mean it is Halloween week, isn´t it??

Here´s a fun and weird demo version of my single FALLING in a version we tried out to see which one we like the most in my album SHINE and I must say this version is FUN!!


Todays treat for you=)

Now I´ve put up my demo version of my song STRONG to my Soundcloud=)

No mix done and so on but still totally ok to listen to=)


Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween music=)

Hi all,

So we´re in the Halloween/all Saints week and I´m preparing for this weeks Friday crossfit team wod where we´re gonna have a halloween wod and dress out=) I havent decided to what yet but soon=) Maybe evil Snowhite again?=)

To start this week of Halloween I listen to this playlist to get in to the mood=)


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Todays music=)

Todays playlist is my all time favourite Within Temptation album! I have loved and listened to WT before I even started to sing in NW and still they are my favourite band in female metal=)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

All natural me=)

Feeling wonderful today and feeling happy! Been so stressed for some weeks but yesterday I decided to chill down for some days and already I feel so much better! 

Life is to GOOD to waste it on stressing to much=)

Love and respect to you all out there and here´s some photos of me without any makeup. Skirt and hat from H&M, leggings Wolford and top Gina Tricot.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Todays playlist=)

My favourite songs at the moment and my God, I LOVE Imagine dragons song Warrior! Its just amazing and the best exercise song too=)

ENJOY the playlist and happy weekend!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A treat for you all- an old rough demo=)

This song me, Niclas Olsson and wonderful guitar guru Patrik Svärd recorded before I got in to Nightwish and the lyrics and melody are written by me and music by Niclas Olsson=)

Very rough demo, no mixing and so on but can be fun for you to listen=)


Saturday, October 11, 2014

I LOVE to learn=)

Hi all,

Another week, new adventures, new things coming my way and next year will be FUN and I´ll share it all with you in the beginning of next year=)

School has been intense this week and will be the coming weeks and months my new course in basic medicine lasts. 15 weeks to be totally correct=) Along the way we´ll both study theoretically medicine and biology, microbiology and so on so an intense but interesting course.

This week we started our different practical trainings we also have and the first one was learning to do CPR and to help someone who have gotten something stuck in their throat and can't breathe. 
Really good to have learned this but I sure hope I´ll never have to use it. 

Since I am studying in an university that is really far away (it takes me 3 hours back and forth every day) and it clashes with my kids pre-school I will change university next semester and I am hoping for the closest one where I´ve studied before - Lund. So fingers crossed!! 
If the trains had been going more often and express without any stops I wouldn't feel I had to change university. To keep me going during the ride I drink coffee and study to get something done during the boring hours...

One thing I already have realized is that learning all the things to be a nurse will make me more afraid of many things happening to my close ones and also I will be more of a "mother Hen" than I already am to my children=) Poor children…haha!

About my music I am heading to Niclas studio today to record some vocals for a duet with a band from another country and as soon as it´s ok I´ll tell you about with whom. But as you already know, in this business keeping things secret is a common thing=)

With my cross fit training I am getting better and better and making improvements is just wonderful! This week I´ve done 3 progresses within different movements and it´s such a HAPPY feeling when it happens! 

Me doing a front squat. When I first started in november last year I couldn´t even get my ass halfway to the ground…progress!=)

Me and my team partner Linus after our team wow yesterday evening=) Getting to know so many nice people at my cross fit box is wonderful and so different to the gyms I´ve been to before. Here at Fnf4life we help each othere, we cheer on each other and we push each other forward!

Me doing a handstand push up "kipping" style. Some months ago I couldn't even get up on my arms and didn't dare to stand on my head… now - this! Progress…=)

To be 43 years, daring to do things that I almost didn't dare doing when I was a teenager - well, that just shows how much tougher I am nowadays and one thing I think about when going to my school where everyone is much younger than me, is that THANK GOD I am older=) When I was 20-30 I were so insecure and wanting everyone to love me which I now know is IMPOSSIBLE=) Its just a great feeling to love myself and to have learned during the last 10 years to be OK with that some people will like me and some will just hate me. And it´s just something we need to accept. Not everyone likes everyone=)

So that´s a bit of what´happening at the moment=) Now time to start my warm up and head to the studio soon…=) All the best for you this coming week and HUGS!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

And an interview I made with Terra Relicta,com

This interview I did for a nice site called ENJOY!

Anette Olzon - Interview

Interview with: Anette Olzon
Conducted by: T.V.
Anette Olzon - InterviewSwedish singer Anette Olzon who got hers recognition mostly because she was bold enough to stepping in the shoes of Tarja Turunen after her departure from legendary Finnish band Nightwish in 2007. She recorded with them two albums, Dark Passion Play (2007) and Imaginaerum (2011). In that time the fans of the Finns were divided between the haters and lovers of a band without their darling Tarja. I believe that you all remember how many harsh words were then going on through media and social networks after that inglorius North American tour in 2012 when Anette was suddenly kicked out of the band and soon replaced by Floor Jansen. Anette Olzon then recovered from that shock and earlier this year released her debut solo album named Shine through earMusic. Shine is nothing else than a masterpiece in the fields of darker yet melancholic pop rock genre, shining mostly because of its catchines, powerful vocal performance, professional songwriting, deep, yet insightful lyrics and amazing production. Still Anette is not only that and beside everything mentioned she also did some interesting guest appearances, earlier in her career she took part in the Swedish AOR band Alyson Avenue and recently she recorded vocals for the new album of another AOR project Sapphire Eyes and yet that's not everything. Now Anette lives with her boyfriend, and Pain bassist, Johan Husgafvel and they have three sons, Seth, born in July 2001, Nemo, born in July 2010 and Mio born in March 2013. Many other interesting things Anette revealed in the interview she kindly answered.
T.V.: Hi Anette! Thank you for taking some time to answer my questions. You are on your own now, with a solo album recently released, so how do you feel about everything?
: At the moment I don't do so much with my solo career since I´ve started to study in the university and have to focus mainly on my studies, so it´s calm and peaceful. I have four gigs coming up in Spain in November so that will be fun though!
Anette Olzon - InterviewT.V.: Shine was released in March this year, so the initial enthusiasm, I think, calmed down and I wonder how do you look now at this album of yours?
Anette: I still love my album and I also believe that when I'll release my next album this album will get even more recognition because I believe it's a really good album.
T.V.: Indeed is a good album and it was in the making since 2009. So, how much of your personal touch is in it? It was written completely by yourself or it's done in major part by other composers?
Anette: I´ve been there writing all the songs together with my co-writers, so I´ve been part of it all and I've been there through the whole process.
T.V.: The production on the album is really fantastic. You worked on it also with some great names like Stefan Örn who is songwriter and producer of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest winning track "Running Scared", plus some other renowned producers. It was mixed by Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti, who is known for his work with Loreen and Roxette. Tell me how it was working with those experienced guys?
Anette: It was really nice and all the guys are so kind and talented. They made the whole process really easy.
T.V.: I remember reading somewhere that this is kind of a healing album for you after your mother got sick of cancer and yours departure from Nightwish, and that can be sensed also from the lyrics. How much truth is in those sayings?
Anette: I wrote the album from my heart and during 2009 while I was still in Nightwish, so I didn't know the whole situation would come and therefore there is nothing about the break-up in there, except from one song I wrote in 2012 - "One Million Faces". And that song came out of the sadness from the break-up with the band. All other songs are very personal and I wrote them about my life and mainly sad things, yes. I believe we have different faces and I keep a sadder side inside that I do not show to others so it has to come out somewhere and writing songs about it helps.
Anette Olzon - InterviewT.V.: And beside that what are other things that inspires you when you're writting lyrics and music?
Anette: It can be anything, but I do have a special thing for sad songs and lyrics.
T.V.: Shine was released by earMusic and I'm wondering how this collaboration with such a big label started and how are you satisfied with them?
Anette: I think its been an ok deal with them. They haven't done such a big PR for the album as I`d wished for, especially in Scandinavia. They are also a more rock/metal label so I guess it's harder for them to release a more pop/rock album like Shine.
T.V.: Some weeks ago you announced that you are working on a new song, any updates about it? Are you already working on a new album and if yes when can we expect it?
Anette: I´m doing some songs and some projects but I cant talk about any of it yet. In this business there are always secrets and hush-hush, so it can only be revealed when it's meant for it.
T.V.: Ok, I understand. Those who follow your Facebook profile couldn't miss a cappella interpretations of some Nightwish songs. What's the purpose of those and it seems that your fans accepted them very well...
Anette: I had wishes from fans to hear me sing the songs, so I did it, and especially songs I hadn't performed live with the band such as "Turn loose The Mermaid". They were happy about it and my a cappella videos have gotten a great response. To show that you don't need to have a studio with microphone and stuff to record and show your voice and also I want to show that I am not all perfect. I sing because I love it and I love to try new things. Having fun with music.
T.V.: You shot a video for the amazing song "Lies". How it was shoting it and I'm interested if there's any other video clip in preparations?
Anette: No singles or videos are coming, no. It was fun to shot it, but it was so cold..bra..

T.V.: You already had some live shows as a solo artist and I'm curious how the audience accepted you performing solo as Anette Olzon?
Anette: The gigs I´ve done so far have been all good and the audiences have been really nice and positive about them.
Anette Olzon - InterviewT.V.: Can you tell us if there's a tour through Europe or even overseas on the schedule in the near or not so distant future?
Anette: No tour is planned at the moment. As I told you I am studying now and also I have small children and I don't want to leave them for long periods as I did with my oldest son. Those days have to come later on in the future when they are older.
T.V.: Do you ever perform live any of Nightwish songs?
Anette: No, not yet.
T.V.: Recently you announced Axl Ludwig Ayez and Johnny Benson as new members of your line-up. Can you give us some more words/details about all the musicians you are working and play live with?
Anette: Well, these two guys are rockers from Malmö and I haven't played with them before so we´ll see how it works out. For me, since I only hire musicians and not have a band, I can and will exchange musicians if needed but I do hope these guys will work perfectly, both musically as well as in coolness on stage.
T.V.: I can't skip this question and look some years back in time. How it was stepping back then in the shoes of Tarja Turunen and replace such an icon? I remember there was some kind of war going on online between the fans and non-fans of Tarja?
Anette: I didn't understand the whole situation at first, cause I didn't understand how big of an icon she was. And then in the beginning I didn't think about it at all because I was me and did my thing, but when the hatred started to flourish to my mail box, to the internet, to shows, then I asked myself what I was doing in that situation and it really made me insecure and unhappy.
Anette Olzon - InterviewT.V.: And there were a lot of harsh words between you and the rest of Nightwish after that inglorious American tour. How do you look at everything right now?
Anette: I am calmer of course and I don't hold a grudge to anyone in that camp, even if it was one of the worst things I`ve had to go through and the scars will be there forever.
T.V.: Were there any tensions inside the band even before your departure or it happened just out of nothing?
Anette: Not before I told them I was pregnant during the tour, then the turmoil started.
T.V.: You did some collaborations with acts such as Pain, Brother Firetribe, Swallow The Sun and Rasmus. How it was working with them and which one was the best one? If I can add, I really loved the Pain's "Follow Me" and Swallow The Sun's "Cathedral Walls"!
Anette: I loved my dear Pain heads so that's the one I cherish the most and also Brother Firetribe. Firetribe is doing music I love and close to where I come from and the guys are all so kind and sweet.
T.V.: Have you already got any enquirys to sing and become the frontwoman in any other band. Are you even looking out for joining any band right now?
Anette: I do some projects singing with others but no band at this moment. Not looking for a band since I don't have a lot of time even to do my own music.
Anette Olzon - InterviewT.V.: Ok, but you sing also in AOR project Sapphire Eyes and if I'm not mistaken the band has a new album on the way. It seems that you are open to various styles of music?
Anette: Yes, I sing almost everything and I do things I like and do not care so much about the genre and so on.
T.V.: You are in a relation and live with another great musician, Pain's bassist, Johan Husgafvel, and have three sons. How do you deal with and divide the time between music and family?
Anette: We both help each other out so we can do almost everything we want and I want to have him with me on the road, so we always try and fix, so he can play the gigs and get our parents and family to look after the kids while we are away.
T.V.: I think that would be all. What would you like to say in the end to our readers and your fans?
Anette: I hope you continue to follow me cause I will of course never stop doing music and next year will have some fun things for me in store, so stay tuned.
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An interview I made with Nightwish Russia=)

An interview I made for Nightwish Russia in september below=) ENJOY!

Hello Anette!

Thank you for answering me. As you wrote me on Facebook I m sending you questions here. If you consider some of them too inconvenient or emberassing feel free not to answer them Smile

First I want to say that whole Russian fanclub supports you and we are really interested in your both artistic and personal life as you are really talented woman and we are sure that you will archive everything you want. Congratulations on your first album being released and also we hope that you will come to Russia one day to present and promote it.

1. You are going to give some concerts in Spain. Are there any plans to visit any other countries?
- Yes, 4 shows in Spain in November. There are some shows in the talks but I am studying now so the shows I do can't be to many cause I need to be able to fix school too. But there will be some more shows next year.

2. How did your life change after you went your separate way with Nightwish? Has it become calmer without annoying fans? I know that some die-hards even sent you death threats. That’s really awful and you must be a really brave woman to deal with it on a daily basis.
- Yes, its calm and nice nowadays=)

3. Does your solo album really differ from music you sang before? What were your musical inspirations while preparing songs for this album? How was it accepted by fans? By the way, have you ever read reviews on your works in musical press?
- This album was originally meant to be released while I was still the singer in Nightwish and therefore I didn't make a metal album cause I didn't want to compete with my own band. Then when I was gonna release this later the songs I did back then were too good to exchange with other more rockier songs and therefore the album is softer. I haven't seen any sales figures yet but of course it’s the first album and I am going a new direction, so I don't believe in super numbers. I´ve read a lot of super nice reviews in many countries and it is a good album, so I am happy people that make reviews have heard that.

4. Have you already started working on your new songs? How many demo song have you got at this moment? What can help you get in the mood for composing songs?
- Not so many new songs yet, since me and the label are discussing when and how the album will be released. I have some new songs that I´ve performed live like “Strong” and “Hiding From the Past” and then some songs that I´ve done but haven't recorded yet. As I said, I am studying, so the time for music is a bit smaller nowadays. I write songs in any mood but I do prefer to be a bit sad or angry when writing songs since they are a vent for me to my inner feelings.

5. Your first album has very personal lyrics. Aren’t you afraid to share so intimate tracks with public?
- No, not at all. I am a very open person when it comes to that I am like any other person with all those ups and downs life throws at you. I don't walk this Earth to pretend to be a musical person that only writes cryptic lyrics. I prefer to listen to music myself where I can understand and feel the lyrics without a thousand metaphors.

6. Your duets with Rasmus and Pain were quite successful. Are you planning any new collaboration for next year?
- Yes, there is a nice duet coming up but still a secret.

7. Last year in your blog you mentioned that you are writing a book. Is there any chance to see it in the bookshops in near future? What were the key themes of this unpublished but highly anticipated by fans book?
- I haven't written the book and we´ll see when or if I´ll do that but at this moment - no. Sometimes I want to do something, but other goals are more important at the moment and this is one thing I have postponed to the future.

8. I’ve noticed that you started following healthy lifestyle and visiting gym regularly. Did you want to get slim after your third pregnancy? Or did you just get your free time you decided to spend that way?
- I´ve always exercised a lot but when we toured it was hard to keep it up and also to keep slim. Then I got my kids and after I stopped nursing Mio it was easier to eat healthier and get back in shape. Nowadays I am almost in the same shape I was after my first son and I feel great!

9. You started doing a capella covers on your Facebook. Have you ever got the idea to do a cover concert? Or maybe you are planning to release cover album…
- That´s something I can see myself doing for sure but there are no plans at the moment.

10. This Autumn you started attending university. Why have you chosen this nurse specialization?
- I love working with people and I love to help others and here in Sweden we are in big need of nurses, so I know I will never be out of work the rest of my life and that´s what matters to me.

11. And lets speak a little about your private life. You have been married for one year, has something changed after marriage? How do you manage to balance your music, you job and your family?
- No, it’s the same. We are a good team me and Johan, who are similar as persons and also in what we want and need in life. We are relaxed and help each other with everything, so that’s why we can do all the things we do.

12. Does your elder son help you to look after his younger brothers? Does your husband help you with the work about the house?
- Yes, Seth is really good with the boys and helps me as much as he can. Johan is always helping me at home and since he is a head chef he can do all the cooking so a perfect husband=)

13. Do you like to sing to your boys? If you do, do they like it or go "mooom, you're embarassing me!"? XD
- They love when I sing and Nemo knows all my songs from “Shine” and especially “Falling” is his favorite.

14. Would you like your children to become musicians or to choose profession one way or another connected with the music industry?
- Music is such a wonderful thing that I have loved all my life, so if they want to do music they have my full support. However, I will tell them they really need a good education and a real job that can give them a salary and then if they get to be musicians and can live on it on top, that’s their choice.

15. Please describe your daily beauty rituals Smile
- I don’t do so much more than use a good facial oil in my face, some light make up, flatten my hair or put it in a ponytail and always try to have painted finger nails and nice clothes on=)

And the last one - we want to ask to send us a photo if you like toSmile Something that have never been seen in public before Smile
- Of course, see enclosed an older photo of me.

Thanks in advance for answering our questions Smile Looking forward to your answers
Thanks for asking the questions and your interest in me=)

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hi all=)

Hi all=) 

Just wanted to check in and say I haven´t forgotten you but life is a bit full of studying and I´ve also a little itchy voice from a small autumn virus and therefore haven´t done any a cappella videos for you. 

But soon, I promise=) 

Here´s a little song with me and Nightwish to give you something to listen to at least=) One of my favourite memories with the band.