Monthly Archives: December 2013

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

A while back I started traveling quite regularly to Tokyo due to changing jobs to a large Japanese corporation. On the first one of these trips, on the way home, I was at Narita International Airport killing time and searching for presents to bring home. Being an engineer I started at the store furthest away from the gate to methodically work my way through all the stores (I had plenty of time to kill) to search for something typical Japanese to bring home with me. The first store was a bookstore. 

I found stacks of books in the middle of the store, 1Q84 that caught my interest. I looked through the stacks and the book seemed interesting although I really had no reason to think so except simply liking the cover. The books were all in Japanese..  I ended up buying lots of other stuff, but no book this time as my Japanese is nonexistent. 
 
Once home though, I surfed up some information on the book and found it interesting enough to put on my reading-list and when there was time for another long travel and I had no special reading planned (this time to San Diego) I logged into my preferred ebook supplier and bought the book 1Q84 (1 and 2).
 
The book caught me. Not the way a good thriller does, but the writing is very catching. I never felt that I had to know what was going to happen next. But I wanted to know. I kept reading throughout the trip and continued when home. The book is suitable for reading a bit at a time. There is really no problem to break at any time and then continuing a while later. I liked that. 
 
The story is a bit supernatural/sci-fi but not too much and it leaves quite a lot for the reader to figure out. The descriptions are good and set the mood well, but never overdoing it describing every leaf. 
I am normally quite easily bored and often put down books that don’t interest me but this one (all three books) had no problem to keep me to the end, and I would like to read what happens after book number three ends… 
In other words, this book was absolutely worth reading and I recommend it.  
 
(A link to the book at Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/fb/book-Y0Fzc1iqrUaSOWiR9Hv8ig/page1.html)
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Happytune

This is a rather special song.Currently this is quite a rough draft, it needs some better mixing, but it’s good enough to show the basic idea. Anyhow, this song was written one weekend when I was surfing Soundcloud and found this very nice piece of music:

I really like the energy in this song and I wanted to create a happy song for once, and I did.. To begin with. 

When it was time to write the lyrics I was reading a lot about racism and got a bit irritated at that. The story I was reading about was around #jagarjason, a discussion taking place in Sweden on the subject. Anyway, I wasn’t in a happy mood when writing the lyrics so it became a not-so-happy tune.. 

Lyrics

I haven’t seen
much at all
I blend in
Not from that far
I have no reason 
not to feel
pleased and happy
’bout my deal
 
But then I think
about it all
What I see
from afar
people making their own rules
and think of racist morons too
 
This was to be an
happy tune
Can’t see no reason
too much to do
before we’re even
getting close
to being tolerant, good hosts 
 
Can’t all these idiots agree
on what it is that we all need
just some diversity and respect
will go a long way, end this pest
 
How do they think
if at all
the people judging 
fear to fall
Scared of anything
thats new
resisting progress
lead us to doom
 
Spreading their
insecurity
feeding hate
based on fear
as their narrow mind
can’t see
the beauty of 
our society
 
Ref..
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Waiting

 

A little tune about waiting for something. I’m not 100% happy with the lyrics, will be small changes before this one goes to Spotify, but the song is mostly done.

 

Lyrics

Someday I will
Get what I want
Feels time stands still
I wait

 

I don’t know how
Guess I’m hoping for luck
Wish then was now
But I wait

 

Feel it, know it, can’t explain
I see the sun, ignore the rain
Something great will come my way
..and I’ll just stand and wait
..and I’ll just stand and wait

 

Waiting , patient

I don’t know how, but I know it will work
Longing , dreaming
But I won’t tell anyone of my thoughts
..and I’ll just wait
 
One day I will
Wish for nothing more
I will be at peace 
I won’t wait
 
I will enjoy
Everything I’ve got
Not wanting more
Nothing, to wait for
 
Feeling, knowing, all for real
Seeing all, living a dream
Nothing will have been in vain
…that is my fate
..so worth the wait
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Birthday

This is a song that I wrote on one of my kids Birthdays..

Lyrics
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Today is your birthday
one year older
time is flying fast with you

It got me thinking
about this dad thing
how it affected me , what I do

Am I any different
How are my values
I haven’t reflected on those before

Now I thought it over
And want to tell you…that

Words go nowhere to describe
how you children changed my life
the feelings is so deep inside
you’re all that matters to me

The feelings that I have for you
I don’t know how to show they’re true
I try to guide you on your route
although I don’t know the way

Not even this time
Did I reflect on
What life would be if you hadn’t come

I simply don’t want to
It doesn’t matter…cause

I’ve forgotten all about
Life without you kids around
Isometimes wonder if I want
You ever too grow up and leave

Words go nowhere to describe
The love for you I feel inside
I am so proud to be your dad
I want you to know what I feel

And It doesn’t matter what you do
I am always there for you
You see, that is what fathers do
You are all that matters to me

Today is your birthday

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