Gone Bandcamping

I’ve just signed up for the music site Bandcamp! Actually, when I went there to sign up my preferred username was already taken, so from experience I knew to try one of my older passwords. Bingo! Turns out I had signed up a long time ago and never used it for anything. I have fixed that now.

“Bedre i Amerika” is my first EP, consisting of all old songs. Apparently, that’s how I roll. If you listen, you’ll also know how I rock. The songs are all in Danish by the way, so unless you already speak it you also get to be Internationally Hip — just by listening!

There were 12 songs at first, then 8 and now 5. The rest just didn’t stand the test of time. I can say that truthfully, because I wrote them all back in 2008. This is around the time I was just getting over my regular bouts of homesickness, I had gotten a few friends and the shock of moving to another continent without any real planning had passed. These songs remind me of that period of relative stability, which lasted only a brief moment of course. C’est la vie.

I used to give all these songs away for free on my Danish blog, and I now have the audacity to ask at least $0.69 per song, or $3 for all five. It’s not that I think this is going to make a huge difference in my monthly budget or anything, but times are tough. I’ll take your pocket change for a song and blame the recession. I’m not ashamed. Besides, the Danish blog doesn’t exist any more.

Use the player above or check out my profile page on Bandcamp to listen.

Update: The EP is also available in iTunes (and via several other services). This link is to the US store, but if you’re somewhere else just search for my name and you should see it.

Jack of all Trades…

Jack of all Trades
King of None

That’s pretty much me, right there. At least if I’m to say so myself. If you ask me what I can do, I will say that I am a decent writer, a decent musician and a decent photographer. I can draw a little, too. But if you ask me what I’m a master of, I’ll look at you and shake my head.

In retrospect, maybe I should have stayed with just one thing. If I had specialized in, say, music, I could have been an awesome songwriter. I’m sure of it. But most of my energy went elsewhere. If I had concentrated on photography only, I would have been amazing. But my interests have been spread out.

One could argue that I am better at what I do, because of my dabbling in many similar or at least somewhat related things, and I would tend to agree. But still, part of me wonders what if.

However, I would like it to be known, that I have no regrets. I am proud to be a multi-artist. Yes, I realize that there will be others who are better than me at everything, but if I can create something that other people will take pleasure in, whether that be a song, a book or a photograph, then my mission is done. I did not set out to be the best in the world at what I do, but I did set out to make some kind of impact. That’s all.

Later, I’ll talk about managing all of these creative impulses.