If You Want To Know Where Your Heart Is

This is a quote that comes in many shapes. I’ve heard it in my professional carrier as “Where your mind goes, your energy flows”, but I guess this one is a more private one. Anyhow, I think that there is a lot of truth in these simple words.

The photo is taken in Vemdalen – Sweden

whereyourmindgoes

Stockholm – Third Advent

© Pedro Hansson - Stockholm, One Week Before Christmas
© Pedro Hansson – Stockholm, One Week Before Christmas

This is a photo from yesterday. The photo is taken from Riddarholmen towards city hall and Kungsholmen. We’re currently experiencing the warmest November – December in 133 years. Strange with rain in Stockholm, and snow in Egypt…

Swedish Summer Night – 2

This weekend has been all about crayfish party, both Friday and Saturday evening. Yesterday we stayed at a friend’s house in the archipelago and this photo was taken at the sunset. I really appreciate autumn, and I’m already looking forward to all those colors that we will have all around us very soon.

Best wishes for a new week

© Pedro Hansson - Autumn Sunset
© Pedro Hansson – Autumn Sunset

Some final thoughts about the project “Best Album Of All Times”

© Pedro Hansson - Stockholm Sunset
© Pedro Hansson – Stockholm Sunset

Some final thoughts

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So the final post in this series – that’s been my most enthusiastic project on this blog – has been written! I’ve spent almost four weeks on this project, with 2-8 hours of music listening, reading lyrics and moving albums up and down every day, but what an amazing journey it has been! I’ve always dreamt of doing this, and now it’s done.

The hardest part was to stay true to the rules. The Best Album, not just an album with 5 good tracks with 3 bad ones; the full album was what counted.

In retrospective I think that Sixx A.M should change place with Toto. Heroin Diaries is an amazing album that no one should miss. Since it’s also a true story, with such a good purpose it may even be higher up. I also placed both Keane and Journey on a shared number 1-place, but I think that Journey is the true number 1. It’s almost silly how perfect that album is. Every single note is so good, on all instruments and the vocals from Steve Perry are truly amazing.

So, do I miss any albums on the list? Yes I think that Simply Red, Magnum, Don Henley, Frank Ocean, Iron Maiden and The Hooters should be somewhere on the list, but I’m not sure where. The lack of full albums without a track that you just want to skip is hard to find with those artists. Maybe Magnum is closest?

Thank you all that have followed this top-list. It’s been a pleasure to hear your thoughts both in person, on the blog and in e-mail.

I leave this series with a great track that actually wasn’t on the list; Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

I hope you all get a good start of your week.

P.S If you want to go back in the series, there is a new menu at the top of this blog where you can find all the posts D.S

A letter to myself

Prewords: This will not be my most “manly” post in this blog, and I’ve reflected so much about if I should post it or not, and I guess if you aren’t or haven’t recently been in some kind of crisis these words may sound silly, but for me they’ve been extremely important so I decided to post them anyway and I sincerely hope that they can be of comfort to more than me.

Post: Last year I went through some hard times and I often reflected about how hard it was for those around me to know how to act. Should they call? Is it okay to laugh? Is it okay to ask how I feel and so on…

At the same time there was a battle inside me where thoughts like “Is it really okay to smile and be happy when I shouldn’t be?”, “Will I be this down and out forever”? So I decided to write some words to myself, to keep me on the straight line on the days when things were rough, to know that it’ll get better; and for the days when I felt that “Now I’ve passed this test”, some words to lessen the bounce when I bounced back and also give myself some slack to “just be”.

And if you are in the middle of some kind of crisis, remember that it’ll take time, It will never go over, but it will get easier and the days between when you feel weak will be more and more rare. So, hang in there, life’s beautiful, and things will change and you’ll soon laugh out loud for some ever reason that you won’t even know today.

I will also take this opportunity to thank all those around me, both friends, family and colleagues for the support on those days when things aren’t the best, and for sharing my laughs and craziness when things are up 🙂

© Pedro Hansson - Just because - Photo taken in Rättvik, Sweden

Swedish version

© Pedro Hansson - In Swedish - Bara - Foto taget i Rättvik

Julbord in Stockholm

In Sweden we have a tradition called Julbord (Christmas table). Almost every company  as well as all the familys meet up to have “a Julbord”. This is a tradition that goes on from first of Advent until Christmas day, and is a “must have” on Christmas eve. A typical julbord consists of Herring, ham, meatballs, salmon and many many more dishes. It’s almost like Spanish tapas but served in the middle of the room where all pic up their food.

Yesterday I had a Julbord at an old ship called Mälardrottningen. The weather wasn’t typical Swedish since we still have no ice (!!) and just a little snow, but we have plenty of clouds and rain 🙂

This is a pic that’s taken from the ship towards the southern parts of Stockholm. The reason for the pic is the lights that I suspect comes from Zinkensdamm.

Hope you had a nice weekend

Söder
© Pedro Hansson - Stockholm Söder - Nikon D7000