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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

If Miriam Bryant isn't on your musical radar yet, she ought to be ;) Miriam Bryant - Push Play (Official), Finders Keeper (Official); @MiriamBryant

Miriam Bryant YouTube Channel video: Miriam Bryant - Push Play (Official). Uploaded April 8, 2013. http://youtu.be/h6GgeK3irUs
Push, play, stop, rewind, you drown your heroes in red wine...

The person featured in Miriam's video is Swedish actor Krister Henriksson, who has portrayed police detective "Kurt Wallander" in Swedish TV films based on Henning Mankell's novels for many, many years.


His latest one came out in January and is called "Den orolige mannen" (The anxious man).

Yes, there's always something nefarious going on in Ystad!


Here's Miriam's amazing first single from last year...so catchy!

Miriam Bryant YouTube Channel video: Miriam Bryant - Finders Keepers (Official) Uploaded June 21, 2012 http://youtu.be/jAq3b4NlnJ0

Miriam's Unplugged version of this song is at: http://youtu.be/elj3JZLWMC4
You'll definitely want to check that out because it's in Black & White, just like the keys of a piano, which is the initial establishing shot of the vid and quite clever.

Miriam, who's from Göthenberg, had a gig on Friday in Tranås at Babar, as did another young singing dynamo from Gävle whom I've been keeping close tabs on by the name of Cecilia Nilsson or See See -a.k.a. Cissi Nilsson- pictured below, whom I'll be writing about in more detail soon.
So much sheer musical talent in Sweden, it's hard to believe sometimes! 

If you're reading this in Sweden, you should be able to purchase a physical copy of the CD at most Åhléns Dept. Stores
If you're in Stockholm, I'd first try the one in Södermalm at Ringvägen 100below, on the corner of Götgatan, on the south side of the street and across the street from the Skanstull 
T-BanaIt's on the first floor on the southeast side, past their large cosmetics area. 
That's where I bought my Jill Johnson "A Woman can Chage her Mind" CD in January. ;)

Above, looking southwest on an overcast Saturday afternoon -temps about 20° F- towards the Åhléns Dept. Store in Södermalm, with the Hemköp grocery store in its basement that I frequented at the beginning of my trip to Stockholm. Though you can't tell it from this photo, this is the southern end of the always-bustling Götgatan commercial center that's the spine of Södermalm -and the bottom part of U-shaped Ringvägen that largely connects almost everything in Södermalm.
It's one of my favorite parts of Stockholm, in large part because it's the perfect combination of intelligent mixed-use zoning in action, with interesting commercial/retail use below or next to residential. It's a real living place with a beating heartbeat and sense of place, and you feel that spirit when you walk around, too. I know that I did.
It's not just some abstract hope for a place with a sense of community written on a prospectus for a planned development, like you see all the time here in South Florida. January 12, 2013 photo by South Beach Hoosier.© 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.
More information on Miriam at:


@MiriamBryant  https://twitter.com/MiriamBryant

Miriam Bryant's YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/MiriamBryantMusic

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Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard)

Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard)
Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard) wearing the teal-colored Miami Dolphins cap I gave her in January 2013 (in Stockholm) while recording her 2nd album, "The Grazing Grounds" at Sandkvie Studios in Visby, Gotland, Sweden. Also pictured here are sound engineer and co-producer Linus Larsson and musician/DJ/co-producer Mats Jönsson, April 12, 2013.Click the photo to see her videos, read my blog posts and Tweets about her and learn more about this dynamic and original talent with personality to spare!

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