They see music everywhere they look! Above, Andreas Jismark, Anni Bernhard and Mats Jönsson outside of the Shanti Indian Wok restaurant in Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden, after our meeting over lunch inside. Delicious food with a great atmosphere! And yes, eagle-eyed blog readers will notice that's a "Keith London for Mayor of Hallandale Beach Mayor" bag in Anni's hand, full of some goodies I brought along for them from South Florida. These light-but-strong recyclable bags were real attention-getters as I walked around greater Stockholm for nine days with my various writing pads and cameras inside them, in part because they're the very same colors as the Swedish flag -gold and blue. January 12, 2013 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.
Our 'Full of Keys' drought is finally over! Full of Keys -a.k.a. the amazing Anni Bernhard- will be playing a showcase in New York City at Cake Shop on June 10th as part of the 2013 New Music Seminar/New York Music Festival. Her new album was recorded recently in Gotland, will be mastered in NYC, aiming for a September release -with lots of very big and exciting plans coming soon! @FullOfKeys, @andreasjismark, #AnniBernhard, #MatsJönsson, #NMS2013, #NYMF, #CakeShop, #GrazingGroundsAlmost five months after I finally met dynamic and super-talented Swedish singer Anni Bernhard of Full of Keys in-person for the first time, in Stockholm, over lunch with her and her savvy and personable manager, Andreas Jismark, and band member and DJ extraordinaire Mats Jönsson, today I'm finally able to share with you all some very positive news that I'd promised to keep a tight lid on until the time was finally right.
Well, today's that fateful day!
And what good news it is for those of us who've really become quite taken over the last few years with Anni's self-evident talent and engaging personality.
Anni and her talented and diligent team have some very exciting news that I'm happy to finally be able to share with you after a couple of hints in some of my blog posts the past five months.
Thank goodness, too, because the news is so positive, I don't know how much longer I was going to be able to keep it quiet -and off the blog.
Separately and collectively, Anni, Andreas and Mats have all been very busy juggling several balls in the air the past few months, and as the weeks on the calendar flew by and the snow on the ground in Stockholm finally started melting away for good, one key date loomed on the horizon with exclamation points.
For Team Anni, that was the important week in mid-April to be spent brainstorming, jamming and laying down some tracks at Sandkvie Studio in Visby, Gotland of Anni's unique brand of thoughtful and clever music and lyrics, with that voice I so love.
But then when you're dealing with such talented, conscientious and professional people, all of whom have very high standards and expectations for themselves, and what they expect to bring with them into the recording studio, it's not-so-surprising that the demands on them grew as the week in April approached.
But the singular and collective pressures only made them more determined to produce something great in the form of the second Full of Keys album, to be called The Grazing Grounds.
I'm happy to tell you that everything went great while doing the initial recording in Gotland, as well as some more recent mixing.
As recent as 8:25 a.m. Thursday!
They all seem pleased indeed that everything had been so very productive and satisfying.
But that's what you get when talented people prepare as diligently as they have been preparing for months for this album and new opportunity to reach new fans.
I'm also pleased to say that despite the increased workload of the past few weeks, Anni has been very diligent about ramping-up her public profile Social Media-wise on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as the recently updated Full of Keys blog, where Anni has been writing more frequently than in the past, with lots of clever and amusing updates that were no doubt a byproduct of all the positive energy they had in Visby and then later in Stockholm while trying to create the best possible sound.
Lots of irony!
Me being me, I wish she'd write even more, but then she's working on a record album, not a blog post, so...
Here's one tweet of Anni's in particular that I wanted to draw your attention to for reasons that should be obvious:
Sandkvie Studio! fullofkeys.com/blog/sandkvie-…
— Full Of Keys (@FullOfKeys) April 12, 2013
Notice anything familiar in this photo she tweeted that day, which also appeared on her blog?
Specifically, the ball cap on Anni's head?
You are correct, dear reader!
It's one of the teal-colored Miami Dolphins caps I brought along with me to Sweden specifically to keep snow and sunshine off that friendly and expressive face of hers.
(It's one of the goodies in that bag she's carrying in the photo up at the top.)
Pictured above, left-to-right, are Anni Bernhard (Full of Keys), sound engineer and co-producer Linus Larsson and Mats Jönsson, April 12, 2013, Sandvie Studios, Visby, Gotland.For comparison's sake for those of you not in North America and who have no idea of what that cap really looks like, since the photo above is Black & White, here's what my identical Miami Dolphins cap looks like, which I always wore during the day while walking thru Stockholm for nine days, taking pictures with my cameras and mental images with my head.
And sometimes wear at Panera Bread here in Hallandale Beach, Florida, about 4975 miles away, as in this April 30th shot.
As you can see by the photos below that I snapped right before and after the three of them swung by and met me in front of the wonderful 4Trappor B&B I stayed at the first five days of my January trip, too much bright sunshine was definitely NOT the problem we had that first full day of mine in Stockholm, both excited and jet-lagged at the same time.
As I've mentioned previously, this B&B is the top-rated one in Stockholm by Trip Advisor -and for very good reason!
Looking west on Gotlandsgatan from in front of TripAdvisor.com's #1 B&B in Stockholm, B&B4trappor, in Södermalm, with the beautiful Katarina södra skola to the right. January 12, 2013 photos by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.
Above and below, Shanti Indian Wok restauant at Katarina Bangata 58, conveniently located just two blocks west from the 4trappor B&B. http://www.shanti.se/WOK/wok.html
January 12, 2013 photos by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.
The other BIG NEWS that I'm happy to share with you today is that Anni will be in New York a week from tomorrow, June 10th, performing a set from her Grazing Grounds album at Cake Shop, as part of the 2013 New Music Seminar, which is part of this year's New York Music Festival
Mats will also be on hand in New York to add his unique talents to the mix and make sure that Anni's set is a real success in front of lots of music professionals who will be in attendance.
(Mats and Anni actually performed a set in Stockholm my first night there back in January, but I was so jet-lagged and exhausted after getting little sleep over the two previous days, that I was in no position to be somewhere dark where alcohol was being served.)
Yes, those of you who live in the Tri-State area and environs who want to hear some really great music will finally get a chance to see Anni in-person and see what all the fuss is about for yourselves.
The opportunity you've needed to listen and become true believers!
Anni will be performing next Tuesday at 11 p.m. on what is officially being the Sweden Showcase.
More information about that night at Cake Shop and the other artists performing that night is at
http://newmusicseminar.com/nms-musichelp-to-feature-emerging-swedish-acts-at-2013-new-york-music-festivals-sweden-showcase/ and here, http://cake-shop.com/
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At some point while Anni is in New York, the album will be mastered over at Sterling Sound and she will also try to get some new publicity photos shot as well.
With her imagination, that could really prove to be quite interesting, because Anni definitely has a knack for the visually-arresting image.
Once those photos have been done, you can count on my posting them here ASAP.
So, right about now, a light should be popping into the head of someone at the NY Times Culture Desk and The Village Voice and Rolling Stone as they ponder further investigation of the fact that Sweden -yes, Sweden, a nation of under 10 million people, smaller than Florida- is the world's third-largest exporter of music, after the U.S. and Great Britain.
How better to illustrate this music industry phenomena to music lovers and readers than by actually seeing some very talented visiting artists from Sweden LIVE and in-the-flesh?
8:50 p.m. Postscript:
I was so tired this morning when I was doing my final edit of this post that I somehow neglected to mention this important fact, since it's one of the "keys" to understanding why so many people are working so hard to give this very talented and creative singer the opportunities she needs.
Above, using my Latitude app on my Samsung cell phone to find out where people I knew were once I checked into the B&B in Södermalm before I tried to reach them by phone or email.My last blog post on Anni, the one that was sort of cryptic by choice and designed so I wouldn't talk about some news I still can't reveal quite yet, was on February 13, 2013, and was titled
Music Alert for Friday February 15th: In Visby, Gotland, check out Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard) at the Hammersmith Odeon Visby at 8 p.m.; @FullOfKeys, #sweden
http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/music-alert-for-friday-february-15th-in.html and featured her first single from the new album called Snow Glass Apples
Here's a mix of some videos of Anni's songs from the first Full of Keys album, Traces of a Human, all of which appeared on the blog in my first blog post on Anni from February 4, 2012, titled, Prepare to meet an amazing musical talent: Anni Bernhard is 'Full Of Keys'; TV4's Nyhetsmorgon: Desolate; Suicide Bridge; Suicide Bridge at Stenkullen LIVE
TV4's Nyhetsmorgon - Full of keys med låten "Desolate" - Aired January 11, 2012.
This was the captivating video which first brought Anni Bernhard to my attention:
Her debut single:
Full of Keys official video: Full Of Keys - All The Roses (Official Video) April 25, 2011. http://youtu.be/N61plpOjmi4
TV4's Nyhetsmorgon -Full of Keys med låten "Suicide Bridge" - Aired January 11, 2012.
Back in January I told Anni that in my opinion, this video below that was filmed at a hotel in Stenkullen in Västra Götaland had some of the very best elements of all of her many videos, in part because so much of her personality came out in the non-singing parts, the V.O., and she was quite surprised, pleasantly so, at how much detail I still remembered about it almost a year later.
I even mentioned to her that while watching it, I could also visualize what she was doing at the same point in time of the song in the official video she shot for Suicide Bridge.
Full of Keys official video: Suicide Bridge (LIVE at Stenkullen, acoustic) February 3, 2012. http://youtu.be/9Z-dwOyAf9g
TV 4's Nyhetsmorgon - Anni Bernhard discusses her thoughts on the current music industry and wishes there were more dedicated artists who challenged themselves and didn't just settle for being okay. January 11, 2012.
It's in Swedish, of course!
Full Of Keys first album, Traces of a Human is still available at many sites, including Amazon.com, iTunes and spotify
Some remixes of the above songs are posted at Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/full-of-keys Check them out!
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