Saturday, 30 April 2011

Home;=)

Friday afternoon I flew home after the really great days of talking with the schools in Nynäshamn. Its been extremely rewarding for me, especially for me learning to talk in front of people without getting a "panic attack";=) The second and third day have actually felt really relaxed and I felt more and more that this could be something I can do. Got really great response from teachers and politicians who said I was really good at doing this and that, of course, gives me a really warm feeling of having achieved what I wanted. To overcome my own fear of public speaking and telling the students how it feel to be bullied in school and how it actually has helped me dealing with the hate I got from many fans when I entered my dream - taking the position as the new singer in Nightwish.

I will tell you more about these days in the coming week, but now I need to just melt it and "take in" everything I have learned and heard from the students.

But I want to thank all the students I have met in Nynäshamn, Ösmo and Sorunda for giving me so much back, making this journey in my own personal development so rewarding and fulfilling. You have ALL given me new goals and thoughts about how I can do more for bullied and insecure kids and also showing others that you can reach your dream or goal with lots of stubborness!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

An evening walk;=)

I took a nice long walk by the seaside here in Stockholm this evening and of course I took some photos for you to see;=)

Enjoy!



Second day

Hi all!

Today I did the second day in my little school journey here in Nynäshamn and today I met 5 classes of ninth graders;=)

They were all so very nice and listened really carefully and asked a lot of really good questions. I really appreciate when I get a communication with the ones I talk too and today everyone has been really good at doing that!

So thanks to all students and teachers who met me today;=)

Here´s some of the super nice girls I met today:


After we finished in the afternoon we drove down to the beautiful harbour in Nynäshamn and sat in the sun, ate smoked shrimps and do I need to say that it was incredibly good? Yummie!

Tomorrow I end my round of meeting students here and I must say I have learned so much from this experience and who knows - I might do something like this again;=)

Enjoy your evening!

First day in the schools

Good morning!

I havent been able to sleep so good this night, I guess its a lot of thoughts from meeting all the really nice teenagers yesterday;=) But well, I can sleep when I get home and can relax again.

The day yesterday was a very different, a bit scary but very rewarding day for me. I was so terribly nervous when I entered the first group of kids. It felt like I wanted to just fly home immediately cause my fear of speaking in front of others just made me feel overwhelmed.

The second and third group I also felt the same and said to myself that I wont do this ever again;=)

But when we arrived to the the second school and I entered, there were lots of kids sitting and cheering my name and Nightwish and I felt so welcomed and they were just amazing and fun to meet! The first group was a really great group with mostly guys and they were all so open and easy to connect with. They all wanted signatures and we had a fun time together. They made me relax more and I thank them all for that;=)

Here they are and as you can see we had fun!

The last group was a group of mostly girls and I got the best feeling from them. My story is a lot about my own teenage time where I had big difficulties with the girls in my class, being outfrosen and teased for 3 years. Since they all were girls in this class I felt it was a bit easier to tell my story and they also told me they had a lot of problems among their classes with the same thing.

In Sweden 17 000 kids are mocked in school EVERY DAY! It´s just not ok and if I can get at least one person that bully another kid to think about what he does and hopefully stop doing it - that´s amazing.

If I can get one person that are mocked or outfrozen to feel that they are not alone, that many big and recognized people have had the same problems in their childhood, and get that person to stand up for him/herself and be true to him/herself no matter what others say and go out to reach their goals in life - that´s just amazing!

Today I continue on and will meet 5 classes in other schools and I hope my day will be as rewarding as yesterday:=)

Enjoy your day!

Monday, 25 April 2011

More Hovs hallar photos;=)

Here we go - some more photos from our visit to Hovs hallar. Just check the rocks! We walked on the slippery rocks and stones for a long time and we had to take it very easy cause all the stones and rocks move when you walk on them... but it was fun;=)

Nervous

Good evening everyone! Hope your weekend have been filled with love and good food, as mine has;=)

I am sitting here really nervous and with a stomach pain.... I am going for a business trip and this time I am challenging myself by doing something I have wanted to do for a long time but have been so scared of doing.

Tomorrow I am flying to Stockholm to be involved in a culture week at some schools outside of Stockholm. I am gonna tell my life story for them and at this moment I am so nervous and blacked out that I have no clue what to say or how...

I have always been extremely afraid of talking in front of a lot of people. It´s not the same for me as standing on stage and sing. Singing is something I love and feel secure in, but talking...it´s just soooo hard for me. BUT I challenge myself all the time and this is my next challenge.

3 days with lots of teenage kids staring at me, listening to me and hopefully not hating what I say;=)

First day is wednesday so I still have tomorrow to think about what to say and I am sure it will be just fine but tonight my stomach is just so painful.

Keep fingers crossed for me;=)

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Some photos

Last tuesday we went to a truly wonderful place called Hovs hallar and I took some photos. Here´s the first ones, I´ll upload more later on!





Resting between the hills;=)
Coffee and egg sandwiches for lunch in the green grass;=)

My new "bird shirt" I got from Helsinki 10. Love it!


My studio diary;=)





So, here´s my studio diary! You can also read it in our Nightwish site where there´s also more photos!


Finnvox Studios / Helsinki, April 2011

Last time I wrote a studio diary was back in 2007 after 3 weeks of recording my vocals, hiding out in the deep forests of Finland. No one knew my name as the new singer of Nightwish. Today I read through it for the first time since then, and well, I must say that I recognize a lot and laughed even more while reading it.

Things were naturally a bit different in 2007 compared to today. I went into the studio with a radically different starting position. I am not a secret anymore, I know the songs really well and have already recorded them in a demo session in Röskö. The songs were made for my voice and this time I could sing them with much more confidence. This also made my time in the studio much shorter than last time and we all worked really fast and efficient, like a racing team - we all knew our positions ;=)

We started out on Monday and I took a cab from the hotel, knowing that I had visited Finnvox Studios only once before. Then it was for a listening session for Dark Passion Play. What I didn`t remember was that it was far out in a factory area hidden between lots of other grey buildings. This famous studio looks kinda greyish and not so special when you first get closer, but when you get inside and see all the gold records hanging in the hallway, all the photos of famous musicians in the stairs you know this is the place for big things and big recordings. Of course Imaginarium needs to pass through this pit stop, too!

After hugging and having a short brief with Tuomas about practical things with Imaginarium tour and future plans, he took me to "my room" and when I entered I was so surprised! The room looked like my own little "Shangri-la". Lots of candles burning, pink and red carpets and fabrics that were hung to make it comfortable. Candy, teas, coffees, nuts, fashion magazines, a cosy lounging chair, a big framed poster with us all, and lots of other little things to make me feel at home. Teemu, our dear pyro tech had been there to make me feel welcome and get into a nice singing mood. So thanks to Teemu & the guys, my days at Finnvox got even nicer!

We took a great song to start with and even if my rib still gave me some pain my singing worked well. A little bit of tiredness from flying two days in a row, but still the whole day floated well and it was simply a great start for me.

Our goal was to do one song per day but we actually made something like 1,5 per day and were done in 8 days. We started at 10 and ended around 15 or 16 every day. Took shorter breaks but mainly we just worked and worked. I like to be efficient and when I start to sing I get into the mood and then stopping and taking a long break can just make me loose the feeling and cadence. And Imaginarium has a lot of different feelings in it, different ways for me to interpret the songs. Tuomas, Tero and Mikko were there to guide me to sing even better and to create those little things in every song that make it "historical", as Tero always says, haha!

Every time we were about to start recording a song, I first just sat down and listened to the songs with the orchestra, choir, solos and everything else I hadn`t heard yet, and I must say that I got the shivers every time. From recording the demo to getting the whole package with everything added is just a thrill! And I can hear that Pip and Tuomas just get better and better in using the orchestras, different instruments and voices.

After having listened to a song and heard the new things, I went to "my studio", did some warm-ups and then we started with the recordings. We took it in parts and mainly did the verses first. I sang the part over and over for a couple of times until we felt we had it. Then I doubled and tripled the whole thing if we wanted a fuller sound, as we did mainly in the faster songs. Then it varied if we did the harmonies for that specific part directly or if we continued and recorded the lead parts for the whole song before doing the harmonies. It also depended on my mood and how good my voice felt. I got food poisoning one day and threw up for 9 hours straight, affecting some parts of my voice. I was tired and weak so the day after I didn`t feel my high soft voice was perfect and therefore we didn`t take those high harmonies until the next day.

After 8 days of recording all the songs were recorded and all we had left were some harmonies here and there to fix, and then we just jumped from song to song and added what Tuomas felt was missing. Tuomas is great to work with and he is really clear with what he wants in every song. He is so devoted to the album, to getting every little piece perfect and I know he won`t sleep or rest well until the whole album is mixed and mastered and put into a safe somewhere. When I was done, I felt that little "empty" feeling I get when I have completed something. A little bit sad `cause I had so much fun and I just love to sing in the studio, this album being such a thrill for me. So many songs, all of them very different and I just gotta love the challenge. To get more out of my voice than before and to be part of this massive music where all of us, every musician that plays on it, is the key to make it work. To make Imaginarium come alive! And believe me - it will be one hell of a ride for us all;=)

On we go! Next step for me is to do some acting in the movie, but let´s take it one step at a time. Now I´ll enjoy the summer before all that happens! All best to everybody!


Anette


Written by Anette on April 22, 2011

Thursday, 21 April 2011

On my way to 5km!

Today I exercised again and I did 5 km where I pushed myself and I ran 27 minutes of 40,4 minutes so for just a couple of days of power walks with some short running, I am already so much better in shape. Never give up and take small steps on your way to getting fit;=)

More photos for you....

Good morning and happy Easter!!!

Here are some more photos from our trip to Kullaberg;=)

Enjoy!



Me and Seth having fun with the shadow;=)