Eva Flyborgs Blogg

Göteborgare, liberal, fd riksdagsledamot

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Så är det bara tre dagar kvar till Jul och julstämningen börjar infinna sig så smått, trots allt.

Granen är inne och klädd,  julbelysning på balkongen på plats, julstjärnor i varje hörn, julklappspapper inköpt och grönkålen står utanför dörren i en stor säck. Långkål – ingen jul utan den. Men mina jul-måsten är få nu för tiden, annat var det när man var barn. Då skulle ALLT upp ur källarens mörka vrå. Men ju äldre man blir desto mer inser man att Julen inte är ett datum, utan snarare en känsla. För mig är det en sällsynt tid av stillhet och ro. Jag vill inte göra eller ta emot besök under juldagarna, helst skulle jag vilja vara insnöad utan någon som helst kontakt med yttervärlden. Inga nyheter, inga betänkanden, inga sammanträden, inga resor. Bara lugnt, skönt och stilla , varm choklad med vispgrädde/ glögg/rom, en brasa som knastrar och värmer så mysigt, Beatles sköna toner, en bra bok och snö på granarna.

Jag är mer än nöjd med det enkla.

OM jag trots allt skulle sätta ihop en önskelista med prylar, så skulle den se ut såhär; en sprillans ny MiniCooper, en helautomatisk Gaggia espressomaskin, en större lägenhet, en resa till Västindien, en stor hög med pengar för att spela in en skiva med mina egna låtar och en Martin D-28 gitarr som Paul McCartney har. In my dreams… Sanningen är ju att jag klarar mig fint utan allt det där, bara jag får spela på min gitarr, dricka så mycket thé och kaffe jag vill och krama om min son ofta mycket och länge. Då spelar resten mindre roll.

Året 2011 går väl annars till historien som det roligaste och sorgligaste någonsin. Jag var otroligt glad och lycklig över att ha lyckats skriva ett antal låtar,  spelat in en bunt av dem i en  studio (Nacksving i Göteborg med proffsiga och trevliga Isak Edh) och tom fått två av dem spelade i radio P4 Göteborg. En otroligt hisnande, surrealistik känsla och händelse! Jag?? Skriva låtar och texter?? Spela in dem i en studio? Spelas i radio för ca 300.000 Göteborgare? Nänänä, finns inte ens på kartan. Och ändå var det precis det som hände.  Det gensvar som jag har mött från människor i min närhet, i Sverige, ja från olika platser på jorden (tex Starfall på Youtube) är mer än jag någonsin hade hoppats på eller ens drömt om. Den låten, som bara är en demo än så länge, har över tre tusen träffar. Fantastiskt! Frågan är nu om jag skall samla ihop de 10 bästa och spela in en hel skiva eller ej. Skivinspelningar är kostsamt som bekant och vem har en stor hög med pengar som bara ligger och skräpar? Hmmm, skulle behöva bli ”upptäckt” av någon. George Martin, where are you when I need you? 🙂

2011 är också det sorgligaste året någonsin eftersom min älskade mamma Berit gick bort den 27 november. Jag kan nog fortfarande inte fatta att hon inte längre finns, för jag kollar olika saker med henne varje dag.  När en mamma dör försvinner ett av väderstrecken sägs det. Så är det nog. Själva grunden för ens egen existens är ju borta. Men samtidigt så gav mamma oss sin oreserverade, grundmurade kärlek och tillit och gjorde oss därmed starka att klara livet på egen hand. Men den djupa sorgen och saknaden består. Sov gott lilla mamma, vi ses.

Jag vill ändå sluta dagens funderingar med att rekommendera en riktig feel-good-film; Love Actually. Man MÅSTE le när Billy Mac, den utbrände rock’n roll föredettingen skall spela in en gammal hitlåt, för att tjäna lite pengar på julen. Han är så totalt politiskt inkorrekt att det blir skönt. Och de olika karaktärernas öden i filmen är alla mysiga på sitt sätt. Se den!

Så stänger vi snart 2011 och öppnar dörren för 2012. Tack till alla runt omkring mig för i år, ser fram emot nästa redan nu. Jag tror det blir ett riktigt riktigt bra år! Från oss alla till er alla; GOD JUL och ett riktigt GOTT NYTT ÅR!

Annonser

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Sir George Martin Music Award

 Sir George Martin Music Award was set up a year ago in connection with the Beatles former producer’s visit in Sweden to receive an honorary doctorate from Musikhögskolan in Malmö, Sweden. Staffan Olander, one of the worlds leading Beatles experts, is the instigator of the prize.

 The multitalented Christoffer Lundquist is the first winner of Sir George Martin Music Award. At a gala night at the Palladium in Malmö last night the winner was announced and celebrated with Sir George Martin attending. In the jury’s statement: “With burning ambition to musical perfection Christoffer Lundquist transformed Vollsjö to a Scandinavian Abbey Road!” Christoffer Lundquist is a producer, musician and composer and he has produced over 100 albums for the Swedish and international artists. He has also been a member of the Swedish band Brainpool and also toured with Per Gessle and Roxette for the last 10 years. Congratulations Christoffer!

The Swedish Parliament Beatles Society is a very popular Beatles club in the Swedish Parliament. In fact, we are the biggest club already and still growing. As the founder I had the opportunity and the great honour to speak with Sir George Martin and hand over our invitation for him to come to and address the Parliament. We cross our fingers and hope that Sir George will accept the invitation.

It would be so great to hear The Man himself talk about the making of music that came to be music history. We cross our fingers and hope. Dreams are allowed.
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Sydsvenskan, Expressen,

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In the footsteps of The Beatles

   I have just come home from an amazing journey with the Swedish Parliament Beatles Society. I’ve walked in the footsteps of  The Beatles and their early years in Liverpool. I’ve seen their homes and where they were born. I have seen what Paul saw in Penny Lane; the roundabout, the barber, the banker that didn’t wear a mac (I know why) in the pouring rain and the fire station with the clean machine. I’ve seen Johns art school and Pauls/Georges just next to his. I’ve had a beer or two in Johns favourite pub; the Ye Cracke and the Philharmonic Dining Rooms where he loved to eat. I stood on on the pavement outside Gambia Terrace and heard the true (?) story of how the Beatles name was invented.

 I have met Dave Peters, the man who is the last remaining witness of that first meeting between John Lennon and Paul McCartney at the Woolton Village Fete in July 1957. John was playing with his skiffle group The Quarrymen and Paul was in the audience, brought by a common friend. I sat beside the Eleanor Rigby gravestone and I saw all the lonely people, overlooking where John played that very day.

I have written my name in the ceiling of The Cavern while hearing Beatles music beeing played. I’ve heard the stories about their early girlfriends and their jobs and their meeting places, trying to paint in my mind the palette of colours and sounds that made them what they are or was.

I talked to Pete Bests very nice brother Roag Best and heard about the early years from a different and maybe more direct angle. I have seen and admired Pauls rainbow and John Mexican/Aztek room and the forbidden carvings in the wall and roof. I have heard the stories from the Casbah Coffee Club where the Beatles performed for 18 months before they started at the Cavern. The tinyest little nook (vrå) you could ever imagine. How they fitted in there is a miracle. The story of the 15 shillings that they wanted and did not get, puts a lot in perspective for the rest of the Beatles story. A lot.

 The Strawberry Fields is in my mind in many ways a melancholy story. ”No one I think is in my trea, I mean it must be high or low”…  Johns whole childhood is, to say the least, very different and difficult. And to loose your mother twice as he did, must have put their mark on him for ever. Pauls loss was surely devastating and of different circumstances, their common grief must have made the bond even stronger. The rest of us can only guess. We also took the opportunity to visit the Paul McCartney Pub and raised a pint or two for the boys.

 

Because that’s what they were, just four incredible talented lads from the Merseyside in Liverpool, that made it very very big. Just a band, as John said.

Eh, yes, but no.  Far from it actually.

2011/04/19 Posted by | Paul McCartney, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 kommentarer

John Lennon – rebel, poet, man

 It’s almost impossible to believe that it is 30 years ago today, that a deeply disturbed man shot and killed John Lennon in cold blood. What a tragedy. And I’ve always wondered  if John lived his life the way he did because he never really expected to grow old. In one of the many books that tries to solve the riddle inside the mystery in the great puzzle that is John Lennon, he tells the author that he does not expect to grow old. And he didn’t. What a sad day this is, for the people closest to his heart, for all of his fans. And for all the rest of the world also, they just don’t understand it. For Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono this day must be a true ordeal.

We are all spoiled wíth the songs made immortal by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the soundtrack to our lives. There is a time before the Beatles and a time after, and things would never be the same again.  John and Paul presented a new way to write songs, to perform and to behave. The famous lines from John at the Royal Variety Performance  for the Queen can sum up this new approach in an excellent way; ”Would those of you in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry”. Cheeky and rebellious but fun at the same time – a perfect balance at the time. The new way to use all kinds of sounds and instruments really started a whole new era in pop/rock and the Beatles lead the way. And in my opinion – they still are.

 To me it is almost impossible to think about John without Paul at his side, and vice versa. Just take the lovely and brilliant song ”Strawberry Fields” for example. A masterpiece of John, but did you know that it was Paul MCCartney that added the new mellotron in the song that gives the dreamlike effect? And Johns,  A day in the life, Paul wrote the whole middle section. And of course vice versa, in many of Pauls songs Johns contributions were important to the outcome. They were brilliant at their own, but pure magic together.

Throw in George and Ringo, a bright and intelligent, talented and friendly producer, George Martin, and you get The Beatles as we know them. I suspect that George Martins role will be clearer as times goes by and that he deserves all the credit that is given to him. And moore.

So, this is a sad day, the day John Lennon was shot to death. But it is also a day to remeber the good stuff too. All the music he created, his books, his fenomenal wit and humor, his struugle with himself,  The Cavern, the Hamburg years, the first number one, the first America visit, the activist years and on and on.  But most of all to remember the joy and friendship, even love,  between the four Liverpudlians that conquered and changed the world for ever.

Put on a Beatles record or one of Johns solo records and enjoy the music. Enjoy the # 1 rock-poet of all times with his oh so clever lyrics. Something for the songwriters of today to think about. Maybe Paul would say that It’s getting better all the time. But John would mutter; It couldn’t get much worse. And I would agree with him.

Eva Flyborg Swedish Parliament Beatles Society

 

Expressen, GP, TV4, Aftonbladet, SvD, GP,

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Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger for the Olympics?

 Now, here is the million dollar question to be answered; is Paul McCartney from The Beatles  or Mick Jagger from the Rolling stones having the honour of playing the opening song for the 2012 London Olympic Games? 

From my point of view there is only one answer; Paul McCartney with a Beatles song! 

No other group in history has in such a profound way changed the music world for ever.  Paul McCartney and The Beatles blew the barriers away from what was possible or even imaginable to do in a pop/rock song and changed the musical history and our lives for ever. No other group has ever come close to that achievement; The Beatles and Paul McCartney rule the pop and rock world yesterday, today and tomorrow!

 Paul McCartney is also the one who is still doing a tremendously great job giving concerts all around the world. Breaking sell-out records where ever he performs. Paul is certainly the man for the job, let Paul McCartney lead the way and open the 2012 London Olympic games!

And if you want to sign up, there is even a facebook page to support it !    Roll up for the ”Paul McCartney 2012 London Olympic Games!”  

You can read more in The Economic Times, Monsters and Critics, Music Rooms, The Daily Star , The Times of India and Aftonbladet, Expressen

 In Sweden we have started the first parlamentarian Beatles Club in the world and we have invited Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Martin to come and visit us.  I do hope that they will be able to come and take the opportunity to adress the Swedish Parliament while visiting the Beatles Club.  And if they would like to play something too, we wouldn’t object…

I had the honour and great pleasure to meet with Sir George Martin, CBE,  the legendary producer of the Beatles,  when he visited Sweden a few months ago.  I have rarely met a more professional, generous, warm and kind person than George Martin.  He proved to be a fantastic ambassador for his country and a perfect gentleman of the old school.  The picture was taken at the Palladium when the invitation was handed over to visit the Swedish Parliament Beatles Society.  

 You can always dream. I cross my fingers for it to come true!

2010/08/09 Posted by | Paul McCartney, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 kommentarer

   

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