Somewhere between the Oslo airport and Holden Norway… In the countryside ..there is a wonderful little restaurant/pub run by a woman named Mona that every so often caters to a musical show. Tonight that show is ours and these folks could not have been nicer.
With great friend Hakan Olsson at the wheel , we negotiate the snow and light storm and arrive in town around 5 o’clock.
Our show was promoted by a true music lover named Rune… who hosts an extremely respected roots web site in Norway (with a big assist from his wife Gunn). Rune has been spreading the word about roots music on his blog for quite a while. And the fact that this show is sold out is a testament to the respect folks have for his efforts.
Special thanks to wonderful young singer/ songwriter named Kenneth… who did a terrific job as sound man tonight. Thanks Kenneth!! Best of luck with your own music!
Rune said a few words to start and we began this magical show at a few minutes after 8:00.
This audience was special from the beginning .. warm, kind , interested.. The kind of audience that will bring the best out in an artist .. that’s the way it was tonight.. Goran Grini was so magical .. we just glided from song to song with a certain inspiration from each other and this great audience.
If someone asked for the highlights tonight it would be very difficult to say.. it seem like the entire show was one big highlight… there was no song that didn’t feel inspired on stage and in the audience responded like they were totally into the performance and message of the song… Just a nice thing. It doesn’t get better.
We started about stories of the family growing up in the Voight household then quickly shifted to some new songs from the new album A Song I Can Live With.
At some point I told the story of how my wife Joan and I met .. got married / divorced and married again.. Joan flew into Oslo yesterday and tonight was the first time she witnessed one of my shows in Europe.. I introduced her to the audience and played a song dedicated to her from the new album Joan Joan Joan and it certainly was one of the favorite’s of the night. Joan was sitting side-by-side off to the right with my friend Hakan.. it was great to watch her reaction to listening to the song in the story about her…. great having her here!
Other songs that gave me s physical chill tonight… Which is what I am looking for all the time on stage or in the studio or writing a song.. were Dance With Hole In Your Shoe, Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World, Charcoal Sky, A Song I Can Live With, Angel Of The Morning, Fuck All The Perfect People and Refugee Children,
Thanks to all who attended…This was as magical as it gets… And we were in it together from start to finish. It was wonderful playing for all of you … I hope to see you soon again in the same spirit.
Said hi to several
Hi Ingrid and Gunner and Olav and Bjorn.. thanks for all the kind words from all of you… hi Stig and Jan and Finn .. Hi Morten and Webche and Tor.. and Kjeisti
Mona .. Love your wonderful place.. and thanks for the delicious dinner tonight
Joan is still raving about the spirit of the place and the food and your kindness.
Also wanted to say hello to the great staff .. the kind and lovely young ladies .. loved meeting you… hope to see you again!
Big thanks again to Rune and Gunn (and their great kids.. Emma, Martha
we were very proud to be here with all of you.. hope to see you again!