It was only a one hour drive to our hotel in Vesteras .. our rooms were not ready at the Elite Stadshotelet
so the kind folks in reception upgraded us to beautiful rooms on the top floor, a few doors down from up a nicely equipped gym!!!
5:00 PM Sound check at Intiman
When we arrive there to this very cool interesting state of the art small listening room with chairs and sofas set round and comfortable but on regimented spaces… When people come they can get a good look at the stage but they also can be very comfortable in the fact that it is like THEIR room. There are tons of posters on the wall representing artists.. some of them very successful …that Bjorn has promoted over the years… this is a very warm place… here we find the real story of the intimate
Owner Bjorn has a big heart and he turns the space over to the homeless from time to time. For example, every Sunday there’s a soup kitchen for the homeless in the afternoon where they can come and relax and have a good meal.. he is also going to open up a place where they can stay at the end of the block… It seems that Bjorn owns most of the building where he houses plays and functions like birthday parties and weddings and things like that… which probably pay the bills but his real love is in the arts in and helping the community
Everything we feel about this place and everything we do tonight on stage is in that spirit of the wonderful work Bjorn does.
The sound check with a nice and pro sound man went quickly and then we had a terrific meal in the back room.
we were on stage at 7 o’clock… This is Sunday night and people need to get up early in the morning so we are doing one long show
This was a very comfortable place to play… Particularly with the spirit that we came to know… And all the nice and kind people that appreciate what Bjorn does were attentive and with us from the beginning
Some of the highlights for me tonight were Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World, Charcoal Sky. New York In Between which we played for the first time… And people seemed to love it.. everybody loved the story of Joan and I getting together in our excursions to the Japanese restaurant… So they had a big heart for Joan Joan Joan and also loved the title song inspired by her… A Song I Can Live With
One of the surprises of the night was the great chorus these seemingly shy folks sang on the song I wrote for Johnny Cash, Clean Your Own Tables. That brought a lot of smiles and turned out to be much fun for all of us
Lots of folks were singing on Angel of the Morning .. it sounded so so beautiful tonight with Goran’s extraordinarily soulful playing ..and Wild Thing was so sneaky good and soulfull that it brought lots of smiles as well as well cool loose singing ..that was a wonderful pre-ending for the show
I actually wasn’t sure if anybody knew anything about us before we got here… But when we finally got to Fuck All the Perfect People at the end the whole audience was singing without being asked..
We started off the stage after that but the audience kept clapping so we came back and played Refugee Children… just as we had last night… And that seemed to touch everybody including us… And we said a final good night and said hello to some nice people
Hi Darmini . .. a kind volunteer .. Nice to see you when we arrived… Max great sound thank you very much .. wonderful to see my old friend Hilding again… What would a Sweden tour be without you!
So good to see that young couple on my left, Per and Linnea.. hope to see you guys again .. I felt a nice spirit from you from the stage… the kind that makes shows a little bit better… Thanks for that!
Hi Victor thanks so much for your efforts selling the CDs .. and in general thanks for your good vibes… Look forward to seeing you again ..hi Tommy good to see you as well
.. good luck Per with the new opening and also with your personal stuff. Thanks for the kind words!
And thanks to all who attended ..sorry I didn’t get to say hello to some of you before you had to leave. Hope to see you next time through.
Bjorn… Thanks for having us… Hope to see you next time through