It has taken me a long time to find my ”own voice” around thirtyfive years and really when you finally do nothing really belongs only to you. When glasweigan singer-songwriter Gareth Dickson introduced me to Nick Drakes music a few years ago something did happen to me and I immediately ”stole” some of his open tunings but most of all I was fascinated by his witheld voice, his lyrics and guitar picking technique. Its was like he was singing from the ”inside” of his mind and body. His songs had a kind of eternal quality to them like they had always existed somewhere, somehow, even before he wrote them.
When people ask me how I write my songs or what inspires me it´s always a bit hard to answer. It´s like asking someone ”Who are you and where did you come from?”. A song can be something you have carried for a very long time maybe already from your childhood. It can also be written in the blink of an eye. But more often through hard work, a bit of luck, and with some timing you may write a song that touches you more than others.
I have always been inspired by dreamful thoughts and nature metaphors this might be due to me reading alot of poetry such as Gustaf Fröding, Edith Södergran, John Keats, Henrich Heine and Friedrich Hölderlin. Dreams and poetry are more interesting to me than writing about me having a pint at the local pub the other day. Not to say that the pubtheme could not turn into a interesting song it probably could but I just dont know how to write about stuff like that. But I do know how to dream intensely, how to constantly long, how to feel detached from ”the real world” and how to ache so thats what I write about.
Other songwriters and artists that inspire me alot are; Tim Buckley, Karen Dalton, Terry Callier, Canned Heat, Mavis Staples, Rosetta Tharpe, Townes Van Zandt, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Gareth Dickson, Marianne Faithful, Lucinda Williams, Patti Smith, Sophie Zelmani, Beth Orton, Martha Wainwright, Candi Staton and many more…