2017 – Metamorphosis
I hope your holiday season has been full of joy and laughter. I gotta say, I’m happy to leave the year 2016 behind. Obviously It had many super exciting moments like recording a new album with Mikko Gordon, travelling, living healthy and booze-free, recording a Finnish tango-folk EP with the Växby brothers, working on multiple toplines etc. I’m grateful for all those moments, new music and opportunities.
The downside of the year 2016 was that I lost my dad, and there was some other very sad losses in the family. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand why these things happen. I wish everyone could have a long, healthy and happy life…
It hasn’t been easy to let go of things that I wasn’t ready to let go just yet. I’ve noticed that life seem to push you forward when you’re stuck, when you’re in a standstill. You just need to remember to breathe calmly and stay open. I’m learning to let the sadness go and cherish the good moments and memories. It has made me realise the value of this time we have… I wouldn’t want to waste it anymore. Life is such a great gift and it goes fast… I want to do things that really matters in this world, write songs that can do some good. I want to embrace life.
Above in the pic is my dad and my brother rowing in the lake of Kyrkösjärvi in early 80’s. I think the photo is like a painting, isn’t it? I see so much life and happiness in it. Can’t find the words. I remember that I used to go fishing with my dad and sometimes we went hunting rabbits in the forest. (Hunting is not my thing, I love animals, I don’t want to hurt or kill them). My dad was an extraordinary and a funny person with a very kind spirit. When surrounded by the nature he was in harmony with himself but in the city he was a restless soul. Later, unfortunately he lost the sparkle of life and was battling with a depression that led to a severe alcoholism. (Or the other way around…) It’s so sad… I hope he is resting in peace and feels calm now.
I came to Finland for awhile to be more closer to my family and friends. It’s been great here though I miss London very much.. I’ve been going to gym and eating healthier and better food. All that has done wonders to my physical and mental health. After making the drastic change in my lifestyle I feel more energetic, I sleep better, I’m more positive and forgiving (to myself and others), and my senses are clear and I feel great in my body. I’ve chosen to follow this new path, excited to see where it takes me. Bring it on, I’m ready for the year 2017!
I wish you a Very Happy and Energetic New Year! May all your dreams come true!