By Luai

Notes of Saara Markkanen

Patti Smith: Advice to the young

A friend showed me this and I wanted to share it with everyone.

Patti knows!  http://channel.louisiana.dk/video/patti-smith-advice-young

Today I went outside to get some sunshine and I sat on a bench with 5 turkish grandmas with their winter clothes on. It was +24 degrees, and i thought it was quite hot (but I am from Finland) 

One of the ladies pealed an orange and gave each one of us two peaces, I also got some. 

So good, simple things in life are the best.

soon 6th grandma appeared, with her cell phone ringing (with turkish singing as the tune in her phone) and I stood up to go home, they all said: Schönen tag!

Beautiful world!

A belgian label http://iwillplaythissongonceagainrecords.com
released two new songs of mine.
I will record them individually to each person who buys my 2 songs :)
but only for the first 11 people.

A belgian label http://iwillplaythissongonceagainrecords.com

released two new songs of mine.

I will record them individually to each person who buys my 2 songs :)

but only for the first 11 people.

BOULDER THICKET 1.3.2013 

Dear friends,

I am happy to show you my new album Boulder Thicket. 
It is something I have been working on since last March, with a great help and talent of Florian Frenzel, and very happy to share with you now.
Boulder Thicket is an album about my past two years of traveling and living. It is a journey where I learnt to feel home in several places at the same time. And the traveling continues.
 I truly wish you give it a listen and share with your friends. http://luai.bandcamp.com
also available at itunes, amazon, spotify.
All my love to Florian, Elise, Helle, Angu, Troels and Sepp for helping to bring the music alive and family and friends for the support! <3

BOULDER THICKET 1.3.2013 

Dear friends,

I am happy to show you my new album Boulder Thicket. 

It is something I have been working on since last March, with a great help and talent of Florian Frenzel, and very happy to share with you now.

Boulder Thicket is an album about my past two years of traveling and living. It is a journey where I learnt to feel home in several places at the same time. And the traveling continues.

 I truly wish you give it a listen and share with your friends. http://luai.bandcamp.com

also available at itunes, amazon, spotify.

All my love to Florian, Elise, Helle, Angu, Troels and Sepp for helping to bring the music alive and family and friends for the support! <3

The first LUAI album Boulder Thicket will be released in a week!!!! 
So exciting! Here is a link to a free download for the first single
'Boulder Thicket' and it's available by signing up to a newsletter! 
 
http://emailunlock.com/snowhite-dj-newsletter/luai-boulder-thicket 
 
The first newsletter will be out in March! 
I have been working very hard for this album and will be happy to share all 
the upcoming news with you, exclusive! 
And thank you for all the support that I&#8217;ve got. It means a lot. More happy news to come soon! &lt;3
 
 
The first LUAI album Boulder Thicket will be released in a week!!!!
So exciting! Here is a link to a free download for the first single
'Boulder Thicket' and it's available by signing up to a newsletter! 
 
http://emailunlock.com/snowhite-dj-newsletter/luai-boulder-thicket 
 
The first newsletter will be out in March! 
I have been working very hard for this album and will be happy to share all
the upcoming news with you, exclusive! 
And thank you for all the support that I’ve got. It means a lot. More happy news to come soon! <3

 

 

20.2. Berlin (in eglish below)

Kävin eilen katsomassa elokuvan Searching for sugarman. Siinä kerrottiin amerikkalaisen muusikon Rodriguezin tarina. Hän asui Detroitissa ja levytti 70-luvulla Sussex Recordsille. Kaikki uskoivat että hänestä tulisi suuri tähti, mutta jostain syystä levy ei myynyt yhtään ja hän sai potkut levy-yhtiöstä. Rodriguesin huhuttiin tehneen itsemurhan lavalla ampumalla itseään päähän. Etelä-Afrikassa samaan aikaan amerikkalainen teinityttö vei yhden Rodriguezin levyistä poikaystävälleen tuliaisiksi. Rodriguezin musiikki oli vapauttavaa suljetun Etelä-Afrikan nuorille ja siitä alettiin tehdä bootleg-kopioita ja pian Rodriguez oli suositumpi kuin Elvis tai Rollingstones ja hänen kappaleistaan tuli symboli Apartheidin taisteluille. Hänen levyjään myytiin puoli miljoonaa kappaletta. 20 vuotta myöhemmin eräs etelä-afrikkalainen muusikko alkoi tutkia Rodriguezin taustaa ja selvisikin että hän asuu yhä Detroitissa ja on täysin tuntematon kotimaassaan. Hän otti Rodriguesiin yhteyttä ja järjesti tämän loppuunmyydylle konserttikiertueelle Etelä-afrikkaan. Rodriguez elää vaatimattomasti Detroitissa, ja kysyttäessä toteaa että ei voi tietää olisiko elämä ollut parempaa, jos hän olisi saanut tietää olevansa supertähti muualla. Afrikassa keikkailemalla ansaitsemansa rahat hän on jakanut ystävilleen ja perheelleen. 

Olen ollut tällä viikolla väsynyt ja ärtynyt ja turhautunut. Tuntuu ettei tekemisellä ole päämäärää eikä se tuota minulle juuri nyt yhtään iloa. Odotan koko ajan vastauksia erinäisiin sähköposteihin, ja pyyntöihin. Olen saanut vastauksiakin, ja usein tuntuu että on yhden tekevää ovatko ne positiivisia vai negatiivisia. Olen koko ajan tyytymätön.

Elokuvassa toimittaja käytti viimeisen oljenkorren kysymällä Rodriguezilta, uskoiko hän omiin levyihinsä. Joihin hän vastasi että uskoi. Mutta musiikkibisnes on riski, ei voi tietää mitä tapahtuu. Takeita ei ole.

Sisko sanoi mulle että elämässä on aina aukko ja sitä pitää oppia sietämään, Piikka sanoi että elämä on ikuista balansointia. Tyytymisen ja onnenkurkottelun välillä on ilmassa. Mietin vähintään kerran päivässä että mitä mä täällä teen, ja oisimpa suomessa jossain turvassa; taloudellisesti, sosiaalisesti ja fyysisesti. Mut aika usein aattelen myös että mielenkiintoista seikkailla vielä ja että jos ei muuta niin tää on hyvä tarina. Niinku elämä aina. Auttaa, ku ottaa välillä nokoset. 

Ja sitä paitsi sain tietää että Boulder Thicket on soinut usealla eri saksalaisella radiokanavalla. Sitä kannattais juhlia muuten kuin mönköttämällä :)

I went to see the movie Searching for Sugarman. It told the story of an American musician called Rodriguez. He lived in Detroit and recorded for Sussex Records in the 70’s. Everyone believed that he would be the next best thing, but for some reason, his albums did not sell any, and Sussex dropped him from their list. Rodriguez was rumored to have committed suicide by shooting himself in the head on stage.

Meanwhile in South Africa, an American teenage girl took one of Rodriguez’s albums to her boyfriend as a gift.At the time, Rodriguez’s music was liberating force to the South-African young people, and lots of bootleg copies were made to spread the music of Rodriguez. Soon Rodriguez was more popular than Elvis or the Rolling Stones, and his songs became the symbol of Apartheid and his albums sold a half a million copies.

20 years later, a South African musician began investigating Rodriguez’s background, and it turned out that he still lives in Detroit and is completely unknown in his native country. He contacted Rodrigues and brought him to South-Africa, where he was still a super star and played sold-out tours in concert halls. Rodriguez lives modestly in Detroit, and when asked, he says that one can not know whether life would have been better, if he would have known to be a superstar elsewhere. The money earned in Africa, he has shared with friends and family.

This week I’ve been tired and irritated and frustrated. It seems that I’ve got no direction or joy with my doing. I wait for replys on e-mails and requests all the time. If I get a reply, I don’t care if it’s positive or negative. I am constantly dissatisfied.

In the movie, the documentarists asks Rodriguez if he had faith in his albums. And he replied that he did. But the music business is a risk, there is no quarantees.

My sister told me that there is always a missing piece in life that we need to learn to tolerate, Ville said that life is eternal practice of balance. And here we are, hang in the air, in between acceptance what life has to bring and ambitions that take us to the cliff over and over againg. I wonder, at least once a day, why I’m here, and wonder if it was better if I was in Finland, safe; economically, socially and physically. But quite often I also remember how interesting adventure I am going through, and yet this is a good story. Like life always is. And it’s recommended to take a nap once in a while.

And besides, I got to know that ‘Boulder Thicket’ has been played in several German radio stations. That is something to cellebrate!!

Seikkaillessani itsekseni täällä maailmalla, aattelin että kirjoittaisin tänne ajatuksia.

Harjoitellakseni kirjoittamista, selventääkseni ajatuksiani, ja päivittimällä lähimmäisiä, etenkin äitiä <3 oppia ikä kaikki.

In english below.

Ostpol, Dresden 11.2.2013

Oli vaikeaa lähteä keikalle. Olin kipee ja melko varma että keikka tulee olemaan ankea. Kunhan saa soitettua sen jotenkin läpi. Tämä on tyypillinen olotila keikkapäivänä. Uskallan olla innoissaan kun keikkaan on enemmän aikaa, mutta kun keikkapäivä lähestyy saapuu luovuttamisen tunnelma. Tai ehkä se on henkistä valmistautumista. Lähes jokaisen keikan jälkeen oon sitten tosi onnellinen ja tyytyväinen ja nautin täysin siitä että sai taas soittaa. Muttei sitä muista just ennen. Ja ihmeellisesti nämä tunteet tulee aina uudestaan.

Keikkapaikka oli mainio baari vanhassa talossa, tuli mieleen Turun Dynamo. Hylätty vanha kivitalo oli kunnostettu klubiksi ja siellä oli erikseen vanha teatterisali, joka oli nyt soittoareena.

Omistajat kertoivat että he eivät halunneet mennä”oikeisiin” töihin ja löysivät tämän talon ja pistivät sitten kaiken rakkautensa siihen. Tuloksena on persoonallinen ja tunnelmallinen paikka, joka oli helmikuisena maanantai-iltanakin täynnä. Hitto vie. Nää on ainoita oikeita töitä! Yläkerrassa oli artistille oma huone suihkuineen ja lämmin ruoka odotti alakerrassa. Vitsi että tämä on hyvä tapa matkustaa ja kohdata ihmisiä. Aina kun tulen vieraaseen kaupunkiin, vieraassa maassa,mua kohdellaan kuin vanhaa ystävää.

Huoneessa oli vuoteita neljälle. Olispa ihanaa että vois mennä rundille bändin tai ees toisen soittajan kans. Tulisipa sen unelman aika jo pian. Vieraskirjaan oli kirjoittanut aiemmin myös French Films.

Pakko myöntää että mä myös nautin ihan sikana tästä lonely raiderin elämästä. Mikäs sen parempaa ku matkustaa junassa tai bussissa, tuijottaa ikkunasta ja olla vaan.

Oli kivaa soittaa, ja yleisökin viihtyi ja osti levyjä keikan jälkeen. Höpötin hetken ihmisten kanssa, join flunssalääkkeeksi rommiteen ja kiipesin yläkertaan nukkumaan. Tulin terveeksi. Olin onnellinen että saan tehdä tätä juuri nyt ja muistin myös sen miksi täällä maailmalla ryynään. Yksinolemisen romantiikka vähän särkyi kun yläkerran naapuri soitti minimal teknoa aamu kolmeen. Mutta ei se mitään. Maassa maan tavalla.

My adventurers in the world, right here on my own. I thought about writing them down.

To practice writing, to clarify my thoughts, to update friends, especially mom<3

Ostpol, Dresden 11.2.2013

It was difficult to leave for the show. I was sick and pretty sure that the show is going to be just an “average, ok performance”. As long as I get through it. This is a typical feeling on a day of a performance. I dare to be excited when a show is in a week or so, but when the day is approaching, the fear arrives. Or maybe it is the mental preparation. After almost every show I am very happy and pleased, and feel grateful to share music with the audience. Miraculously, these feelings will repeat with almost all performances.

The venue was an awesome bar in an old house, reminded me of Dynamo, in Turku. An abandoned old stone house was renovated to a club and inside there was an old theater, which was now the music room.

The owners did not want to have “real” jobs, so they found the house and put all their love in it. As a result they have a personal and a cozy place, which was full even on a Monday night in February. Yippee! This is the only “real” job! Upstairs was the artist room with a shower and a hot meal was served downstairs. This sure is a good way to travel and meet people. Every time I arrive to a city, in a foreign country, I am treated like an old friend.

The room had four beds. I wish I could go to on tour with a band or even with a band member. I hope that dream to come true very soon.

But traveling alone has its own charm. What could be better than siting on the train or bus, looking out from the window and taking it easy.

It was fun to play, and the audience enjoyed, supported and bought some albums after the show. I talked with people, drank rum and tea and climbed upstairs to bed. I was happy to be able to do all this right now, and felt strongly the purpose why I need to stroll around so much. The glamour of being alone was shattered when an upstairs neighbor started playing minimal techno at three in the morning. But it doesn’t matter. It is a part of the German experience.

Soon back to Berlin!
2.2. I&#8217;ll play an opening for Amatorski, a great Dutch band
@ Berghain Kantine, with Heta Keskinarkaus!

so happy to have great musicians as friends &lt;3
(photo by Teea Aarnio from Korjaamo)

Soon back to Berlin!

2.2. I’ll play an opening for Amatorski, a great Dutch band

@ Berghain Kantine, with Heta Keskinarkaus!

so happy to have great musicians as friends <3

(photo by Teea Aarnio from Korjaamo)

Here it is! Our homemade video for Boulder Thicket. Seven weeks till the album release!

Hope you all like it <3

The video for Boulder Thicket is on it&#8217;s way! 
Thank you Jussi, Mervi, Kurkuma, Sami and everyone else who helped and built houses!
Special love to my dear Veera &lt;3

The video for Boulder Thicket is on it’s way! 

Thank you Jussi, Mervi, Kurkuma, Sami and everyone else who helped and built houses!

Special love to my dear Veera <3

Stina sent me this video a while ago. It made me very grateful in many ways.  Many things happened so soon when I bought my first guitar, Armi,about 2,5 years ago.

I learned to play by writing songs, got an album and an Ep released by

SOLO-tuotanto (thanks to Jan) with great help of talented

Heikki Kaski, Heta Vaajavaara and Elli-Maija Katila, Maarja Urb and many more!

I moved to Berlin, met lots of lovely people, got to play shows in 7 different countries including a tour in the US.

and there are more great things to come with my new album

LUAI-BOULDER THICKET www.luai.bandcamp.com

I certanly feel that I have achieved a lot this year. With hard work and with the help of great people around me. I am really lucky and happy!

New album is coming out on March 1st. 

Thank you everyone for being there for me and my music!

I hope you will stay with me along the way, because I need all the support!

Happy Holidays to you all! 

<3 saara


I am happy to announce that my new album Boulder Thicket is ready
and I just took the promo copies to Snowhite yesterday! Exciting!!

 I will call this new project LUAI. The album will be released March 1st 2013.
Here is the first song from the album. Enjoy! www.luai.bandcamp.com
and more www.facebook.com/LuaiMusic

I am happy to announce that my new album Boulder Thicket is ready

and I just took the promo copies to Snowhite yesterday! Exciting!!

 I will call this new project LUAI. The album will be released March 1st 2013.

Here is the first song from the album. Enjoy! www.luai.bandcamp.com

and more www.facebook.com/LuaiMusic

Me and my sister had a lovely evening filming puppets, she has made.
The bear and Kroola.
Hopefully they end up in a music video soon&#8230;.

Me and my sister had a lovely evening filming puppets, she has made.

The bear and Kroola.

Hopefully they end up in a music video soon….

Today me and Elise will play a show again after a long break. This will take place in a very nice venue called OH MY GARDEN, Brussels. Autum is here and we are busy with our new projects smile but here is a nice memory from our trip last summer, by Anton. Thank you again everyone! It was a great adventure!

Saara