~ Somehow I spaced on the fact that Magne and Queen Sonja were opening an exhibition of 'TEXTURE' today at Gulden Kunstverk in Steinberg, Norway. I woke up to notifications from Facebook that the gallery had a Facebook Live feed of their entrance and remarks, what a wonderful surprise that was. If you missed it, you can watch it here. The space looks very distinctive, I bet it is striking to see the works in that setting. The exhibition runs until May 28. Check Instagram for some nice photos from the opening, like this one.
~ I told my boss about a-ha's acoustic performances this June, and he assured me right away, 'If you have the opportunity to go, you should do it!' Maybe it's because he's kind of a geek himself - he's into WoW, Star Trek, pop culture, and more - or maybe it's because he's young, or basically just a cool guy, but he actually got it. It was so nice to share my excitement about the possibility with him and not be made to feel silly or crazy or selfish. You don't need to be best friends with the people you work with, but it is nice when your coworkers value not just the work you do but who you are and what you bring to the team. My new boss took pictures at the Norway pavilian at Epcot last weekend just so he could show them to me - it was a small thing, but it made me happy he thought of me on his vacation and wanted to share part of it with me :-)
~ Recently someone posted a Magne F live video from 2008 and it got me thinking about great shows I've been to, as well as the ones that got away. One of the shows I most dearly wish I had gone to was one I didn't even know was happening until it was over - Magne's debut as a solo musician at the Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter in September 2004. He introduced the performance by saying 'Welcome to the most important night of my life,' and as such it was extremely special of course; but I can't help thinking about all of the important and amazing things he has done since then and wondering how he would rank that night in comparison now in retrospect. No matter what, I would have loved to have been there. There are no videos available from that night (that I know of), but this playlist is from a couple of weeks later - it makes me smile to remember how exciting this project was and the world it opened up for me (and obviously him):