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Music and ice, perhaps not the first combination you would come to think of. But someone did, his name is Tim Linhart. He and his wife Birgitta are known for ice sculptures mostly, but as he said himself, 17 years ago on a mountain top in Colorado he got this vision, a dream, about making music with instruments made of ice. Tim told us about this at the concert me, my mum and daughter attended on Friday 20th of February, and that people probably considered him crazy to even come up with such an idea at that time. But he was right, it is possible that’s why we have Ice Music, you just have to find a way to keep a steady temperature so the instruments wont melt. He jokingly said that to all of us standing outside this big igloo, that since the instruments are very sensitive to heat perhaps we could try and hold our breath during the concert, but if we couldn’t we were forgiven. But thinking about it, like 50 people in a concert hall made out of snow and ice where there is a constant temperature of -5 or -6C (21-23F) to keep those instruments from thawing, well, a lot of moist air from each one of us makes a difference. Promise you, that poor violin had a puddle of water underneath it before that hour of music was at an end. But if you ever have a chance to come and listen to ice music, take it. This year it has been irish music, some mixed, some classic and then there will be a very special thing with music created by musicians from my home town, Luleå, and from Austin, Texas. I wish I could go to that one also, but it’s a matter of money there.

But our evening on the concert called HarmonICE gave us a mix of music played excellently on their instruments. They played some folk music from Sweden, there was some jazz and some irish and a little this and that. A lovely mixture even if they had to re-tune the string instruments often since they change with temperature and how fast they are melting. Magical, and when we came out from the igloo the sky was lit up by stars and since we were a little outside the most central parts of town (walking distance from the bus) there wasn’t a lot of street lights, lights from shops and such that made it hard to see. A most magical evening even if I had a tired daughter on our way home.

I’ll give you some photos I took at the concert and some links. Unfortunately my camera hasn’t the best sound so I hope you’ll survive. Otherwise go to the web page for Ice Music and have a listen, it’s on the right just a little bit down on the page.

HarmonICE – Hårgalåten, and here (I forgot the name of it so any help is appreciated), here (another one without name) and lastly one most of you will recognize, All of me. And yes, Tim told us all that we could shamelessly share photos, videos and such all over the internet and with friends, so that’s what I’m doing.

Ice Music Concert hall overview

Ice Music Concert hall overview

Ice Music the drums

Ice Music the drums

Ice Music the violin and Åsa Yew Olsson

Ice Music the violin and Åsa Yew Olsson

Ice Music special instrument

Ice Music special instrument

Ice Music the cello and the padded "drumstick"

Ice Music the cello and the padded “drumstick”

Ice Music ice violin melting

Ice Music ice violin melting

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Yes, but not mine, I haven’t any such thing going on (said with a smile). Not that I haven’t been thinking about it and started to work on what maybe, sometime, some day may become one. If I ever come around to how to put it in a level where people will get the hang on what I’m talking about. But for now I’m content with trying to read Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen and that will take it’s sweet time, almost 9oo pages with lots of reading and thinking. I really love that book so far, and yes, I will write more about it another time. But so far I’m thrilled.

Art from Thoth Tarot

Art from Thoth Tarot

Oh yes, the tarot course, not books. A friend of mine created one based on the Thoth deck and now I’m at the end of it. Finally it feels like. She’s good, it’s not that, but it’s taken quite a lot of time so it isn’t for those who want instant tarot happening over a weekend or so. If that is what one is looking for I guess there are plenty of chances out here on the web. The fun thing is that she’s also created a spread all of her own, that is really covering things up and still let you ask more specific questions as well as general ones. It’s a bigger one, consisting of 17 cards in one spread that you repeat 3 times with different viewpoints of the questions asked. What is also special about it is that the querent will do more than just cut the deck, they are also the one who’s choosing the cards that makes the base for it. So for the first spread they can pick five cards (if they are face to face) or give the reader five different numbers between 1-78 (if it’s over email), these are the cards for each direction and the middle or central card. And then when those are laid out you continue with another four cards for each direction. Then the whole interpretation thing starts… it took me two days to do the first spread at my first try. Simply because there was so much to wrap my mind around and even if I’ve been into tarot for some 20 years it was a completely different way then I usually work with the cards.

No, it’s not finished yet, oh no, not by far! So, you’re done with this first spread and now the next step comes in. To add all of the Major Arcana cards together, numerical that is. Say you have seven of those and it’s The Fool, The Star, The Moon, Balance, Art, The Chariot, and The Empress (names comes from the Thoth deck if you find some of them odd). That would be 0+17+18+11+14+7+3=70=7+0=7, and then what? Now you are at the beginning of spread number two, and the middle or central card will be VII The Chariot, and your querent will pick the other four cards or give another four numbers, but this time between 1-77 since you already took one card out of the deck. So for the rest of the spread and the interpretation of it again. Last spread is sort of the same as the second with finding out the card in the middle and the querent picking the other four. But when this one is done you make a final adding together of the Major Arcana in your spread and get a final message that should sort of make a final note on the questions asked. Seems like a lot? It is, believe me, it is. One day when I’m more used to it and I’m not having to look up all the positions every time I will probably be a lot faster too. I’ve noticed that writing down the interpretations for each spread can without problems cover 2-3 pages. But I’m sort of in love with this spread anyway, even if it’s not the one I will pick for most of the time, saving it for those that really need or want some in depth reading and answers.

And now I’m waiting for one out of three test persons to answer what they thought about my spreads for them. I don’t know them at all and know nothing about their lives. First one found what I had written heads on and almost uncanny, the second one was positive but didn’t find it so accurate. Still waiting for that final third, maybe have to gently remind her that I, and also my friend, would love to have her answers so we can wrap this up and go on with whatever we are doing.

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It’s been a lot longer than I thought it was. And no, I haven’t disappeared in the snow somewhere either, I guess I just lost the inspiration for a while there, like 2 months and counting. Lets see if I can start again now that the light is returning again.

So, we finally got snow… a lot of snow too, more than we’ve had in almost 50 years and it’s been a little chaotic some days actually. We’re teasing those living in the south of Sweden when they complain over snow chaos and such and we’re here with at least twice as much and not having any major problems with it, but we’re used to it. This time on the other hand we doubled the amount of snow in just a week so that caused our guys and gals to work harder than in a long time to keep the roads and everything else open. This is an article about it, if you feel like playing in the snow it’s just getting over here while it is still here.

And these are a couple of my photos during these days. It became interesting to get to school at one day, but it wasn’t bad enough to stay home for us, a normal 5 minute walk took a little more than the double so… the others are from the fire show at Hägnan , the open air museum, and the Churchtown. It was both beautiful and a little cold standing there watching.

Hägnan runestone made of snow

Hägnan runestone made of snow

Hägnan EMP performing

Hägnan EMP performing

Hägnan EMP performing

Hägnan EMP performing

Hägnan

Hägnan

Hägnan light from the smithy

Hägnan light from the smithy

Churchtown

Churchtown

Churchtown church square

Churchtown church square

Around home

Around home

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