Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music.
So I just told you I love food… Well I also love shoes. And any girl who loves shoes knows it’s more like an addiction. There are ladies who loves handbags. Me, I buy one that I love after many hours looking for the perfect one and wear it till it falls apart (quite literally).
But shoes… They’re quite a different story. I guess I could say I’m a shoe collector with no intention of being one. I see them and I think I shouldn’t. I think I have too many already. And yet they call out to me. Their tiny voices saying “buy me, buy me”.
So today with 15 minutes to spare between work and party I found these great not too high heeled boots on sale (of course).
I asked if they had a return policy – no.
I asked if I could have them reserved until tomorrow – no.
(At this point I felt I’d done all I could to turn them down.)
What was left to do but to buy them?
In a weak moment I heard myself saying” I’ll take them”, while picturing my overfull wardrobe at home, and at the same time picturing someone else walking away in these boots on sale in my size…
Walking to the party with the bag in my hand, I kept thinking how my husband would sigh over me buying yet another pair of shoes I don’t need. So when I called him later from the bar and told him about that new pair of shoes that would clutter our apartment I dreaded the worst but he said… “Honey, I love you and all your shoes”.
And I guess that’s a story of true love, whether you apply it to the shoes or the wife buying them.
We’ve been stuck in San Diego for a few days. Not that I’m complaining, we’ve been mostly sitting in the hot tub with a beer, but we’re all longing to do more concerts. We played at Acoustic Music San Diego which kind of left us with mixed feelings as the greeting from the manager there was less than pleasant. But we’re all looking forward to our gigs in Austin. As we’re actually staying for 2 extra days after SXSW is over we were talking about maybe getting us another gig, like a SXSW after party kind of thing. That would be fun!
Tomorrow we’re hitting the road again and to make the days pass and spend less time in the car we’re cutting the trip into a 3 days drive instead of 2 days of loooong hours in the car. We’ve mapped our route on roadsideamerica.com and have a few funny things to see on the way to Austin. I’m looking forward to Shakespear’s Ghost Town, and the guys want to see the Bush Gallery of the Pacific War.
I’m not in Texas yet but I did manage to buy myself a pair of seriously cool cowboy boots today! They’re blue so I’m feeling like sining “blue suede shoes” only I have to change it to “blue suede boots” haha.
For all of you that want some free music as a special treat for SXSW, text SXSW2010 to 41411 (US only).
Sofia did a splendid job at SXSW, knocked out the audience at no less than 6 showcases and started a collaboration with American label Worldsound.
– It’s a collaboration that suits the way I work, says Sofia, we have a partner deal so I won’t be kicking off my shoes and wait for anyone else to take charge. My goal has always been to carry a strong business and be able to make my own choices. With Worldsound I have finally found a US label that is on the same page as me.
Worldsound describes Sofia as “The best Swedish discovery since Ikea”.
Worldsound will represent Sofia and Makaki Music worldwide, outside of Sweden, starting in March 2009.
Not much happening in Austin today. I’ve felt heartbroken and tried to heal it with buying a new pair of gorgeous shoes. Then I remembered I don’t have any space left in my tiny backpack so this was definately the very last purchase of anything on this trip.
We’ve arrived in sunny Austin. The weather here was just gorgeous yesterday, 28 C and sunny. We spent the day shopping away at highland mall, I got some awsome shoes at Forever 21 for just 6 bucks and then we went to check out my friend Angie Mattson’s showcase.
Angie Mattson Live
My throat has gotten worse, I have a persistant cough, pretty typically me. I get ill really easily and when I do it’s always with a sore throat and a cough. Joakim’s sister recommended Dayquil, so I got a big pack on a local drugstore. Jonas has got a cold sore and got some kind of ointment that felt like dentist anaesthetic, numbing his entire lip. I don’t think I’ll try that before the show tonight.
Then we went to a hat store and tried on hats. I actually bought a cowboy hat, but not the one in the picture. I wonder if I will ever wear it out of Texas…
I’m playing live tonight at the old Ale house, 11pm! Welcome!