Mad about (Mads) Music

I consider myself pretty cool when it comes to music. I grew up with
punk, lived through new wave and pop, and have settled down to rock and
electronica – primarily Scandinavian. My radio is tuned to Danish Radio’s P3
(mainstream) and P6 (DAB channel, indie and rock). And hubby and I are regulars
at Vega (Copenhagen’s finest concert venue). Not bad for a couple of 45 year
olds, right? And, hey, we even have a rock star friend and often get to hang
out backstage! ;)

Magtens Korridorer at Pumpehuset, January 2013

Magtens Korridorer at Pumpehuset, January

But I’m beginning to have an identity crisis. Perhaps it’s a mid-life
crisis? You see, I’ve started listening to jazz. Is that a sign that I’m
getting old? Like, really old? I suppose it’s not really so strange, as my Mum and Dad are huge
traditional and New Orleans style jazz fans, so I’ve had plenty of
exposure. Hubby and I took my parents to see Mads Mathias – a young Danish jazz
crooner/saxonfonist/multi-talented musician – a couple of years ago, when we was
performing Christmas jazz (together with the Magnus Hjorth Trio). And he blew
us all away – literally.

Mads Mathias with Magnus Hjorth Trio at Jazzhouse Montmartre, December 2012

Mads Mathias with Magnus Hjorth Trio at Jazzhouse
Montmartre, December 2012

He also plays with the band Six City Stompers. Well, we bought some of Mads’ CDs as a
gift this Christmas for my Dad – and ended up buying a copy for ourselves. And
now I’ve been to see him live again. Ummm, okay, make that twice within the last month!
Yep, Mads Mathias really is that
good. Even if you don’t like
jazz! Oh, and he recently won “Best New Danish Jazz Artist” at the Danish Music

Mads Mathias at Huset i Magstræde, January 2013

Mads Mathias at Huset i Magstræde, January

If you’d like to catch him yourself, he’ll be playing along with DR’s Big Band at Koncerthuset, Copenhagen on 22 March. In the
meanwhile, here’s a taster from his album “Free Falling”. Enjoy!

Rock on! Or should that be “Ah-one, ah-two, ah-one, two, three, four!”?

Diane :)

Winter bathing – who wants a slushice?

If you’ve a regular reader, you already know that I’m a h.u.g.e fan of vinterbadning. Winter bathing. Skinny dipping in the Danish
sea. What ever you want to call it. Though I guess most people would probably
just call it plain madness… ;)
I’m just back from this morning’s dip and can report that the sea is slowly but
surely turning into slush ice. We have, of course, had sub zero temperatures
for the past couple of weeks. Which has meant that we aren’t able to use the
bathing bridge, as it’s very slippery and icy. Here’s a photo of the bathing
bridge steps this morning…impassable!

I love winter bathing!

The bathing bridge steps today – January 2013

And here’s me on the same steps, a couple of summers ago…

I love winter bathing!

The bathing bridge steps – September 2011

So for the past week, we’ve waded in to the sea from the side. Today it was
a new experience for us because there was some slush ice! Yay! What did it
feel like? Hmm, like putting your hands into a bucket of gravel!

Winter bathing in Denmark

My sweetie friend V on the bathing bridge

Now, to be honest, we don’t really have extreme weather to speak of here in
Denmark. But there is something fascinating about watching the waves coming in,
slowing up and finally turning into slush ice on the shore. Here’s some video I
took this morning. Won’t be long now before the sea freezes over completely –
probably three or four days…

So, will you be joining us down at the beach? Don’t forget your bathrobe and
a pickaxe!

Diane :)

PS: Today’s stats: air temp -5c/23f, windchill -11c/12f, water temperature
-0.5c/31f. Yup, pretty chilly!

Hello January!

Happy New Year!  After a whirlwind month of December (did you catch my Danish Christmas Advent Calendar?), the kids are now well back into school and activities, Herr and Frue Danmark are back to work and life is back to normal.  A nice, quiet month. Though, by golly, the shops and bakers are already trying to get more money out of us turning our attention to Fastelavn (Carnival).  Which – you will remember – has very little in common with hot temperatures and samba dancing…    If you really want to get started early, go ready my DIY FASTELAVN – CARNIVAL IN COPENHAGEN

Weatherwise, it’s been unseasonably mild so far this winter.  Instead of ice and snow, below zero temperatures and clear blue skies, we’ve had dull, long, dark days with fog and rain.  Boo!  Though that’s all set to change.  Yesterday when we were down at the beach for our daily skinny dip, it was howling a gale, snow was falling and the steps and bannister of the bathing bridge were covered in ice.  Forcing us to wade into the sea from the beach…  Ready for the the gory details? Water temperature was 1c/33f, the air temperature was -3c/26f and the windchill was -11c/13f   Brr! 😮

This? Was cold!

We’ve had more snow during the night, so this morning I was out shovelling, brushing and salting the pavement.  Though, if you’re out on foot at the moment, the best bet is probably to walk on the cycle paths – they’re always cleared.  Just watch out for bikes! 😉

Gritted cycle paths

Thankfully the days are getting a teeny bit longer and the sun is finally making a very welcome return.  Here’s a picture from our run in the park this morning.  Recognise this place?  To us, it’s Bernstorff Castle.  Though if you’re a Borgen fan, you’ll be forgiven for thinking it’s the Danish Prime Minister’s residence!

Bernstorff Castle…used in Borgen

Speaking of Borgen, the third series has started here and I’m already three episodes behind – eek!  Time to do some homework!  But also time to bundle up and get out into the sunshine again – let’s keep warm out there!

Diane 🙂