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David Myhr 50

Posted: February 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: post | No Comments »

You say it’s your birthday? It’s my birthday too, yeah!

It was fifty years ago today!

Photo (from when I was only 47) by Carolina Muñoz Macaya

Yes, it’s true! Believe it or not. Even though I don’t look a day older than 27 I was actually conceived in the “swinging sixties”. Around a month before the moon landning. And I was born around a month before The Beatles split up. (And boy, what a great time it was!).

I was the youngest brother of four and I’m sure none of my beloved elder brothers sang “He ain’t heavy, He’s my brother”. Why not? I weighed 5070 gram!

Now, you’re all probably thinking: How can I best celebrate this VERY IMPORTANT EVENT? Well, it’s of course up to you! You might want to check out a bunch of official videos on my YouTube channel (and make my day by sharing your own favorites!). Or make my day by writing a little greeting at my Instagram or artist Facebook page?

Another way to celebrate would be to enjoy the brand new three hour special Spotify playlist called “David Myhr 50”. It consists of 50 David Myhr tracks thoughtfully prepared for the occasion by David Myhr himself. (Yes, that’s me!)

It features songs spanning all over my long and (mostly) winding career both from the 90’s (stuff I recorded with The Merrymakers) and the 10’s (my solo stuff).

Looking forward to new musical adventures in the future! Thank you ever so much for your invaluable support! And thanks for making today a Lucky Day!

Peace & Love!


David Myhr interview with Swedish Radio P4 Gothenburg

Posted: February 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: post | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Please feel free to enjoy an interview (including an acoustic live performance) with Swedish Radio P4 Gothenburg discussing the release of Lucky Day.

Here’s a link to the video on Facebook:

David Myhr interview and live performance for Swedish Radio P4 Gothenburg

Stefan Livh at P4 Göteborg, Sveriges Radio asks me about both present and past. For instance he asks me about my background in The Merrymakers and our collaboration in the 90s with Jellyfish frontman Andy Sturmer and how he – to our delight – helped us finishing off our song ”April’s Fool”. I explain how big the whole thing was for us and that this event is now part of Brighter Day -A Jellyfish Story I talk about how we later started to write and produce for Japanese artists in our own studio. And the realisation, after The Merrymakers had gone separate ways, that all my songs "suddenly were approved". "By myself!". And how going solo opened up new possibilities including calling whoever I felt like, and recording in Nashville etc. We also talk about my Electric Light Orchestra pastiche ”Spellbound” from the Ulf Malmros and Jaana Fomin movie Flykten till framtiden and why film music composer Jimmy Lagnefors asked me to co-write with him.I get to talk about my general philosophy of recording and in particular about the making of ”The Perfect Place” and how Andreas Quincy Dahlbäck (who I refer to here as my ”George Martin”) helped me out in finding two songs that fitted into one, and how violinist Hanna Ekström had to double herself many times in making the strings sound like a full orchestra.We also discuss the difficulty in finding a balance between ”loss-making” artistic passion projects and my job as a senior lecturer at The School of Music in Piteå, far away from family and home in Stockholm. And how my annoying(?) commercial jingles like Ryds Bilglas and Insplanet are heard by more people than who get to hear my own music, and how they help me out in making ends meet. We also talk about the Lucky Day release party at Bar Brooklyn, Debaser, in Stockholm, and the incredible band I put together for the occasion including Peter Kvint, and Peter Morén from Peter Bjorn and John.The whole thing was done ”live” and was aired on P4 Gothenburg on May 4, 2018.Video edited by Todd Productions, Inc.

Posted by David Myhr on Sunday, February 2, 2020

 

(And here’s a link to the video on YouTube where English subtitles available by clicking the subtitles button.)

Swedish Radio P4 had been playing the first single from the album ”Jealous Sun” quite a lot in the previous weeks and at one point the radio personality Stefan Livh at P4 Gothenburg commented upon the song, spontaneously calling me ”The Jeff Lynne of Sweden”. He is a musician himself and it’s obvious that he has a soft spot for classic melodic pop. He invited me to come and sing the song live in the studio.

 

David Myhr and Stefan Livh



But there was also time for an conversation where we talk about both present and past. For instance he asks me about my background in The Merrymakers and our collaboration in the 90s with the Jellyfish frontman Andy Sturmer and how he – to our delight – helped us finishing off our song ”April’s Fool”. I explain how big the whole thing was for us and that this event is now part of Brighter Day… A Jellyfish Story (The Jellyfish biography).

I talk about how we later started to write and produce for Japanese artists in our own Monogram Recordings studio. And the realisation, after The Merrymakers had gone separate ways, that all my songs “suddenly were approved”. “By myself!”. And how going solo opened up new possibilities including calling whoever I felt like,  and recording in Nashville etc. We also talk about my Electric Light Orchestra pastiche ”Spellbound” from the Ulf Malmros and Jaana Fomin movie Flykten till Framtiden and why film music composer Jimmy Lagnefors asked me to co-write with him.

I get to talk about my general philosophy of recording and I talk in particular about the making of ”The Perfect Place” and how Andreas Dahlbäck (who I refer to here as my ”George Martin”) helped me out in finding two songs that fitted into one, and how violinist Hanna Ekström had to double herself many times in making the strings sound like a full orchestra.

We also discuss the difficulty in finding a balance between ”loss-making” artistic passion projects and my job as a senior lecturer at The School of Music in Piteå, far away from family and home in Stockholm. And how my annoying(?) commercial jingles like ”Ryds Bilglas” and ”Insplanet” (co-written with Dobedai) are heard by more people than who get to hear my own music, and how they help me out in making ends meet. We also talk about the Lucky Day release party at Brooklyn Bar, Debaser, in Stockholm, and the incredible band I put together for the occasion including Peter Kvint, and Peter Morén from Peter Bjorn and John.

The whole thing was done ”live” and was aired on P4 Gothenburg on May 4, 2018. This video was edited by Todd Productions.

 


”Every Raindrop Means A Lot” by David Myhr (Tages cover feat. Göran Lagerberg!)

Posted: November 28th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: post | No Comments »

Today the Tages tribute album Fuzzy Patterns is released digitally! Check it out on Spotify here or buy it on iTunes here. And guess what, I’m on it!!! (Surprise surprise!?).

Tages, if you ask me (and many others), was the best Swedish pop band in the 60s. When I was invited to participate my first thought was: Hope no one already has taken hold of “Every Raindrop Means A Lot”! It so happens that it’s my absolute favourite song when it comes to Swedish 60’s pop. (No wonder it served as part inspiration for the production of this song that I co-wrote for a movie). The original version came in February 1967 and was featured on Tages’ album Contrast.

The song was still available and I feared doing the mistake of making a bleak “copy” of the song (like I might have done to some extent when I did 10cc’s “The Things We Did For Love”?). I asked Andreas Dahlbäck to produce it knowing he wouldn’t allow that. And I was right. He made a complete re-interpretation of the song for which Hasse Gardemar wrote a beautiful string arrangment.

David Myhr and Göran Lagerberg at the releaseparty for the book “Popåret 1967”.

We soon agreed that the “cherry on the cake” would be to involve the man who sang the chorus on the original recording 52 years ago. None less than legendary former Tages member Göran Lagerberg. Also known for groups like Kebnekajse, Fläsket Brinner and Grymlings. (Not to mention Blond who made this incredible album!). To our great delight Görans said yes!!! So it’s him that we hear on bass on my version. It was a somewhat surreal and very cool feeling to have him in the studio. A memory that certainly will last long!

I’m both excited and proud to be on the album together with so many cool artists and groups. Including my good friend, internationally celebrated rock’n’roll star Peter Morén (of Peter Bjorn and John fame) who by the way recently helped out with great backing vocals and 12-string Rickenbacker on the bonus tracks for the deluxe edition of Lucky Day (including this Aztec Camera cover). And of course Mad Men Band whose line-up features some of the great people (and good friends) with whom I’ve performed Beatles songs many time (like here). But also, Max Lorentz and Ebbot Lundberg (Soundtrack of our lives) and many more. Overall, it’s a great great album, well worth checking out!

Both CD and vinyl versions are to be expected and if you’re interested I would encourage you to follow the updates on the Fuzzy Patterns Facebook page or on this dedicated web page.

Andreas Dahlbäck, Göran Lagerberg, David Myhr

“Every Raindrop Means A Lot”
(Blom/Lagerberg/Larsson/Svensson/Töpel)
Tage Music
Produced by Andreas Dahlbäck.
Recorded at Durango Recording, Stockholm. Engineered by Andreas Dahlbäck. Mixed by Markus Black Sjöberg.

David Myhr – lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Göran Lagerberg – bass
Andreas Dahlbäck – drums, tambourine, keyboards, glockenspiel
Peter Gardemar – violin, viola
Hans Gardemar – keyboards
Julia Stjernlöf – backing vocals
Strings arranged by Hans Gardemar


Work of Love – digital single and video

Posted: October 20th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: post | No Comments »

As reported in last week’s blog post the song ”Work of Love”  is part of the soundtrack for the new Swedish comedy Tills Frank skiljer oss åt (Until Frank do us part). Now the single is released on your favourite streaming service (Spotify here, iTunes here). And so is the video! Please enjoy!

The video is made by Petter Boström/Boström Photography and features Per Bergqvist (The Virtues) on guitar, Jonas Thorell on bass, and Stefan Brokvist on drums.

As for the music for Tills Frank skiljer oss åt Jimmy Lagnefors has written the whole soundtrack (out on Spotify now!). On ”Work of Love” he invited me to provide lead vocals. I took the song to my heart and tried to add my stamp by writing a dreamy bridge for it in the grand tradition of Beach Boys and Jellyfish (featuring harmony vocal wizard Christian Phillips from Sonic Executive Sessions on backing vocals). Jimmy Lagnefors and I have previously worked together on songs for movies, including “Vänta inte på mig” (Micke & Veronica, 2014) and “Spellbound” (Flykten till Framtiden, 2016).

Single artwork by Keith Brogdon/Thinking Out Loud Design.

For full musician and producer’s credits see last week’s post.

 


”Work of Love”– new David Myhr single from the soundtrack to new comedy Tills Frank skiljer oss åt.

Posted: October 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: post | No Comments »

My brand new song ”Work of Love”  is part of the soundtrack written by film music composer Jimmy Lagnefors for the new comedy Tills Frank skiljer oss åt (Until Frank do us part) that premieres in Swedish movie theatres on October 18. (The same date will also be the official release date worldwide for the digital single).

Lagnefors has written the whole soundtrack (out on Spotify now!). For the 60s flavoured song ”Work of Love” he invited me to provide lead vocals. I took the song to my heart and tried to add my stamp by writing a dreamy bridge for it in the grand tradition of Beach Boys and Jellyfish (the second best band ever you know…!) . Jimmy and I have previously worked together on songs for movies, including “Vänta inte på mig” (Micke & Veronica, 2014) and “Spellbound” (Flykten till Framtiden, 2016). On the new soundtrack I also sing background vocals on the song Vibrations.

The movie is a comedy written by Peter Magnusson, directed by Leif Lindblom, and starring Liv Mjönes, Peter Magnusson, Erik Johansson. “Work of Love” provides the backdrop to a scene that takes in the ski slopes of winter sports resort Åre. See trailer here)

About the movie: ”Vera’s 40th birthday is approaching and she’s tired of being single. She’s desperately in love with her colleague Frank, but her tired life-coach wants her to lower her standards, lock-on a more resonable guy and get on with her life.”

 

”Work of Love”
(Lagnefors/Myhr)
Copyright Control/Strong Melody Publishing

Produced by Jimmy Lagnefors and David Myhr
Recorded at Sideshow Studios, Monogram Recordings, and Durango Recording.

Mixed by Andreas Dahlbäck. Mastered by Classe Persson.

David Myhr – lead vocals, electric guitars, electric piano
Jimmy Lagnefors – backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass
Christian Phillips – backing vocals
Gustav Afsahi – piano, electric harpsichord, Mellotron, synthesizers
Andreas Dahlbäck – drums


Video for the new radio single “Lovebug” + “Deluxe Edition” of Lucky Day!!!

Posted: April 26th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: post | No Comments »

I am very excited today to be able to announce a brand new video for the new radio single ”Lovebug”, taken from the album Lucky Day, co-written with the one and only Linus of Hollywood (during my co-writing trip to the US).  The video by Alexander Edström kicks off with a short glimpse from when Linus and I just had finished writing the song at his home in California. It then invites us in to the actual album recording in Nashville on the day the song was recorded.

We get to see my two amazing co-producers helping me making the track come to life – Brad Jones on upright bass and vibraphone and Andreas Dahlbäck on drums. We also get a quick peek from the drum overdub on the bridge that took place at legendary Stockholm studio Atlantis (where by the way most of ABBA’s hits were recorded!) This is the first time any of this video material is presented publicly to the world. (Previously we’ve just seen short videblogs from the album recording trip).

I’m really proud of this song and I do hope you enjoy it as well as the video! (More on the Deluxe Edition below!).

 

But as if this wasn’t enough I’m equally excited to announce the news that the “Deluxe Edition” of Lucky Day now is out digitally, on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. This means that not only the lucky owners of the physical CD (which you can also become!) now will be able to enjoy the three cover songs that I was fortunate enough to record with Peter Morén (Peter Bjorn and John) on backing vocals and guitar, Mikaela Hansson on piano, Jerker Odelholm on bass, and Andreas Dahlbäck on drums (as well as Gustav Afsahi on keyboard overdubs). In the video below you will get teasers from all the songs as well as a glimpse from the recording that took place at Durango Recording.

 

On the release page of my label Lojinx I’m quoted explaining my selection of the 3 cover songs and 4th bonus track:

Military Madness (Graham Nash) – “I love a lot of 60’s music and one of my favourite bands is The Hollies, not least because of Graham Nash’s high harmony vocals. However, I never got to love any particular album as much as I did Graham Nash’s first solo album (Songs for Beginners, 1971). It kind of resonated with me when I discovered it in my 20s and it’s been in my top 10 albums list ever since.

My Messed Up Friend (Brad Jones) – “The idea came up to surprise Brad – the co-producer of the album – as I’ve been an admirer of his production work for a long time. His only solo album Gilt-Flake is an album worth discovering. My Messed Up Friend is a song that means a lot to my wife and I and is a really touching song that’s musically interesting too.

Somewhere In My Heart (Aztec Camera) – “I don’t have a big reason for picking this song other than it’s one of the few of it’s era that I fell in love with just by hearing it on the radio. I felt a real connection with the song and it’s 60’s roots wrapped in modern production. It somehow felt like a secret love, my discovery, despite being a massive international hit! Some songs can have that effect on you, a kind of special relationship.

Spellbound– A song co-written with Jimmy Lagnefors for Swedish film Flykten till Framtiden (“My Future Love”). – “The director had specifically requested a song that ‘sounds like Electric Light Orchestra’ and Jimmy asked me to collaborate. As a huge admirer of Jeff Lynne’s songwriting and production I obviously jumped at the chance. Somehow we managed to create ‘the song that E.L.O. never made’. It was played a lot on Swedish radio, people really liked it, and I’ve come to realize that it actually kind of works really well as a song on its own merits. I’ve grown really proud of it. It kind of seemed too good to not have on the album!”

All 4 bonus tracks are now available to all on the “Deluxe Edition” release of Lucky Day, out now on all good digital platforms.

Apple: https://ljx.cc/LuckyDayDeluxe-Apple

Spotify: https://ljx.cc/LuckyDayDeluxe-Spotify

Amazon: https://ljx.cc/LuckyDayDeluxe-Amazon

Tidal: https://ljx.cc/LuckyDayDeluxe-Tidal

Deezer: https://ljx.cc/LuckyDayDeluxe-Deezer

 

CD/LP: https://www.lojinx.com/releases/david-myhr/lucky-day

 

David Myhr (2019)

 


Thank you 2018! (Lucky Day medley and slideshow)

Posted: December 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: post | No Comments »

Looking back on the Lucky Day release year of 2018 in a 333 seconds long slide show containing 100 pictures and 14 songs. Thank you to each and everyone involved in the making, promotion and consumption of my second solo album.

For those who simply can’t get enough – why not also enjoy the Thank you 2012! (Soundshine medley and slideshow?

Happy New Year everyone!!!

David

 


David Myhr awarded with the 2018 Municipality of Piteå Culture Prize (Piteå Kommuns Kulturpris 2018)

Posted: December 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: post | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Wow! That was unexpected! And what an incredible honour! As I sing on the new album’s title song I “keep waiting for my lucky day…”. Maybe this is the one? Or at least one of them? 🙂


 

Today I was awarded with the 2018 Municipality of Piteå Culture Prize (Piteå Kommuns Kulturpris). According to the municipality’s press release it is “offered to a person who is professionally active in the field of culture. The person should be a profile and well-known ambassador of Piteå,  and should be (or have been) resident as well as active in Piteå, or started his/her cultural practice in the municipality”.

This puts me in extremely good company with earlier awardees like comedians Ronny Eriksson and Lasse Eriksson, singer Anna-Lotta Larsson, actor Lennart Jähkel,  writer Liza Marklund, painter Sture Berglund as well as fellow rock’n’rollers (and friends) like for example KG Johansson, Bo Sundström (Bo Kaspers Orkester), Andreas Mattsson (Popsicle), Nicolai Dunger, John Eriksson (Peter Bjorn and John). And also my two colleagues Erik Westberg and Petter Sundkvist.

In the motivation, written on the diploma I was handed, it says:

(Swedish) David Myhr är en artist och låtskrivare som slog igenom i det Piteåbaserade bandet The Merrymakers på 90-talet. Yrkesmässigt är han knuten till LTU men har numera sin bas i Stockhom. Parallelt med arbetet som universitetslektor i låtskrivande, musikproduktion och branschkunskap har han en artistkarriär och är i år aktuell med sitt andra soloalbum. David har även gjort sig känd för sina djupa kunskaper om gruppen The Beatles och uppträder ibland som en levande Beatles-jukebox. Att påstå att han är lite Here, There and Everywhere är ingen överdrift. David tilldelas stipendiet för sitt mångåriga engagemang och arbete i musikens tjänst, både yrkesmässigt och privat, samt som en uppmuntran för sitt fortsatta musikskapande.

(English) David Myhr is an artist and songwriter who had his break-through with the Piteå based band The Merrymakers in the 90’s. Professionally, he is linked to Luleå University of Technology but nowadays he is based in Stockhom. Parallelly with his work as a senior lecturer in songwriting, music production and music business knowledge, he has an artist career and currently has released his second solo album. David has also become known for his deep knowledge of the The Beatles and sometimes appears as “the living Beatles jukebox”. To say he is a little Here, There and Everywhere is no exaggeration. David is awarded the award for his long-term commitment and work in the service of music, both professionally and privately, as well as encouraging his continued creation of music”.

See and hear the chair of the committe at PIteå Kommun who choose the awardees (Kultur- och Fritidsnämnden),  Ann-Katrin Sämfors, read the motivation and deliver the prize in the low quality video clip (in Swedish) below:

 

I grew up in PIteå and I lived the first half of my life there. I have only very fond memories from those days and I still have a very strong bond to my former home town. My musical journey started in Piteå in bands like 2nd Hand B Band and Ant-Mansson who later became The Merrymakers. I moved to Stockholm at 24 and have spent the same amount of years there as I did in Piteå (so now you can easily calculate my age!). I still come back a lot to Piteå. Me and my brothers and our families have kept our parent’s (and our childhood’s) summer house in Svartnäs, Rosvik. And I also still have my “day-job” (900 km from home!) as a senior lecturer at the local university (The School of Music at Luleå University of Technologysee my staff profile here).

I am determined to do my best to spend the award of 25,000 SEK not only to cover “black (economic) holes” from the cost of making Lucky Day (get the album here!!!) but to instead put them in a little jar to spend on future music making. However, during the ceremony my iPhone X fell to the floor so it’s possible I’ll have to spend almost half of the sum in order to fix my phone, thereby supporting Apple instead. Well well… you gain some, you lose some. That will soon be forgotten!  But the support and and recognition from my home town is something I will remember for life and which I am very grateful and proud. Thank you very much Piteå Kommun!

 

Here’s a link to an interview I made about receiving the prize (in Swedish) from LTU’s web page.

And a link to an article in the local paper Piteå-Tidningen.

 

Ann-Katrin Sämfors, chair of the Kultur- och fritidsnämnd, Peter Arffman, member of the committe (and ex-Merrymaker!), David Myhr, and Mikael Andersson (co-writer of the new book about Ripp-Rock).

David Myhr and ex-Merrymaker Peter Arffman who sat in the committee that awarded David Myhr with the culture prize. One can only hope that he was the one of those who voted for and not against. 🙂

Anders Nyström, Piteå Kommun, David Myhr, and Ann-Katrin Sämfors, Piteå Kommun

 


David Myhr solo acoustic live at Musslan, Stockholm, Wednesday Sep 19

Posted: September 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: post | No Comments »

DAVID MYHR LIVE (solo/akustiskt) på festvåningen på WASAHOF/MUSSLAN!

David Myhr ger intim akustisk konsert i festvåningen på Wasahof/Musslan med ett knippe låtar både från solokarriären men också från åren med The Merrymakers samt ett par väl valda covers.

Dörrarna öppnas kl 19.
På scen 20.00.

OBS! Endast 40 platser!
Skaffa biljett NU!

Förköp biljett (100:-):
Swish 123 546 84 26
(Monogram Recordings AB)

David Myhr var på 90-talet frontman i The Merrymakers – ett band som sprudlade av melodier och stämsång och som sålde över 100,000 album bara i Japan. Solodebuten Soundshine kom 2012, EP:n Record Collection 2014 och 2016 kom låten ”Spellbound” (känd från Ulf Malmros-filmen Flykten till Framtiden).

Nya albumet Lucky Day med låtar som P4-favoriterna ”Jealous Sun”, ”The Perfect Place” och sommarsingeln ”My Negative Friend” är inspelat i Nashville med producenterna Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Jill Sobule) och Andreas Dahlbäck (Anna Ternheim, Ulf Lundell, Bo Kaspers Orkester).

Sedan releasen har David (förutom releasepartyt på Bar Brooklyn/Debaser) uppträtt i Spanien och USA.

 

Facebook event här:

https://www.facebook.com/events/271062686949831/

 

Åldersgräns: 18 år

Albumet LUCKY DAY finns att beställa både på CD (med fyra bonusspår!) samt LP här:
http://ljx.cc/DavidMyhr-LuckyDay


Lucky Day promotional tour of Spain

Posted: May 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: post | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Hello everyone!

My new album Lucky Day has been out for twelve days and I’m overwhelmed by the positive response I’ve been receiving so far!

I am very excited to hereby announce a promotional tour of Spain that will take place this week!

 

Here is the tour schedule that I’ve copied from my bandsintown page:

Facebook Event for Saturday afternoon (Carabás Burgos)

Facebook Event for Saturday evening (El Límite Live, Villalba, Madrid)

Facebook Event for Sunday (Fotomatón Bar, Madrid)

The Spanish radio listeners will also be able to hear me talking about my favourite music in the program El Sótano de Radio 3 on Friday evening after 7 pm.

This is how my Spanish label Rock Indiana is presenting the show (on this page):

Con su flamante nuevo álbum bajo el brazo, el espléndido “Lucky Day”David Myhr nos visita este fin de semana con dos actuaciones en Burgos (sábado 2 de junio a mediodía), Villalba (sábado 2 por la noche) y Madrid (domingo 3). 
El ex cantante y guitarrista de los Merrymakers repasará su nuevo disco, además de algunas canciones del primero (el igualmente brillante “Soundshine”) y de los propios Merrymakers, además de alguna versión.
Aquí puedes comprar las entradas para su actuación madrileña.

¡Tengo muchas ganas de veros en España! ¡Nos vemos pronto!