David Myhr - Soundshine

The Beatles on Spotify!

Posted: December 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: post | Tags: , , , , , | Comments

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I guess it’s no news to anyone that my musical life (if not life?) revolves a lot around the Beatles. And it never stops. One climax was of course last year when I finally shook hands with Sir Paul McCartney!  (Read the 4000 word long blog post about that defining moment and more about my Beatles background in general here).

Looking back on 2015 in a Beatles perspective, a fond memory is when McCartney came to Stockholm again. As usual, I felt I had to make something “extra”. So I put together a nice little “super group” (he said humbly), called Myhr, Kvint & Morén. In a “pre-McCartney-concert”-show at Clarion Hotel, Stockholm, we played a bunch of songs that McCartney wasn’t going to play himself and it was of course good fun. I mean, how often do you get to play (or hear!) songs like “Cafe On The Left Bank” live?

 

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Before that day,  I was interviewed by the Swedish news agency TT, in the role of “Beatles expert”, about the upcoming McCartney concert and my expectations, as almost a “spokesman” for the Swedish (hard core) fans. The interview was published in many leading Swedish newspapers (and included my list of favorite Macca songs and albums). See articles for instance in Dagens NyheterGöteborgs-Posten,

Within my own musical career during 2015, there has been a couple of Beatle-related releases, like when I together with Linus of Hollywood (under the Melody & Madness umbrella) covered Badfingers “Come and Get it”, written by Paul McCartney. Or when I released my version of Elvis Costello’s “Veronica”, co-written by… yes, him again…

And just recently, as tradition prescribes just before Christmas, I made my annual “living Beatles jukebox” Christmas special show.

But the BIG Christmas gift this year was of course the news that The Beatles music now is available streaming. So, while digesting the Christmas food I thought it’d be fun to make a few playlists of Beatles songs on various themes.

First of all a top 100 list, or as I call it:

 

The Beatles – 100 essential tracks (according to Myhr).

 

It features all their greatest hits but also a carefully made selection of the greatest album tracks. All in chronological order. Basically it’s a top 100 list full of evergreens, and masterpieces. It might very well be the “ultimate” 4 hour and 42 minute introduction to their catalogue.

Then there’s three playlists where I have put focus on Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison individually where I have picked out 25 “cool” tracks. Which means they are not necessary their most famous songs (except in the case of Harrison where I had to include basically everything he ever sang and/or wrote within the Beatles).

The Beatles – 25 cool Lennon tracks (according to Myhr)

The Beatles – 25 cool McCartney tracks (according to Myhr)

The Beatles – 25 cool Harrrison tracks (according to Myhr)

There are of course many different themes that one could think of. One, close to my heart, is the “rock’n’roll”-theme. It’s sometimes forgotten what a marvelous little rock’n’roll combo they were. I mean the Rolling Stones were OK, but really…!? Just play The Beatles version of “Long Tall Sally” loud on your stereo, and you’ll get my point. 😉

The Beatles – 25 cool rockers (according to Myhr)

A completely different theme is the one of “beautiful melodies”. What a beautiful melody is, is very difficult to define of course. And the Beatles very rarely recorded songs without beautiful, strong or memorable melodies. Anyway, I tried to use my gut-feeling to pick out twenty-five of my all-time favorites in this category.

The Beatles – 25 beautiful melodies (according to Myhr)

The Beatles of course doesn’t need me to reach out to a new audience. But it’s that it’s hard to stop. It’s like I’ve been on a mission since I was ten. The Beatles is my religion and I thought this was a fun new way to “evangelize”. So, feel free to turn of your mind and float down streaming on Spotify with me…

 

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Soundshine on LP!!!

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: post | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments

Good news vinyl fans! 

Just like that. Out of the blue! While you’re all out there lazing on all the sunny afternoons I am delighted to bring you a little surprise from the David Myhr record label head quarters at Lojinx, England. Soundshine is available as of TODAY on vinyl. Yes indeed! A real 33 13 rpm microgroove vinyl record. An LP (Long Play)! Get your copy now by clicking this link: http://ljx.cc/soundshine

Up until now I’ve been watching the whole vinyl revival thing from a distance. I’ve remained a digital guy, fascinated as I am with streaming services like Spotify. Having said that, there’s a particular magic about the old LP format that not even I can resist. It obviously has a lot to do with nostalgia. As a small kid in the late 70’s and early 80’s the LP was the medium on which I discovered music (alongside the cassette). I’ll never forget when my sister-in-law Agneta borrowed me her copies of The Beatles red and blue albums. Or how I went to the local record store and bought my own copy of Paul McCartney’s then brand new Tug of war. Not to mention browsing through my brother Niklas record collection discovering David Bowie, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, and other “hip and happening” artists (as you can see I was retro even as a twelve-year-old).
In a (very) old blog post I wrote about how I miss record stores and now the time has come to admit that I also miss the smell, the sound, and above all the look of the LP format. And finally, the longing after something “real” became so strong that I decided to put some hard-earned money into making a vinyl version of Soundshine in hope there’s at least a few people out there that just like me are looking forward to opening it up in the new format, to enjoy the artwork (now bigger than ever!), read the lyrics, the never-ending thank you list, the credits, and everything on the inner sleeve. (Stuff that seems to be completely forgotten these days but which for us music nerds is half the fun). And then to put down the needle and enjoy listening to something so old-fashioned as a “Side A”, flip it over, and then “Side B”.
The two last songs will differ from the digital version. The backwards mumbo jumbo at the end of “Icy Tracks” is gone and the never-ending outro of “Ride Along” is somewhat shortened. This is due to the physical limitations of the LP format. But funnily enough I think it (if possible?) actually may increase the listening experience.
Included with the album is a digital download in case you (just like me) don’t yet have your vinyl player set up. In other words you can still enjoy the packaging and hang it on the wall alongside your Nickelback, and Michael Bolton album covers (they’re the ones you’re supposed to mention when you’re being ironic, right?).
If you didn’t yet familiarize yourself with the album Soundshine from 2012 (see release blog post here) – please check out some quotes here.
I know you’re in the middle of your summer cocktail right now, but hey – a copy of this very exclusive edition is  just a click away at the Lojinx store for 15£ (including V.A.T.).
Peace and love!

Soundshine LP


Summer single on its way! “Looking for a life” to be released June 1st!

Posted: May 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: post | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments

Summer is not too far away now and my contribution to the soundtrack for your summer will be the second single from the upcoming album Soundshine. The song is called “Looking for a life” and will be released on June 1st worldwide on iTunes Store and various other digital platforms.

An accompanying video with sceneries from beautiful Stockholm will have its premiere on the same day on my YouTube Channel.

The melody for this song was written in Nashville a few years ago when I hooked up with the American songwriter Ian Eskelin (All Star United). It was one of my first co-writing experiences outside of my previous band the Merrymakers. As an artist and writer Eskelin has had more than thirty Top 10 singles in the United States, including 12 #1 charting songs. He has additionally had international #1 songs in various countries including Japan, Singapore, and Australia.

The song was lacking a lyric for a while until I had the brilliant idea to ask Andreas Mattsson for help. Part of the reason for this was the fact that Ian Eskelin had expressed a big interest in Swedish indie-pop music from the 90’s including Mattsson’s former band Popsicle and my own former band the Merrymakers. So it kind of made sense.

On this song as well as on the rest of the album I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate with co-producer Andreas Dahlbäck (Lundell, Ternheim, Motorhomes, Eskobar) who also plays the drums. The other musicians featured on this single are Anders Pettersson (The Perishers, Deportees) and Rikard Lidhamn (Oh! Laura).

Please check back here my the official web site or at my Facebook Band Page on June 1st for the world premiere of my summer single “Looking for a life”. And while waiting for the next single please enjoy a very recent interview that I made for the on-line magazine Über Röck.


“Got you where he wanted” out now!

Posted: February 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: post | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments

Hello everybody! Big news!

The single “Got you where he wanted” which is the first teaser from my upcoming solo debut album Soundshine is finally released! Listen to it by pressing “play” on the music player to the right and go to Music to find various options on how to download your free copy from Bandcamp or SoundCloud. Are you one of those people who prefer to buy music I’m happy to inform you that you can do so at iTunes Store. Or if you prefer listening to streaming music you can do that as well on Spotify. At the Music page you’ll also be able to download the artwork in order to check out all the cool musician credits etc. The official video can be found below, or together with some other behind the scenes video stuff at Videos. Should you happen to like what you see or hear please feel welcome to spread the word to other music lovers by liking, sharing, commenting wherever you have the possibility. Enjoy! Thanks a lot!