If you’re planning a trip to the North Cape it’s worth checking out the local restaurants, pubs and cafes to see if live entertainment is on the agenda. The Corner Restaurant, Nøden Pub, Z dance club, and Perleporten Kulturhus feature local artists as well other Norwegian and international musicians. The annual The North Cape Festival in the middle of June and Nordkapp Film Festival in September also provide opportunities to experience concerts at 71 degrees north of the Equator.
Just as the North Cape draws 300,000 tourists each year, it also is visited by talented artists. This past week I had the privilege of attending Oscar Danielson‘s intimate concert at Perleporten Kulturhus.
Oscar won the 2012 Swedish Grammy for “Best Children’s Album” and his latest cd, Stockholm i mitt hjarta (Stockholm in My Heart) has received rave reviews.
Oscar says he likes to write about kids and women and his beautiful lyrics tell nostalgic tales of childhood games, first crushes and adolescent escapades. His songs about parenthood open up a well of emotions in this mommy of three kids. I’m in awe of how a song can simultaneously make my heart ache, my eyes leak, and put a smile on my face. He truly is a gifted storyteller.
When I spoke with Oscar after the show he said he enjoys concerts because he can become a part of people’s lives: To strike a chord in their lives – touch them.” He succeeded last Wednesday night, bringing his audience to tears, laughter and reflection over life’s joys, sorrows and challenges.
Oscar’s life, from childhood to present day, inspires the words he writes. He’s married to his high school sweetheart, (also a name of one of his songs). Grete and Oscar have been together since they were 17 years old and twenty four years later, they have three children – 15, 12 and 5 years old.
He’s also published three novels, two of which revolve around this grandmother and her friend living in a small Swedish town.
His future plans are to continue doing what he’s done for the past twenty years – playing the guitar, singing and writing about kids and women. And I, for one, am looking forward to more songs that stir the soul and put a smile on my face.