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I am excited these days. On Thursday I’ll board the ship to Denmark – and I look forward to two days at sea, riding the North Atlantic waves back home. And I’m looking forward to give my parents and my brother megatons of hugs!

I have been away from Denmark for several months (since July 2008), and my family and friends are calling me, writing me, messaging “when will you come home?”

I feel loved. And I feel grateful, for having such wonderful people around me.

Next week is also something I’m looking forward to – a trip to Nuremberg, meeting cyber-friends for the first time outside cyberspace.. I can’t wait! And the occasion is a concert with my favourite composer/singer/musician Roger Hodgson.

Some may ask why I just keep attending these shows, and the answer is pretty obvious: I love the music! And his concerts are very special, an experience you shouldn’t miss, so if you have the opportunity, then go for it! 😀

And another wonderful thing: it’s been so long since last trip (except a short visit in London, a trip to Northern Germany and Sweden) to a new place in Europe. Latest big trip was to Prague almost ten years ago (omg!) and that’s a city I will never forget. Prague is amazing, and I’ll have to visit it again someday.

When I was there, I traveled by train, and so I will do also this time – it’s cheap, and the train goes non-stop from Copenhagen, Denmark. Perfect. It takes 10 hours, so I’m happy to travel by night, and hopefully get some sleep while going south.

That’s a life I love: me, a backpack, travel tickets and Roger Hodgson tix in my pocket. The only thing missing is my boyfriend by my side, but he’s busy these days.

(Oops, I didn’t call my boyfriend a “thing” did I?)

First of all, I’m looking forward to a couple of days on the ocean. One of my favourite places on the Planet 😉

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That happens so often.. that I don’t write much in my blog during the week because I don’t feel I have much to say, but then suddenly a lot of ideas pops up.. but today’s blog is about London and travelling.

Because my Mother and I went to London in October last year, to see Roger Hodgson at the Royal Albert Hall – we bought tickets a year before, without knowing that Roger would come to Denmark later that year. But it doesn’t matter – we had a great trip there, and if we knew at that time that Roger Hodgson performed in Denmark – even two shows! we would have missed a great experience.

And now I’m having a nostalgic moment, I realised, that even though I’m not much into travelling to big cities, London did find its way into my heart. It’s busy, noisy and everything like any other city, but also cozy and nice.

Unfortunately, my mother had big pains in her back, and she had a “frozen arm” whatever it’s called.. big pains everytime she moved her right arm.. allow me one note to that: those pains almost kept her from going to Roger’s show in Randers, and not only did she have pains, she was also having a bad cold. But she went because she was invited backstage, and she said that she just had to go no matter what! And for some strange reason, after the concert and meeting Roger, she had no pains from that day! She could move her arm again! (must have been all the good energy in the room!) – and I am also wondering, because I haven’t had any migraine attacks since then.. yes, a boost of happiness can do a lot.. End of note and back to London:

Because of those pains, city walking was painful for her, and we didn’t see all those things we planned. Not that we planned anything really..but anyways, she starts talking about a market she had heard about.. Covent Garden, and a lady who passed by us while she was talking heard it – we were of course speaking Danish to each other – but the kind lady heard her say “Covent Garden”, smiled and said “oh, are you looking for Covent Garden? That’s that way” and pointed.

So we headed for Covent Garden, and there were some great musicians playing there, and my mom recorded a bit of it. Because of that arm, she couldn’t hold the camera still, but I love the clip. It was moments like these that make me miss London and those cozy and fun moments:

You hear my mother laughing in the clip…and my laughter at the end of it. What made us laugh was the way they were chasing those who didn’t throw them money, chasing, dancing and playing the violin at the same time.. it was just awesome.

London is definetly a city I’d love to visit again, and maybe I’ll bring my mother along now that she is well. But maybe I’m going there already in July, because I’m going with my boyfriend to Ireland – and we consider visiting London on our way over there. July is definetly going to be an eventful month, and I just can’t wait visiting London again, and after that; zipping around the beautiful country Ireland.

Ok that was one nostalgic blog, thinking about past and future at the same time. Tomorrow I’ll go out and take pictures of the spring, because everything is so beautiful right now.

Uh, did I say tomorrow? I mean later today, it’s already 2am.. I better turn off this ‘puter and get some sleep, so good night! (and good afternoon to my friends overseas 😉 )

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I’m not going to write much about this, but this is just great news – I’m happy to see Roger getting the respect he truly deserves for all the wonderful music he has given us over the years – and that is reaching a new generation, not only mine (as I’m a younger fan) but also the generation of my younger cousins (not older than 10 years) who love Roger’s music as well. That proves his music is timeless, and reaches many souls. This award is truly well-deserved. Congratulations!

New York, NY—Singer/Songwriter and co-founder of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson, will be honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers April 9 at the 25th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Hodgson is ultimately responsible for the hip hop smash “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast In America” performed by the Gym Class Heroes. That classic hook line “Take a look at my girlfriend, she’s the only one I got” has been stuck in people’s heads since 1979 when Supertramp’s Breakfast In America had a stranglehold on the Billboard #1 Album slot and sold a staggering 18 million copies.

The legendary songwriter would never have dreamt that a song he wrote in his teens when he was barely old enough to vote would span a different genre and become a smash hit again three decades later, a feat seldom replicated.

This is not the first time he has received this award. His classic anthem “Give A Little Bit” was one of the most performed songs in the ASCAP repertoire in 2005 when it was covered by the Goo Goo Dolls, helping to return them to the limelight. Hodgson is also responsible for such rock classics as “The Logical Song,” “Take The Long Way Home,” “Dreamer” and “Fool’s Overture.”

Other artists covering Roger Hodgson’s timeless hits include Scooter who took “The Logical Song” to #3 on the Brit charts. The reigning American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has been performing “Take The Long Way Home” on his current tour. And singer/songwriter James Blunt has been exciting audiences with his cover of “Breakfast In America” on his latest tour.

Roger’s latest DVD, Take The Long Way Home: Live In Montreal (Eagle Rock Entertainment) has him singing 17 of his most beloved songs. Bonus features include rare orchestra and interview footage and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his concert. http://rogerhodgson.com

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There are so many wonderful – and sometimes rare – video clips available on youtube. And today I found an awesome concert clip, with a guy some of you may have heard of before 😉

Roger’s solo concerts with just him and Aaron are great, but the band he performs with in this clip (Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, 2001) is just awesome, and it makes me wish he would tour more with a band. This is bloody marvellous! 😀

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