Another year… gone. It is this time of year again when I take the opportunity of wishing my favourite singer of all times, Marko Saaresto, a very very Happy Birthday. You, sir, are a beacon of hope to us all and your artistry continues to be such an inspiration through the years. Thank you!
This year has been a festival of good fortunes though… a nod, a look and most of all sings along… plus the bonus of a photo and a short talk finally – Christmas all year long for me🎄. The last gig I attended this year was Paris, and don’t take this the wrong way but, this is THE gig you, Marko, sang the best I have ever heard you sing. Talk about ending on a high note 🎶🔥. So yeah, I’ll continue writing a short article on this day to celebrate You! 🥂🎂🎁
But I cannot celebrate Marko without celebrating Poets of the Fall – even less so as their 20th anniversary is coming to an end. This year 2023 has been a roller-coaster of emotions, challenges and big decision-making. All is good, mind you, my head is clear even if my heart is a bit heavy… for now. I do have a present for you all Poets of the Fall… hopefully, you’ll like 😍
My journey with Poets of the Fall started 2016, as most of you know. The gigs experience came about two years later… but when I look back, it feels like I always knew them, or rather their music. I couldn’t exactly say why it is so, I only know how it feels inside. I’ve said it before, I have always been a fan and I always will be, even when I am eighty years old. There is, however, no band that has touched me as deeply as Poets of the Fall did and still do.
“What song never fails to uplift your spirits?” Choice Millionaire
This is somehow cause for concern to my loved ones, seeing me as impressionable, easily manipulated, even weak to some extent… and I get it, I really do, although this could not be any further from the truth. It is true that in the past, my actions may have been dictated by my love for music and musicians – not necessarily in that order – which may have put me in awkward situations at times… and yet, here I am, as strong as ever. I have cleared my challenges, and I might not have come out of them totally unscathed, but I am very proud of who I have become and at the heart of it all, music, “my musicians” (😁) guided my steps. After all, we are the sum of our experiences… this is how we grow as individuals and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
HELLO CABARET & REQUIEM
“What are you proud of right now?”
I guess it would have to be of how much I have grown and that I am finally taking the steps I needed to turn my life around, the way I want it to be… and guess what, it is happening. Requiem for my Harlequin and Hello Cabaret showed me the door. From fool 😚 I have finally found my inner magician 🔮.
Life is not always easy, but today, Poets of the Fall are part of my life and they belong to those who guide me every day, get me back on my feet whenever I need it, give me a pep-talk especially when I don’t know I need one, they cheer me up, they make me cry, laugh and enable me to be myself without fearing it. All that without knowing that they are doing it. For all this, of course I want to see them live as often as I can. Of course, I want to support them any way I can. But they also taught me that I should always come first, no matter what.
So in a nutshell, this is one of the reasons I chose Hello Cabaret for the video “present” above… but also because it is the Poets song I have listened to the most this year, like this was my Spotify top 1 song 😅. Finally, a little wink-wink to Marko, as I have been asking about it quite a lot… fear not, I am not done asking 🙃😁!
I celebrated with them and all the wonderful people I got to meet again – or for the very first time – Poets of the Fall 20th Anniversary with a foot in all three Leg. I couldn’t have attended all shows – had I ever had the means; it would have been insane 😜. 2023: Despite all the darkness and sadness in the world, I’ve had the time of my life.
Now though, I have to pull the hand-break… no more extensive travelling to see my favourite musicians… one place only will be possible if they can make it there again: Paris. That is a comforting thought ❤️. Ultimately, new Poets of the Fall music will be what makes me travel and for a while, it will have to be enough.
At the same time as my life takes a turn for the better, I’ll continue writing about Poets of the Fall, even though it may not be about their gigs, I still have loads to explore in their music and cannot wait to listen to whatever new music may come our way in the future.
ALAN WAKE 2… what else, what else? 🤗🤭
Here’s to you Poets of the Fall and another 20 years – or however long you wish – of wonderful music to share with us. You have made this year an absolute success. You have moved me beyond anything I had ever experienced before. Your performances during this tour have been phenomenal and your love for your audience is just beautiful.
You have showed me so much kindness that I take it all with me and will replay these moments in my heart whenever I miss you. See you in Paris – or another city in France would do too 🙃 – somewhere in the future. Until then, continue playing and having fun with your art, so that we can all continue to be inspired.
Take good care of yourselves Poets of the Fall and all of you reading this,
See you around for sure 😍
#2023, that’s a wrap or will be soon anyway!
Love you loads.
Happy Christmas for those of you who celebrate it🤶🏽!