Episode 17: Charlotte Eriksson – “Let Yourself Live”
Welcome to Episode 17! (Episode 2 | Series 3)
Lots of exciting stuff going on in my world – more guests coming on the show. More ideas on how to make the show better. So much good stuff!
I am very excited about the guest for this episode. Why? Well, this is a landmark episode! Not only has it been two years since I posted the FIRST EPISODE…
BUT this guest is my first international guest.
The email inbox for NTNS is usually empty sans the occasional alert from Twitter and Facebook that there is a new follower or like but every now and then I get an artist reaching out to me to ask if they can be on the show – which is, of course, always an honor to have someone ask. Last week, I got an email from this episode’s guest and she was so delightful and had so many great things to say when I asked her how she found the show and why does she have interest in being on the show.
My guest for Episode 17 is the oh-so awesome and truly talented, CHARLOTTE ERIKSSON. Charlotte Eriksson, The Glass Child, is a songwriter and writer from Sweden. When she was 17 years old she moved all on her own from Sweden to London to dedicate her life to her music and since then she has started her own record label Broken Glass Records, released 5 EPs + 1 full length, had her single ’I Will Lead You Home’ reaching #2 on the Swedish iTunes-chart and has been played on major radio stations, resulting in an exploding online fanbase with over 29,500 followers on her online sites like twitter and tumblr. Last year she independently published her first book called “Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps”, which is about her journey as an independent artist and the year she spent homeless on the road in England, with nothing but her guitar and a dream to reach out with her art.
That is one of those stories that you think that you will only see in a movie but this girl did it in real life. And let me tell you, she is a beautiful soul. I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to chat with her on this thing we call music. Thanks to modern technology, I got to chat with her over Skype and we talk about it all. From the start of her love for music to what inspires her to what’s next on her journey.
It was such a breath of fresh air to meet another singer/songwriter that started “later” than most. I am constantly meeting other artists that have been doing this thing since before they were able to even put together a sentence. I will out myself here and tell you that some times I go to that dark place thinking, “oh they are so much more talented than you are..” blah blah blah – such a silly thing really. As Charlotte points out in the episode, we are all unique and all on our own journey and so it is a fruitless venture to compare yourself and your craft to others.
My favorite take-away for this episode? Let yourself live!
There is this common perception about being a songwriter that you HAVE to be writing ALL the time and if you aren’t then you are not really a songwriter or you’re not that serious about it. Some times, you just don’t feel it and THAT IS OKAY! I loved what Charlotte says about having those moments when you just aren’t feeling it. Go out and live your life – take a breather – if you had this drive or talent or whatever you want to call it before, you still have it! Again, some times you just need to take a step back. See the bigger picture. Pull inspiration from the world – from your LIFE. Let yourself live! I guarantee that you will be struck with a killer song idea in no time. Once you stop forcing it, it all flows easier. Let it flow.
Let yourself live.
Let it flow.
Let yourself life.
Let it flow.
Let yourself live.
Let it flow.
Sorry…I got lost in that.
As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.
You can check out Charlotte’s website – http://theglasschildofficial.com
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Also, all of Charlotte’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.
Purchase the song “The Fall” that was featured on the episode HERE.
Watch her videos HERE on YouTube
Also, be sure to check out her book HERE
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