About Songs Of Jacob Elk (in english)
” Some days I feel a little kind of sense in me - I guess that’s what they call serenity ... ? "
In the late summer of 2012 I returned from a stay with the Minesota Cure. I was to begin my new life as sober. And I should learn to live life without my filter or my escape into alcohol. I should learn to find a peace of mind which I had probably never had.
I quietly discovered life again: My lovely wife, my three young boys and my dog, my garden and even the sun, the rain and the seasons. I also discovered that I was nearly bald and that I was a little older and more vulnerable than I thought I was. And then I discovered my piano again. I had hardly touched my piano for twenty years.
I had worked with my creative activities and kept up with my alcoholism. And even though I had been lucky and succesful with both it had brought me at the middle of my life to a massive inner personal breakdown. But now where all my feelings and senses have returned (for better and for worse) melodies and texts became my meditation. The songwriting has helped med find some inner harmony.
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I called the music producer Chief 1 ...
I called the music producer Chief1 and asked him if my songs were worth anything? I didn’t know Chief1, but I guess I have always had a tendency to dream about the unattainable. I wanted to hear the songs and melodies arranged with a singer. Did Chief1 know anybody? And would he listen to the songs at all?
Now a year after our first conversation this album has come into being with big help from Chief1 - and Jesper whom he knew! Fantastic Jesper Faaborg who sings all my songs in the album.
P.S. All misunderstandings, grammaticaly errors or home made harmonies are due to the fact that I am a real amateur in absolutely everything in life - and also some days I just have technical calamities at the back of my head. And that is a couple of those insights that have given me the biggest inner hapiness, freedom and serenity here in my new sober life.
Thank you for listening to my songs.
ALL About the Songs & Album “Fjæstad & Hellemann Bros. - Songs Of Jacob Elk”
For a guy like me - songwriting, music and lyrics are a kind of magical meditation. In 2012 I had a personal breakdown. Stress, a troubled mind, escape into alcohol - and most of all my lack of serenity - had brought me at the middle of my life to a massive inner personal breakdown.
I had hardly touched my piano for twenty years, but then - when I needed it most - my piano and my work with songs and songwriting became a magic part of my recovery.
For a guy like me - music, melodies and lyrics are meditation.
My songwriting and work with this album and 11 songs has helped me find some inner harmony in my life again.
Feel free to share my songs and videos.
Two years of amazing work in Hellemann Bros. Studio ...
2 years ago - in late 2015 - I contacted my good old friends from school: The Twin Brothers Peter Hellemann & Jens Hellemann. I knew the twin brothers Peter Hellemann Jørgensen & Jens Hellemann Jørgensen from way back when I was young.
And I knew that they were among the best Music & Theater Concert Producers and arrangers in Scandinavia. I mailed them a lot of my songs. It was all demo´s that I had recorded by my piano on my mobile Phone. I had written and composed all the songs in the past years during my inner proces with recovering from my break-down. And my search for serenity ...
And after having some great kitchen-meetings about the songs - we decided to work together. The brothers suggested the danish actor and singer Bjørn Fjæstad for the songs. And then Neill Furio from the US as a “partner in rhyme” with editing and pocessing the final lyrics.
And that´s the short story about this album and project... :-)
Now - after almost 2 years in Hellemann Bros. studio - the album “FJÆSTAD & HELLEMANN Bros. - Songs Of Jacob Elk” - with 11 songs about identity, hope and the search for serenity - has been released.
Feel free to share my songs and videos.