Thursday, December 24, 2009


So this year we actually went to a professional photographer to get some pictures done and got a proper Christmas card made up. Of course, we didn't get them out on time. So to all our friends and family, the card is in the mail (or will be this Saturday). Until then, this will have to do.

Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 18, 2009


It's late at night on a Thursday and everyone has been enjoying an evening of good food and conversation. The host for the evening is Elin Heinesen. Around 2 in the morning, Elin picks up a guitar and starts to sing. Before coming to the Faroe Islands, I already knew Elin was an accomplished singer and musician. But to hear that voice in person... well... I'm not sure I was fully prepared for it. It's a voice that's clear and haunting and utterly enchanting. That short, impromptu concert was among the highlights of that trip.

Now I've received word that Elin, who's also an important member of our podcast team, is putting out an album early next year. The CD won't hit the shelves until January 15th, but you can go to this website, listen to some samples, and even place an advance order if you wish. I highly recommend it.

Listen to a sample, close your eyes, and you can almost imagine what it was like to be in that room on that special night.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


So Orrin Hatch records a song for Hanukkah, so Max Wienberg decides to write a song for the Mormons...

Saturday, December 05, 2009


So there's this band in the Faroe Islands called Frændur and people say they're the most popular band ever in that country. They've been around for 25 years and had a string of hits in the 1980s. And that's just about all I know about them. Information about Frændur is extremely difficult to find in English.

But I did find this video. It's recorded on someone's cell phone or something like that, so it's hardly a polished music video. But it gives a pretty good idea of why these guys have been so popular for so long: they write really catchy songs. I don't understand a word of Faroese and I have no idea what this song is about, but I can't stop singing it.

So listen and enjoy, but be warned, this may be habit forming:

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


I've been out of the journalism game for about a year, and my desire to return wanes each day. But today that just might of changed. Someone forwarded me a news item from Taiwan.

Actually, it's news from the United States, specifically about Tiger Woods, his wife and whatever happened during that car accident he had. But this version of the story is put together by a Taiwanese newspaper called "The Apple" and includes computer animated recreations of what MAY have happened between Tiger and his wife that night. If we can have news like this over here, I want back in. Now!

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