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We Write The Story May 19, 2013

Yesterday The Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Final was held in Malmo, in Sweden.

What I didn’t know was that the Eurovision was created  57 years ago by a group of broadcasters with the intent to unify Europe after world war II through the power of music. It makes total sense. And today the event is bigger than ever.

The event opened with a newly composed Eurovision Anthem “We Write The Story”, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. and the Swedish DJ, and record producer Avicii. “We couldn’t get ABBA – but ABA”, as Petra Mede introduced them.

A master piece. Here it is. Enjoy!

Johanna

“We have a choice in everything, we write the story…” – what are you making a choice about today? What is the next chapter in your story?

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Mama Mia! May 13, 2013

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This upcoming Saturday it is time for the Eurovision Song Contest. Hosted by Sweden, since we won last year, with Euphoria. Growing up, that was big. The dream was to stand on that stage. The event is still big. Living in San Francisco, I have found friends who might be even more excited about it than I was before. Saturday night Pacific Time, the recorded version of the event will be replayed. And strict rules for the guests, to be disconnected during the day, not to reveal any results… That was difficult last year, having a dear excited cousin Anna, who send me a text… EUPHORIA – WE WON!!! 🙂

Today, as a reminder about the event, the winning song Waterloo by ABBA from 1974 was shared (see below).  For all ABBA lovers: since last week, there is now ABBA The Museum open in Stockholm. It is part of a larger Swedish Music Hall of Fame.

I am sure it partly covers the impact ABBA has had on it’s fans. I have only in the past two months in San Francisco met one, and heard another, case of women that have learnt Swedish for the only reason that they loved ABBA.

As of me… I was Agneta. And yes, I do have the ABBA music book with me… to San Francisco.

To-de-loo,
Johanna

What has ABBA done for you?

 

Music and Mimosa for Mom May 5, 2013

Mother’s Day in the US is coming up. My a cappella group Keeva has a concert in the Church of Sweden – upstairs with the view over the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. – bring your mom and family – or just yourself! – after your mother’s day brunch and enjoy some mimosa and music.

Would love to see you!

Johanna

Keeva Spring Concert Flyer

 

Daddy’s Girl Go Places April 10, 2013

April 8, 2013. A date many of us in San Francisco, and Scandinavia have looked forward to.  The SAS inaugural flight took place in-between CPH and SFO, and landed on time. 2o minutes early after the 11.5 hour flight.

Going forward there are 6 intercontinental direct flights per week in-between Copenhagen and San Francisco with Scandinavian Airlines. A trip that makes it easier to travel. Faster. For everyone involved.

SAS hosted a celebration seminar yesterday, where I as a representant of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce was invited. They shared their insights from their latest corporate journey of a financial crisis, nearing a bankruptcy, what saved them and the strategy behind turning it around and how to create a #1 Airline in the Industry.  Inspiring story indeed. Implementations in it’s work. Some changes might seem so obvious, but they weren’t that easy to implement… “So even if we have the peak of demand during the summer months, we pulled back on our service because it was stated in the employee contracts that they had right to 5 weeks of vacation during the summer time. It was like being in retail and ignoring Christmas”.  [Only in Scandinavia].

Down size, cost control, renegotiated union contracts, and having a staff dedicated to turning the situation around… SAS is heading to great destinations, on time!

With the departure times, direct flights, personalized service, use of technology, 100% next generations airplanes, onboard wifi and expanded reach through new routes and partnerships  –  it will be easier for everyone, no-matter age, to go places. 

SAS concluded with this commercial, saying that they were looking forward to seeing everyone on board…

Make sure to enjoy it you too – Scandinavia, including Sweden,  is a beautiful place to visit! By your tickets before April 16 and you may catch their sale… http://www.flysas.com/en/

Johanna

 

Love, me. March 29, 2013

This morning, I was talking to the world. And the world started talking back to me.

Both of us were lonely, a little angry. Both of us looking for a friend.

We were saying how we’d never be alone again.

All I heard was two little words: love, me. Love, me. Love, me.

And that the end of the note, that I wrote to the world:

Can you here me? Are you listening?

Love me.

These are the first lines from one song on the U.S. debut by Swedish singer Anna Bergendahl. On the record label Decca Records website you can read: (more…)

 

Oh Ye Be Faithful November 10, 2012

November 10, Saturday morning in San Francisco. The weather temperature changed from 27 degrees Celsius earlier this week, to 12 degrees right now. I woke up early, put on the largest and warmest sweater I have, soft pants and socks, and started to clean up and fiddle around – clean the light holders in the window… while singing Christmas Carols. “Oh ye be faithful…” to be more precise.

Mm… hot tea, nice breakfast – let me play that song on youtube… And this is what I found. (more…)

 

Not Joe, but Johan September 26, 2012

Attended the San Francisco Fashion Week event yesterday: “Fashion+Tech Expo & Social Media Panel” on how technology disrupt the fashion industry.

There were a lot of new fashion tech companies exhibiting. The Herringbone team were there to show off our client LLXLLQ – Plus size designer shoes from Italy. The feedback was great. Everyone knows someone who always complain about, or have a huge difficulty in finding stylish and comfortable shoes their size. The LLXLLQ shoes comes in sizes 10-12. I promise you – if you know someone with that size, and let them know about LLXLLQ.com, and if they will buy – they will be grateful to you forever. They will find a pair of shoes their style, and they will love them.  So please do – share the word. If they do it before Sunday September 30, 2012 and use promo code SFFW12 they will receive an extra 35% off. Ride on the wave of fashion!

One comment in the panel discussion at Fashion+Tech , naming a success case using social media was the Old Spice youtube videos. And if you can come up with a concept that others want to copy and make a version of, that will make it viral. Just like the “Call me maybe” videos that Anna wrote about in Bone up! recently featuring versions starting with the Harvard Baseball team, leading up to Romney and Obama…

Today Anna showed me the below video. Am I the only one thinking of the Old Spice Commercial (now with almost 43 million views!) when I see this Gevalia commercial? It is not Old Spice. We are talking about strong, dark, delicious coffee. And no, it’s not Joe – it’s Johan.

Like – not Jo, but Johanna… 😉 Or Simply…

Swede

 

 

 

 
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