The heart of the matter 

Sometimes life intersects all the avenues of change into a moment in time, where you’re helplessly pulled out of any comfort zone you thought you had built around yourself.  

When the heart of the matter, the heart of your life, as literal as that may be, lies naked and exposed on a table, is stopped to make it run a while more. And although I’m forever grateful for that surgeon’s steady hand, mine were shaking as I woke up that morning, on that blessed Friday 13th. 10 days of not knowing, 10 days by his…

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Facebook post, March Friday 13th 2020:

I wrote this song more than twenty years ago and it was released in 2001. I haven’t listened to or thought about it since then but when I opened my phone today it came on all of its own from someone’s playlist on this streaming service that I don’t even have a subscription for anymore. God knows how that happened. 

It’s talking about this time right now. A time I apparently could see coming in those, what I now realize were, pretty idyllic days. And it has a message: 

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Walking in the aftermath of a tornado 

East Nashville, March 7th 2020 

In a time when something as ingrained as handshakes have turned into elbow bumps, a presidency has turned into well.. Trump, and my daily morning walk through the old magical fairy grove and charming neighborhood has turned into a game of jackstraws and whole streets of restaurants, churches, venues, small shops and a hundred year old homes have been ripped into its fundamentals of piles of bricks, tiles, metal scrap and wood - a woman I’ve never seen is sitting on a chair…

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Out of hibernation 

The spring weather yesterday here in Nashville just got me out of my apparently genetical winter hibernation. It surprises me every year and I don't even know I'm in it until woken from it. 

In Sweden everybody's in it, it's an agreed on factor of winter, equaling darkness, which makes you not realize that it could be considered an oddity. Also we're fed by the flashes of fluffy snow where we can all feed from the sun's reflections off the white, play in it and enjoy the hibernation dream state in…

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Moments that count 

There are moments in life that demand your full attention. Those are usually the moments that really count - if you’re someone that likes to count that is. You know, the kind of counting that most of us do; how old, what year, how much, how long, how many times…

On some tiny islands out in the nowhere of the Pacific they don’t care so much for that kind of calculating. For the Hawaiians, life goes through stages, not years. Days follow the sun, not clocks. Mountains are wisdom keepers and homes for powerful…

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Tinges of blue 

Just had a walk in the healing tinges of blue. The kind that you only find by the sea as the sun stretches its long tired arms over the water, sand, clouds and birds. Made me think of this song...   "So sleep my friend and dream this night Of cockle shells and driftwood For soon I too will drift ashore For I am headed homeward ... to you"   "Homeward" on iTunes:   - Ida Kristin   Music & Lyrics "Homeward" © David Llewellyn 2011 Photo Florida © Ida Kristin 2016   Video…

Sweet grapes and gratitude 

We’re in the middle of November, and after a long warm fall here in Sweden, the weather is finally starting to make sense. Although the roses are still blooming in fragrant peachy colors and we’re still harvesting sweet grapes (the garden photo above is from yesterday…!), the cold and spiky rain is taking over, and allows for moments in front of the fireplace, and warm woolen socks.

David is making way on his Welsh solo CD over in Nashville, while I’m finishing up some loose ends here in Sweden. The…

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Happy International Day of Peace! 

Happy International Day of Peace!

A great day to do an act of peace, don't you think?
Like choosing to forgive somebody or yourself for something, or letting go of something that you've held on to long enough. Little or big, there's always something that can make your life a little more peaceful..

Yes, there's a lot of chaotic things going on in the world. But don't forget, the direction is 'From Inner Peace to World Peace', not the other way around..

Let us know what you came up with, and what happened as a…

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Head over heels like the bees :) 

How has the Summer been so far?
Blissed out? Stressed out? Yup, us too. All of it. Chaos is close to God, isn't that what they say? We’ve spent the last few months apart and together, on different continents, islands, cities and villages. It started with a fabulous time at Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, which involved flash floods (we’re talking people kayaking in the camping area!), new inspiration from fantastic artists such as Ellis Delaney and Anna Tivel (check ‘em out!) and catching an ad lib ‘house…

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Happy earth day! 


This winter we’ve been so busy being wowed by snowy Nashville weather, being thrown off – and airborn! - in an unexpected (yet exciting..) mega-bump in a cement-tray-toboggan-ride, paying subsequent visits to the chiropractor, being surprised and utterly happy about the response from the USA and UK/Europe radio release of our duo debut album Songs Around The Kitchen Table, finishing up the animated video for Only God Knows – that by the way had its online release last week!!!, loving the people we’ve met…

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Songs Around The Kitchen Table - Ida Kristin & David Llewellyn
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