A Year in Music – 2020 – Ane Brun

A Year in Music – 2020 – Ane Brun

An extraordinary year in many ways.  How did it affect you specifically?

Well, where do I start? First, I ended up spending most of the year in Oslo with my partner, instead of in Stockholm, where I’ve lived for 20 years. So in 2020, I’ve spent more time in my home country Norway then since I moved away as a 24-year-old. Which has been very nice in many ways, even though it’s been hard not to have daily access to my home in Sweden because of travel restrictions.

My albums came out a bit later than planned, but the actual release of the albums and the 12(!) singles was a success. I’m so grateful that I’ve had this to focus on this year.

On the negative side, I had to postpone a three-month tour until 2021, and that was sad, mostly because it meant cancelling the employment of 11 people who were supposed to go out on the road with me. I’ve hardly been travelling at all this year, and I’m used to travelling a lot for work, which is a change that I’ve rather enjoyed. My everyday tempo is down, and also my stress levels. 2020 in itself has contributed to a bit of emotional stress, of course, but I think it has also been a crash course in mindfulness and acceptance, which I am grateful for.

Where did music fit in during 2020?  Does it seem important?

I worked on finishing the albums during the spring, but I’ve also listened a lot to other music, as I always do. I always look for new releases.

What albums resonated this year?  Can be old or new.

I’ve listened a lot to Phoebe Bridgers ”Punisher” album.

If you had to pick one album to sum up this year, what would it be?

My own two albums!  They are so strangely relatable to this year. Even though they were not written in 2020. (except from one track, ”breaking the surface”).

How have you got through the last 7 or 8 months?

Through accepting the present, working out by online dance classes like ”old school hip-hop” and taking walks in the forest, focusing on what I’ve been able to accomplish and experience and not on all that’s been cancelled.

Are you working on any interesting projects?

I’m translating twenty of my own songs from English to my Norwegian dialect, for a theatre piece. It’s difficult but interesting. A bit like writing poetry once again about the same substance…

Any hopes for next year? 

I’ve got so many hopes for next year! At a minimum, that I’m able to meet the people I care about up close and spontaneous, that we can sit next to each other in a bar and have a glass of wine and share snacks. Laugh out loud and hug each other. If I’m more greedy, then I’d love to play festivals and a long tour with my full band!!

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