A frog, which from now on 2018 will be mostly in France again after a 40-year period in Sweden.
Born 1954 in Caen, Normandy / France. In the late 60’s my interest in music and art begins to grow. A time when it happens very musically. I listen a lot to blues-influenced English music with names like John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Cream, The Who, Pink Floyd and from the USA names like Zappa, The Band, Deep Purple, etc. .. so much Blues / rock with a swing of jazz / jazzrock.
I also studied for a few years at the École des Beaux Arts in Caen and got the opportunity during the training period to start working in that theater world as a scenography assistant.
Later on with an extension of this in Paris during an exciting hectic year. That’s when I, as a 20-year-old, during a summer discover le Languedoc. It is also when I move down with a bunch from the theater in Paris with the ambition to start a cultural center in the area around Montpellier.
After a few years I will meet Gunnel in this small village. Gunnel who came to the village and rented a house with other Swedes. Gunnel is also the reason for our / my move to Stockholm.
During the years in Sweden I have worked in both the film and the music industry as an IT specialist. My journey within IT began with the fact that Svensk Filmindustri needs some kind of IT support in the early 90s. It was no longer possible to sell tickets with a manual ticket block and I got the big privilege, together with the ”data department”, as it was then called, to participate in the big project as a computerization of the cinemas meant.
It should be remembered that during the early 90’s, everything that concerned computerization was unwritten … It was definitely the pioneer spirit. I was doing this system for 20 years !! to then end up in another big project in the music world to participate in the construction of an IT system that could handle the music rights at European level, also very pioneering in this …
During these 40 years, I have also had the great privilege of becoming the father of my wonderful daughter Fanny and later meeting with Maria and getting with her my beloved son Léon and developing a relationship with Maria’s two children from previous marriage, Agnes and Joel. Let them develop their own lives.
So now that we, Maria and I, have ”emigrated” to France, it will of course be some trips to greet our children and grandchildren.
In the year 2018, it was the year when we decided to jump out of working life a few years in advance and instead invest in exploring what it is like to live in Southern France. We sold the house in Stockholm and registered our house in Languedoc as our main address, started the whole process to register as resident in France. However, we still have a farm in Österlen which is counted as a summer residence.
When you are now stepping down completely from these large IT projects, there are some who wonder if you will not feel idle but I can only confirm that for both Maria and I this time is a time filled with creativity …
So the next few days will be to rediscover France … Is that what some people call ”back to the roots” ?? For ”back to the roots” is often a chimera! One should not move back to what one remembers from before because it no longer exists. Instead, you should see this as a new chapter with new experiences that must be taken care of with open eyes. It is also when you enjoy the best of the new life.