From 2018 till now, This frenchy is 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 began to grow. A time when it happened very much musically. I listened a lot to blues-influenced English music with names like John Mayall and Bluesbreakers, Cream, The Who, Pink Floyd and from the USA names like Zappa, The Band, Deep Purple, etc. .. so very much Blues / rock with a swing of jazz / jazzrock. I also studied for a few years in the École des Beaux Arts in Caen and got the opportunity during the education period to start working at a theater as a stage assistant. Moving after a few years to Paris during an exciting hectic year in the Theater world. As a 20-year-old, I discovered le Languedoc during a summer. It was also the place where I fleeing down with a bunch from the Paris theater with the ambition to start a cultural center in the area around Montpellier.
After a year, I met Gunnel in this small village. Gunnel came to the village and rented a house with other Swedes. She is also the reason for our / my move to Stockholm.
Over the years in Sweden, I have worked in both the film and the music industry as an IT specialist. My journey in IT started with the Swedish film industry where I started in the 90s to be part of their IT group. It was no longer possible to sell tickets with a manual ticket block at that time and I got the big privilege to participate in a major project to digitalize the cinemas all around in Sweden.
It should be remembered that during the early 1990s, everything related to computerization was unwritten cards … It was definitely a pioneering spirit. I messed with this system for over 20 years !! to end up in another big project in the music world and had the possibility to participate in building an IT system that could handle music rights at European level, also very pioneering spirit in this …
During those 40 years, I have also had the great privilege of becoming the father of my wonderful daughter Fanny and later meeting Maria and getting together with her my beloved son Léon as well as developing a relationship with Maria’s two children from previous marriages, Agnes and Joel. Have seen them develop their own lives during all these years.
So now from 2018, Maria and I have ”emigrated” to France. There will be of course many trips to visit our children and grandchildren back in Sweden
2018, it was the year when we decided to quit our professional life a few years in advance and instead invest in exploring what it is like to live in the South of France. We sold the house in Stockholm and registered our house in Languedoc as our main address, started the whole process of becoming a resident of France. However, we still have a country house in Österlen/South of Sweden.
When you come to a crossroad during your life and everything is pointing to a feeling that you are completely satisfied with these projects of yours, there are some people who wonder if you will not feel like “unemployed” I can only confirm that for Maria and myself this time is filled with creativity in many ways .
Is that what some call ”back to the roots” ?? No it is not! For ”back to the roots” is often a chimera! You should not move back to what you remember from a period of your life way back in time because it no longer exists. Instead, this should be seen as a new chapter with new tasks that must be taken care of with open eyes. This is also when you enjoy the new life best.