They retire when they’re twenty, with a house on the fjord…

That’s a line from a Dan Reeder song, and he’s referring to the great good fortune Norwegians enjoy living in such a beautiful and wealthy country.  Dan’s an American guy, married and pursuing the artist’s dream in Germany.  He built his own instruments and mixing board himself from junk, plays all instruments and multi-tracks all vocals on songs that he wrote for his self-produced albums…and oh yeah, all the cover art is by him too, since his day job is as a painter of the arty variety.  He says he “plays music because there are some things you can’t paint”.  You ask, “but what about the songs”?  Clever, catchy, smart, funny…I can’t think of an unflattering adjective that applies.  The singer John Prine was given a tape of some of his songs, and enjoyed it so much that he signed him to the Oh Boy label and has released three of his CDs so far.  So much talent in one guy ought to be unfair!  I shot the image below while hiking with friends from the Sogne fjord to the Aurland lookout, with Reeder’s witty take on Norway running through my head.  I’d suggest checking out both Norway and Dan’s music, preferably at the same time.  (18 August, 2011  Aurland, Norway)

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