Monday, May 31

Great Balls of Fire!

I watched "Great Balls of Fire" (1989) last night. I love rock 'n' roll movies, and Dennis Quaid really shines as Jerry Lee Lewis. And Winona Ryder's character Myra has some really lovely costumes.



Jerry Lee Lewis was the next big thing in rock 'n' roll when his marriage to Myra Gale Brown became known in 1957. Myra was 13 years old at the time, and Jerry's distant cousin. It was 22 year old Jerry Lee's third marriage.
The couple were in England when the news broke and the 37-date tour was cancelled after 3 dates. The marriage more or less ended his career for a decade.
I found this interview from 1958 with Jerry Lee and Myra.



I don't think anyone should get married at 13. Heck, I don't think you should get married at 18 either. But Jerry Lee was 14 the first time he got married, and 17 the second time. I guess they did things differently in the deep South back then.

Elvis met and fell in love with Priscilla when she was 14, but kept the relationship very quiet for the first few years. Maybe he learned a thing or two from what happened to Jerry Lee Lewis.

Anyway, back to the movie. It seems like the 1950's were more fun in the 1980's. And it's easy to fall in love with the crazy, energetic, original wild man of rock 'n' roll. How can you not like someone who set his piano on fire in the name of rock 'n' roll?

Winona Ryder as Myra and Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis.


Jerry Lee plays piano for Myra and her girlfriends. I love that sailor top.


Winona Ryder's Myra has some great outfits.
Dennis Quaid doesn't look too shabby either.



The couple got married a second time, in an attempt to revive Jerry Lee Lewis' career. Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis and Winona Ryder as Myra.

Jerry Lee Lewis re-recorded his own songs for the movie.
I think it was Jens (Mr J.Tex himself) who told me to check it out, because I'd really like it. Well, he was right. Now go and check out some of Jens' great music!

Friday, May 28

The 20Belows tour Europe

Copenhagen's finest pop punk/melodic punk rockers The 20Belows are touring Europe with The Roman Line. They are playing in Barendrecht, Netherlands tonight, before heading to Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Head out and see the show if they're playing in a town near you. I've seen The 20Belows live several times over the years and they're always good. They've played several shows with friends of mine and they're great guys.

For full details of the tour, go to myspace.com/the20belows

Friday, May 21

Still Here

I haven't fallen of the face of the earth or escaped to a tropical paradise. But these past few weeks have been really tough for me. We finally released a new website at my 9-5 job, and after every launch comes the long, long list of things that need to be corrected and adjusted.

And on top of that I've had a rough spring... nothing serious but a lot of small things, one after another. And a lot of small things that each drain a little energy results in me feeling like I have no energy at all. Which is why I feel like I need to sleep for a week. Maybe I should run away to a tropical island after all?


I wouldn't mind escaping to a tropical island for a while.

But since there is work to be done I'll stay where I am and try to chill out and enjoy the sunshine, hang out with my friends and eat too much ice cream. Summer has finally shown up in southern Sweden.

Monday, May 3

Shinola

I was looking at vintage ads when I found this one. It kind of reminded me of something...

Shinola.



Another Shinola

Sunday, May 2

My Cousin's Wedding

My cousin Lisa got married yesterday. The wedding started at three in the afternoon, but getting ready for a wedding takes all day. It didn't help that I was exhausted from a really intense week at work.

My sister Maria and I started by getting our hair done by Ylva at Kustom Freakout in Malmö. That took a few hours, so then we had to hurry home to eat some lunch, put some makeup on and get dressed.
I live in jeans most of the time, so it takes a little longer to put on petticoats, stockings and a dress.

Ylva working on Maria's hair.


That's a lot of curls.

I forgot to take any photos of the finished hairstyle. I do that a lot.

Lisa and Joakim got married in Stora Hammars gamla kyrka (Stora Hammar's old church). Lisa and I used to work as guides there when we were teenagers, so I can tell you that it was built around 1150 and probably replaced an older wooden church. It's been altered and expanded over the years but still has several features from the middle ages and some really uncomfortable benches from 1688.
It's a lovely church, even with uncomfortable benches, and the wedding was lovely.

Lisa and Joakim outside the church.

Lisa had a lovely veil and looked so happy throughout the day. The reception was held at Ellinge castle, and once we got there I was so busy being a guest and having a good time that I forgot to take any more photos.

The dinner finished sometime after midnight, after many great speeches, toasts and a chocolate and passion fruit wedding cake.