Sunna Gunnlaugs

Dear 1999

December 31, 2009 12:02 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (4)
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Why didn't you tell me it would be this important to collect email addresses for my mailing list? I could have a list of people in all the countries that I played in up until 2005 when I took a break to have my two girls. I could be communicating with them now through facebook and twitter. Not to mention telling them about upcoming releases and concerts. Now when I start touring again I feel like I'm starting at the beginning.
Oh yeah, and why didn't you tell me to do like Elvis Presley when he was drafted… to record an album or two to release while I was busy having kids? That way I could have at least maintained my relationship with reviewers. Oh well, I'll forgive you and hope that you ask your next of kin, 2010 to be nice to me. I guess I won't see you again dear 1999. Farewell!

This post of mine is a part of Group Blogging Event hosted by Please visit their site to see what other musicians wrote as a response to this question "If you could go back to 1999 and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?"

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2009 1:14 am | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments (2)

Do you have a favorite Christmas tune? I have had the same favorite Christmas tune since I was a little kid and now I sing it every day with my two little girls. In Icelandic it is called "Í skóginum stóð kofi einn" which translates to "In the forest there was a cabin". I played it on my piano this morning and posted it on my Facebook fansite. A twitter buddy commented on it resembling a British tune "In a cottage in a wood".  I looked it up and found the English lyrics:

In a cottage in a wood
Little old man at the window stood,
Saw a rabbit running by
Frightened as could be.
"Help me, help me, help," she said,
"Before the huntsman shoots me dead."
"Come, little rabbit, come with me,
Happy we will be."

The Icelandic lyrics are basically the same except that Santa Claus takes the place of the old man and that's what makes it a Christmas tune here in Iceland. So it is probably British in origin. Anyway, a beautiful tune. I hope you enjoy the video and wish you Happy Holidays.

So I Gave My Music Away for Free

December 22, 2009 12:07 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (3)
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As some of you hopefully noticed, I had a 3 day Holiday Special where I made my albums available for a free download. This was the first time I've done this and the experience was exhilarating. I posted the sale on Facebook, sent it out in my newsletter (a ha, a good reason to subscribe), wrote a blogpost here, created a news announcement on All About Jazz and tweeted it. This was definitely a lot of fun.

On Twitter the news got out fast and it was great to see how my shouts were retweeted and re-retweeted (is that a word?) by various people. After I posted it on All About Jazz (read more…)

Holiday Special – Pay What You Want

December 14, 2009 11:28 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (4)
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'Tis the season for giving, and so I'm putting my albums on sale for 3 days!* If you'd like you can go to my Bandcamp page and "pay-what-you-like" for any and all downloads. That means you can name your price: $5, $10, $20 or what ever you are capable of or feel they are worth. Even if it's $0.00, I'd rather you have it than not. You can also download unreleased material for free there while you're at it.

If you like to give a physical copy to someone for Xmas, upon request I will autograph it, gift-wrap it, lovingly put it in a cushioned envelope, personally escort it to the post office and kiss it goodbye.
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All I Want to Hear for Christmas

December 8, 2009 3:05 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (5)
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It's beginning to look a lot like….Christmas! (I'm writing this in my green reindeer pajama pants.) As a teacher, I find it interesting that kids and teenagers can't wait to play Christmas tunes while the grown up students want to wait as long as possible. They usually end up waiting too long and not being able to really get more than one tune or so together before Christmas break. The connotation Christmas music has is so different for the two groups. It's really unfortunate but commercialism has done its damage. Instead of associating peace and gratefulness with Christmas, some people get stressed over all the obligations to full fill and expectations to meet, not to mention the post-holiday financial hangover. (read more…)