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Archive from 29-04-17 to 17-08-20

17 August 2020
Happy birthday Lene!
Life begins at forty, they say, and for you who celebrated today expecting your first baby, there is a new life (literally) waiting for you. It's a very special birthday you will never forget, and we want to bring to you our dearest wishes. Happy birthday Lene Marlin! You're always in our hearts and on our minds!

11 April 2019
New collaborations
Between Febrauary and March two related events took place: By:Songs (Feb. 25-28) and By:Larm (Feb. 28-Mar. 2). You might remember the latter from 2001, when Lene declined an intivation to the round table about her success. The former, which has by now reached its fifth edition, gathers authors, producers, and artists (both stars and newcomers) to promote professional collaborations.
Thanks to the unceasing activity from our Kathie and Knox, we are now able to share with you not only Lene's recent participation in By:Songs, but also the playlist of the songs that were written in that occasion.
We know Lene has been writing all this time - she was also recently spotted working in studio - and has already taken part in events like this in the past. In 2009, she was in the workshop organized by EMI on Dvergsøya island (remember S'pose?), and in 2010 she was with other artists at Song Farm on Saltö island in Sweden.
Ad here are four songs from this year's By:Songs, the last of which is sung by Lene herself!

I Don't Wanna Talk (Lene Marlin, Jesper Borgen, Lara Andersson, Electric)
Too Close For Comfort (Lene Marlin, Jenson Vaughan, Skinny Days)
Love I Don't Know (Autumn Rowe, Lene Marlin, Lemaitre, Manon)
Would You (Lene Marlin, Lara Andersson, Jesper Borgen, Electric)

Further research allowed to track down other eleven (!) collaborations in the Warner/Chappel catalogue; most of these songs were written together with Tobias Stenkjaer (already rumored in the past to have worked with Lene). The danish singer and songwriter tweeted in 2011 about a weekend of songwriting with Lene, though none of the titles appear among his records. Here's the full list:

Cigarette eyes
Or live without me
My heart won't let you go
Not too late (for us)
Save this story
The hurt I know I'll cause
Won't bring me down
Crashed my fate
Seal this moment
Like you less

All tracks say "No masters available", therefore chances are they have never been recorded.

20 January 2019
"Free" available again on SoundCloud
A quick update to let you know that Free is back available for streaming on SoundCloud.
For those of you who missed it, it's an unreleased track that appeared more than two years ago on Jesper Mattsson's profile page (co-author with Lene of both Free and So Little Time), which though was later removed.
The file is not downloadable, but you can listen to it from any device.

05 January 2019
Øynene til mora mi
Though a little late, we report here, after sharing it on Facebook, the link to the video Lene dedicated to her mother on December 26 as a gift for her 65th birthday. It's a guitar-and-voice cover of Øynene til mora mi (My mother's eyes) by norwegian singer and poet Trygve Skaug.
The video shows footage taken during the recording session along with private pictures of Lene and her mother throughout the years.
Here's Lene's words:
"Happy birthday to my dear mom, who is celebrating her 65th birthday today!

I wanted to give her a different birthday present this year, so I've recorded my own version of a song called «Øynene til mora mi - My Mother's Eyes» by the Norwegian artist Trygve Skaug.

I've loved this song since the first time I heard it some time ago. And I thought this was the perfect moment to sing this song, as a tribute to my mom. So here it is; Happy birthday to the best mom ever!

Guitar: Hans Mathisen
Recorded at Whiteroom Studio by Bjørn Erik Pedersen"
We are sure her mom has loved such a gift just as we loved the video, still in the hope to hear more singing from our star. Meanwhile, three months after the re-release of Playing My Game on vinyl in Norway to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lene's debut album, Lene will be back on TV on January 14th for the blind auditions of the fifth season of The Voice - Norges Beste stemme which took place last November. Lene will be judge and mentor for the second year in a row, after taking Thomas Løseth to the victory last year.
Good luck!

13 July 2018
So Little Time - unreleased track
From the SoundCloud account of danish producer Jesper Mattsson here's to you a soothing unreleased track written together with Lene, like the previous one we reported about, "Free", later removed by the author. What you will hear is almost a demo with a basic rhythm in the opening and in the ending, a piano accompanying our beloved Northern Star's voice, and strings in the choruses. The song is indeed beautiful and, needless to say, to us fans it is always a thrill to listen to Lene again.

15 May 2017
Twist The Truth: the last meet and greet video!
On May 15, 2009, we italian fans could enjoy the release of Twist The Truth, the fourth and last album from Lene to date. That day many of us were in Milan for (alas) the last meet and greet with her in our Country, except for the brief exchange of greetins the following day after Lene's exhibition at TRL Awards in Trieste. It was a wonderful afternoon. So many smiles, so much joy, such an emotion... waiting impatiently for Lene's arrival, the surprise in her eyes when she arrived and she was given our gift later, all the pictures and the autographs in between and the toast at the end.

We find ourselves saying again that many years have passed by since then but this time we want to share our memory and please you with the first video from that day! For sure a precious memory for all Lene's best fans in the world!

Lene, we miss you!

03 May 2017
Happy Birthday Playing My Game!
We recently realized that "our" Playing My Game was going to turn 18 and enter "adulthood" (it actually did already in Norway last March). The attempt to write down about it in a regular news for our homepage was inevitably overwhelmed by some very personal thoughts that needed to emerge but were unsuitable for the purpose. The awareness that everyone of us feel a deep bond with Lene's music, made us start this collection of messages to pay the best tribute to her first record, the one that made her and our journey start and cross many times.
    -It was 1999, and I was about to turn 18. When my few true friends...

    -To talk about the first encounter with Playing My Game means to talk about my first encounter with Unforgivable Sinner...

    -18 years passed so fast... I'll never forget the day I went to Milan to meet Lene...

    -Happy, happy birthday to Playing My Game and her caring mom Lene! So much time has passed...

    - I fell in love with Lene and her songs the very first time I listened to Unforgivable Sinner!

    -It's been 18 years. Man, time flies! Still it feels like it's been yesterday, the first time I listened to Unforgivable Sinner on the radio.

    -Now that I think about it, that was a crucial year to me. Memories are still vivid, though slightly consfused.

    -Spring water. A gentle fresh breeze in a torrid summer day. It's what comes instinctively to my mind when I think of Lene's debut album...

    -"Playing My Game" is the melancholic soundtrack of my last year as teenager.

    -I can never really remember how I 'Got into' Lene Marlin, but I was 7 years old in 1999, and I know that...

    -It's so hard to sum up in a few lines what PMG has meant to me, it would mean to write down very intense and personal emotions and feelings...

    -To me you were just "the girl with the blue hair", because of that mysterious video always in heavy rotation on all TV music channels.

    -Sometimes I almost feel ashamed to tell about this, but there's a song in "Playing my game" that I've been listening to at least twice a day...

    -I remember it like it was yesterday, when I went to the music store to buy the Playing my game audio cassette as a birthday gift for my sister.

    -Thank you because this SONG is hand by hand with me for all this long time.

    -"I'm sitting down here, but, hey, you can’t see me"... 18 years have already passed since when those notes and those words...

    -Of course I remember when I heard that album for the first time: I knew only Unforgivable sinner and I was curious about that young...

These are just excerpts from our thoughts and memories. Read the full ones on Facebook and let us know your own in the comments!

29 April 2017
Lene on Instagram!
With a post on Facebook Lene has announced that she has just opened an Instagram account. In the new profile, currently with 1000+ followers, Lene has already posted a picture and a short video in which she appears shining, relaxed, and full of energy.

It looks like The Voice will be a nice adventure. In the Facebook post she tells recordings have started. She cannot share much information by now, but auditions have been really good and she's thrilled for the next months.

Here's her message:

So, I'm finally on Instagram

Just started taping "The Voice". Can't share too much, but I can say this; the people we've heard so far are really, really good! I'm so excited for the months to come!

Will let you know more when I'm allowed to


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