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November 30, 2016

The Lily Amis Story (2 in ONE) is out now!


“Perhaps it may have been stay and face the bombing in our hometown, rather than endure a permanent fight for acceptance and dignity in a foreign country. From childhood through to my adult years, my freedom was stolen from me, just so that I could remain in Switzerland. This was my emotional suicide.” Lily Amis

In summer 2015, the refugee crises became a global issue. However, I have already experienced war as a child in the Eighties, growing up in a war zone and living from one day to another. However, my exposure to war and daily bombings seemed nothing compared to what I was faced with, living as a refugee in Switzerland for over two decades! Rejection, humiliation, discrimination and constant fear of existence were a living punishment - from the moment we entered the country as a war-refugee until today, where I am now a Swiss Citizen. A life without human rights, freedom and dignity is really worth nothing!

The Lily Amis Story includes the two first published books of my memoir trilogy. Part One: Destination: Freedom and Part Two: Definition of Freedom.

Living in a war zone from one day to another is one of the most horrifying experiences in Life, whether you’re an adult or a kid. As a kid you don’t really understand what’s going on because not even the adults know how to deal with this life-changing situation. I still remember and feel the uncertainty, insecurity and fear of death. Your daily life and the behaviour of the adults changes drastically. All of a sudden, people that gave you comfort and security are helpless too. Every moment can be the last, and you are totally conscious of that when you clearly hear the bombings day and night. Despite this experience and a horrible emotional-setback by my father, who left us when I was just five years old, I had a lovely childhood. I grew up in a home and neighborhood filled with love and harmony. 

Leaving our hometown with only two suitcases and fear, my mom and I hoped for a safe and happy future in Europe.  But the escape was only the start of a new set of problems. The journey was only the beginning of a lifelong misery. My childhood was immediately over and I had to grow up fast in a country, where I felt unwelcomed and rejected from minute one. 

We see the images of the refugee’s journey these days, thanks to the media coverage, which is heart-breaking. But the actual tragedy begins from day one when you officially register as refugees in your new country. Dealing with bureaucracy is a nightmare. I wish the governments would stop treating refugees like numbers of annoying folders on their desk. Behind every number is a destiny. And, for the love of God, Life is too short and precious to make it miserable for others.
 

I started with writing about ten years ago because of long-term Unemployment. Writing Destination: Freedom and Definition of Freedom were both kind of a self-therapy during extremely difficult and challenging times in my life. When you feel lonely and totally helpless the only person you can rely on is you and no one else. Writing really helps healing and I always felt that it is my duty to share my story. Not only to help myself but also to help others with the same or similar Life struggles. Until then painting and drawing were my way of self-help. But writing my two memoirs made me realize that I have to write. There is so much that I want to share or as I call it entertain and educate readers about.

So therefore in Definition of Freedom, the follow-up story, I openly shared my experiences as a foreigner in Switzerland, where my life was constantly overshadowed by discrimination and social isolation. My mom and I lived in fear of deportation for the following years. We had to fight for acceptance and pure survival for almost two decades. So we missed out on Life. We really did. I feel as my whole childhood, teenager hood and adult hood was stolen only in order to be allowed to stay in Switzerland.  I was so busy with the bureaucracy nonsense that I have neglected the really essential and valuable things in life. When the government tells you to your face, after a decade, to either marry or leave the country, and you marry the wrong guy for the wrong reasons, your whole future is screwed. During the twenty-seven-year period waiting for my naturalization I experiences set-backs, betrayal and depression caused by unemployment and bullying. Despite everything, my mom and I emerged stronger from every defeat and always fought for our rights!

The Lily Amis Story is brutally honest and I seek acceptance and tolerance for all refugees entering Europe. This is my message to the world.

“The war-refugees didn’t choose to become refugees. None of them created war. They are only helpless and innocent victims of people in power, who make a fortune selling weapons and destroying countries and families. Instead of toying, support these refugees and include them, rather than isolate them. Refugees are not a disease; they are human beings with the same desires as everyone else. Give them a life; give them the chance to build independence with dignity. Give them a future. Treat them the way you’d like to be treated in desperate times! Respect, acceptance and tolerance are the magic words of kindness!”
 
 
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November 22, 2016

The Swedish sunshine Carl Lindquist is back!

 
Carl Lindquist, the talented Swedish singer, songwriter and actor and one of my inspirational interview partners in 2016 is back with exciting news. His brand-new Metal/Rock album “EVERLASTING SCARS” was released on November 7. 2016 and I had the opportunity to catch up and talk about his work.
 

Carl first of all many thanks for doing this update-interview for my blog visitors and congratulations on your new-born baby "Everlasting Scars".
Many thanks Lily, and thanks for this update-interview!

Carl, you and your band “Coexistence” worked for a long time on your second Metal/Rock album  EVERLASTING SCARS”, which was released, WORLDWIDE on NOVEMBER 7th – 2016. What was the most exciting experience for you as the Lead singer during the process of recording it in the studio?

https://officialcoexistence.bandcamp.com/releasesThe overall experience when creating something brand new is always exciting. I love being in the studio, and I love the recording process. But of course it’s always special for me when we start the vocal recordings. I really go into this state of mind, putting aside everything else for a moment, just focusing on what I’m going to do next and how I’m gonna deliver the vocals. Then I really just enjoy the moment. It’s always special.


Coexistence” is a multicultural  Metal/Rock band with members from France, Sweden. So your music is representing the Europe of today. What is your message to the world with your songs? If you had to choose only one title from this album to spread your message which one would it be and why?

As always we want our listeners to feel connected to our songs in one way or another. Our lyrics are usually about personal experiences and real life events, so we hope and we want people to be able to relate to them when listening to our music. If our songs manage to do that, then we have succeeded with our message.

“Everlasting Scars” is about finding a new path in life after experiencing something really dark in your life. I do think that even though you’ve been true real pain, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

The theme we had for this album is “alienation” and it’s a big word for sure, but we wanted to write songs that could all be connected to that one word and that’s what we did. Every song is unique on this album, and every song has it’s own story to tell, but we could have easily named all the songs on the album to “Everlasting Scars” because they are all connected to each other.

If I had to choose one song from this album I would definitely choose “Bring Me Home”, because musically I think it’s the best song on the album, and it’s probably one of the best songs we’ve ever written in our career. It summarizes everything we want to say with this album, and as the storyline goes on it’s really the final redemption - even though the scars will never mend - you will still find a new path in life no matter what - “Unlocking my past, truth be told - what I seek will Bring Me Home”.

I listened to some of the songs from your album and my favourite one is “Bring Me Home”. Is there a special story behind this title that you like to share with my blog visitors?
 
Glad to hear that you like “Bring Me Home” so much. It’s also my favorite song on the album. The song is connected to the title track, “Everlasting Scars”, where we first follow this girl from her dark upbringing to many years later in her life, which leads us to “Bring Me Home”, where she finally has found redemption and the answers to her questions. The scars will forever be there, but she’s accepted that and she’s now ready to finally go on with her life. “These scars have given me a new sight - now my vision will always be bright”. It’s a special song to us, and it has a very special meaning.
 

Carl I feel very honored that you & your band allow me to post this beautiful song lyric of "Bring Me Home" exclusively here on my blog. It is much appreciated.


Bring Me Home

 ( Giraudo / Lindquist )

 
Years have gone by,

But still the memories.. They haunt me

Will I ever be free from this pain?

 Day and night I’ve endured

this wretched world

My dream of being reborn,

was this just a lie?

 It all comes back to me, shadows beneath the surface

These wounds might never heal,

So I wonder.. Can I suppress what I feel?

 Aching inside, darkness turned to pain

Needs to cease the fire

And let the water rain

It’s time to open up my eyes

See the beauty underneath

What life can bring
These scars have given me a new sight

Now my vision will always be bright
 
Hoping to find the answers in time,

the dawn of a new day is coming

 Breaking out from this misery,

Seasons change, winter to spring

I will go on

Unlocking my past, truth be told

What I seek will bring me home

Bring me home

Bring me home

Bring me home
 
Eternal pain, go away

This is the last time we meet

Forever and ever

These scars have given me a new sight

Now my vision will always be bright

Hoping to find the answers in time,

the dawn of a new day is coming

 Breaking out from this misery,

Seasons change, winter to spring

I will go on

 Unlocking my past, truth be told

What I seek will bring me home

I feel alive again – everlasting scars

Finding my way home – surrender to the pain
 
Bring me home

Hoping to find the answers in time,

the dawn of a new day is coming

 Breaking out from this misery,

Seasons change, winter to spring

I will go on

 Unlocking my past, truth be told

What I seek will bring me home

 Bring me home

© Coexistence - All Rights Reserved


Beautiful lyrics. As a Lyricist myself I truly can connect to the words and Im sure that many people will love "Bring Me Home" as well. Tell me will you be going on tour and if so when and where?
Yes, we are currently looking into this but nothing is booked or planned yet. For the moment we are focusing on having shows in Europe, but you never know what can happen. We have many devoted fans all around the world, and we really appreciate all the love they’ve given us through the years. We really can’t wait to come to stage near you all very soon! Thanks for your never-ending support!


Get your copy of the album here! The album is available as a physical copy - a beautiful digipack edition with a stunning cover and booklet artwork. The album is also available on all digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. And if you're interested in a copy signed by Carl, please visit this link !

https://officialcoexistence.bandcamp.com/releases

Thanks again Carl and the best of luck to you and your band members Grégory Giraudo, Jérémy Vannereau and Florent Poulhès!

Who is Coexistence?
Who are the band members?
What is your story?
 
 
Coexistence is a French/Swedish progressive metal band. Inspired by bands like, Symphony X, Dream Theater, Iced Earth and... many others. It all started in August 2008, when French guitar-player, Grégory Giraudo and singer, Carl Lindquist met online. It happened when Grégory, after two years at the Conservatory for Music and with a Masters degree in Musicology in his hands, found and got seduced by the powerful and unique voice of this young Swedish singer, who was covering famous songs on YouTube.
It didn't take long before the duet started to work together through the Internet, sending song ideas back and forth to each other. Their collaboration gave birth to their debut EP entitled, "Carrion Comfort", released in June 2009.
The 4 tracks EP were well received by numerous websites and magazines, giving one after the other positive and encouraging feedback. Even the famous, Sweden Rock Magazine, praised the potential of the project, and their members. After the release of the EP, the original collaboration between Grégory and Carl gave birth to a real band with the addition of drummer, Jérémy Vannereau and bass-player, Florent Poulhès.
The band, ready and set in motion with these new additions, proved that the musicians had the capability to portray their musical touch and complex songs live to an audience at many times. Their performances were very well received every time they played in front of a crowd. Proof that Coexistence was meant to be more than just a studio project.
In July 2010, the band entered THD-studio in South of France to start recording their debut album entitled, “Flow”. It took them nothing less than an entire year to passionately craft and polish their debut, and a couple of months later the band was offered their first record deal by the American label, CD Inzane LLC. In July 2012, “Flow” was released worldwide, praised by the media with great reviews and feedback all over the world.
But the journey for the band had only started… After playing many shows, and promoting “Flow” across the globe, Coexistence had already started working on a 2nd album. In the beginning of 2013, they entered the studio once again to start the recordings of their new creation.
An album with songs that would be full of melodic rock elements, great guitar riffs, big choruses, emotional vocals, and haunting lyrics with strong connections to the theme, social alienation. A concept that would really define what Coexistence is all about. Brilliantly mastered by Tony Lindgren (James LaBrie, Paradise Lost, Kreator, Katatonia) at the famous, Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Coexistence had given birth to their 2nd and most anticipated album so far, “Everlasting Scars”. The album was finally released in November 2016, and the future is now looking bright.
The band’s next goal is to get to the bigger stages, and to share their beautiful, progressive and well-written music to everyone around the world, and especially to the ones who are still trying to find their way back home. A Fire is Rising…


Who is Carl Lindquist?
Please Read my interview from July 2016 with Carl and find out more about him and his work.Read my interview with Carl to find out more about the Swedish sunshine, his journey, his work and his life.

http://lilyamis.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/q-interview-with-swedish-singer.html
 
Socialmedia contact Carl & Coexistence
www.carl-lindquist.com

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Many thanks @Carl Lindquist, Coexistence, Melissa Sandoval & Roxane Veissère

November 16, 2016

Little Lily is now also available in German!


https://www.createspace.com/5824862I have published Little Lily last Christmas in English. It is based on Destination: Freedom and Angel of Hope & Lily, featuring Monsieur Jac Couture. Little Lily in Print includes black and white Illustrations.

This year I’m publishing the book also in German. Both titles are available in print and as e-book. The German title is Die Kleine Lily. You can get the E-book here!

Now I like to use this opportunity to reveal a long-kept secret! As you recognize the book cover is the back cover of Destination: Freedom and Angel of Hope & Lily. A little girl walking along a street from behind.

Many Readers asked me if this is a picture of me as a child. And today I give you the answer. No, it isn’t me! This gorgeous picture was taken by my talented brother Bard, who's a professional photograph in Toronto Canada.

And this little cutie is my gorgeous niece Bodi. The picture was taken in 2014, when she was seven years old. I had this idea and my brother and my niece supported me by doing this photo shooting extra for my book covers.

Meanwhile this beautiful picture of her is not only on Destination: Freedom, Angel of Hope & Lily, Little Lily and my song lyric book Angel of Hope, Wings of tenderness, but also available on Society6.com on lovely products. So let me introduce you the sweet girl behind the cover and book collection!

My beautiful niece Bodi and me in Toronto Christmas 2013
 
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