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FRESH: ‘Stories Of Our Name’ – Nervous City Nervous Self

Nervous City Nervous Self reads “Stories Of Our Name”.

by Christopher Smith

“There is a story to our name that is waiting to unfold”.

“Stories Of Our Name” is a hymn to the wanderers of the world. People who, like migratory birds, sets off towards the horizon with their names as only luggage. People who, not by outer oppression, but by inner pressure, are forced out of their homes in order to search for a home, and to fill the void of their names with a story.

Maybe Gertrude Stein said it best: “What good are roots if you can’t take them with you?”

“Stories Of Our Name”, the second single from nomadic one man band Nervous City Nervous Self, a Swedish singer/songwriter and poet David Josephson. Josephson, who recently released his third album in Swedish, “Misslyckandets estetik” (The aesthetics of failure), has with first single “G-d knows what” created “a beautiful song, full of wistful melancholy […] and quite unlike anything around”, according to Huffpost. The poetic lyrics appears to be “a reflection of what it means to embark on this journey called artistry”, which Josephson told Nordic Music Review, and it has also been described as a “song about faith and fate”.

David Josephson was born and raised in Stockholm, and started off his musical career by declaring: “I shall become Sweden’s Cohen or die!”. As Sweden never has been a country of big declarations, he was met with skepticism. A skepticism that eventually forced Josephson into German exile – in the city of Berlin where countless prophets and poets wander the streets, Josephson experienced a new sense of kinship. And it was there, during a visit at an art exhibition about German expressionism that the embryo of Nervous City Nervous Self was created.

The debut songs of Nervous City Nervous Self are the expression of an artist staying committed to his path, and his search for “G-d knows what” – or Godot, as Samuel Beckett might have put it:

“The only thing I kept is a stranger’s heart. It’ shielding me from those fiery darts, across the devil’s path and the grapes of wrath”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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