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Like the fire (Eng)
Like the fire loves the wood
Fra "It's almost love" (2006)

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"Love is not a safe and static thing. If it is, it is not love"

About being afraid of changes in life, because of fear of  losing what you have.

It could eg. be fear of losing a state of "being in love", which is a wonderful place to be, but never static og lasting.

When you fall in love - as much as being a fascination and an appreciation of another person - the sensation might be due to the joy  itself of experiencing positive changes in and around yourself. Changes that happened because you dared to open up and say yes to the moment.  

No moments or mental states are lasting. And when you try to hold on to something that can't be held on to, it creates resistance, that again creates unbalance and dissatisfaction. 
To cling to what was once so satisfying, you start rewriting reality so it looks like something that has now passed. Rewriting a partner in that way, is a very common phenomenon.


Like the fire loves the wood
(Music & Lyrics Lysdal)

You’ve been telling me so many times
you need to be secure
you need to be sure
of my love

You don’t want my love for you to change
but baby we grow and change all the time
so if our love doesn’t change along
our love’s gonna be left behind

I love you like
the fire loves the wood
I love you like
a singer loves the silence

Complaining ’bout things ain’t what you want them to be
but that you’ve made it all yourself this you can’t see
putting the blame on God and society
you’ve been barking up the wrong tree

I can see by the way you’re walking
looking for something else
don’t think your life is good enough
tryin’ to fix things from the outside

If you want a life-guarantee
that things will never get out of hand
I hope that you will understand
that total control
will fuck up your soul

I love you like......


The album "It's almost love"

consists of three different recodingsessions, with three different constellations in three different studios, plus two solo home-productions. They were recorded 2003-2005

Sun Studio, Dortheavej, Copenhagen:"Little miss faithful", "An angel or a clown", "Gonna miss you when you're gone" & "Well meet again"

Granny Studio, Amerikavej, Copenhagen:"Ours" & "Say what you think is true" (
see pics)

Mox Studio, Kirkebjerg Allé, Vanløse:"Like the fire loves the wood", "This time" & "Crazy woman"

(see full creditlist)


It was my first collaboration with the two american top-players GREG LEISZ and DANNY FRANKEL.

I met Greg at a concert in Berlin where he played with Bill Frisell. After having hung out for a while, I gave him a couple of my CD's ("the"Nashville handshake" :-)) and we exchanged mails

Later he wrote me and said he really liked the music, so  I asked if he would like to play on my next album if he could fit it in in his (very busy) schedule.
A couple of months later he wrote that he was coming to Copenhagen to play with KD Lang, and that there was a two day break in the tour after that. He also told me that their drummer (Danny) was keen on joining if relevant.
I hurried booking Sun Studio, some of my regular musicians (Jon Bruland and Gustaf Ljunggren) and Oli Poulsen as a technician.

Together with  Hugo Rasmussen, Gustaf Ljunggren and Frederik Damsgaard, I played in China in 2000 og 2001.
In Beijing we met the guzheng-harpplayer CHANG JING.

She came to one of our concerts and we jammed afterwards. And even if she has  a very different musical background, she had no problems tuning in to what we were playing, and it was great time jamming with a totally different sound and a great and open musician.
Chang Jing is educated at the classical conservatory in Beijing and has toured around the world and played at the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympic games in 2008.
Later she has released a number of albums in her own name bothe in the ambient and the more classical genre.


I 2005 we made a tour together in Denmark, playing both my songs and hers (see pics)


Apart from me and Chang Jing we were:

Gustaf Ljunggren (lap-steel, el-guitar m.m.)
Bjake Falgren (violin)
Jon Bruland (bass)
Anders Pedersen (drums)


Chang Jing video 1   
Chang Jing Video 2

Like th fire Video

The recording


Kristoffer Sonne - Drums
Chang Jing - Guzheng harpe & backing vocal
Jens L - Lead vocal and all other instruments

"Like the fire loves the wood"   is made on a backingtrack from my own studio.
CHANG JING  dubbed harp and vocals
KRISTOFFER SONNE  - who also plays on other tracks and on the album "Hjertekamre" Illeborg/Lysdal - dubbed a drumtrack in  Mox studio.

The handdrum that starts off the song is a  Darbuka. A very common instrument in turkey, egypt and arab countries.


The "thin" electric guitar that plays  a little solo in the end is a  "Silvertone" (see pic). A pretty cheap instrument but with a nice  distinct sound. In the 60's it was sold in a case with a built in loudspeaker (a nice practical thing for streetmusicians).


As 99% of all recorded music is streamed, credits about the musicians, technicians, photographers etc. are gone.


So here is a list of the guilty ones, responsible for what you are hearing and seeing (and I am honored to having worked with them all)




"Little miss faithful", "An angel or a clown", "Gonna miss you when you're gone" & "Well meet again"

Greg Leisz - Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap steele (Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Bill Frisell)

Danny Frankel
- Trommer (Rickie Lee Jones, Lou Reed, Marianne Faitfull, John Cale , Laurie Anderson)

Jon Bruland
- Bass (Dr. Hook, Anne Linnet, Lars HUG, Kasper Vinding, Alberte, Michael Falch)

Gustaf Ljunggren - Mandolin (CV Jørgensen, Steffen Brandt, Thomas Helmig)


"Ours" & "Say what you think is true"


Chang Jing - Guzheng-harp
Jon Bruland
- Bass (Dr. Hook, Anne Linnet, Lars HUG, Kasper Vinding, Alberte, Michael Falch)

Anders Pedersen - Cahon (Allan olsen)
Bjarke Falgren - Violin


"Like the fire loves the wood", "This time" & "Crazy woman"

Jesper Nordenstrøm - Keys (Bo kaspers orkester, Mike Stern, Lisa Nilsson, CV Jørgensen)
Kristoffer Sonne - Drums (Elton John, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Jason Mraz, Backstreet boys, James Morrison)
Jakob Falgren - Bass (James Morrison, Trentemøller, Pinkunoizu, Savage Rose, Søren Huss, Bisse)
Esben Just
- Piano
Rune Harder Olesen - Percussion (CV Jørgensen, Gnags, One Two, Kim Larsen)


Dan Hemmer - Organ (Hemmer, Blicher Gadd, Billy Cross)
Halfdan E - Synths (Dan Turell, Poul Krebs)
Christina Boelskifte - Backing vocals (Sanne Salomonsen, Danseorkestret)

Hugo Rasmussen - Voice



An angel or a clown, Gonna miss you when you’re gone and We’ll meet again
recorded at Sun Studio Cph. by Oli Poulsen


Say what you think and Ours recorded at Granny Studio Cph. by Thomas Breklin

Crazy Woman and This time recorded at Mox studio Cph. by John Fomsgaard

Fools, It’s almost love and Like the fire loves the wood recorded at Village Pond Studio by Jens Lysdal

Mixed at Timeless studio Cph
by Lars Nissen and Jens Lysdal

Fire loves the wood and This time mixed
at Millfactory Cph by Boe Larsen and Jens Lysdal

Fools, Say what you think is true and It’s almost love mixed at Village Pond Studio by Jens Lysdal



Photos by Ditte Haarløv Johnsen
Coverdesign by Mads Find


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