Season 2, Episode 9:
This episode brings Melody A.M.’s attention back to Norway with singer-songwriter, Ane Brun, who this year celebrates a very special anniversary - 20 years since the release of her debut album, Spending Time With Morgan.
To mark the occasion, Brun has recently released a new retrospective record, Songs 2013-2023, highlighting peak points from her studio recordings in the past 10 years, as well as another collection, Portrayals, which collates some of the best-loved cover versions she has recorded, including her portrayal of Beyonce’s 'Halo', with Linnea Olsson, which has had over 65m streams on Spotify alone, to date.
Spending Time With Morgan came out when Ane Brun was 27 year-old. After flitting and flatting between her Norwegian hometown of Molde and Barcelona, Oslo and Bergen for several years, she eventually settled in Sweden. The album was recorded in Stockholm and Uppsala and its recording was financed through Brun's salary from working at a record store, academic scholarships she’d been awarded and loans from friends who wanted to help her out in return for a future percentage of sales.
When the album was done, Brun really loved the songs and the recordings. She presented a sampler of the album to 4 or 5 record companies and also to some other music business people, but their response was slow and unenthusiastic and she was so hungry to get started, that she decided that it was better to release the music herself, instead of waiting around for anyone else’s permission to do so.
In the 20 years since that album’s release, Brun has made her mark not only on the Nordic music scene but all over the world, with an initially folky twist on pop and, in more recent years, an underlying rhythmic and electronic feel to the production.
Speaking with Melody A.M. from her studio, Brun reflects on her two decades in the music business, she shares some details about her next studio album, which she is hopeful to release in 2024, and we also explore the impact of A.I. on musicians and creativity. As part of our interview, Brun tells Melody A.M. that she’s tried the command “Write An Ane Brun Song” on ChatGPT and invited us to try the same and see what we got.
And so... we've decided to give it a go and the result was a ChatGPT-composed 'Ane Brun song' called "Dreams Echo in Silence". Here are the lyrics:
There's a morning whisper on the shoreline
Under a sky draped in crimson hue
Where the rhythm of the restless ocean
Keeps a beat only the hearts of the brave can pursue
In the quiet cradle of the mountain,
A tale of ancient time softly unfurls
Its voice echoed in the wind's aria
Of truths unfathomable, to be found in this world
Amid the noise of our existence
Listen to the songs of the silent heart
They speak in notes of sorrow and resistance
A melody of endings and starts
In the hollows of city shadows
Humanity’s dreams and doubts collide
Drowning out the symphony of silence
With tales of love, of life, both lost and untried
Beneath the canvas of the starlit heavens
Waves of time etch the face of the moon
Whispering sonnets of cosmic wonder
In the tranquil hours of the late afternoon
In the dance of light and darkness
Feel the rhythm of the universe impart
Its tale told in the language of the timeless
Songs from the strings of the silent heart
Listen, listen, oh you seekers
The earth and sky, they’ve stories to share
Unravel them in the light of the silent heart
Their secrets lie in the threads of love and despair
Between the chapters of life and death
Weave tales that set you apart
Find the courage to sing the unsung
Echoing from the depths of the silent heart
And when the world becomes too noisy
In the quiet, may your true journey start
Through valleys of pain and peaks of joy
Guided by the songs of the silent heart.
Ane, if you're reading this, we're looking forward to hearing your rendition of this song some day!
In our interview, you'll also hear us discussing using ChatGPT to devise a set-list for an Ane Brun gig and we gave this a go too. In response to the command “Please create a set-list for a 2-hour music concert by the artist Ane Brun”, ChatGPT suggested the following (it left off Brun's latest single, 'Hand in the Fire', which is an unacceptable omission):
"Shape of a Heart"
"Do You Remember"
"To Let Myself Go"
"Don't Run and Hide"
"All My Tears"
-- Short Break --
"Take Hold of Me"
"You Lit My Fire"
"Feeling Like I Wanna Cry"
"We Need a Mother"
-- Encore --
"All We Want Is Love"