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Still Playing

by Jon Harald Gjesdal

After 20 years break because of a stay in a cult/sect in Germany, he is now back making music again and playing the piano. His piano songs is deeper, more sensibel and meditative than ever.
Genre: Easy Listening: Ballads
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1. Still Playing
2:24 album only
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2. Rainbow
2:32 album only
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3. Butterfly
3:33 album only
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4. Above the Clouds
3:10 album only
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5. Better Days Arrived
2:46 album only
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6. Breathing Peace
2:21 album only
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7. Go with the Flow
2:09 album only
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8. Budapest Piano Version
2:14 album only
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9. Not Afraid
2:11 album only

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After 20 years break because of a stay in a cult/sect in Darmstadt, Germany, Jon Harald Gjesdal is now back making music again and playing the piano. His piano songs is deeper, more sensibel and meditative than ever. Through hard times in his life, some beautiful piano songs were created. His album ”Still Playing” is a journey from dark times in his life into the light.

”I am thankful for those dark days in my life. They made my search for love and peace, even stronger. Years of anxiety after the time at the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary in Darmstadt, Germany, made my longing for peace so strong. My music became more filled with peace and love than ever.” Jon Harald Gjesdal.

Jon Harald Gjesdal is known from the TV documentary ”Exit Klosterliv” (”Exit life in a monastery”), shown at the Norwegian State TV Channel, NRK1. He also made several talkshow on stages in Norway, talking about his time in a cult.

Since October 2015 Jon Harald Gjesdal is performing daily on Periscope. A live streaming service, owned by Twitter. He got followers from all over the world, watching him play piano concerts every night in Norway.

Jon Haralds story:
"In 1992, I joined a religious cult which almost took my life. Their initial message was good but my life there became increasingly oppressive. And worst of all, playing the piano and being close to family and friends was not allowed. After eight years in the cult I was so traumatized I slipped into a mental breakdown and had no desire to live. I was admitted to a hospital. I was in deep pain and my soul was ravaged by anxiety and depression. I was afraid of life, of God, afraid of people, of being judged, even afraid of prosecution, imminent nuclear war, and going to hell. Years of therapy have helped me get back on my feet, free my spirit, and once again learn to love and forgive. With new strength I renewed my faith in a loving and caring God. Today I am thankful for having a much better life, even if I still have issues to work on. About 20 years after I joined the cult I started playing the piano again and making music. The music was still alive inside of me. It never died. It is all about changing focus and move into love, forgiveness and feeling good."

Jon Harald Gjesdal, piano and composer

Recorded at Aas Church, Boeverbru, Norway, live without audience.

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