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Alice Babs was one of Sweden's most popular jazz singers in the 40's and 50's. Povel Ramel was one of the best lyrics writers and a comedic genius. Perhaps not noticeable here; he usually wrote in Swedish. But in the 40's it was difficult to get access to English and American music- while songs in English was the age, so he wrote a couple of songs in English then.

And here he is, performing one of his best songs, in the funniest Swedish comedies ever from 1956. The title means "wonderful is quick", and it's about catching all the happiness you can because it never lasts long.

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Because I really feel like it's Monday today. The title means "The War With Myself".

I need another mouth to keep on breathing/Another heart to keep it beating/Another mouth to keep on breathing/Because I'm lost in the war with myself
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Because I saw Bohemian Rhapsody this weekend, and this song, and video, was my introduction to Queen.

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With a dose of nepotism. The cutie with the guitar is my youngest cousin.

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A few of my favourite Christmas songs. Which seems to veer towards the more unconventional. Apart from O helga natt (Oh Holy Night) with the incomparable Jussi Björling. I love that version.

Dejlig er jorden I think this is called Beautiful Savior in English, but the lyrics to this Danish (and also in Swedish) begins with “Beautiful is Earth/Beautiful is God’s heaven”

Det är inte snön som faller (It’s Not Snow Which Is Falling) is definitely on the ironic end of the scale. Warning for cartoon nudity.

The last song is really a Swedish Christmas song from the early 20th century, and the lyrics are very perky. However, the way Thåström sings it makes it drip with satire. Vit Jul means “White Christmas”.

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Spotify presented me with my most played songs for 2018, which I take with a grain of sand, as several songs are songs I have never heard in my life. Also, I mainly listen to Spotify when I commute to work, so it’s not my sole source of music. But anyhow, here are, according to Spotify, my ten most played songs this year.

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I know I have afflicted you with Thåström before, but I feel a bit nostalgic at the moment, and he will always be THE Swedish rockstar for me. Sweden only real one, IMO. From the 70’s punk band Ebba Grön, the rock band Imperiet in the 80s, and then as a solo artist.

Folk bits! (People Bite!)

Fanfanfan (Damndamndamn)

Översundet (Over the Strait)

Ståaldrigstill (Neverstandstill)

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Sometimes people are just what they appear to be/With no redemption at all/We try to walk upright when we can`t even crawl

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Well my country it’s gone made and every way it turns out bad/tell me again what it is you think you’ve won?/And don’t sell me your cheap hope, I’ll take a length of good strong rope, it’ll serve me when time comes./And we’ve drained the future dry and now we’re eyeing up the sky like there’s time to save the race

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Spotify obligingly provided me with a playlist of the songs I have listened to most in 2017. So here is my Top Ten:


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Can you tell I like Elvis Costello? ;)
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I haven’t inflicted my music taste on you for ages, so here are several Kurt Weill songs from the movie September Songs. It’s basically a bunch of artists performing song by Weill in the same location, interspersed with information about Weill, and some original recordings. Here are my favourites.

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Done! This has been so much fun! And I have a new shiny playlist on Spotify with all the music you have shared!

Day Thirty: A Song That Reminds You of Yourself

Well, there has been a number over the years…

And I couldn’t find this song on Youtube, but you can listen to it on Spotify:
Eva Dahlgren’s Mitt Liv (“My Life”)

I’ll bore you with the translated lyrics here, but I love the melody too.

In a backbeat my thoughts are dancing/On all too slippery floors/Neither laziness nor knowledge/Can steer them

My life/Once upon a time/My life

A motley collection of people/Lives in my mind/Fight for me rebel/Let yourself conquer me

My life/Once upon a time/My life

On fields of dandelions and thorns/A girl is dancing a strange waltz/Round and round and round in circles/But always on her way towards a goal

My life/Once upon a time/My life

Only my life

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Day Twenty-Nine: A Song From Your Childhood

This is really difficult, as music was a very important part of my childhood, but in many ways this song picks up several of the musical things I loved as a child. First, it was written for a comedy called The Apple-War from 1971. It was written, directed and acted by one of Sweden’s most popular comedy duo’s; Hasse Alfredson and Tage Danielsson, who, combined and apart made a lot of music, books, movies and shows I loved as a child- and still love. The Apple-War took a firm stand against globalization and pollution before it became a trend, and it was very much part of my childhood.

It’s a bit of an odd movie, really, the plot a mix of the aforementioned criticism and fairy tale. The idyllic village Änglamark (Angel’s Ground) are being threatened by a multinational industry which will destroy the beautiful nature. The grocer’s errand boy becomes a somewhat unlikely hero when he seeks the help of the family Lindberg. They are all supernatural in some way; witches, giants or elves, and are recognized by a mole on their cheek. In the end the errand boy has both slayed the dragon , defeated the multinational company and also won the love of the prettiest witch.

Throughout the movie, the songs of Vert Taube was used. He was a Swedish songwriter, whose lyrics often had a strong nautical theme, but also wrote a lot of beautiful songs about the Swedish summers and it's beautiful nature. He was very old when this movie was made, but he wrote a song especially for it; this song I share here. I was also performed by his son Sven-Bertil, who made a lot of records my father, and by default also I, listened to in the seventies.

Also, the pretty witch was played by Monica Zetterlund, who probably is my favourite Swedish singer of all time.

Call it Angel’s Ground, or Heaven on Earth/If you want/The soil we inherited and the beautiful groves/Wild roses, pennyworth, linden flowers and chamomile/Let them live/They are so wonderful

Let the children dance like angels around maple and elm/lay hide-and-seek among flowering branches/Let birds live and sing their hymns for us/Let fishes swim among bridges and stone/Stop the slaughter of the animals in the forests´/Let the eagles fly and deers run free/Let the last river roar in our terrain/Continue to roar among fells, spruce and pine
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Day Twenty-Eight: A Song By An Artist With A Voice You Love

I know I have posted this before, but I love Jenny’s voice, and I especially love this video as both of the nurses are friends of mine.

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Day Twenty-Seven: A Song That Breaks Your Heart

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