Travelle – “Small Talk”.

   Thought I’d share another song by Travelle  – the Norwegian electropop singer, songwriter and producer several of whose songs I’ve already shared before. – Like all of his songs, I think this one may be very relatable for people. It definitely is to me, as an introvert and sociophobic and hermit who really dislikes small talk. Although I cannot really relate to it in its entirety, because it seems like what he describes is more the “I-don’t-care-about-people” type of dislike for small talk, rather than, as it is in my case, because it’s really awkward and kind of stressful. I think people are actually very interesting and I usually don’t mind if someone randomly wants to share some details of their life with me, perhaps they really need it and I just happen to be the closest, and I’m okay with it as long as they don’t do that excessively, in a way that screams that they’re really self-absorbed, and don’t expect me to do the same just because it’s a rule, or don’t expect me to actually lead the conversation. But overall, yeah, it can be super draining and overwhelming. 

Clannad – “Two Sisters”.

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   Today I thought I’d share with you a song by Clannad, one that has loads and loads of different versions in different European countries, with varying details of the story, but the core is always the same – there are two sisters and one man who is in love with the younger sister, but the older sister is very much in love with him and jealous of the younger, so she drowns her. – I have already shared one version of this song, sung by Emily Portman from England. If I had to choose between these two, I think I prefer Emily’s version, but they’re both great each in its own way, and I might be sharing more versions of this song in the future, because I think there are many great ones out there. 

Lucy Ward – “Julia”.

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   Today I’d like to share with you a song by an English singer from Derby, whose music I’ve actually already shared on here, namely her rendition of A Stitch in Time. The song that I come to you with now is from the same album – Adelphi Has to Fly – which was Lucy’s debut album and is really great as a whole. This song however was written by Lucy herself, and I really like how dark and atmospheric it sounds and have always found the lyrics intriguing. I’ve known Lucy Ward’s music for years, and I’ve always been really curious what this song was inspired by. I still don’t know that, but I still like Julia a lot, hence I’m sharing. 

Travelle – “Vacation”.

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   We had some really warm and sunny weather over here for a while earlier this week, and when I was planning what to share with you in this song of the day series in the near future, I thought this song would be very fitting, with the weather that could possibly be making many people  think of taking a vacation already, but at the same time it not being the season for that just yet. Our Sofi definitely can’t wait for holidays but the harsh truth is that she’s actually going to have her exams this week, and there’s still a whole month of school ahead of her. But, as we all know, weather can change super quickly and, since yesterday, it’s actually been rather unpleasant outside, with loads of rain and cold winds and clouds. Not so vacation-like anymore. Nevertheless, I’m sharing this summery song with you anyway. It’s still fitting. This song is about being burnt out and wanting to disappear for a while, which I think are feelings that for some people might be even stronger when it’s yucky outside, or it might be totally unrelated to whatever the weather is like. Fromm what Travelle told Universal Music Norway, he wrote this when he was feeling a bit tired and dejected, when there was still ice and snow on the streets, and he had no winter shoes so he got soaked up on his way to the studio. So I think this may be quite a relatable song for many people. I myself am in such luxurious situation that I rarely feel this way these days, because I am largely in charge of my own time and have a job that isn’t particularly stressful or demanding, but I know the feeling very well from school, particularly the first and last weeks of every school year, which I’m sure is also a very common experience. 

Alexander Rybak – “Let the Music Guide You”.

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   Continuing the recent Sámi theme on my blog, I thought I’d share with you one more song which is not Sámi, but inspired by joik and with joik influences, from the Belarussian-born Norwegian singer Alexander Rybak, best known (at least to Europeans) for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with his song Fairytale, and for playing the violin. Some of my readers might also remember that he is Sofi’s childhood crush, who, as it happens, was introduced to her by a certain Bibiel, who was totally unaware what sort of results it will have and that the whole household will end up having to listen to his “Oah” on repeat for two weeks, and whom she still listens to a lot and has a strong sentiment for. I definitely don’t like all of his music, but some of his songs are really good, and I have already shared three other songs by him on here, one children’s song sung in Norwegian called Dyrene i Afrika (The ANimals in Africa),  which is so easy that I had managed to translate it even though I wasn’t learning Norwegian then yet, then a cover of a Swedish song by Mats Paulson called Visa vid Vindens ängar (Song at the Wind’s Meadows), and the third one a song in English by another ESC contestant from Romania – Roxen – called Wonderland in which he plays the violin. I think this one is really nice and I like the Sámi influence in it. 

Ben Alexander ft. Mörmaid – “Somni”.

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   Today I’d like to share with you this interesting, dreamy electropop song which I’ve only recently heard. It’s the result of collaboration between two Norwegian musicians –  producer and composer Ben Alexander, and singer and producer Live Sollid Schulerut who is better known as Mörmaid and as far as I know is based in Norfolk. – This the first and so far the only song that I’ve heard by either of them, but I really really like it so I’ll certainly be checking out their other music. 

   Ben Alexander says that this song is about how a dream can be more appealing than reality, because of how things can look so perfect in it, so that one may end up desiring the dream more than reality. Thus, the song is a love story between the dreamer and their dream. Being a keen daydreamer and a vivid night dreamer myself, I can definitely relate to how dreams can be more attractive than reality, and I like even just the concept of this song, and it just sounds so great as a whole. 

   I suppose that it’s title is simply like the Norwegian equivalent of somnia in English, as in insomnia, coming from the Latin somnus meaning sleep, though it’s just my assumption that that’s where they got it from. 

Alessandra Mele – “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”.

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   Today I’d like to introduce you all to a young singer who is quite new to me, and who I think has a lot of potential. Alessandra Mele is 19 years old and is of both Italian and Norwegian heritage. She grew up in Savona in Italy, but from what I read about her she always spoke Norwegian with her mum. She has now moved to Norway and since January has been a part of the current season of The Voice Norway. This song by her that I want to share with you comes from The Voice and she sang it in the knockouts, competing against another really good contestant – Emma Wik – and it’s Alessandra who got to stay in the programme in the end. There are many great renditions of this classic, but hers is definitely one of my favourites. 

Clannad – “Siúl a Rún” (Go, My Love).

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   So I’ve shared two versions of this extremely popular Irish song with you this year so far, and I thought today I could share with you another one, from Clannad. I guess this version is also quite well-known and well-liked due to Clannad’s fame. I really like Maire Brennan’s vocals in this song, she usually tends to sing in the higher register, but I definitely prefer her when she sings a bit lower and that’s what she does here. I already wrote a bit on the song itself when sharing the version by Anuna so I recommend you see that post as well if you haven’t and if you’re interested in the origins of it, also their song is definitely worth listening to just as well. 

Travelle – “Jungle”.

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   Today is a huge day in the world of Norwegian music, because it’s the day when the Spellemannprisen (or Norwegian Grammys as they’re often referred to outside of Norway) are going to be awarded in the evening. I probably would have missed it if not the fact that I happened to be listening to the NRK p1 radio station earlier this week when I got sick, and that’s how I found out about it. And they have a really cool way of celebrating their Grammy season, which has resulted in me listening to  this particular  station pretty much the whole week, namely, this week they play only music made by Norwegian artists, so I was interested to find out whether I would make a lot of new interesting Norwegian discoveries, or maybe they’ll play at least some of my favourite Norwegian artists, or maybe I’ll just realise either how much or how little Norwegian music I actually know. I was indeed surprised at how many of the artists and songs they played were famiiliar to me, though I was also a bit disappointed that some of my favourite artists about whom I’ve always had an impression that they were quite popular in their motherland, like Fay Wildhagen, weren’t played at all, unless they were only played  when I wasn’t tuning in or was sleeping, and I was actually asleep a lot this week so who knows. 😀 I was also curious to know if Sámi artists will also be represented, and was hoping that they will, given that a Sámi singer – Maria Mortensson – has been nominated in the traditional category. Sadly though, while I guess they did play something by her once, I haven’t heard any more Sámi music this week. 

   Anyways, I thought that since it’s Norwegian music time and Norwegian Grammy time and Norwegian Grammys day, I could also share with y’all something from a Norwegian artist, and decided to share something from Travelle, who may not have won the award because he no longer even makes music under this stagename, and may not have been played on NRK P1 which did not surprise me for the aforementioned reason, but my Mum and me still do like his music. 

   I find the slightly creepy and raw vibe of this song quite relatable because that whole jungle thing vaguely reminds me of my sleep paralysis world, which is not a jungle and there are no wolves in there nor most of the things that are mentioned in the lyrics but the general atmosphere seems to be kind of similar to what he is depicting. On a side note though, I can’t help but wonder what’s up with those wolves in jungles. I believe Selena Gomez also has a song where there are wolves in a jungle, and I’m kind of curious how they make their way there and why. 😀 Perhaps he’s describing the jungle and dancing with the wolves as two separate things, or perhaps they’re both part of some sort of an inner world/paracosm? Because in that case obviously everything is possible, I also have things in my Brainworld that don’t necessarily make sense realistically. 

Mared – “Let Me Go”.

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   Today, I’d like to share with you another song by the incredibly talented Mared Williams, also known simply as Mared. I have shared with you some of the music that she recorded together with the rock band Y Trŵbz, some folk music by her as well as more jazzy pieces, which I think showcases her huge genre versatility very well. For today, I thought we’d listen to her song with a bit of a soul vibe to it, so that you can see that she is very competent in this genre as well. 

Alba August – “Lights”.

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   Today I’d like to share with you a song that I know thanks to Sveriges Radio, that is Swedish public radio. I guess they don’t play it as much anymore but some time ago you could hear it in many Sveriges Radio stations uite regularly. I felt quite neutral about it at first but then grew to quite like it with time and at this point I ike it enough that I thought I’d share. Also as someone with weird sleep patterns, sleep paralysis and all sorts of things like that, I can oddly relate to these bits of the lyrics in quite a literal way as well, even though I guess she didn’t meant it to be taken literally when writing the lyrics, or whoever wrote them, haha. Alba August is half-Danish and half-Swedish and comes from a family who are famous in the world of film. Well, I’ve no idea about the world of film so I’m not really the right person to say if they’re famous or not, I’ve only first heard of them whenn I wanted to learn who Alba is, but they must be all talented and successful people. Her parents are directors Bille and Pernilla August. The screenwriters Anders and Adam August are her paternal half-brothers, and her sister Asta Östergren is an actress (interesting to me as name nerd what a strong liking for A names they seem to have 😀 ). Alba herself is an actress as well, actually I guess she’s more well-known as such but like I said I’ve no idea about film so I don’t really know, it just looks like she’s played in lots of films already and she’s only in her twenties. One of the major roles she played was Astrid in the biographical film Unga Astrid, about early life of Astrid Lindgren. 

Enya – “My! My! Time Flies!”

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   For today, I want to share with you a really cool and I guess most people would say quite unusual song by Enya, from her 2009 album Amarantine. I say it could be deemed unusual because it doesn’t really sound exactly like what comes to most people’s minds when they think Enya, neither musically nor lyrically. But it’s still absolutely congruent with the rest of the music on the album from which it comes from in my opinion and I like its slightly different feel. This song was born out of a conversation that Enya, Roma Ryan (Enya’s lyricist) and Nicky Ryan (Enya’s producer and manager) had about the late Jimmy Faulkner, one of most renowned Irish guitarists. It inspired Roma to write a song that would be sort of reminiscent of the flow of a conversation, going from one thing to another, to end up on something totally different from what you were talking about in the beginning. And the song is also dedicated to the aforementioned Jimmy Faulkner. There’s also references to a lot of other musicians in it, including Elvis Presley or B.B. King. I really like the bluesy guitar in this song, which is courtesy of another Irish guitarist, Pat Farrell. 

 

Sofia Talvik – “Aha-Aha”.

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   I told you yesterday that today I’d be sharing one more song by Sofia Talvik, and so here it is. This time however, it’s her original song, and unlike the two previous traditional, very folky songs, this one is Sofia’s original song and I think it reflects a lot more what Sofia’s music is like as a whole, as, like I already said when writing about her, she’s a lot more Americana than folk, also with some country leanings. I don’t really like or feel country, despite a lot of people think it has a lot of common ground with folk and in a way it certainly does as they both influence each other to an extent and overlap a bit, but as much as I love folk with all my brain, I think it’s fair to say that country is one of the genres that I like least. But there are some artists whose music I do like to listen to sometimes even though they are influenced by this genre or even stuff like bluegrass, more or less strongly, and Sofia Talvik is one of them, I guess because the Nordic vibe which is also strongly present in her music makes it a lot more digestible for me. 😀 And I actually really like the sound of this song. It comes from Sofia’s album BIg Sky Country, released in 2015, which was self-produced by Sofia under her own label Makaki Music, and most of the material on this album was also written by her alone. I believe this is one of her more popular songs. 

Enya – “So I Could Find My Way”.

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   For today, I’d like to share with you yet another song by Enya, from her most recent album Dark Sky Island. This emotional song, as Enya herself said in an interview, is dedicated to Nicky Ryan’s (who is Enya’s manager and producer) late mother, Mona. 

Sofia – “I Don’t Want to Lose a Friend”.

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   The song I’d like to share with you today comes from a young Norwegian singer called Sofia, and this was the first song by her that I’ve heard and instantly liked it, and I still like it a lot, it sounds just great as a whole. Sofia Hyttedalen is from Sandane, and is signed to a Norwegian label called Tooth Fairy. I think this song could be incredibly relatable to loads of people. 

Griff ft. Sigrid – “Head On Fire”.

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   We’ve had a lot of Celtic and/or Welsh music lately, and I thought that for the next few days, we’ll focus more on pop in this series, and I can already tell you that it will be pop oscillating somewhere around Norway. To start this of, I decided to share a single released this year which is the result of collaboration between two very prominent young pop singers – Griff and Sigrid – and which single has got a lot of attention and positive feedback. Sigrid is a singer to whom I’ve been listening for several years and I really like her and her music, she is from Norway and based in the UK and I’ve already shared one song by her last year called Don’t Kill My Vibe. Despite Griff seems to be a very successful artist – at least in her birth country – I don’t think I’ve been familiar with any other of her music, but it seems like I might like her so I’ll definitely be checking her out more thoroughly. I know now though that her full name is Sarah Griffiths, she is of Jamaican descent on her father’s side and Chinese on her mother’s side, and she grew up in Hertfordshire. While there definitely are songs by Sigrid that i like more than this one, I think this one is really cool as well. It sounds good as a whole and is definitely as catchy as a proper hit song should be, while at the same time sounding very interesting. 

Clannad – “Robin, the Hooded Man”.

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   Recently I shared with you a piece called Lady Marian from Clannad’s album Legend, which was the soundtrack for the Robin of Sherwood series, and today I thought I’d share another one, the most famous song from this soundtrack, and the title theme. 

Sody – “Whole”.

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   I heard this song for the first time earlier this week and I guess that first time it didn’t make any particular impression on me other than that I thought she had a very good vocal, but it’s been really stuck in my brain ever since, so I’ve listened to it a few more times and now I actually really like it, so thought I’d share it. I think I’ll be checking out more of Sody’s music as well. I already know though that she is from London, in her early twenties and has sung ever since she was a young girl, and she became popular after taking part in the British TeenStar contest. Her stage name comes from her full name which is Sophie Dyson. 

Celtic Woman – “Siúil a Rúin” (Go, My Love”.

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   Last month, I showed you the traditional and very frequently sung by all sorts of folk singers Irish tune called Siúil A Rúin by the famous Irish choral ensemble called Anúna. In that post I also explained a bit about the origins and background of the song. Today, I thought I’d share another version of this song, with a bit different lyrics, also from a probably even more popular Irish group that is Celtic Woman. Celtic Woman have actually recorded several different versions of this song, which is not uncommon for them since their line-up has changed a whole lot so they often re-make their old songs with new members. While it is undoubtedly the older version from their debut album, with Órla Fallon on vocals, that is more widely known and recognisable, today I chose to share with you the newer version, with Eabha McMahon as the vocalist. I can’t say which one I like more, but I chose this one because it has a more rootsy vibe and also I’ve already shared a lot of Órla’s music on here, while only one song with Eabha on vocals. As it happens, Eabha was also a member of Anúna as a young girl before she joined Celtic Woman. 

   Since this song is about a woman’s sorrow because of her lover departing to enlist in the army, listening to this song in this awful time gives me a really strange feeling and makes me see it from a different perspective, as I can’t help but think about all the Ukrainian women, also those many women who have fled here to Poland alone or with children while their men are fighting. Except I guess they have it a lot worse than this Irish lady from the song, because they not only must miss their men and wish to be with them but also worry about their lives, which she doesn’t seem to be concerned about so I guess he’s not actually fighting in a war, just simply chose a military career or something like that. 

Smith & Thell – “Cabin Out In Nowhere”.

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   Let’s listen to some Swedish pop today! This time, I’d like to share with you a song from a very popular Swedish duo, and they’re not just popular in Sweden but I suppose all around Europe, maybe even in America as well. I do know for sure that they have a loyal fan base in Poland. I personally don’t consider myself some huge fan of their music overall, it just doesn’t resonate with me quite as much as some other Swedish pop acts do, but still I do quite like them and some of their songs, like this one, in particular. Smith & Thell are two friends from Helsingborg in Scania – Maria Jane Smith and Victor Thell – who met as teenagers. They were also a couple for some time and I think it’s pretty cool that despite they are no longer together in this sense, they can still be friends and do business together. They are also known as songwriters for many famous artists like Jennifer Lopez or Ava Max.