Song of the day (25th January) – Monica Törnell – “Faster Fantasis Visa” (Aunt Fantasy’s Song”.

Hey guys! 🙂

I’d like to introduce you to a singer that I know quite well pretty much since I’ve become familiar with Cornelis Vreeswijk. Some of her music I like, some not so much, but for sure, her career and Cornelis’ were closely related, because Cornelis Vreeswijk was the one who discovered her in the 1970’s.

Monica Törnell is from Hälsingland, and enjoyed singing since an early age. As a young girl, she was singing at the opening of a restaurant of her father, and Cornelis was passing by and heard her. He liked her voice and somehow from there it has started, he helped Monica to develop her career and she also toured with him for a bit and featured on one of his albums. She was very popular in Sweden in the following years, until at some point, about 20 years after the beginning of her singing career, she started having serious health issues like myasthenia gravis so had to step away from singing. However she did release her newest album some… 2 years ago, I believe. Her voice is very characteristic, right now as she is older she doesn’t sound as good in my opinion, but there are people who like her nowadays voice even more. When she was younger, she had really wide vocal range, and her vocal abilities as well as the sound of her voice and also her style a little bit, remind me very strongly of Janis Joplin, though maybe it’s just me. Her music is a sort of blending of folk, pop and rock and sounds quite characteristically of 70’s-80’s. Monica has also been very good at drawing and painting since childhood, and she does paint still.

I was wondering for a long time which song of her I wanted to share with you because I have quite a few favourites, but I didn’t want the language to be too big a bareer – as most of her songs are in Swedish. – The one I chose finally is also in Swedish, but I think it shouldn’t be difficult for me to describe to you what it is about so you can have a clear idea.

The song is called “Faster Fantasis Visa” and I’ve always thought that it sounds like from some sort of an old children’s programme, and it seems like I had a surprisingly good hunch because, well, yes, it is! I couldn’t find much info on it other than the programme was one of the first children’s programmes in the Swedish television and started out in the 50’s, and was called “Humle och Dumle”, and I believe Faster Fantasi (Aunt Fantasy) must just be one of the characters, but, apart from what’s in the song, I didn’t find any info about her.

I like her because she’s kinda like me. 😀 From the song we know that her full name is Eva Britta Karin Katarina. She sounds like an extremely refined and experienced person. She’s been to India, China, Sahara, Italy (twice actually), London, Vienna, Argentina, Yugoslavia, England, Netherlands, Pakistan, New Zealand, Göteborg, Moscow, Copenhagen, Berlin… all around the world virtually as you can see… but – she adds – “I’ve never been outside my door, because I travel in fantasy”. Ain’t that so very cool?! 🙂

Question of the day.

What is a book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

My answer:

“Harry Potter”, “Twilight” and other trendy stuff that people get mad about. I just don’t feel it one bit. I tried convincing myself to “Twilight” but I actually really dislike books about vampires they are so odd and I just don’t see what’s so appealing about them. Especially about the romance part, ugh, a vampire like Edward Cullen is certainly not my type of a guy. One thing is I simply don’t like most of the fantasy genre, so it’s just boring for me. And another is that if everyone seems to love something, I will most likely dislike it. 😀 That’s just how I am. There are exceptions, but I won’t like something, or even I won’t usually read something, just because everyone else does.

What is such book for you? 🙂

Elona Planman – “Fri” (Free).

Hi guys! 🙂

The song I have for you today is from a Swedish singer ELona Planman, who is my new discovery, and I must say I really really really love the lyrics of this song. Her lyrics are generally very thought-provoking, I read that her style is compared to Cornelis Vreeswijk’s, among others, and yes, it’s very visible, because she also writes in this sort of critical way, critical towards various phenomena in the society and things that are going on in our times and that others could call sensitive or tabu or controversial or that they shouldn’t be talked about, and just like Vreeswijk she’s very perceptive, but without Vreeswijk’s very sarcastic feel. Also her music is sort of rock or punk, but with some folk motives, which can also resemble Vreeswijk, who was always making something on the borderline between rock/blues and folk. Yet Elona Planman’s musical style is at the same time utterly different, and just her own.

This song, very basically, is like a monologue of the imagination/fantasy, saying that whatever people will do to her, threaten her, inprison her, attack her friends, etc. they can’t really do anything to her, because she’s everywhere, and she’s free, because her name is imagination.

This is striking and so true. That no matter what people may do to you, no matter what kind of circumstances you are in, you still have the power of your imagination (and the power of your brain as we are at it). I so agree with it. And I just love how simple and true it is. It reminds me about that Vreeswijk’s song I shared with you a while ago – “Vaggvisa För Bim, Cornelis Och Alla Andra Människor På Jorden” – where he wrote that people are only free while they are sleeping. Only that “Fri” has a stronger and less “poetic” feel than “Vaggvisa För Bim…”.