Ida Redig / Alexander Rybak – “Visa Vid Vindens Ängar” (A Song At The Wind’s Meadows).

Here’s another kind of poetic cover sung by Ida Redig. The song was originally written and sung by Mats Paulson in the 60’s, and is quite a classic example of a visa, visa is a Swedish sort of ballad, it’s a bit like a separate Scandinavian music genre. This is a summer visa, and it has a very lullaby-ish feel to it, which I like. But apart from the version by Ida Redig, which is again quite different from the original, I’m also going to show you another one that I like even more than hers, and it is Alexander Rybak’s version. Alexander Rybak is the guy who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, he has Belarussian parents but lives in Norway, he sings and plays fiddle, and he sang the song “Fairytale” at the Eurovision. I really like him, and even more so does Zofijka. Alexander’s version is more similar to the original, as well as longer than Ida Redig’s. It comes from his album, which is also called “Visa Vid Vindens Ängar”, and the album is entirely in Swedish, which is fun since his mother tongue is Norwegian. I’ve heard people saying that they don’t like that he has such a strong Norwegian accent on here, but I think it’s very nice! I also have the lyrics for you.

 

There goes a wind across the wind’s meadows

A curtain of tulle flaps

And I shall write a summer song

With sun and smell of flowers in the melody

I wanted to sing about Katarina

To wooden flutes and cymbal

But the tones of the wind become summer songs

I only listen in the birch leaves hall

There goes a wind across the wind’s meadows

A curtain of tulle flaps

And I shall write a summer song

With sun and smell of flowers in the melody

There goes a girl in the aspen grove

I have a yellowed photography

With the years she became a dream, a saga

A lonely wanderer’s sympathy

I wanted to write a little song

Where instants become eternity

But words become mute and tones deaf

And the song’s thought secret

There goes a girl in the aspen grove

I have a yellowed photography

With the years she became a dream, a saga

A lonely wanderer’s sympathy

There goes a wind across the wind’s meadows

A curtain of tulle flaps

And I shall write a summer song

With sun and smell of flowers in the melody

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Kent – “Den Sista Sången” (The Last Song).

I thought I’d share some more Swedish music with you. Not that there hasn’t been much of it so far, but there could always be some more, that’s my point of view. 😀 And for a while, I’m gonna particularly focus on Swedish pop.

The band I’m going to show you today is extremely popular in Sweden and in whole Scandinavia. That’s a huge downside, and that’s why I wasn’t familiar with their music at all for years after I heard about their existence. Even the way I learnt about them was quite peculiar, it was via my Swedish textbook, well, if you see a band’s name in a standard textbook it must be hugely popular and you have to live under a rock, or not speak Swedish, to not know them. Now I’m not much more knowledgeable, because I only know some of their songs, just a few, but I must say it sounds better than I’d expect from such a famous band. I’m not crazy about them, but they are definitely OK> They changed their style frequently throughout their existence but it’s like pop, alternative rock, or indie rock, or synth pop… something like that. The band doesn’t exist anymore, and I want to show you the song from their last album, which is nomen omen called “Den Sista Sången” – The Last Song. – The album was released in 2016 and soon afterwards they announced their departure. After many many years. They were on the Swedish scene since the 90’s. And this is actually their song that I like the most out of those I know, again, not crazy about it, but quite like it. I also have the lyrics for you, because of course such a famous Swedish band does have their lyrics translated to English, unlike many others.

 

Your sun-warmed hands

Cool pacific winds played in your hair

I remember it as if it was yesterday

We drove through Malibu

When it finally became spring

It would be a chilly night

It would be a slow fall

And you smiled through freckles

With tears in the eyes

 

Everything was in the eyes

Everything is in the eyes

 

We left bloodstains in the tracks

But in the memory blowing winds

Your wayfarers in your hair

You cried sun-warmed tears

Courtney sang about Malibu

And everything could have been ours

It will be a chilly night

It will be a lonely night

But I would not change anything

Even if I had known that this was

 

The last time, the last

time we met

The last song, the last

song you get

The last time, the last

time we met

This is the last song, the last

song you get

 

We took the car to Roosevelt to get the kids

Before the winter holidays

They stood in a line

They sang in a choir

It felt like they sang for us

One very last song

We are on the run again both you and I

We come from somewhere else

than where we are right now

Oh they sang for us

One last time

One last song

They sang for us

 

The stars are up

one fell down

and flew away

Flew away

 

This is the last time,

the last time we meet

The last song

the last song I give you

The last time

The last time

We meet

The last song, the last song

I give you

Song of the day (5th October) Morgan Sulele ft. BLVCK O – “Noora”.

Hi guys. 🙂

A bit mainstream thing now. Well I actually don’t know if Morgan Sulele’s music is popuar or mainstream in Norway where he lives, but it does feel pretty mainstream to me, I like it though, ’cause as I said many times before, it’s not like I only listen to very out there things. I think this song is really nice.

Ifan Dafydd ft. Alys Williams – Llonydd (Still).

Hi. 🙂

Here’s another song from Alys Williams and Ifann Dafydd of those two I promised you. As I said, I really like them both, don’t know which one I prefer. As for the word llonydd, from what I know it means still, as in quiet, peaceful.

Song of the day (3rd October) – Iiris Viljanen ft. Isabel Neib – L”Ljuset Själv” (The Light Itself).

Recently I shared with you a song by Frida Andersson, who is a Swedish-speaking Finn, and I told you how I find Finnish accent cute and funny. Really, as much as I love to hear the proper Swedish from Stockholm, I absolutely enjoy hearing Finnish Swedish as well. There is just something so distinguishing about it that I like. So here’s another Swedish-speaking Finn from Österbotten – Iiris Viljanen. She used to be a member in a Finnish band Vasas Flora Och Faun, now she’s doing her solo career, besides from being a singer-songwriter, she’s also a pianist. This song she sings with Isabel Neib (she doesn’t seem to be Finnish), and I think they sound good together. Iiris also makes rap music, in her local dialect fromÖsterbotten, which sounds very interesting as well.

Song of the day (2nd October) – Ifan Dafydd ft. Alys Williams – “Celwydd” (Lie).

Hi guys. 🙂

I’m very sorry I didn’t finish the 3 Day Lyric Challenge, I was feeling very crappy physically yesterday and am still not doing very well, and just wasn’t feeling like writing anything at all. So instead my song for yesterday is from ALys Williams. If you’re with me since some longer time you may remember her from my previous song of the day posts, I shared with you her performance in The Voice, as well as other songs she’s made in both English and Welsh. This is a bit different, because even the genre of this song is definitely different. All the previous songs by Alys I’ve shown you were kinda pop or rock(ish) stuff, she has done also some folk music, but this is made in collaboration with a Welsh electronic musician – Ifan Dafydd. He has made two songs with Alys as the vocalist. I’m gonna show you both of them, the second one will be probably tomorrow. This one is called “Celwydd”, which, according to what I’ve read, means “lie” in Welsh. I’m not really sure because actually I’ve heard that lie is gorwedd in Welsh, but maybe that’s just a synonym, or something like this. Anyway, I really like this. I think Alys’s vocals make this very interesting to listen to.

Hope you enjoy. 🙂

3 Day Lyric Challenge – day one – Ider – You’ve Got Your Whole Life Ahead Of You Baby.

Finally I’m getting to do this challenge!

Over a month ago I was nominated by

Ghostmmnc

for Three Day Lyric Challenge. Thank you again so much.

However, as my loyal readers know, I was unable to write it for nearly the whole month of September because of my laptop being fixed.

And when I finally got it, I started to wonder, what to share with you guys as part of this challenge. ‘Cause, obviously, as you can easily see, I listen to a whole lot of music, and it often has very interesting lyrics imo. But so often it is in other languages! And there are so often no translations available! And often even if I know what the lyrics generally are about, I don’t feel competent enough to make a translation myself, especially that English isn’t my native language. And even English music that I listen to, is often so niche that you might not find any lyrics at times. SO yeah, that was a bit tricky. But finally, I’ve got some ideas. So here we go:

   Rules:

 

1 Thank the person who nominated you.

2 Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.

3 Nominate three other bloggers each day.

So the song I have today for you is just sooo much about me right now! Because, just as the person speaking in this song, and just as those two girls of the band Ider, I’m in my twenties,and having more or less the same dilemmas.

Ider is an English band, consisting of two roommates from London, and they’re undoubtedly very talented girls, and having always very interesting and thought-provoking lyrics.

   Ider – “You’ve GOt Your Whole Life Ahead Of You, Baby” – lyrics.

[Verse 1]

I’m in my 20s

So I panic in every way

I’m so scared of the future

I keep missing today

How did you do it?

How did it turn out alright?

I swear it’s always easier back then

Or is it just hindsight?

 

[Chorus]

They keep telling me

“You’ve got your whole life ahead of you, baby

Don’t worry, don’t stress, do your best”

What if that doesn’t save me?

They say “If I could go back and do it again

I would’ve wasted all my money

Would’ve slept with all my friends” but you didn’t

‘Cause you had your whole life ahead of you, baby

 

[Verse 2]

I don’t dare shut my eyes

I don’t wanna miss a thing

I don’t wanna let you down

I don’t wanna disappoint me

I won’t stop looking at others

Thinking that’s where I should be

I’m trying to enjoy myself, love myself

Who the fuck is myself?

 

[Chorus]

But they keep telling me

“You’ve got your whole life ahead of you, baby

Don’t worry, don’t stress, do your best”

What if that doesn’t save me?

They say “If I could go back, if I was still young

I would’ve cared less, made more mistakes to learn from”

But you didn’t ’cause you had your whole life ahead of you, baby

 

[Bridge]

How did you make it work out? Don’t tell me you faked it

Should I be changing it now or am I too late?

Could just be me or maybe our generation

Still they say “Be patient, it’s all meant to be

You’ve got your whole life ahead of you, baby

You’ve got your whole life ahead of you, baby”

 

[Chorus]

They say “If I could go back and do it again

I would’ve wasted all my money

Would’ve slept with all my friends” but you didn’t

‘Cause you had your whole life ahead of you, baby

 

[Outro]

They say “If I could go back and do it again, do it again…”

They say “If I could go back and do it again…”

 

   My nominees:

Lauren at

A Gentlewoman And A Scholar,

Laura at

All The Shoes I Wear

and Astrid at

A Multitude Of Musings

Hope you will enjoy this song. 🙂