Busy day. Done lots. Achieved lots. But now tired, and leg hurts.
Stitches out tomorrow.
So, here’s a monochromatic acoustic lyric video from a-ha:
So much moss…
Because when life is just a bit of a struggle, it’s important to retreat to one’s happy place.
Smoky black and white images of Norwegian boathouses, coupled with that voice, seems to be mine.
I said it here.
And other people shared it here.
And now, just not quite a week later, it’s still happening. 😮
Isn’t he, though? Also:
Ag, I don’t know about “melting the internet”. That sounds a bit like when the internet “destroyed Donald Trump” (Spoiler: it didn’t).
But it’s great that the band are getting some more airtime. And it’s nice that people are enjoying the stuff that I enjoy. Some sort of affirmation that I’m vaguely relevant, I guess.
Meh. I’ll take it.
I’ve noticed that several friends on Facebook are – independently of any input from me – beginning to share this post around, and the comments have been unerringly positive.
It was just last week that I was waxing lyrical about the new a-ha MTV Unplugged album, and this is the final song from it. As you might expect, the band finish all their concerts with this song.
This is a rather different version of this song…
But you’ll still recognise it.
After a distinctly Karma Police first few bars, as you might expect, Morten simply nails the vocal over a beautifully different instrumental.
If you haven’t already heard it – this is your chance. 🙂
It makes me happy to learn that it’s not just me doing fanboy stuff. When a new version of a song from more than 30 years ago, sung by the same guys that did it back then, can still affect people this way – it has to be special.
I used to have Snoopy mug with that sentiment on it. But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about today being a Good Day. And the reason that today is a Good Day is because there is a new a-ha album out.
Now, I’ve been wracking my brains, but I can’t recall if I’ve ever mentioned on the blog that I’m a bit of a fan of the band. And right now, I don’t have time to check, because I’m listening to the new a-ha album that came out today.
After 10 studio albums and 4 previous live offerings, several (or more) compilations, a lot of B-sides, rarities, remasterings and the like, and over a timespan of more than 32 years, you might be forgiven for thinking that I’ve heard it all. And, in actual fact, I have (albeit that there are two new songs on the album).
And of course, Unplugged albums are nothing new. But, without wanting to sound over the top, this acoustic album offers me something so weirdly unfamiliar. A wholly different angle to songs that I’ve heard so very many times. The version of I’ve Been Losing You – a song 30 years old – had me with tears in my eyes this morning: the sheer approachability of the lyrics, harmonies and emotion in this form is breathtaking.
Of course, I’ll be listening to it non-stop for the next [time span], until I think that there’s nothing more to discover. And then I’ll go away for a bit, before coming back and hopefully discovering a bit more.
But for this morning at least, every track is a completely new adventure and I couldn’t be happier.
This is a Good Day.
Or anywhere else, actually!
Remember the groundbreaking video for a-ha’s Take On Me? Of course you do – it was groundbreaking – the best video of the 1980s. Way up there in the Top Ten best music videos ever. Really good and groundbreaking.
Now, Augmented Reality buffs at Trixi Studios have made that very same video come alive in someone’s living room:
Look how real life dives in and out of pencil-sketched life. Just like in the original video. They’ve even managed to get those nasty thugs with their pipe wrenches into the mix.
AR has many wonderful applications, but putting us into our favourite popular music videos was one that I hadn’t really considered until now.