This is a Good Day

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.

Morten in your front room

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.

TSASOTV

Here’s the acoustic version of a-ha’s only number 1 hit (I know, right?) The Sun Always Shines On TV. and featuring Ingrid Helene Håvik.

Yes, another track from the upcoming MTV Unplugged Summer Solstice album, out in early October.

The next week or so is going to be ridiculously busy for me and the clan, but I will endeavour to keep you updated with exciting news, quality content and several (or more) quota photos.

Keep up by following the 6000 miles… Facebook page and my Instagram.

This Is Our Home

New a-ha single from the upcoming acoustic album (MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice), which is out ever so soon now (October 6th).

There’s Morten, there’s a piano, there are violins and cellos – there’s even a harpsichord.

What’s not to like?

Unplugged

Herewith the album cover for a-ha’s MTV Unplugged session, recorded on pretty close to the Summer Solstice in north-western Norway. 

It’s due for release on 6th October and will feature two new songs: This Is Our Home and Break In The Clouds, along with nineteen acoustic versions of previous work.

Of course I’m looking forward to it. Why wouldn’t I be?