Tuesday, May 07, 2013
abba the museum
Today was the grand opening of the much awaited ABBA museum in Stockholm. I totally plan a visit as soon as possible, the entrance ticket is pretty steep but I hope and think the overall experience is worth it.
The museum is cashless and I have to say I find the reason for that both intriguing and appealing. The museum also holds the Swedish Music Hall of Fame.
The ABBA phenomen is something I'm deeply, truly proud of is Swedish. Clever, amazing, great, influential music that also played a big part of my childhood.
I remember sitting in the backseat of the car with my cassette player - remember there was such a thingy? Yes, there was music way before CDs, iPods, Spotify and such - on loud singing along to ABBA tapes. My parents endured many such car rides, poor things. Me and my best friend played Agnetha and Frida and lip-synched to ABBA songs at the weekly "roliga timmen" (= the happy hour, no alcohol involved) at school. My room's walls were taped with ABBA posters and I collected all sorts of memorabilia and glued articles into scrap books.
I had friends in Belgium and Germany who, unlike me, where hardcore fans and regularly visited Sweden, the Polar studio and, admittedly, lurked around Agnetha's home.
Mamma Mia! is one of my favourite movies, proving that the music of ABBA is very much still alive and just as life affirming now as it was then, maybe even more so.
My no1 favourite ABBA song is still "The day before you came" (oh the gorgeous melancholy).
What's your relationsship with ABBA?
Your favourite ABBA moment?
Your favourite ABBA song?