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Magnus Carlsson
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Melodifestivalen 2015 #2

I’m quite a fan of the Swedish pop singer, Magnus Carlsson. To be precise, Magnus who was in Swedish pop bands Barbados and Alcazar, not Magnus Carlson (one “s”) who was in Swedish indie band, “Weeping Willows”. I even met him once, briefly, at a bar in Stockholm (see photo below). Although his obsession with recording Christmas albums is something […]

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Christmas Music and Sweden

Over the last few years I’ve written a couple of blog posts about the proliferation of of “Christmas Music” on the Swedish pop charts at this time of the year. The first post was in 2009 when I mentioned that… One of my colleagues, half-Australian/half-Swedish, asked me today if I had any Swedish Christmas music she could borrow. “Of course I do”, I told her, promising to bring some in to work. She said she was feeling a little homesick. I don’t quite understand why “Christmas Music” is so popular in Sweden. Perhaps it’s the snow? In the same way that we so strongly associate this time of the year with summer, perhaps the Swedes, with their dramatically contrasting weather, […]

Signs of Christmas in Sydney
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Christmas Musik

When it comes to public opinion, “Christmas Music” can be a real conversation divider. There’s a radio discussion forum I participate in , for example, which seems evenly divided at the moment by those who quite like or are indifferent to “Christmas Music” and those who absolutely loathe it. I must admit years ago I fell into the latter camp. […]

Meeting Magnus Carlsson at Golden Times in Stockholm
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Meeting Magnus

Over the last five years or so I’ve become quite a fan of the Swedish singer, Magnus Carlsson. Not to be confused with Magnus Carlson (one s, not two) from the band, “Weeping Willows”, it’s the dance band and pop singer that I really like. I first became aware of him when he was a member of Alcazar. Though the […]

Magnus Carlsson from Youtube
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You know it’s Christmas in a week and a day…

You know it’s christmas in a week and a day and I just can’t figure out what to give away So I just wrap myself in paper for you baby “Wrap myself in paper” by Magnus Carlsson has been my favourite “Christmas song” for the last few years. I discovered it at about the time I discovered the broader Magnus […]

Disco on Parramatta Road, Lewisham
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Disco Ball

I thought for a moment I was in a Swedish disco tonight. I’d just left the Lewisham Hotel which is my regular Wednesday night venue with friends. As I walked towards the bus, I’d put my headphones on, and was listening to some Magnus Carlsson, one of my favourite Swedish pop singers. It was one of his louder disco numbers […]

Absinthe Bar at The Clarion in Gavle
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Gävle och Sandviken

I was almost late for the ABBA tribute concert tonight in Sandviken, near Gavle, north of Uppsala in Sweden. As much as I love ABBA, this wasn’t, however, the attraction to move out of Stockholm for a couple of days. Rather, I was keen to see one of the participants, Magnus Carlsson. I discovered Magnus when he became a member […]

The grand finale
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Artister spelar för livet

My love of Swedish pop music actually predates ABBA. Even though I didn’t know it was Swedish at the time, one of my earliest favourite songs was “Hooked On A Feeling” by the band, “Blue Swede” featuring Björn Skifs. I only discovered the Swedish link when Björn appeared in “Chess” the musical by Björn and Benny from ABBA, and I […]

Magnus Carlsson playing at Patricia, Stockholm during Europride 2008.
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Swedish Concerts

There’s a fabulous new clip on Youtube of Helen Sjöholm singing “You Have To Be There” from the musical Kristina. It’s a song I first became aware of in the mid 90s as a the Swedish song “Du Måste Finnas”, literally, “You Must Exist”. It’s in the musical – based on the Vilhelm Moberg books – about a group of […]

Sanna Shirley och Sonja
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Jul Musik

One of my colleagues, half-Australian/half-Swedish, asked me today if I had any Swedish Christmas music she could borrow. “Of course I do”, I told her, promising to bring some in to work. She said she was feeling a little homesick. I don’t quite understand why “Christmas Music” is so popular in Sweden. Perhaps it’s the snow? In the same way […]

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It’s Christmas in a week and a day…

The jolly season is aproaching fast Giving us a reason to be happy at last I just wanna give you The best that I have got And it’s yours to keep Waiting under the tree You know it’s christmas in a week and a day and I just can’t figure out what to give away So I just wrap myself in paper for you baby And then the christmas is past and long gone away I’ll be right in your arms with a card that says That I love you – Merry christmas to you baby We’re far from strangers You’ve got a special glow When we’re making angels in the beautiful snow I just wanna give you the love […]

Magnus Carlsson from Youtube
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Best Swedish Christmas Song Ever?

Swedish class was a lot of fun tonight. It’s two weeks since I’ve been due to holidays and just not feeling like it last week, but things still went okay. I was anxious about the class due to the homework which was an exercise involving reflexive pronouns and reflexive verbs. My goodness, I didn’t know what they were in English, […]

Dansbandskampen - the dancers
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Dansbandskampen

So how did I spend my 44th birthday? Well it was a Monday, so I went to work, and dealt with some of the more mundane aspects of my job. And then after work, a couple of colleagues and I went out for a drink (or three). Then I came home to watch Dansbandskampen, a Swedish television program. It’s a […]

Magnus Carlsson Christmas Album
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Loud Headphones

“Oh God, what have I been listening to?” was my response when I realised on the bus tonight the headphone plug on my phone was loose, and that I had been giving everyone else a taste of my musical collection. It was then I realised I’d been on a Magnus Carlsson “fest”. Magnus is a Swedish pop star who was […]

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Love Life by Alcazar

At the risk of boring you with more Swedish pop, here’s min favouriter at the moment. I’ve loved the song for ages, but have only just discovered this clip on the youtube thingy… Rest assured, the song is in English. In the introduction Magnus Carlsson from Alcazar basically says here’s a song from England, and it’s from their new album and single, and it’s written by Pet Shop Boys… To be honest, it’s all a bit two gay boys dancing at the Midnight Shift (too old for Stonewall) with female friends somewhere vaguely in the background dancing along. This is especially at the end where there’s some pseudo male to male flirting going on between Magnus and Andreas. Where are […]

Cranberry, Raspberry and Strawberry herbal infusion
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Sunday Before Christmas

It’s Sunday night and I’m having a cup of tea of sorts. Well, not so much a cup of a tea, more a herbal infusion, whatever that means. And even though it’s called a “herbal” infusion I’m sure it can’t be all that healthy. I mean, it tastes so good, it couldn’t possibly be healthy. Five months ago I was […]

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