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 … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2015 #2

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 … Continue reading Christmas Music and Sweden

Signs of Christmas in Sydney

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 … Continue reading Christmas Musik

Meeting Magnus Carlsson at Golden Times in Stockholm

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 … Continue reading Meeting Magnus

Magnus Carlsson from Youtube

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 … Continue reading You know it’s Christmas in a week and a day…

Disco on Parramatta Road, Lewisham

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 … Continue reading Disco Ball

Absinthe Bar at The Clarion in Gavle

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 … Continue reading Gävle och Sandviken