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 →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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