Song for a sunny Sunday morning

It’s a bright, sunny Sunday morning out there and I have just the song to get me in the mood to get up and get out and enjoy the day…

Le Kid were one of the entries in this year’s Melodifestivalen that immediately struck a cord with me. Happy, fun pop that was full of life and a cheeky attitude. And they looked fantastic on stage. I also saw them at this year’s Stockholm Pride and they were terrific live.

Le Kid at Pride 2011

Le Kid in action at Stockholm Pride 2011

They have a brand new album called “Oh, Alright!” just released in Sweden. It can be ordered and sent anywhere around the world from Bengans:

Le Kid Oh Alright

Le Kid's amazing album "Oh Alright!"

ABBA DRUNKS

abba drunks

Like father, like son?

I can only say it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. Of course not so nice that son Ludwig was turned into a drunk as well. Ah well, since they have billions of dollars it won’t be a problem.

ABBA Benny is a drunk

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Stockholm Tonight

If you’re ever planning to visit Stockholm, you must go during the summer. The city is more beautiful than you could imagine and the citizens come to life for just a few short months each year. In fact, everyone goes just a little crazy because they know they only have this short time to fully live in the sun before the winter and the short days and long, cold nights return.

Stockholm, by night, in summer is magical. A walk through the old town and around Stockholm harbour at night is something you’ll never forget.

Swedish singer Peter Jöback’s song “Stockholm Tonight” (or “Stockholm By Night” if you prefer) captures a just a small part of the magic. My best friend Yoda did this wonderful English translation of the song for his website, Twist In The Dark, and it includes links explaining all the places and people mentioned in the song.

Oh, did I mention just a few weeks ago I was in Stockholm? It was summer. It was beautiful. And I walked around the city at night, I had my own “Stockholm Tonight” experiences.

It’s a love song to a city I dearly love.

I hang up and run out without locking the door
I’m on Götgatan [a street on Södermalm]
The wind always seems to be blowing here by Skatteskrapan
It feels as if the whole sky is falling down

I hurry further northward through the night
I remember that it was here at Medborgarplatsen
That Anna Lindh gave her last speech
It was September 2003

The same year we met sometime at Gondolen
Then we saw each other again and I yearned so
There was something in the air that autumn
There was fog and light and the voices

I see the grime and the darkness in Gamla Stan
Sense the scent of fear from Stureplan
And I just want to cry
So beautiful is Stockholm tonight

And I walk along Skeppsbron and lean into the wind
It seems to rain now, I dry my cheek
And the boats lie in the water
I suppose that they long to get away from here

I am at Norrmalmstorg, I think about Clark Olofsson
So many chances, why didn’t he ever take any of them?
And the same thing with me, it is so easy to stay behind
So hard to go

And I remember that I saw you at Bern’s Terrace
And I thought about everything I could have had
And I thought about the life I had lived and I regret most of it
How did it get like this?

I see Strandvägen stretching ahead, satisfied and happy
I see the blue lights flicker atop Södermalm
I just want to cry
So beautiful is Stockholm tonight

I see the grime and the darkness in Gamla Stan
Sense the scent of fear from Stureplan
And I just want to cry
So beautiful is Stockholm tonight

And you finally rang and I rushed out
All the years, all the dreams about happy endings
Is it finally going to happen in Stockholm tonight?

In Riche, Lilla Baren is full and cosy
And I feel a hand take hold of my arm
And I just want to cry
So beautiful is life tonight

I see the grime and the darkness in Gamla Stan
Sense the scent of fear from Stureplan
And I just want to cry
So beautiful is Stockholm tonight

I see Strandvägen stretching ahead, satisfied and happy
I see the blue lights flicker atop Södermalm
I just want to cry
So beautiful is Stockholm tonight

Tonight

Tonight