Sunday, September 17, 2017

Thoughts on Virtual ABBA Tour

(This is mostly a rant about how the news seems to be messing up their reports on the virtual ABBA thing, but they're my thoughts so I'm sharing them.)

So a lot of news has been coming out about the Digital ABBA thing that was released late last year I believe.  It's going to be a live show with a live band and stuff, but with ABBA as virtual avatars or holograms or something like that.  The show seems very promising to me and I couldn't be more excited!  Also my theory about them using audio from the 1977 tour seems to be correct, so I'm quite happy about that. I'm a bit sad that there probably won't be a way of holding the member's hands like ABBA had done while performing live (reaching down and holding fans' hands, etc), but nevertheless, I think this is one of the best things that has been released so far and it gives fans of the later generation, like me, a chance to see ABBA "performing" live.

One thing that has me very confused and a little bit annoyed is the news reports that keep on giving misleading information, like "ABBA gets together for a reunion tour" and "ABBA are reuniting in 2018", etc.  In all the videos and articles I've read about this, it seems quite apparent that ABBA are not reuniting. They're just being put in digital form to give a recreation of an ABBA concert.  The four members are not getting back together and reuniting the band to perform in front of a live audience.  It's all virtual. There's a difference here and for some reason news sites don't get that.  But whatever, at least the news is being shared and is causing a lot of hype.

Another thing I find a bit interesting is when reports say that the ABBA members haven't worked together since they broke up in 1982.  Though they never publicly performed as ABBA ever again, there are numerous occasions where the four have sang together.  We mustn't forget the performance of the song Tivedshambo in 1986.  That was 4 years after the band broke up.  They were all working and singing together then, am I right?  At private parties throughout the years, the ABBA members have been reported to have performed a song or two, very much like what happened at Bjorn and Benny's private party last year.  The only reason why Agnetha and Frida's recent performance seems so special is because someone managed to record it and put it up for everyone else, which we're all grateful for. :) 

In one of the news articles I read, it said about Agnetha and Frida's performance of "The Way Old Friends Do" isn't considered a reunion to real ABBA fans.  As I've mentioned in a lot of posts, my definition of an ABBA reunion is where the ABBA members all get together at some place and stand close to each other, unlike the way it was at the Mamma Mia! movie premiere where the members were all standing at quite a distance from each other.  they don't even have to sing, they just need to be together all at the same time and next to each other.  And that happened already, twice: In January 2016 at the Mamma Mia! the Party opening and at Bjorn and Benny's party.  So I'm satisfied and definitely consider Agnetha and Frida's performance a reunion.

Despite all the negative points I brought up (which are mostly about the news and not about the actual digital tour), I'm very excited for the Virtual ABBA tour in 2019 and can't wait to hear more news about it!  And I hope, hope, hope, that I will be able to witness ABBA's holographic forms performing 'live' with my own eyes. :D

Monday, August 21, 2017

300 subscribers!

I just checked my YouTube channel and was surprised to see that I have reached 300 subscribers! :O  Thank you so much to all 300 of you for subscribing to my channel which I rarely ever use anymore - though I did just upload another speedpaint video, so go check it out if you like.  Thank you again for getting me to another milestone on my channel, and I hope to bring more videos for you guys soon! <3

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Piano

Benny is releasing a new album on September 29th called Piano. I must say, I am very excited for this CD since Benny's taking ABBA songs, as well as many other songs from various projects he and Bjorn have worked on, and performing them solo on the piano and I think it's absolutely lovely.  :)  I hope to be able to get this album for myself and I'm sure everyone's going to enjoy it!




Tracklist:

1. I Let The Music Speak

2. You And I

3. Aldrig

4. Thank You For The Music

5. Stockholm By Night

6. Chess

7. The Day Before You Came

8. Someone Else’s Story

9. Midnattsdans

10. Målarskolan

11. I Wonder (Departure)

12. Embassy Lament

13. Anthem

14. My Love, My Life

15. Mountain Duet

16. Flickornas rum

17. Efter regnet

18. Tröstevisa

19. En skrift i snön

20. Happy New Year

21. I gott bevar






Friday, August 18, 2017

Thank you Eleonore!

Today I received a surprise package in the mail from my best friend ABBAFan Seventies. :)  Inside were several gifts, among them a wonderful, emotional poem written by Eleonore, and four singles:  Super Trouper/The Piper, Does Your Mother Know/ Kisses Of Fire, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)/The King Has Lost His Crown, and my first non-ABBA single (ABBA related nonetheless), Never Again/Just For The Fun.  I'm absolutely thrilled to have these four singles as well as the lovely poetry book, thank you so much Eleonore! <3 








Friday, July 28, 2017

La question c'est voulez-vous

At a recent convention that I attended (honestly the best convention I've attended so far!), there was a vendor selling many vintage records, calendars, and the like, most of them from his own collection I'm pretty sure.  While looking through one of the boxes containing records, I found Voulez-Vous, available for only $1! :D At first I didn't think I should get it since I don't really have a way of using it other than have it on display (we do have a record player but I don't know how to use it xD ), but it's an ABBA album that is one of my favorites, and it was only one dollar!  So, I bought it and I couldn't be happier. :D



The ABBA dolls with my new album. :)

I'm very happy with the condition that the album came in.  I don't know much about the sound quality because I can't test that out at the moment, but the case itself looks to be really good.  (I accidentally broke the casing a little bit when trying to take photos, but it's nothing a little glue can't fix.)

Lyrics. :D


Side 1
Side 2
 So that's the album and I'm really happy that I got it.  :D  I feel like I should've looked for more ABBA records while I was there, but I have a feeling that if I found more I would've gotten them all (which isn't entirely a bad thing xD)!