Tuesday, October 08, 2019

The King Has Lost His Crown

I recently finished Bjorn's outfit from the 1978 costumes that I've been working on recreating.  Compared to the second version of the outfit (I unfortunately have no pictures of the first version, probably for a good reason, haha), the new one came out amazing, especially the details on the front of the jacket.  Sewing on beads definitely looks a lot better than the glued on sequins.

 Honestly, I'm not 100% happy with the end result, mostly because I have no good, close up pictures of all the details. So I kinda had to make up the design on his belt....  But it's not bad. :3
Version #2
Version #3
Anyways, you can out check out my sewing blog for a more detailed post.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Summer Night City

I've finished another ABBA doll outfit, this time Frida's outfit from 1978.  I actually finished Frida's outfit before I did Agnetha's, just I was missing one last piece for her outfit and it would bother me to put it up before finishing that, so...  Here it is now. :D

The second version of the outfit I ever made.  I had the concept right, I just wasn't very good at sewing so it came out kinda bad.  It's decent, but it's not the best thing in the world.
The new one.
Check out my sewing blog for a more detailed post on how I made Frida's outfit. :3

Friday, September 20, 2019

Bjorn wearing his old ABBA Costumes

Last night was either the opening or some event to celebrate the opening of the new Mamma Mia! the Party restaurant in London.  Bjorn and Benny were there, and for fun, Bjorn decided to come out wearing his outfit from the 1977 tour, and it was really nice seeing him in it again. (He mentioned the last time he wore it was 42 years ago in Perth, 1977, but he also wore it in April of 1978 for a photoshoot and November of 1978 in Japan... :3 ). 

This isn't the first time Bjorn has worn his old ABBA costumes, and that's something I love about him.  :)  Seeing as he's done this a few times now, I thought it would be a great opportunity to make a little compilation post.

In 2008, at the ABBA Fan club event, they played a video where Bjorn was wearing his old Waterloo costume.



 Then in 2014, for a TV show called Welcome to Sweden, Bjorn put on his white jumpsuit from the 1979 tour, as well as a jacket that he seems to have only one once before in Edmonton.




Then in 2018, Bjorn made an appearance on the show Better Late Than Never, wearing his white overalls from 1975.




And finally, from last night, Bjorn wore his 1977 Tour outfit.



Monday, September 09, 2019

If It Wasn't For The Nights

I haven't made any new ABBA doll costumes since switching up my dolls' bodies, so I decided that should change and finally got around to making another set of outfits.  I'm still working on Frida, Bjorn, and Benny's outfits, but so far I've finished Agnetha's outfit, so I thought I'd share. :)

These outfits are from 1978, and while ABBA only wore them for a little bit at the end of the year and a little bit in early 1979, they are some of my favorite ABBA outfits. :)  This is my third time remaking these outfits, and I am a lot happier with the way they turned out this time around.
My second attempt of this costume from 2012.  The first one I've never shared on here before I don't think, but let's just say it's bad.

New and improved. :)
For a more detailed post on this, be sure to check out my sewing blog: Sew Amazing.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

7000 Subscribers

Wow, I never ever expected to have so many followers, let alone 7,000 subscribers.  I feel so lucky, honored, happy that thousands of people are watching my videos and decide to subscribe to my channel.  My YouTube Channel has always been something I do for fun in my spare time, and the fact that people actually care about it is mind blowing!  Thank you all so much for caring about my channel and for enjoying my work.  I really appreciate it. <3

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Lip-syncing

I've had the idea for this post for quite a while , was going to make a YouTube video on it for my channel, but decided that I'd do a lot better doing it as a blog post, so here it is. :3

Throughout the 70s and 80s, ABBA have performed on numerous TV shows.  On some occasions, they would perform live, but most of the time they would "lip-sync" or "mime" to the studio recordings.  While it was a thing back then for artists to do this, I for some reason have a problem with the idea that ABBA would only lip-sync and not put any effort into their performances.

ABBA are perfectionists.  When they'd perform live on tour, they worked very hard to recreate their iconic sound.  Trying to sound exactly like you do on the studio recording is tough to do live, so it'd make sense that ABBA would simply lip-sync to the studio recordings.  But  to me, it doesn't seem like them to not put any effort into their TV performances.

What if for TV performances, they would sing live either with a pre-recorded backing track to get the instruments right, or with the studio recording playing alongside them as they sang?  (I think that's called playback, but I'm not sure, lol)  And then in post-production, the studio recording could be dubbed over if the audio wasn't good enough and didn't sound "perfect".

I've found a couple of videos to support my theory.

This first one is from 1974.  If you listen closely, you can hear Agnetha and Frida singing live quite clearly over the studio track.  A couple of times the studio track gets louder than their voices, but you can hear them.



Next is this performance from Agnetha in 1983.  The studio recording is quite loud and prominent, but if you listen really, really closely, you can hear her live vocals hidden underneath it.



And then we have this performance from Frida singing "Something's Going On."  Her live vocals are quite prominently in this video alongside the studio recording.



And then there's this performance where in the beginning, you can hear Frida's live vocals a lot in the beginning, and but the studio-recording is quite loud throughout the rest of it.


One could argue, saying that these last 3 videos are from Agnetha and Frida's solo careers, so they were maybe more comfortable with the idea of singing live or something, but why would Agnetha and Frida do anything differently from when they were in ABBA?

I don't know if this post made any sense, but it's just a theory and I'd like to believe that ABBA weren't "fakers" and truly did sing live on TV performances, just they ended up getting dubbed over in the end. :)

Also while I was doing research for this post, I found this interesting article from 1978 where Stig mentions something about live audio.

Stikkan Anderson: "In that same year we recorded another hour-long TV show. We wanted to sing live to show everyone that we weren't afraid of criticism. That programme was called 'The ABBA Story'. But not much did come of those live performances, because the TV sound isn't suitable yet for live performances. You have to understand that an ABBA song takes nights and days of hard work in the studio, where first class equipment is available. You can't recreate this sound just like that. That's why we decided to use a backing track and sing live to that. And it turned out really well. There were people who said that we sounded rather thin and that was justified. In the studio we overdub our vocals, which makes for a full sound. On TV, you can't overdub anything, that's why it sounds thinner. But we'd rather have a thin sound than mime, because ABBA actually isn't that good at miming. They hate it because it's dreary."

Just thought I'd share that. :)  Anyways, if you have any thoughts about this, please feel free to share in the comments below. Remember this is just my theory, not fact.  I'm no expert at this. I wasn't there when ABBA were performing in the TV studio. xD

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Agnetha vs Frida

On my YouTube channel, I've been posting videos about my favorite (insert ABBA member here) vocals/songs and from the different eras, like post-ABBA, pre-ABBA, during ABBA, etc.  In the videos, I highlight some of my favorite songs and vocal, and I post separate videos, one per member.  One week I post a video on Frida's vocals, and the next I do one on Agnetha's, but I never do it to try and compare the ABBA members in any way. 

I get a lot of comments on my videos, and I can't help but notice that a lot of the comments try to compare Agnetha and Frida, and mention how one is better than the other.  If the comments were just comparing their vocal styles, the difference in their sound, I don't mind.  But it shouldn't be that one sings better than the other.  Agnetha and Frida are two very unique human beings with different voices and singing styles, of course they sound different. 

Here is a comment I received a bit ago on one of my videos.  The first part of it is okay, as the commenter is stating their opinion, that they've noticed about the difference in their voices.

What I'm confused by however is the last part of the comment.  Comparing the differences between their vocals is fine, but how does that apply to their appearances, to who looks better than the other?  Comparing two beautiful women to each other, trying to pit one against the other, and say that one is more beautiful than the other, doesn't seem right. 

If someone personally prefers Agnetha over Frida, that's one's personal opinion.  I personally don't have a favorite member, I love them all the same, but if someone has a favorite member, that's fine.  And if someone personally likes the way Agnetha looks more than Frida, or the way Frida looks more than Agnetha, I guess that's okay as well.  But that doesn't make it fine to say that "Agnetha was always the better looking one". Someone's opinion doesn't make it a fact that Agnetha is "better looking" than Frida.  That's just ridiculous. 

It's wrong to compare anyone's - men's or women's - appearances in this way, and it's wrong to compare Agnetha and Frida's appearances. Physical appearance is something that makes all humans unique, and everyone is beautiful. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy birthday, Gorel~

Happy birthday to the amazing, lovely, and kind Gorel Hanser. :)  I'm so glad I was able to have the opportunity to speak to her a couple of times.  She so helpful and does so much for the ABBA fan community.  We love you Gorel! Happy birthday!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Take A Chance On Me

As you all know from my last long post, I've been playing the sims and I made my own ABBA sims.  While I've been playing the Sims 3 for over a year now and have been playing with a lot of custom content and mods, I only recently got into the sims Pose Player by user Cmomoney on ModTheSims and all the amazing poses that people make.  I've been quite amazed by the amount of creativity that goes into making custom sims content, and I was a bit curious as to how to do that on my own.  While I don't yet know how to make custom outfits for the sims (I would love to recreate ABBA's actual costumes in the Sims!), I started dabbling in custom poses and I decided to try as my first project poses from one of my favorite photos:
To create custom poses, I had to follow a long video tutorial and learn how to use Blender, but it was all pretty easy to pick up and this is the end result.
Yes I know Bjorn's hand is a little clipped, lol.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I wasn't really able to figure out how to get Bjorn and Benny's hands in their pockets without it looking all weird, and I realized that the silicone models at ABBA the museum are made with similar poses to these ones but different for that exact reason.  So I used the silicone models as reference as well.
I'd say I did a really good job, and I look forward to playing around and recreating more of ABBA's lovely photoshoots in the Sims!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Shoutout to all the amazing mother's for being such incredible people.  I hope everyone's having a lovely Mother's Day. :)

Friday, May 03, 2019

My Sims

For those of you who don't know, I started playing the Sims 3 just over a year ago, and while the game can be considered a waste of time (especially when playing it for several hours at a time... oops), I quite enjoy the game.  One of the things that I find most exciting is being able to create and customize my own sims.  I get to make my own original story characters and bring them to life, make some of my favorite TV show characters, and I also get to make some of my favorite celebrities. And of course I made ABBA.

While I can't say they're perfect and look 100% like them, I'd say I did a pretty good job.
 For their casual outfits, Agnetha's is inspired by this outfit from 1973, Bjorn's outfit is inspired by this one from 1975, Frida's by this one from 1976, and for Benny's, I used this outfit from 1977 as reference.

 For their career outfits, I gave them outfits that are inspired by the cat dresses, but of course they're not all that accurate since there isn't much to use among the sims outfits as well as the Custom Content that I have a lot of.
And for their fancy outfits, I gave them these outfits from 1980.  (I know the hair is wrong, but until I get better hair, this is what I have for now.)

And here are some better closeups of their faces.








Did I do a good job recreating ABBA in the Sims 3?  I think I did. :)  Maybe I'll try to get more custom content later to try and get some better hair for them, but I'm still really happy with how they turned out.  Anyways, that's all for now. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Happy 74th birthday, Bjorn!

Today we celebrate Bjorn Ulvaeus' 74th birthday!  Happy birthday Bjorn! :D  I hope he has an amazing day spent celebrating with his friends and family. :)

For his birthday, I've drawn this digital drawing of him.  I did draw this picture once before in 2013,being one of my first proper realistic drawings, but it didn't really come out all that great, so I was quite happy to do it again in digital.
here's a nice comparison pic for good measure.
And as usual, here is a speedpaint video for you to enjoy. :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

6k Subscribers

(I meant to post this two days ago but I forgot, whoops!)

Two months ago my YouTube channel reached 5,000 subscribers which is absolutely amazing.  Just a couple of days ago, my channel went up to 6,000 (more like 6,052 at this point)!  I am just so surprised, amazed, honored that there are so many people who subscribe to my channel.  I get so many notifications every day because so many people subscribe to me on a daily basis.  It's crazy and I am just so thankful to everyone for subscribing to me.

At the end of all my videos, I never tell anyone to "hit that subscribe button" or "click the notification bell" (not that there is anything wrong with people who do say that) because I don't like telling people what to do and make them do things that they don't have a requirement to do.  My YouTube channel is just something I do in my free time - I make random videos, some that analyze ABBA's songs, some compilations, and also some non-ABBA sings like drawing videos and other singers I'm into, and the fact that people enjoy it and want to see more makes me really happy. 

So thank you so much for subscribing and enjoying my content.  I really appreciate it.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

My Entire Collection

It took me just over a week, but I finally got around to writing this post. :D  As I like to do whenever my blog anniversary comes around, I wanted to share my entire, updated ABBA collection.

Starting off is the great wall of ABBA, aka my bedroom wall with three huge posters pinned to them, haha.  (Also are a bunch of taped up printouts that I've had on my wall for years!)
The Story of ABBA for Young Readers, both cover versions.
 
And of course let's not forget my book's predecessor, the original Story of ABBA for Young Readers. :P

And here is my only magazine, ABBA Intermezzo from Winter 2014. 

Still can't believe that my book made it into the magazine!

My big book collection, the official photo book, ABBA the Treasures, and ABBA the Scrapbook.
Pop Story and ABBA by Calvero, two amazing books gifted to me by my best friend, Eleonore. :D

My growing CD collection.  The newest addition being Ring Ring, that was given to me for my birthday.

A couple of the miscellaneous things from ABBA the Museum.  The bag, lanyard and VIP tag, as well as the Pop House pencils were given to me by Eleonore.

And my Record Collection.

Since last year, I've gotten two new records, bringing my collection to 5 records.  (Maybe I'll someday be able to get all of ABBA's albums in record format?)

And my most prized possessions, ABBA's autographs.  Still can't believe I actually have all four of their autographs. :O  It amazes me every time I look at them.
And last but certainly not least, my ABBA dolls. :)
Also to make things a little easier for me in the future, I've also created a new page for my collection.  I've wanted to make a collection page since forever, but only got around to creating it now. I'm certainly not trying to brag about my things, and if you want to, go and check it out here. :)