“A” is for ABBA

This morning I was sitting here (No it was NOT procrastination! It was an exercise in collecting my thoughts. Believe, you, me, that’s a job in and of itself. SQUIRREL!) about to open iTunes and choose my soundtrack for the day. I had this really fun idea to just go alphabetically and see where that led me, when suddenly a tweet popped up over on “the” Twitter that my friend Alex was doing the same exact thing! Proof that there are no original ideas.

Not only was I going to do this, I was going to do the thing I always tend to do, which is skip ABBA because I have the “Thank You for the Music” box set and listening to “People Need Love” every time I open iTunes and randomize it, kind of grows old, so I have taken to just skipping ABBA. I know it’ll come up again when I get to movie soundtracks in the “M”s, so I just wait for “Murial’s Wedding” or “Mamma Mia!” to pop up and enjoy “Dancing Queen” and “Money, Money, Money” like everybody else on the planet who grew up in the 70s.

Well this little twitter conversation made me press pause (heh heh) and reflect on what my plan was actually going to be. Would I skip ABBA (iconic satin pants wearing Swedish band of my youth) and go right to Adele or would I – nay should I – start with ABBA and commit to listening to the very first band in my collection of CDs? (Yes. I own the CDs. They’re all in iTunes now and I have a love hate relationship with that fact that I can tell you all about that at another time.)

The answer was clear. Thanks to that little Twitter exchange, I decided to begin with the beguine. It had to be ABBA.

Do you know how many songs ABBA has? Do you know how many have been enormous hits? It’s astonishing.

Disc 2 has just started. “Knowing Me, Knowing You”. I LOVED this song when I was kiddo and actually I think this section of the box set is my favourite because it brings back the best memories of summers in Cape Breton as a free-range kid. Up and OUT! All day. Biking and swimming and climbing trees with best friends. Or building forts  or walks to “the” woods (like they were the only woods in the world – and when your world is that tiny they are the only woods in the world!) to eat.. er.. pick blueberries. It was the life, I tell you!

Anyway, I am currently on a glee-filled, ABBA induced, high and – quite possibly – couldn’t be any happier at this moment in time. My cheeks hurt from smiling and if it’s possible even my ears are happy right now. Despite the fact that they are being forced to hear me belting out all the songs .

Speaking of singing, can you even imagine a better song than “Thank You for the Music” for a little girl (or boy) to listen to when they have dreams of being on Broadway, or singing at the Met, or playing in Carnegie Hall or becoming a professional musician in any capacity? I defy you to try. It is THE best. I love it. I have loved it since the moment I first heard it, decades ago, and I love it still. I love hearing it and until I breathe my last breath (many, many years from now when I am a crazy old lady who rambles on and on about things) (Which is vastly different than now, when I am young and perfectly sane and ramble on and on and on about Things!) I will love it.

There are so many great, inspiring songs and lyrics in ABBA’s catalogue. I mean, they have had a feature film made about the band, their music has graced a stage on the Great White Way and then went on to become the soundtrack for the movie adaptation of the Broadway production. (“Mamma Mia!” I know *you* know, but I felt that maybe some people might need a refresher.) “Mamma Mia” has been a hit time and time again around the world. That’s some pretty amazing “reach”, wouldn’t you agree?

With lines like, “… try once more, like you did before, sing a new song [Chiquitita].”, or  “… one chance in a lifetime, yes I will take it, it can’t go wrong”, or  “… if you see the wonder of a Fairy tale, you can take the future even if you fail..”. (Come on! That is gold!) it is practically a collection of “Life Lessons from ABBA”. In fact if Benny, Bjorn, Agnatha or Frida were to write that book, I’d probably buy it. No. Not probably. I would definitely buy it. *coughs* Pre-order *coughs*

Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty, what would life be?

Without a song or a dance what are we? So I say thank you for the music. For giving it to me.

19 thoughts on ““A” is for ABBA

  1. My sister and I took my mother years ago to see Mamma Mia when it was playing in Toronto. My mother was a huge ABBA fan, me not so much but it ended up being a wonderful evening. I know like some ABBA songs, but my choice of music always depends on how I am feeling that day. My husband always teases me when I say I like a song, he adds “today you do”. Very true.

    • Oh! What year did you see the TO production of “Mamma Mia!”? I never did get a chance to see it and I *really* wanted to. Do you recall who was in the cast? 😀

      I love all kinds of music, but today was better because of ABBA and a few very kind and funny tweeps! 😉

    • Yay! The box set *just* ended. Like mere moments ago. “Honey, Honey” in Swedish. Sweet!

      This *might* be the first time I have listened to the entire thing. It was so happy making!

      Thank you for visiting and singing along! 😀

  2. My favourite abba album is the visitors. When all is said and done is my favourite song on the album. Next is the arrival album. I saw mamma Mia in Toronto With my mom, sister and husband. My husband kept saying, is this an abba song? Why yes! It’s all abba! The movie mamma Mia was interesting. I liked most of it, not sure about Pierce Brosnan singing my favourite abba song of all time though. He isn’t a gifted singer.

    • I love “The Visitors”! I hadn’t heard it in a long time until my little ABBAdventure yesterday. I had only one ABBA LP (which is why I *had* to have the box set!) and it was a greatest hits and I LOVED it! I am sure it’s still at my Mom’s. I played it so much that the order of the songs is ingrained in my brain. 🙂

      I wanted to see Mamma Mia! in TO (for fun reasons that I am pretty sure you already know!) so much. I think my whole family saw it. 😥 Boo hoo!

      Oh well! I have my box set!

    • Me, too! Glad you liked it!

      I have never seen the movie. Is that a surprise? We have the soundtrack. Thing 2 used to play it all the time on her little boom box. 😀 Yup. She was not quite three at the time… hilarious!

      Happy Birthday to that no-longer-3-year-old! Wow!

  3. YEAH, right!? It’s amazing what one little tweet can do for a whole day’s worth of awesome soundtrack. I love ABBA, the music takes me back to summers on the beach with my mom playing loud music on her boombox. The best. Kitchen parties and dancing at “retro” nights in university. All the best, thanks to ABBA.

    • It was a pretty awesome coincidence and it was a very fun ABBAdventure thereafter! Yeah, I just typed that. 😉

      ABBA makes me think of winter almost as much as summer. I wonder why? I guess they are a band for all seasons.

      (Oh, coincidental aside: Last night my NS BFF and I went on a caper. She just read my post and got to the end and Adele came on the radio. Hah! It was an alphabetical day!)

      Thank you so much for reading! It means a lot! 😀

    • Yes! Yes you do! Buy *real* ABBA first. The Mamma Mia! soundtrack is fun and all, but there’s nothing like the real thing! 😀

      I also have LPs.

      We’re not old. We’re retro!

    • Yes! Yes, me too! I have a lot of CDs. Like, a LOT. I almost never play them from beginning to end. That was the joy of a “record”. There was somehow a story in there.. even if the song list was not particularly laid out in a story…

      I miss my CDs. I am going to start using iTunes more regularly in the way that suits me best!

      What’s your favourite cd or playlist?

  4. I also took in the Mamma Mia show with my mom and my sister! ABBA is a big thing with the gals in our family. I know the words to every song, I swear! Such great memories for me. I picked “Dancing Queen” to play at my wedding just so my Mom and I could dance to it – haha! 🙂

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