I’m suffering from beach brain after a few days spent with the ocean. Intensive thinking then hasn’t been on the menu for about a week. After hearing a song on the radio on Thursday, though, a conversation ensued with someone around my age. Deep. Insightful. Worthy of study.
Two burning questions emerged.
Question One: Would A-Ha’s Take on Me have been a hit without the groundbreaking video? (This was deep, considering the beach brain infliction.) After contemplation and discussion (and laughter at our pontificating), we decided that it might not have been. It was catchy, but ’twas the video that stood out for its unique pencil drawings / animation. Did anybody even really know the lyrics?
I forgot about it, then I was on The YouTube, as I often am. As if reading my mind, The YouTube offered me Take on Me, but in an “unplugged” version, which made it a ballad rather than a pop song. I really heard the lyrics then — it’s a sad song! Poor sad Norwegian songwriter, pining after his love! However, I didn’t like the slower version of it.
The YouTube suggested another A-Ha song, which answered Question Two: were they a one-hit wonder? (In addition to beach brain, the 80s were a long time ago and we couldn’t remember.) NO! But I had totally forgotten about the tune below, a catchy lil’ ditty, the follow up to Take on Me, which was indeed a hit. I clicked on the suggested tune, also from the unplugged session. It, too, is a great sad song. And this 21st century arrangement (from 2017) is fantastic (hang on for the burst of energy after the second verse/chorus).
The Take on Me video created a hit, which led to other hits, so I guess it doesn’t matter if the video is the reason they were a hit? Oh, who cares? Pass the salt water taffy and let’s flash back to the 80s to when The Sun Always Shines on TV.
What is Sunday Song? Well, I’m a musical gal, from taking piano and drum lessons as a kid to my current stint in a community choir. Listening to music is for me what going to church is for some, so I celebrate with Sunday Song. Each week, I post a song that’s been my earworm for the week or that reflects what’s happening in my world along with a wee story why. Read my previous Sunday Song posts.