Sunday Song: Deep Thoughts

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.

Sunday Song - ParayTwo 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.

8 thoughts on “Sunday Song: Deep Thoughts

  1. Hi – the song in the video was not to my taste – but I do like learning and so thanks for sharing. And fun to hear how your mind had those questions and the trail led to this song….

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  2. T,

    That video was so ahead of its time. Of COURSE it had major play on MTV. I mean, that was the address for music in three dimensions, after all. And who cares? It was and is, etched into us. Children of an age, and all that.

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  3. They had more than one song? (Just to show you, you were not alone in not remembering…)
    I actually did not hate the slow version of Take On Me… That video, though. I think without it, it would have just been another pop song…

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  4. I’ll admit I bout the album (my second non-vinyl, CD I bought) based on the video of Take on Me. A few very good songs on it. If you haven’t seen the original video of The Sun Always Shines on TV lately, watch it right after watching Take on Me – there is a connection. For some reason I looked up these two videos about a month ago.

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