tirsdag 20. desember 2011

THE NEW SONG: Pray for the first time

Soda Fountain Rag - Pray for the first time by sodafountainrag

Rest in your arms tonight
The wind is cold and I forgot how to fight
Close the door then throw the key
I got food to keep me going in eternity

Stay inside
Stare out of the window
Run and hide from the cold eyes
Whisper low
No-one will come
Then you pray for the first time in years

Get lost, go on, be gone!
The thoughts you fear
The silence alone
Stretch your arms and legs out now
This was how they would be saved
A thousand years ago

Stay inside
Stare out of the window
Run and hide from the cold eyes
Whisper low
No-one will come
Then you pray for the first time

This is a song related to an old Nordic myth: From the night before the 13. of December and all through the Christmas holiday one had to be careful not to run into Åsgårdsreien (the Wild Hunt). This was a travelling group of witches and bad spirits, led by Guro Rysserova and Lussi. You were in big trouble if everything wasn’t ready for Christmas. If you were outside when Åsgårdsreien came, they would take your soul for a ride, and you would never be yourself again. A way to be saved was to lie down, and stretch your arms and legs out to shape a cross with your body.

Lussi and the saint Lucia has actually been mixed together to create the Nordic Lucia-celebration on the 13 (en artikkel på norsk). 

Here is the old photo of the kindergarden Lucia from 1987

Is it too sad if I say that this is one of the very great moments in my life?

Welhaven had some words to say about Åsgårdsreien also (maybe there's a translation somewhere out there?)

Lydt gjennem Luften i Natten farer
et Tog paa skummende sorte Heste.
I Stormgang drage de vilde Skarer.
de have kun Skyer til Fodefæste.
Det gaaer over Dal, over Vang og Hei,
gjennem Mulm og Veir; de endse det ei.
Vandreren kaster sig ræd paa Veien.
Hør hvilket Gny - det er Asgaardsreien! 

mandag 19. desember 2011

Part V: Sing Sing and A December Night

This is the other one from 2009, Sing Sing:

Soda Fountain Rag - Sing Sing by sodafountainrag

And the one from last year - a little short song made and recorded in Italy last December:

Soda Fountain Rag - A December Night by sodafountainrag

And tomorrow? THE NEW ONE!!!11 

søndag 18. desember 2011

Part IV: Jullåten 2007

Here is the song from 2007 - the title is of course an hommage to SKWBN's Jullåten 2004. The earmuffs in question was a gift from my grandmother the christmas of 1986, and I think it was the gift I wished for the most.

Soda Fountain Rag - Jullåten 2007 by sodafountainrag

Shortly before falling asleap?

lørdag 17. desember 2011

Part III: The Christmas where it ends

I thought I could just keep going with the sad christmas songs (with stolen elements), and then we get the happy ones a little closer to christmas.
This one is from 2008, and written just after I finished my masters degree in philosophy. With my personality this was clearly not a wise choice of education, but who knows, it might come in handy one day (positive thinking...).
I'm kinda satisfied with the "fugue-ish" ending.

Soda Fountain Rag - the christmas where it ends by sodafountainrag

If you listen carefully, you can hear elements of this old childrens tv intro from the 80s.

Happy weekend all!

PS. I forgot to mention one thing about Snow will fall yesterday; I got a version of that song on my email one day, recorded on accordion. That's one of the greatest things I've ever rercieved!

Part II:Snow will fall

This is one of the two songs from the christmas of 2009. None of you pointed out that you've heard the opening theme/chorus before, but I think you have:

Soda Fountain Rag - Snow will fall by sodafountainrag

The bus in question is Bergens line 2 - actually a trolleybus.

onsdag 14. desember 2011

The Christmas Song Bonanza part I

I thought I would "release" all of the old christmas songs on the blog this year. There will of course also be a brand new one - as soon as it's ready!

The first one is the oldest one - "Hang your stocking by the fire" from 2006. If I remember correctly there are 8 songs in total, so you have a lot to look forward to. I will write pointless and/or fun trivia about the songs that have such things attached. I don't really think there's anything interesting to say about this song, except the fact that I don't think any of my brothers have been in Japan (right?). I think the jingle bell-thingy i bought for this song is in all the other christmas songs also (you can contradict me when I've uploaded all of them).

Soda Fountain Rag - Hang Your Stocking by the Fire by sodafountainrag

Er den litt glad-kristen kanskje?

mandag 5. desember 2011

This one time, at bandcamp

Soda Fountain Rag is now featured at Bandcamp. If you want to buy the vinyl for yourself or your loved ones for christmas or hanukkah.