Life | 3 January 2008

A couple of weeks ago I received an email that confused me a lot. The author of the email told me that a friend of his had this terrible disease and was dying. He was asked to arrange the funeral. His dying friend was an ABBA fan and as a tribute he wanted to play some ABBA music at the sad occasion. So he asked me which ABBA song would be the best way to say goodbye to his friend.

I can tell you that this question that made me think. I was stunned and didn't know how to answer. I simply could not think of an appropriate song for the terribly sad moment. In the end I wrote back and said that maybe The Way Old Friends Do would be a nice tribute. Or even better would be to play the favourite ABBA song of that fan.

Another song I could have recommended is Eagle. That's a nice tune if you are religious and you believe that you will go to some sort of heaven. And then you have Like An Angel Passing Through My Room, which also has some fitting lyrics.

I didn't dare advising So Long. It would be a fun way of saying goodbye, but you must have a sense of black humour if you would play that. And if you do, the possibilities are endless. For instance Mamma Mia, but regarding the second line (Here I Go Again) you should only play this song for people who have had at least one near death experience. Final choice for the jokers among us: Waterloo with its superb line Finally facing my Waterloo.

No jokes now: I receive lots of emails from ABBA fans, but only once in a while I don't have an answer right away. Usually I get questions like "where lives Björn", "where can I get tickets for an ABBA concert", "where can I buy this LP" or" please tell me how to get autographs".

True questions about life are very rare. And maybe that's a good sign. These sad questions make you think about your own death a bit too often. Surely we will definitely all die in the end, but I prefer to postpone that moment a couple of decades. And besides: dying now would be a terrible waste of the tickets I bought for the opening of the ABBA museum in Stockholm in 2009 :-)

I really enjoy life very much. And so I want to wish everyone a very happy 2008 with lots of ABBA. Here's to life! Cheers!

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