Not that long ago (ok it was long ago but my blog, my rules) when I was a little boy, I went on a long drive with my dad to go look at cattle he was thinking of buying. I was having guy time with my dad, very important to a little gay kid, just me and my dad, with no attention hogging older sister around to show me up. On our way back home as part of our big adventure we stopped into a restaurant for supper, where I probably got a hamburger and orange crush because when ever I ate out, that's what I wanted. While sitting there eating, an old fashion jukebox with the dome shape lights was playing music. If you are too young to know what a jukebox is, I hate you, go away never to return to this blog again. It's like a giant Walkman, if you don't know what a Walkman was, I hate you, go away never to......
The jukebox played music on its own or you could put a quarter into it for a song you wanted to hear. While sitting there everything went silent, then as if from a distance, this absolutely beautiful song began to softly form in the air, it was Fernando by ABBA, the first time I heard an ABBA song, I half expected to see angels appear. As a little kid, I was spellbound by the beauty. My dad said to me something along the lines of, "that's a pretty song". Somewhere deep inside of me, my baby gay DNA went, "ahhh, we have been stimulated, activate endorphins". A few nights later we were watching a variety show, and they were introducing a band that was trying to break into the North American market. I heard the beautiful song starting again, I sat down and was dumbstruck as four of the most beautiful, tall blonde Swedish people I had ever seen came out and started singing, (they were all blonde at this time), they not only sounded like angels to me, they looked like them as well. Again my baby gay DNA was awakened, "activate pop group imprinting for life long devotion"! Thus started my love of all things ABBA, yes it wasn't cool but I couldn't hide it. I think in my teen years, it was almost as bad to like ABBA as it was to be gay.
Imagine then when I heard that ABBA is about to release two more songs after 35 years. I try to be reasonable about it and wonder if they haven't gone senile. However that little boy from years ago is squealing with absolute delight in my head so I am not going to ruin it for him. I hope the songs are completely typical for ABBA, we could really use a good ABBA song lately. I hope it has that signature foot tapping, emotion building, pop filled chorus like all the old songs did. I hope it causes those happy, happy feelings! La la la.
Little Steven: "now can I"?
Older Steven: "alright go ahead".
Little Steven: "new ABBA songs, shrieeeek"!