Monday, April 7, 2014

F is for...

Fernando...ABBA, 1976.

A Serenade of Seventies songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.

Mamma Mia! Thanks for taking a chance on me, despite my not being much of a dancing queen. Knowing me, knowing you, I almost had to issue an S.O.S. Where was I going to fit this seventies super band? Alphabet fun, that's the name of the game. Letter F was free, and just the right fit for Fernando...he is the winner and, you know, the winner takes it all!


I kind of remember having just one big Abba song in my head as a kid. I just put them all into one looping medley, giving me optimal opportunity to belt out every single chorus.

If I had to do the same again 
I would my friend, Fernando

32 comments:

  1. There was something in the air that night ......I have a playlist on my iPod devoted to ABBA.

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  2. My favorite ABBA song is Take a Chance. Those four did their harmonies well!

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    1. Really? I had you pegged as a Dancing Queen kind of gal! hee hee hee

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  3. Listening to this collection of tunes (A to F) distinctly points out how different popular music in the 70s sounded. It is ironic that each decade that it seems to shift in such big ways. Even if I have never heard a song before, I can often pinpoint the decade just because of the overall "sound." Recordings from the beginning or ending of any decade are tougher because they are part of the shift... but still.

    Abba. I always liked them. The women had lovely voices. The harmonies were well done. I think my favorite was The Winner Takes It All, but I enjoy all of them.

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    1. There are always those outliers, but you're right, you can usually get a general idea...especially for the one hit wonders!

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  4. As soon as I started reading, Fernando started playing in my head! Awesome. Thanks for the memories! ♥

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    1. I had to make sure the chorus I was singing was actually the one to this song!

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  5. Thanks for reminding me of music I love.
    Deb @ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  6. OMG Abba. They were good weren't they? My fave was "SOS" from 1975.

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    1. Love seeing all of the different faves listed here!

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  7. I too like the Abba. Although I've never cared for Fernando. Or Waterloo. But everything else, YES!

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    1. But who better to sing about the Mexican Revolution than Swedes?

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  8. I always say that I hate ABBA until I hear their songs on the radio. You can't help but sing along!

    Heather

    Heather M. Gardner
    The Waiting is the Hardest Part
    Stormy's Sidekick
    Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Co-Host

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  9. Yes!!! Every time I hear ABBA's music I think of the movie Murial's Wedding. Thanks for posting! :)

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  10. When I was a reporter, I sat next to the people who worked on the Lifestyle section of the paper. They sang all the time. One day they were trying to remember the name of an ABBA song. I knew: it was Fernando. Then I got them started singing it. They said if I could get the executive editor to sing with them, they would take me out to dinner. She refused. I don't think she had a sense of humor.

    Love,
    Janie

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  11. Love it. Thank you. Wish they would play ABBA at IKEA rather than the non-music they play.

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  12. I LOVE Abba and in particular this song!! I love watching their videos on youtube and loved the movie "Mama Mia," http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795421/ Great idea for posting. Happy A to Z!

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  13. ABBA had so many hits! And I hate to admit it, but I didn't know this one until I saw an episode of "That 70's Show" that featured it. I've loved it ever since!! Superb pick!! :)

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  14. You're a Super Trouper to keep this theme going, Andrea. And One of Us is definitely happy you mentioned ABBA. You just have to say, "Thank You for the Music," Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha, and Anni-Frid! :D

    If you love ABBA, you might get a kick out of the novel I'm in the last stages of revising: http://www.colindsmith.com/blog/writing/the-wip/ :)

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  15. I love ABBA! I bought the film with Meryl Streep, b/c I love her too. I think it's amazing how they strung ABBA songs together to make a story for Mama Mia. Great songs!

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  16. AAAAAAAAABBA!!!! Yep, Take a Chance on Me is my fave. Phil and I completely freaked out our daughter in the car one day...I started singing it and he jumped in on cue with the "take a chance" echo....It was awesome.

    -andi

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  17. The 70's are a little before my time (I was born in '80) but I've heard most of these songs. My wife and I have an inside joke about "Fernando" that involves a favorite hockey player. Look forward to seeing the rest of your list :)

    The Pedestrian Writer visiting from the A to Z blogging challenge

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  18. Haha, I love the collection of lyrics in this post! :)

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  19. I was sad when ABBA broke up. I loved so many of their songs -- I think you hit them all.

    Yvonne

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  20. I LOVE THIS SONG!!!! LOVE IT!!!!! LOVE ABBA!!!!! I'M YELLING IT THOUGH MY COMPUTER!!!!! :/

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  21. ^Art ^..^ When I was going through the whole playing/driving/listening/touring mania of the late 80s and 90s that was my music career, ABBA was NOT on my playlist, but QUEEN was and number one with a bullet? "Bohemian Rhapsody" which I later played with Josh Groban. Mama Mia, is that one tough piece! ABBA was a kind of joke in the performing world, but on reflection and on listening, they're a good group. Mama Mia!

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  22. Not my fave ABBA. But I loved "Mamma Mia."

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  23. Meryl and Pierce just never captured the same magic.

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