‘Spotlight on a Song’
Happy Fall music fans! What a beautiful time of the year. Trees changing colors, crisp mornings, the suns shift. Going to take you back this morning. Because out with the old NEVER applies to music. This song, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is one for my book. Can’t recall a song more prominent and relevant to my youth. And when I still catch it playing on the radio from time to time (thank you KEXP!), I still find a few goosebumps arise.
A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. They were trying to think of what to call themselves, focusing on Norwegian words people could say in English. Spotting a song called “A-ha” in a songbook, the band decided “It was a terrible song but a great name.”
As great as the song was their music video!! It used a pencil-sketch animation/live-action combination called rotoscoping, in which individual frames of live video are drawn over or colored. It became one of the most instantly recognizable and most enduringly popular music videos in the US where it was nominated for eight awards at the third annual MTV Video Awards in 1986, winning six. That’s twice as many wins as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”!
On 21 March 2015, it was confirmed in national Norwegian newspapers that a-ha has re-united for a two-year period. A-ha’s tenth studio album, Cast in Steel, was released on 4 September 2015. So take a little trip down memory lane and remember to smile. It makes the day easier.
Strum a little…..