Benny featured in Dagens Nyheter article
Thanks to the Official ABBA Fan Club:
In a DN newspaper interview, Benny complained that nobody was asking him about the music anymore but rather about MM! Here are some interstesting extracts:
When asked about Gammal Fäbodspsalm that he played as an intro on the 1979 tour, he said, ”I played it so that the audience knew where we were coming from, that we grew up with the Swedish folk music.” He added, ”I don’t know my jazz, I don’t know my soul, I don’t know my blues either. But I feel absolutely home in the Swedish musical tradition. I would never want to live abroad, and that has a lot to do with how the music sounds here.”
”Writing music is also about being born with a talent. In 45 years, I have written about 24 albums, that is about 16 hours of music and makes 20 minutes of music a year. And then I haven’t done much else during those years other than to sit by the piano and try and try. It can take me a month to find eight bars that are good enough.
Benny said that he missed not being active in politics in the 60s and 70s. ”I was totally absorbed with how things should sound like. Here we have a song, how can we deal with it in the best possible way? That was all that mattered. And we really did the best we could; all my time was spent writing and working. But it is a correct analysis of the group (ABBA). For those who were looking for the feeling of uproar or protest, there wasn’t much to find with us. But when I was in the Hep Stars in the 60s, then it was full speed, almost like a war.
I know what fantastic power there can be in a melody, and it is a privilege to work with something that affects people so strongly. The best thing is if you can keep a melody as simple as possible and then dress it in different things afterwards. And it has to differ from any other melodies, and then I really mean ANY other melody. That is a point of honour, but I don’t know if I have succeeded every time.
Asked about The Day Before You Came, Benny said, "This is not melancholic song; it is sad. There is something special about this one, it still gets hold of me today, and that is both because of the lyrics and because of the way Agnetha sings it. It’s rare that I feel like that about something that I have written myself.
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