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belated musings

In order to conserve storage space on my iPhone for my trip to Norway, I removed my usual 500+ track playlist of songs and made a travel playlist consisting of:

a-ha / 'Cast In Steel' (because it came out the day before I left! woo!)
Magne / 'Musikk fra filmen Beatles' (because I can't be without it)
Tini / 'Send My Star' (also can't be without this)
Martin Halla / 'Winter Days' (ditto)
Mat Kearney / 'Just Kids' (since I am seeing him in a couple of weeks)
Mew / '+-' (since I am seeing them in a couple of weeks)

With such a small playlist on shuffle, especially since Magne contributed songs on four of the albums, I couldn't help making some new connections. Such as:

'All we ever had is gone' < - ? - > 'The end of the affair'

Granted, the Tini track has multiple songwriters listed, so we don't know which parts Magne contributed specifically, but the theme is very similar to the a-ha track. There is also the fact that both songs sound upbeat/positive on the surface, and with different lyrics could be quite lovely, warm songs - however the lyrics are terribly sad and deeply personal in both cases. The songs are about the end of long term relationships ('we let the life we had unwind' / 'memories of early warning signs'), looking back with regret at what has been lost, but with full acceptance of the sad fact that there is nothing left to save. There is dignity and respect there, these are mature and well developed reflections on endings, which makes them even more poignant in light of the warm melodies.

With Morten's intimate vocals and the sweeping, caressing intro melody, 'The end of the affair' sounds like it belongs to a wonderful story that is still in progress, not a sorrowful farewell to a past love ('here we are in somber silence').
(I would dearly love to hear a demo with Magne doing the vocals, but that might actually make my heart explode, so perhaps it's best that I'll never hear it!) In any case, both of these songs have unexpected themes in juxtaposition with the melodies, which I was aware of before but somehow the smaller playlist brought about a new realization.

For once I am not going to dwell on loss or sadness; instead I'll explain what is so belated about all of this. Remember this post? I think that was the first time I mentioned wanting to hear a 'happy' song from Magne, in whatever form that might take. And before my trip a couple of weeks ago, I thought there wasn't a happy song from Magne out there - with the possible exception of 'Illuminate the Sky', which he did contribute to and is surely upbeat and awesome and hopeful, but I heard from someone 'in the know' that Lowell was the main songwriter on that one - but now I think I may have found an elusive happy (for Magne) track.

Listen again to 'Ignited' by Martin Halla. This one is also cowritten with others, Espen Gulbrandsen and Martin Terefe, but I have a strong feeling the lyrics are mostly Magne's:

I was over
I was through
I was sinking
Then came you

I was into the pity game
My mind stuck in a sad refrain
But you

Like a drop of dew I fall
my tragedy the curtain call

I´m delighted
I´m delighted
That you know my name
I´m ignited
I´m ignited
Finally again

I was over
I was through
I would sink into
A state of gloom

Beating myself up again
My mind stuck in a sad refrain
About you

But sudden drops of rain can fall
And seeing you can change it all

I´m delighted
I´m delighted
That you know my name
I´m ignited
I´m ignited
Finally again

I didn´t know what I was looking for
I pictured you inside my mind
And found a strength I never felt before
So stop wasting time
Let´s stop wasting time
I´m ignited

I´m ignited
I´m delighted
That you know my name
I´m ignited
I´m ignited
Finally again
I´m excited
I´m excited
Now I´m in the game
I´m ignited
I´m ignited
Finally again

I've always liked the song in general but never *really* understood it before now. And maybe this is because the music is deceptively dark and brooding sounding, and the phrase 'so stop wasting time' always seemed to me to be an admonishment of sorts - and not in a positive way. His emotional state in the beginning is fairly depressing, but now I realize the song looks backward only long enough to explain the state of sadness he came from, so that we can fully understand his excitement and happiness at this newly discovered possibility; the majority of the song is about not wanting to wait any longer to move into the future and all it holds for them both.

I now finally understand the song is about finding a renewed passion for life ('now I'm in the game'), recognizing a soul mate ('I pictured you inside my mind / And found a strength I never felt before') and being open to hope and to change ('Seeing you can change it all'). The simple humility and gratitude in the repeated lines 'I'm delighted / that you know my name' is really wonderful, and of course being 'ignited' signals energy and passion and beginnings.

And now, with all that in perspective, the line 'let's stop wasting time' has changed from what I thought was a disappointment-laden and backwards looking statement, to being a positive and inclusive forwards looking promise: let's acknowledge our feelings and make a fresh start together. Let's be ignited together.

Amazing how assumptions and understanding can evolve over time, isn't it? I had never considered this song 'happy', but now I think it may well be one of Magne's happiest songs, because it is full of hope and energy and possibility. It wouldn't be Magne without 'a dot of black' and the look back provides that, but I still think the real focus is on the future and on this new love.

I guess I should be a little embarassed that all of this only just occurred to me, but instead I'll focus on how nice it was to make a new discovery :-)
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