Last Friday I watched Mamma Mia for the first time while Will was taking a nap. I will go ahead and admit I was already a fan of some ABBA music before seeing that movie. I know a lot of people who think ABBA is lame, but I think they had such fun music.
One song I didn’t know by ABBA, however, was Thank You For The Music. I’ve heard the title before but never the actual song. As the credits rolled on the movie, I left it on to hear the music while editing pictures on my laptop. When Amanda Seyfried’s voice rang out with this song, I stopped what I was doing to listen.
I loved the lyrics of this song. I’m way to nervous (and probably not talented enough) to do solos, but I absolutely LOVE to sing. I sing all the time. Half the time when I talk to Tom I switch from speech to song when finishing a sentence. I just do it without even realizing it because it seems to be hardwired into me.
My mom always said to me that I sang before I could talk. And she and my sister laugh at me (and with me) because, they never had to call out my name to find the changing room I’d be in at a store at the mall, because if there was music playing, they could just look for the dancing feet.
These were my favorite lyrics from it:
Mother says I was a dancer before I could walk
She says I began to sing long before I could talk
But I often wonder, how did it all start?
Who found out that nothing could capture a heart
Like a melody can?
Well, whoever it was, I’m a fan
What a joy, what a life, what a chance!
Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me
I think Amanda Seyfried has a great voice. So rich and sweet sounding. But I wanted to hear what the original sounded like as well, so heard a quick clip on iTunes. Gotta say, I liked her version better. I tend to do that though- like whatever version of a song I hear first, even if it’s a cover of the original. There are few exceptions.
Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think of her cover or just of the song in general. And are you a fan of ABBA?