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  •  :-) Yes, that was Alexander Rybak :-) (1+ / 0-)
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    If I'd have been 40 years younger, I would have had a crush on him like I had for The Beatles (specifically, "the cute one" - Paul).  Rybak has the kind of music I like, and when I found out about the Hallingdanse done by Frikar in the background, I just had to learn more about it.  (In grade school and high school I always participated in the plays and chorus and other shows.  My hobby for a few years was participating in community and summer theatre, so I try to ignore the hype and appreciate the acts I like.)  Frikar performers are very talented and very agile.  Someone on the Norway genealogy list let us know that Rybak had won with the most points ever in the history of Eurovision - and that's when I became a Rybak and Eurovision fan - I was already a fan of ABBA and of Riverdance (both are in my private media library; I love Celtic music, in particular, but also other music that has old traditions and folk traditions).

    Then I discovered Eurovision was all online, so the following year I watched the live performances for the semi-finals and final from the new arena in Oslo on both the Eurovision site (until it crashed) and then on NRK.  The act that should have won was the duo from Romania; they came in third.  That little German girl who won by singing really bad English lyrics with a horrible Australian accent made me ill.  By comparison the dark metal group from Finland was garish and she seemed almost normal, but I still didn't like her song or her act.

    BTW, the mayor of Minneapolis, MN is named R.T. Rybak.  It wouldn't surprise me if he had roots several generations ago in the same place as Alexander Rybak.  Minnesota has a huge population of descendants of Norwegian immigrants.

    Have a great time in Norway!  [Wish I could be going with you!]  I have ancestors from the Nord-Trøndelag and Bergen (the latter by way of Denmark for half of the couple; the woman from Bergen married a Danish matros).  I love, love, love the scenery in Norway!

    I recently got hooked on the first two episodes of Viking on History Channel.  I can barely wait for it to get to the rest of the episodes.  There will be nine episodes by the time it gets done.  The modern "music" is out of place (they should have used lurs or lute or bukkehorn plus drums or something more in line with instruments used in the Viking age and earlier), and since ancient sources remark on the fact the Vikings washed their faces every morning, took a bath once a week, and always carried a change of clothes, the make-up featuring dirty hands and faces is out of place..., but the historical fiction story isn't bad and a couple of the actors are really good.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 02:01:28 PM PST

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