CL in Milan anno 2000

When I was a boy, I had a dream when I was in Milano, Piazza del Duomo

In English see down!

I de yngre tonåren lyssnade jag mycket till ELO. Drömde om att bli en känd trummis. Spelade en tid med ett garageband, och vi förblev i garaget. Runt mig, i min hemstad Söderhamn, fanns massor av musik. Min far spelade Evert Taube och Bellman, min bror och hans band, The Black Stones, spelade bland annat på Star Club i Hamburg i mitten av sextiotalet, för övrigt samma club som The Beatles slog igenom på bara ett år innan. I min närhet fanns även kändisar som Monica Törnell och hennes bror Bror Törnell, där fanns trummisen Hempo Hildén som spelat med många av Sveriges mest kända musiker, bland annat Pugh Rogefeldt och Magnus Uggla.  Under min tid som barn bodde jag granne med pianisten och jazzmusikern Jan Johanssons mamma Ingeborg, musiken fanns överallt, det pratades musik och det spelades musik och vi barn hade drömmar om att en gång få stå på en scen. Och, visst hade även jag en dröm…

Musik betyder mycket för oss människor. Många är de barn och ungdomar som haft och har drömmar om att bli musiker – att spela gitarr, trummor, bas. Musiken ger oss alla kraft och vi kan känna oss mindre ensamma. Utifrån detta har Jeff Lynn, frontman i Electric Light Orchestra, skrivit låten ”When I Was A Boy”. Detta är ELO,s första album med nya låtar på 15 år, utkom i november 2015 och heter  Alone In The Universe.  Och det blev verkligen så bra!

CL Fontana di Trevi 2000

When I was a boy, I had a dream in Rome, Fontana di Trevi

When I was a boy, I had a dream
All about the things I’d like to be
Soon as I was in my bed
Music played inside my head
When I was a boy, I had a dream

(Lyrics: Jeff Lynne)

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When I was a boy, I had a dream in Liguria, Cinque Terre

In English

In the early teens I listened much to ELO. Dreamed of becoming a famous drummer. Played a time with a garage band, and we remained in the garage. Around me, in my home town Söderhamn was lots of music. My father played Evert Taube and Bellman, my brother and his band, The Balck Stones, played among others at the Star Club in Hamburg in the mid-sixties, incidentally, the same club as the Beatles broke through in just a year before. In my neighborhood there were even celebrities like Monica Törnell and her brother Bror Törnell, there was Hempo Hilden drummer who has played with many of Sweden’s most famous musicians, including Pugh Rogefeldt and Magnus Uggla. During my time as a child, I lived next door to the pianist and jazz musician Jan Johansson’s mother Ingeborg, music was everywhere, there was discussed music and the music played and we children had dreams of one day to stand on a stage. And, of course, I also had a dream …

Music means a lot to us humans. Many are the children who had and have dreams of becoming a musician – playing the guitar, drums, bass. The music gives us power and we can feel less alone. Based on this, Jeff Lynn, frontman of the Electric Light Orchestra, wrote the song ”When I Was A Boy”. This is ELO’s first album of new songs in 15 years and was published in November 2015 and called Alone In The Universe. And it was really that good!

Photo: Håkan Carlberg

When I was a boy, I had a dream in Malmö, Lilla Torg

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When I was a boy, I had a dream in Malmö, center

When I was a boy, I learned to play
Far into the night and drift away
Don’t want to work on the milk or the bread
Just want to play my guitar instead
When I was a boy, I had a dream

(Lyrics: Jeff Lynne)

When I Was A Boy – ELO 

When I was a boy, I had a dream
Finding out what life could really mean
Don’t want a job cause it drives me crazy
Just wanna sing, ”Do you love me, baby?”
When I was a boy, I had a dream

And radio waves kept me company
In those beautiful days when there was no money
When I was a boy, I had a dream

(Lyrics: Jeff Lynne)

Salute Håkan Carlberg

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