Monday, December 8, 2008


As I've mentioned on multiple occasions, I love ABBA. Almost as much as Una does. One of the greatest Christmas presents I ever received was the DVD "ABBA: The Definitive Collection." What makes this collection so definitive? According to the text on the DVD cover, it "features every official ABBA video in one package for the first time, including three Spanish clips that have never been commercially released before." I don't even speak Spanish, but that doesn't stop me from loving the Spanish clips.

Most of these videos were made before bands were making music videos. Consequently, they're not uber-imaginative, but they do feature some spectacular costumes. Dying to see Bjorn wearing silver knee-high platform boots (Bjorn is one of the boys by the way)? Look no further than "Waterloo." Would you like to see all four ABBA members dressed in 18th century formal clothing while singing "Dancing Queen?" Then watch their performance at the Royal Swedish Opera, one of the bonus tracks. I know, it's almost too good to be true. If there is an ABBA fan on your Christmas list, you now know the perfect present to give.

One of the gems I unearthed while watching this video was the song "Bang-a-Boomerang." I wasn't familiar with it prior to watching the music video. The lyrics to the chorus are priceless (I could not make this up, people. This is what makes them the international singing sensation that they are):
Like a bang, a boom-a-boomerang
Dum-be-dum-dum be-dum-be-dum-dum
Oh bang, a boom-a-boomerang
Love is a tune you hum-de-hum-hum
So give it away, I think you'll learn
You'll get love in return
So bang, a boom-a-boomerang is love
A boom-a-boomerang is love

That boomerang concept comes to my mind this evening as I've been thinking about the day. Today I made lunch for a friend of mine whose husband just got laid off. She came over with her daughter and we feasted on pasta. After that, I made frosting and the girls decorated some sugar cookies that Bert made last night. Everyone had a great time and when they left 2 hours later with full bellies and a plate of cookies in hand we all had smiles on our faces. Except Duet. She was sleeping. But when she woke up she was calling for her friend "Fofie" (Sophie) so I can only assume that she enjoyed herself as well.

Back to the boomerang. So I put the Christmas love out there and had a friend in need over for lunch. Well guess what happened not 4 hours later? Another friend of mine said she was running to the grocery store and when I mentioned I was on my way there to pick up some paper plates that I had neglected to get when I was there this morning she offered to pick them up for me and bring them to my home. Bang-a-boomerang. And just like that the Christmas love was returned.

Truer words were never spoken (or sung, as the case may be): So give it away, I think you'll learn/You'll get love in return.

Thank you friend, thank you universe, and thank you ABBA.

Now I'm off. I've got some leftover tinfoil and Bert and I are going to attempt to recreate this timeless ABBA image. Maybe if we can get the girls to cooperate, it will be our Christmas card picture this year. Wish us luck.


Maren Hansen said...

Truly a special pic. Hmm, I look forward to seeing your Christmas cards this year...

Angie said...

Can I please have a copy of that picture when it's developed???? I am laughing so hard right now! You are great. Thank you for starting a blog and making my day each time I read it. I know I don't always comment, but be rest assured that I do read it every day. You are hilarious and timeless. I've only seen a few of those ABBA videos and they are hilarious. But I do love watching Una in heaven as she sings and dances along with them. I'm glad your Christmas love was returned!

Mrs Furious said...

"Bang-a-boomerang. And just like that the Christmas love was returned."

This whole post was freaking hilarious. Well done my friend. Well done.

PS my xmas boxes are fan-freaking-tastic. I should go pro.

Denise Eskelson said...

When I saw the picture, I almost didn't read the post, almost. I don't think I will be able to get that image out of my mind. Awesome!

Mary Poppins said...

maren--you know us. we're all about classy.

angie--una is the cutest thing ever when she sings and dances to the ABBA songs. i particularly love it when she sings "breaking up is never easy i know, but i have to go."

mrs-f--thanks. and about going pro, seriously why not start up a gift box company next year? you know your readers (and others) would be into it.

denise--clearly, the picture is so much better than the post, but aren't you glad you decided to read it anyway?