What does Abba’s music mean to you? Readers respond.
“My parents immigrated from Honduras to the United States when I was very young. One of their first jobs and my earliest memories (since they had to take me) was cleaning furniture showrooms at night, where they were allowed to play music. Soundtrack? Abba in Spanish. Their music has always made me feel safe, cared for and happy. Later, it helped me not to feel like an outsider as a child of immigrants, as I knew all the melodies of some of the greatest songs of this generation. MAYRA QUINTANO, 29, San Francisco
“I remember Abba’s concert broadcast on Polish television channel TVP2 in 1976, during the country’s communist era. It was a very special event, and the flavor of the West in 1970s Poland was the sound of Abba. I was listening to Pink Floyd and Abba and didn’t see any dissonance. Ah, happy days. JAROSLAW PLUCIENNIK, 54, Lodz, Poland
“In 1979, I was a model working for five months in Japan. I didn’t speak Japanese, and my colleagues in the overcrowded, camera-filled photo studios often spoke very little English, but they knew the lyrics to every Abba song. Every studio I’ve worked in has played this band nonstop, enthusiastically cheering to boost the energy with “Dancing Queen” or “When I Kissed the Teacher”. I can’t hear any tunes from Abba without remembering to face the light in the box and smile. LYNKA ADAMS, 68, Napa, Calif.
The complexity of music
“As a drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, I remember recording the song” Prove It All Night “for the 1978 album” Darkness On The Edge Of Town “, a reference was made to get that “Abba keyboard sound” for the opening signature melodic hook. Listening to it again, I think we made it! ” MAX WEINBERG, 70, Delray Beach, Florida
“To know Abba in a country like Colombia, loaded with tropical rhythms and influences, and as I played a happy and carefree adolescence, it was to discover that my senses could vibrate like never before to the rhythm of delicious energies, almost subliminal. “ JUAN CARLOS RIVERA MEDINA, 59, Cali, Colombia
“I love their cheerful music juxtaposed with the depressing and heartbreaking lyrics of Bjorn. Pure shine. Abba helps me write music. I study their chord progressions, harmonies, instrumentation, lyrics, style and much more. They give me constant inspiration. KAYLA NORD, 32, Seattle