I write about the songs

Published June 30, 2016

One of the new features in the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is dedicated sections that take a closer look at certain aspects of ABBA's musical creativity. The subject may be, for instance, "Agnetha and Frida as singers", or "Björn as lyricist".

Right now I'm working on the essay dealing with Björn and Benny's songwriting methods, and it is quite fascinating. I have documents where, for more than two decades, I've been saving information on various ABBA-related topics: either in full text or in the shape of a note about sources with relevant information about this subject. I've just gone through my Songwriting documents and with the aid of those, plus my own interviews with Björn and Benny, I've been able to put together what I believe could be the most detailed story on when, where and how the ABBA tunes were written.

I believe I have mentioned this phenomenon in an earlier blog post, but I'm still blown away by the feeling of bringing all the disparate information together and seeing a story emerge, gaining new insights in the process. For it's one thing to read, say, a specific newspaper interview with the Andersson/Ulvaeus team, but it's another to extract all the details from it and putting them in a coherent essay along with all the other pieces of information. It's only then that the full picture reveals itself.

The Songwriting essay will probably be somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 words - and this is just the bare facts about Björn and Benny's methods and the environments they were working in. The writing of lyrics will have a separate essay, and the writing of individual songs will be discussed in their own entries, when such information is available.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: we will all know so much more about ABBA's music when this book is published.

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Benny and Björn in the songwriting cabin at Viggsö. This is where they wrote Ring Ring, Waterloo, Dancing Queen and many others.