11 December: Family Four: Hej mitt vinterland

Published December 11, 2014

Time for the token Swedish-language track in the Advent Calendar. I don't believe Family Four are very well-known outside Scandinavia. They competed in the Eurovision Song Contest two years in a row - 1971 and 1972 - but that's about it. In Sweden, however, they had many hits in the Sixties and Seventies.

I was really happy when I learned about their Christmas album, Family Four's jul ("Family Four's Christmas") because except for traditional songs, most Christmas music recorded in Sweden is...well, let's just say it's not to my liking and leave it at that. But Family Four a) recorded their album in the early Seventies and b) were never known to over-emote anything, so what you get is just their beautiful harmony singing and a tasteful, well-arranged instrumental backing. That's all I want, no more no less.

'Hej mitt vinterland' ("Hello, My Winter Land"), was written by the late Britt Lindeborg (again, her international fame is probably limited to her contribution as lyricist to the 1984 Eurovision winner, 'Diggi-Loo, Diggi-Ley'). The song was first recorded by child star Lena Conradson in 1960 and quickly became something of a Christmas favourite in Sweden. I haven't heard every version recorded, of course, but I doubt any of them could be better than Family Four's interpretation.

Listen to Hej mitt vinterland here. (This is a Spotify link; the song is also available on Youtube, but you will need to raise the volume considerably in order to hear it.)


Family Four's jul.