One of the reasons I wanted to move to Sweden was so I could sing in a Swedish choir… I know that is everyone’s greatest dream, Right? Well, I have been singing in choirs since I was a little girl so naturally I wanted to keep music in my life here as well. Part of what makes Sweden so special is that everyone sings. They have songs for everything and anything… really! The other night my host parents were talking about going to bed and broke out into this one… Säng säng säng (Bed, Bed, Bed)
So there are special songs to go with celebrations and activities too like birthdays, midsommar, kräftskiva, and Sankta Lucia; along with flowers, fruits and vegetables, the weather… you name it. But I will save some of those for another time. In addition to these songs, Sweden has a wonderful choral tradition. I was lucky enough to audition and be accepted into the choir group, A Scapella, at Karolinska Institutet’s student organization, Medicinska Föreningen. So now one night a week I go to a choir rehearsal that is all in Swedish… It is a good thing I know a few words in Swedish and that I’ve spent so long singing! I’m thankful that I not only have the chance to sing here, but that this also will help improve my Swedish!
Below is a song, Baba Yetu, from my first concert with A Scapella! I am standing over on the left.
After we finished our concert my host mom, Lena, and I rushed out to make it to hear First Aid Kit play at Cirkus! They are a Swedish sister duo whose popularity is growing not only in Sweden but around the world too. I missed seeing them in the US before I left, so seeing them perform here was at the top of my to do list upon arrival. It was an amazing show and Idiot Wind had a great opening set to! Figures crossed my budget and schedule allow me to see a few more shows while I am here.
You can listen to one of their most popular songs below! Enjoy!