Lotta Bromé, the journalist who interviewed Agnetha for the release of her new album in 2004, has made an interview over the phone with Frida. It was aired today on Swedish Radio (www.sr.se) on channel P4 Extra where Lotta has her own show every week day from 1.00-3.00 pm. Every week she features an artist and play some of the artist's song. This week Frida was the featured artist.
Here's my translation:
LB: Welcome, Frida. Directly from France, welcome to P4 Extra.
FL: Thank you very much, hello Lotta!
LB: This week we have had at least one Frida song every day, and that certainly is needed somtimes.
FL: I'm really very happy about that you have spent a whole week about me.
LB: How often do you listen to your own music?
FL: Well, sporadically I would say. Maybe if I'm feeling nostalgic or there's another reason for me to listen to it. My production reaches over quite alot of years. The last time I listened I actually listened to what I did in the late sixties and that gave me many funny moments because, fortunately, a lot has developed since then, and also my singing technique which might have become better during the years. But it was a great trip back and I'm so grateful that I got to work with what I really like, which is music.
LB: One could say that Melodifestivalen has meant quite a lot for you?
FL: Of course it has. When you mention Melodifestivalen I automatically think back to the first time I participated in it.
LB: Do you know what I think of? I think of this one. (A snippet of "Härlig Är Vår Jord" is played) Was this the one you were thinking of, Anni-Frid?
FL: (giggling) Yes, that's the one I was thinking of. It makes me realise why and how music sometimes becomes consumer goods. But it was an exciting and incredible nervous experience. It was Ivan Renliden, if I'm not wrong, who wrote this song
LB: What was it like to be a participant back then in 1969?
FL: It was fun, exciting, nervous all of that. I was working with Charlie Norman at that time and his wife, Dagny, and I had created a stage outfit that I really, really liked alot. And I got to meet different artists that I hadn't met before, for example Sten (Nilsson) of Sten & Stanley. And Lasse Berghagen participated and I think Tommy Körberg was there too.
LB: Do you remember on what position you ended up on?
FL: I think I came in on number 4.
LB: That's absolutely correct! That's not bad.
FL: What a great memory I have! (laughs).
LB: Definitely! (Frida laughs) Then, later on of course you won the whole thing together with ABBA. But let's go back and talk some more about the sixties. You were 13 when you started singing in a jazzband?
FL: Mmmm, I was 13 when I started singing, but I really wasn't allowed. Back then the rules were that you had to be at least 14. I don't know if that was true or not, but that was what I was told. So, yes, 13 was my age, it was early but it was fun.
LB: So did you lie when you were going to sing then?
FL: No, noone ever really asked. But if someone had asked, I don't know. Back then everything wasn't as controlled as it is today. I think I looked a great deal older than 13.
LB: In a while, here on the show we will talk about being 40 and over. Your birthday is coming up in November, what do you think about being 40 and over? What advise can you give to us who are fighting the 40 year crisis right now?
FL: (laughs) That's a funny question since I'm fighting my own 60+ year crisis! But alright, I will try. I think that 40 in many was a wonderful time, but that was mostly down to where I was in life and my beloved husband Ruzzo. After that life has brought me in other directions. I think crisis, wheter it's aging or something, you have to try and be happy every day and make the most of every day. To discover a little deeper what life really is about and not care so much about the superficial stuff, which our soceity is concentrating more and more on unfortunately. So be who you are and be happy about how you are there is a reason you are here and you should take care of that.
LB: We heard another 60's song with you earlier, "Räkna De Lyckliga Stunderna Blott"...
FL: (laughs) Well, I'm not so sure about that. The happy moments are bonuses that balances the unhappy moments in life. I think it's important to remember both the happy and not so happy moments in your life. That's what gives you balance in life and experience, often even the things that aren't so fun that helps you grow and they are something that you take with you in life.
LB: How have you done when it comes to having sorrow in your life and then find thappy things to balance your life? What is your secret?
FL: I don't have a secret way to do that. You have to make your way through life no matter what happens. In my case it has been that I'm a strong woman, even though when I look back on things I can see how hard they were to go through. I have had a very supportive family and friends and that's what you need in time of crisis. It's all that matters, especially now that I have gotten older I find the family extremely important and you support each other. So you make the journey together; I'm not the only one who have grieved over things that has happened in my life, so has my family, my children - my own and my step children. But together you can make it.
FL: Yes, of course. But it's not just those closest family members, I have lost friends too. But we all do and you have to process your grief as well as you can. That's the way life is, you win and you lose.
LB: This week we have also listened to you from the 70's. The song was called "Anima Mia" but in Swedish it was called "Ett Liv I Solen" from "Frida Ensam". Then it took a while but in 1982 you were back with "There's Something Going On" a collaboration with Phil Collins. I have that album at home, it has a drawn cover.
FL: Yes, it was a French artist who was a good friend of mine and he decided to make a portrait of me. It was kind of fun. I don't know if it was that beautiful but it was fun.
LB: The hair was very red at least.
FL: Yes, the hair was very read indeed.
LB: And some pink around, wasn't it?
FL: Yes, I think I was going through some pink-red period at that time (laughs). Among all the periods I have had regarding my hair!
LB: What period are you in right now?
FL: I'm in a, let's say, older mature woman period that probably wont change very drastically.
LB: Are you letting the grey show?
FL: No, I don't. I don't think grey suits me very well. I guess it's from earlier in life when I always had to be so fancy and goodlooking as a role model. No, I might wait another 10 years, but then we will have to wait and see.
LB: So is it dark or red still?
FL: No, it's cendre with some blond highlights.
LB: That sound nice.
FL: Yes, it's quite nice.
LB: Is it long or short?
FL: Somewhere in between.
LB: The last time you recorded was in 1996?
FL: Yes, it was in 1996, exactly.
LB: With Anders Glenmark. So it was quite a while ago. Would you like to make another recording?
FL: Nah, the urge to sing is always present, but - as Agnetha and I talked about last time we met - you have to motivated. And I think that motivation is gone, BUT I'm not COMPLETELY sure. One should never say never. I don't think I'd like to do a solo project, but I could see myself doing something with other musicians, if it's a project that brings out my motivation.
LB: Since you were talking with Agnetha, could she be a musical partner?
FL: That would be fantastic, but I don't think that will happen. Agnetha and I also spoke about the fact that as you get older you want to spend time with your grandchildren and there are a lot of other things that keeps you busy so I don't know. But of course it would have been a fantastic thing to do but I think it would create such enormous pressure just because it would be Agnetha and I. Enormous expectations and all the promotion you would have to do. I don't think neither Agnetha nor I are ready for that. We have gone through all of that during many years of our lives.
LB: It's still a big thing whenever you and/or Agnetha make an appearance.
FL: I think it's a good thing to keep that magic. It's fun to take part in the celebrations of ABBA in whatever shape or form it is, like the Mamma Mia! movie and the musical. And I think our presence creates an enormous joy at these kind of events. And it gives me a chance to enjoy the things I did earlier in my life.
LB: Next year we will have a royal wedding here in Sweden, and Victoria will become queen one day. I was thinking that if you change the song "Oh, Carl Gustaf" to "Oh, Daniel".
FL: (laughing) No, no, no. Maybe if Kjerstin Dellert wants to do it, but I will not.
LB: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, Anni-Frid.
FL: Thank you, Lotta. It was nice to talk to you. And thank you to all listeners who have suffered through all my old songs this week. I'm very grateful that I have been allowed to be a guest in your homes this week. Thanks again Lotta and all listeneres and everyone who has worked with this show. Take care!
FL: I really can't say. But, let's say "Fernando" from "Frida Ensam" which was a big break for me as a solo artist and also a big hit for ABBA later on.
LB: OK, then. We will play your Swedish version. Bye.
FL: Thank you, bye bye.
("Fernando" is played)
Here's the link to listen to the interview: https://abbamikory.blogs.com/2009fridaradiointerview.wma