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002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« on: September 07, 2019, 10:15:00 pm »
Maybe stupid to get into the competition with a Swedish song. But I like this one. VERY simple just Am-E-F and old faithful. The simplicity of the guitar makes it possible for me to get some emotions into the singing.

This song was released in 1981 by swedish punk band Ebba Grön. The song title means something like "Mental Ice Age".

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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2019, 10:23:18 pm »
Really liked that little extra grit and attitude in tbe singing, Johan. Not too fussed that I don't know what the lyrics mean, so no downside in entering the contest with #31. Guitar sounded good too. Well done.

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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2019, 06:41:37 pm »
Definitely a good idea to go native- we're a global village here  ;)

My smatterings of Danish, along with the fact that it's from an 80's punk band, suggest to me lots of totalitarian power and control, with oppression by machines/systems, resulting in a generally dystopian life...
If that's the general ball-park, I think your rendition hits the mark.
Cool- in fact- ice cold!
Have a hot vibe to warm up  8)

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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2019, 09:16:03 am »
Thanks David and Brian.

Brian: Yes your understanding of the song is right. Its about technology taking over peoples minds and a life without feelings. This song is maybe the most assessible and commercial song of Ebba Grön. It even went into the swedish top list (svensktoppen) in 1981 which was unique and maybe not that cool for a punk band. Nevertheless its a great song. I think you might wanna check out Ebba Grön more if you are a 80's punk fan.

David: Thanks for the nice words about the vocals, I think this one suits my vocal range quite good.
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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 12:00:36 pm »
Really nice performance Loefgren - confidence in the vocals is especially noticeable. Wish I knew the words - I did look up a translation of the lyrics - but it wasn't much clearer to be honest. I have to admire your repeated relaxed change between the A minor and F major chords. The recording you have made is really good - great balance between the guitar and your voice. Well done.

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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 09:40:06 pm »
Nice playing Johan, and the dynamics on the vocals in particular are great.
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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2019, 06:22:13 am »
Thanks Kontenda and Mari!

Kontenda: the English translation of the song on lyricstranslate is not very good (google translate?), I think its pretty difficult to translate lyrics.

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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2019, 01:09:36 am »
God dag Johann,
Swedish acoustic punk is another genre to add to my list! Good job with the performance, well done! Wish I knew what the words meant?
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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2019, 11:37:36 am »
God dag Neil and thanks for listening. I'll pass on trying to translate the lyrics, to time consuming and not sure if its possible really. If I win i'll do an version for the UK and US market :)
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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2019, 10:52:30 pm »
The Swedish Tim Armstrong :)
Couldn't understand a word but what I felt was a growing frustration, while a slow buildup of something is happening around you; you  are kind of drowning in it all of a sudden.
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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2019, 10:33:53 pm »
I'm guessing that wasn't a love song. Definitely sounded dark to my ears. Enjoyed hearing you sing in Swedish. The song suited your voice and sounded cool. The guitar playing was really fluid, with good rhythm and strumming. Great job!

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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2019, 07:04:59 am »
Thanks Lieven and Lynn. Definetely not a love song. Lieven is quite right about the vibe of the song, not sure about the exact meaning of the song, but I guess its about frustration and fear due to machines, technology and a superficial life.   
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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2019, 01:10:01 pm »
Sounds like a song a ballroom dancer could dance to. You did well on it all - singing & strumming.  Good work.


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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2019, 01:12:44 pm »
Good singing on this one Johan the solid guitar is a given. You do sound more confident in Swedish or maybe its the song - in any case you do sound more purposeful.   

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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2019, 08:24:27 am »
Thanks Pam and Gareth. Never thought of this one as a dance song, but maybe it could work!
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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2019, 04:15:22 am »
I think this is great and singing in your native tounge seems to bring you coming to the song in a really relaxed and comfortable way which shows in this vid.

I really like what you've done! Excellent all round

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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2019, 11:35:19 am »
Gritty and insistent and powerful. And that is without knowing the exact meaning. Your definitely inhabit the vocal with passion and intensity. The best performance I think you have given. The guitar is a perfect machine-grinding backdrop to the story scene. Really solid and accomplished all round.
A hint on the E – F chord part … try playing the E chord with fingers 2, 3 and 4 so you have a much quicker change to F then back again with having to unfurl and reposition every finger.

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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2019, 08:13:13 am »
Thanks Danni and Richard, I am happy that the energy of the song is coming through, even if you cant understand the words.

Richard: I will try the alternate fingering for the E-chord, should make the transition to F and back easier. The "original fingering" for most of the chords is really imprinted in my brain, so if I dont think about I automatically use the original fingerings.
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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2019, 05:17:02 am »
You sound great Johan! Probably your best that I've heard (I didn't hear some of your stuff from the year and you're probably gonna see me say this a lot.) Thank you for the wonderful entry! :)

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« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2019, 07:46:16 am »
Thanks Bala for listening. I agree its among the ones I like best of my 2019 covers.
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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2019, 08:35:45 pm »
This is a new one on me for sure! Your rhythm is solid and the overall sound was strong but I can't comment on the lyric of course! Your strumming hand looks great and relaxed and overall it sounds cool and like you're not struggling with it at al - awesome! :)
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Re: 002 2019 Mental Istid by Ebba Grön (2019 Cover # 31)
« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2019, 06:54:29 am »
Thanks Justin, glad to introduce you to some Ebba Grön! If it looked effortless it wasn't. But tried to keep it simple and the song seems to suit me. This is maybe one of the songs I wanna perform in an open mic when I am ready for that.
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