SVT, the Swedish Television, are gradually opening up more and more of their archives to the general public, published on their home page svt.se. Their are already many treasures to be found, and I am going therein to explore from time to time. And today, after just a little while of such exploring I found the programme "Två och en flygel" (eng: Two and a grand piano), which seems to be an excellent programme with a whole hour long interviews with music personalities, and where the athmosphere is open and the guest is allowed to talk openly about his life and his music, and also play a lot together with the host, who is himself an excellent jazz pianist.
In the programme linked above, the guest is Cornelis Vreeswijk. He is not that famous outside of Sweden, which probably is due to him writing mostly in Swedish. In any case, he has for many years been a fascination for me. He came to Sweden as a teenager, but anyway masters the Swedish language like few others. He also has a kind of composition style which just seem to pour effortlessly out of him - a bit like Emily Bear, and Mozart and other really great composers (this effortlessness is a common sign of a high quality). He writes on all themes: ranging from political satire, to comical funny stories, to beautiful depictions of love, to erotic pieces, etc etc. One of my personal favourite themes of his is when he writes about the downtrodden people, the homeless, the drunks. The reason for this is that he - again a bit like Mozart, in his operas - manages to make their seemingly miserable existances seen from a higher empathic perspective, where you can identify and like these characters. One of my favourite examples of this is the clip below, about Fredrik Åkare, who just has become homeless and now walks around on the streets, but where, as he says, "now nothing can touch him, and he is free". In the clip below that one, you find the same character, Fredrik Åkare, when he meets a beautiful younger girl, in a wonderful depiction of the attraction and instant love that you sometimes find on the dance floor, and which has fascinated me for so many years.
This second clip is the perhaps most well-known and beautiful song that he has written, which also can be listened to without understanding the lyrics (the lyrics is absolutely incredible, though). In the 1h interview above, he reveals that this Fredrik Åkare fellow actually is a real person, who has several of the characters in common with the character in the songs.