19 January 2009
I have always been an Abba Fan.
It's safe to admit that now, what with the success of "Mamma Mia" and all that. But all through the 80's and 90's when Abba were something of a musical "joke" I was a dedicated (secret) fan.
My signature song is Dancing Queen - it's the one I sing when pressed into karaoke. I know all the words to all the songs (and not just the ones off Abba Gold)...
I've been practising those Abba moves since I was a young schoolgirl of seven, on the seats behind my classroom with my friends at Pt Chev primary. I have dressed up as The Brunette many times (but always wished I could be The Blonde.)
And now, there is Abba Singstar! An Abba fan's dream-come-true. They were sold out at Christmas, but Mr G put a voucher in my stocking, and one day a few weeks ago he came home with the actual Game.
It wasn't long before we roped in our good friends Gail and M, who came over for dinner the other weekend.
We set the kids up with a DVD in the other room and started playing (Gail is also an Abba fan from way back. M said he didn't know any of the songs, but his SCORES tell us otherwise...)
Of course it wasn't 5 minutes before we heard the pitter patter of little feet. "Can we have a turn...?"
"No, go and watch your DVD, this is grownups playtime...!"
Away they went... only to return a few minutes later as... ABBA.
There was Princess (the blonde), Livvy (the Brunette), Dash and T as Bjorn/Benny. Complete with pretend microphones, keyboards, fake guitars, outlandish outfits and an orange highlighter moustache (who else but Dash?)
Then it was just dancing and singing for the rest of the night... playing their pretend instuments - the next generation of Abba Fans. I got some great 21st Video Footage...
A few days later, on our way camping, Princess said to me: "Mummy! Did we remember to bring the Abba Singstar...??"
I explained that there's no TV or video games when you're camping. She looked glum for a minute. Then... "Mummy do you know what kind of party I want when I grow up? Abba Singstar!"
Mamma Mia! Here we go again...