Only Mom could comfort me back then.
Alexander Rybak performed his brand new song “Mom” on “Allsang på grensen” Thursday, July 19th, with his mother in the audience.
Source: TV2.no, published 19.07.18. Text: Vilde Brandtzæg Clausen. Photo: Thomas Andersen/TV2. English transaltion, TessaLa. Revision by Anni Jowett.
Since the Eurovision final, it has been quiet from Alexander Rybak. The song “That’s How You Write a Song” ended in 15th place in this year’s final, and Rybak expressed the disappointment afterwards.
Sings about his mother
Just two months after the ESC disappointment in Lisbon, Alexander Rybak currently has a new song, which comes at a surprisingly fast pace for Rybak. The song, on the other hand, is of the calm kind.
There are plenty of singers who have the ability to write ten songs on a regular basis.I write a few songs during the year, but they often have a theme that I have never done before. So I hope I never run out of themes to write about, says Alexander Rybak to TV 2.
Rybak’s new song is called “Mom” and is about his mother’s support. His mother, Natasha Rybak, was in the audience, and heard the song for the first time together with more than 3,000 people at “Allsang på grensen”.
– Mother has been both a good friend and a good partner in music, says Rybak.
Natasha herself plays the piano, and has taught the folk-loved artist all that he knows about the instrument.
The song itself was made about a year ago when the artist had a tough period in his life.
I don’t want to go too much into what was wrong, but then I felt that mom was the only one who could comfort me, says Rybak.
A few weeks ago, Rybak was admitted to hospital and had to have an emergency surgery of his tonsils. Then he had time to think about the song, and decided it was time to release the song.
– In connection with the music, mom often comes with good advice. I am very glad she is the safety she is. She is simply a safe anchor, says Rybak.
Natasha Rybak is one of the biggest fans of her son, and went with Rybak to Lisbon earlier this year.
– It was a pleasure to see. Seeing him on stage … He is a great entertainer and we are completely carried along, said Natasha to TV2 after the semi-finals.
Played for the Royal family
This is Rybak’s first television performance after the tonsil surgery , but not his first appearance on stage. Last weekend he was playing for the Swedish Royal family. Watch his performance HERE
– There I played the mostly violin. It was very nice to play for them, and I got to play some violin,” said Rybak, adding that he is primarily a violinist.
After that show, Rybak wrote on his official Instagram profile:
“I remember my father said: “If you practice enough”, you will get to play for royalties”. And yeah, today I get the honor of playing for the royal family of Sweden, at lovely princess Victoria’s anniversary. ❤ I’m very grateful!”
Unlike many other pop artists, Rybak writes few songs about love.
Right after” Fairytale “I decided that I would not go for the typical formats pop artists often go for, says Rybak, adding:
– I think that’s because I have a background in classical music. There we are trained to embrace all parts of the music. Just like life.
Met the girlfriend on Tinder
Alexander Rybak announced two years ago that he had got girlfriend, 23-year-old Julie Gaarud Holm. Tuesday he released a picture of the happy couple on Instagram, revealing his tips for a long-term relationship.
In the text, he writes that their love is based on friendship, not ownership. He also adds that they put both cell phones and computers aside when they visit each other.
Asking if the couple plans to move in together, Rybak answers with a twinkle in his eye:
– Now we are focusing on my mother, aren’t we?
Previously, Rybak said that the couple met on Tinder
I was very happy when she sent me a message that was very different from all the other messages I received on Tinder. She just asked: “Should we do something together?” And I didn’t answer to that. But then she sent me a new message and said: “What about Saturday?” Rybak told.