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So polite that he nearly drowned – Her & Nå 28.06.11

Good manners were close to cost Rybak his life. So polite that he nearly drowned.

 Article found, and translated by Veronica Nord. Pictures scanned by Susanne Berlin. Journalist : Hans Petter Treider  Photos : Morten Bendiksen. Published 28.06.2011

During the whole summer “Her & Nå” will challenge celebrities: Who sets up a deckchair the fastest?

First one out is the artist Alexander Rybak.
Time: 25.5 seconds….

Alexander Rybak was very, very polite already as a child. Even one time he was about to drown, he called for help by discreetly gurgling “excuse me ….excuse me”.

– How long can you sit in a deckchair before you get restless,  Alexander Rybak?
– If it’s not sunny, I can manage 5 hours just fine. If the sun is shining, then it won’t be more than one minute.

– For most others it is vice versa …
– I have never been interested in nice weather. The worst way to wake up, is when the sun is “baking” through the bedroom window. No, give me rather rain!

– But is there really anything to do indoors in the summer?
– Really not ? I have recently played through 20 TV games on three different consoles, watched four seasons of “Heroes”, three seasons of “Lost” and read a book about Ole Bull.

– Why Ole Bull?
– I feel related to him. He didn’t manage to enjoy the present either.

– What can you enjoy then?
– I’m enjoying what I have done and what I’m going to do.

-Congratulations on your new CD, “Visa vid vindens angar” ! It’s a collaboration between you and the Swedish troubadour Mats Paulson, who is 48 years older than you. Is it not insurmountable for two musicians?

– No. He is a “jentefut” (= casanova, ladies man, womanizer) just as I am. I’m actually an old man, trapped in a girl’s wet dream.

– What did you say?
– No, let me rather say it this way: I’m an old man, trapped in a seducer’s body.

– I think we change the theme : We are at Oksval pier at Nesodden, your childhood paradise. What were you like as a child?

– Polite and gentle. Even when I once nearly drowned, because of lacking swimming skills, I would not create unnecessary uproar, and called attention so discreet as possible by gurgle “excuse me …. excuse me”. Then I was saved by the head physician at Sunnaas hospital, which incidentally also was taking a swim.

– Have you always been so polite?
– Yes, and disciplined. Add also “aware” and “listening”.

 – What smell do you associate most with summer?
– Scent of rhubarb. Mom makes a lot of different things with rhubarb.

 – What summer has burned itself into your memory?
-The summer my dad and I were street musicians in Sweden. I was about seven years, I think. We played the violin, both of us.

– When you’re as old as your musical friend Mats Paulson, how would you like your life to be then?
– I hope it consists of just the right amount of excitement, just right amount of safety and that I live with a woman who loves both my weaknesses and strengths.

Some quick questions in the deck chair:

– What is the taste of summer?
– To get salt water in the nose.

– How many degrees must there be in the water before you jump in?
– Preferably 20. But I can take a swim in 16 degrees too, if it’s hot in the air.

-What song puts you in the summer mood?
– “Ferie” (Holiday) by Postgirobygget. It is suitably nostalgic.

– Tell you the whole and entire truth when you’re writing postcards?
– I do not write postcards, but I respond to letters fans have sent. I’m now finished with letter number 8231.

– What kind of holiday do you not go on ?
– I can control myself from charter holiday.

Interview of Alexander Rybak to “Se & Hør”. 01.07.11

Article found, scanned and translated into English by Veronica Nord.

Journalist: Per Sigve Kleppe

Said no to the king of musical.


Openhearted! AR speak out about drugs, his new album – and the celebrities he has rejected.

– You are out with a new СВ again, can you tell a bit about the album?

– It’s released both in Norway and Sweden and is called “Visa vid Vindens anger”. It’s a collaboration with the Swedish troubadour Matt Paulson (73), who I have known for over two years. He’s a living legend for me, and it has really been therapy to work with him on this album. After two turbulent years, I needed something that was a little down to earth/laidback, says Rybak.

Continue reading Interview of Alexander Rybak to “Se & Hør”. 01.07.11

Article about Alexander Rybak from “Romerikes Blad”, 24.06.2011

Nostalgic summer breeze from the countryside

This is an article from “Romerikes Blad” (24.06.2011) – only in paper issue. Written by Kjersti Busterud and Ola Einbu.

Found by Kristen Marie Heia
Scanned and translated by Laila Solum Hansen

Alexander Rybak enters the summer with songs about the wind which is ruffling the curtains, Maria and the first kiss. All put together in Gjerdrum.

Gjerdrum

“Det går en vind over vindens ängar”. And there Alexander Rybak is sitting, suntanned in the Norwegian summer’s breeze, ready to sweep over the country with Swedish songs, written by 73 years old Mats Paulson.

Continue reading Article about Alexander Rybak from “Romerikes Blad”, 24.06.2011

Interview of Alexander Rybak in paper issue of Aftenposten from 26.6.11.

Found by Olina Novikova. Translated  by Tessa La.

Journalist: Ingrid Anthonsen
Photo: Dan Petter Neergaard

Rybak and the Swedish troubadour Mats Paulson have released a CD about life’s small pleasures.They describe the cooperation as therapy.

SONG THERAPY!

– This has been therapy for me. For the first time in two years I have control of the situation, Rybak (25) said.

He talks about his new album, “Visa Vid Vindens Ängar,” which is made in cooperation with the Swedish troubadour Mats Paulson (73).

Rybak sings the beloved songs in Swedish, and has also contributed with melodies to four of the songs on the album. The songs are about life’s little golden moments, like to cuddle a cat, or the first kiss. For Rybak, the project has also been about finding peace after a turbulent time in the wake of the superior Eurovision victory in 2009. Fatigue, excessive workloads, and a fiddle smashed in frustration, has made headlines.

Continue reading Interview of Alexander Rybak in paper issue of Aftenposten from 26.6.11.