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Saturday, October 06, 2012

As It is In Heaven

I've just been watching As It Is In Heaven (Så som i himmelen) on DVD. It's a strange and rather lovely film whose main theme is all about the transformative power of music. Some of the characters are a bit stereotypical but it's still very moving. It was nominated for best Foreign Language Film in the 2005 Academy Awards (losing out to Les Choristes, ironically enough). It contains a couple of wonderful songs.

First of all here is Gabriella's Song, being sung in the film by Helen Sjöholm.



The version on Youtube with English subtitles has poor synchronisation, so here's a translation of the words:

It is now that my life is mine
I’ve got this short time on earth
And my longing has brought me here
All I lacked and all I gained

And yet it’s the way that I chose
My trust was far beyond words
That has shown me a little bit
Of the heaven I’ve never found

I want to feel I’m alive
All my living days
I will live as I desire
I want to feel I’m alive
Knowing I was good enough

I have never lost who I was
I have only left it sleeping
Maybe I never had a choice
Just the will to stay alive

All I want is to be happy being who I am
To be strong and to be free
To see day arise from night
I am here and my life is only mine
And the heaven I thought was there
I’ll discover it there somewhere

I want to feel that I’ve lived my life

And here is Lena's Song, which is played on a tape in the film and is sung (in English) by a different person from the one who plays Lena. I think this is the version used in the film, but if not it's an exceptionally good cover.



I was surfing about finding various cover versions of these songs, and spotted one of Gabriella's Song in the Youtube menu performed by the "Oslo fagottkor". Now there are various versions out there for brass ensemble (and very good they are), so I clicked on it expecting a bassoon ensemble. Ooooh, no: quite the wrong kind of faggot, dear. This is a Norwegian gay choir, and they do a terrific version of it. Have a listen.



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