Sunday, 2 December 2012

2 December 2012 – Buddy Bear/Sweden

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SWEDEN

Let’s start with the Swedish Buddy Bear,
painted by Laila Olofsson.

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Why is he wearing a nightshirt??

Sverige

The clue is found in a little note on the side:

Sverige

The artist got her inspiration for this bear from a popular Swedish sing-along summer waltz (Sjösala vals) from 1941 by Evert Taube (1890-1976).

Sjösala was the name of the Taube family’s summer house, located in the idyllic Stockholm archipelago. The lyrics describe a man, Rönnerdal, jumping happily out of bed on an early summer morning, running outside in his nightshirt, dancing in the field, enjoying the birds and nature. He puts a chain of daisies on his head and dances back in to wake up the rest of his family with music. His children think he looks like a bride with the nightshirt and the flowers on his head.

You can listen to the song at YouTube, sung by Evert’s son Sven-Bertil Taube, at a public sing-along concert:
http://youtu.be/97waCi-fkMo

6 comments:

  1. These are still making me laugh.

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  2. while listening to the song I could see this sweet and very cute little bear running and jumping. it is perfect for the music.

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  3. I thought he'd come down early on Christmas morning to see what was under the tree!

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    1. In Sweden there's nothing left under the tree on Christmas morning. We open our presents on Christmas Eve!

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  4. I LOVE your header and now we get to see the bears up close and hear each ones story, what could be better, I love this bear's story!

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  5. I can see these are going to be real fun as well as interesting.

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