1937: Da jeg var en liten gutt, Øystein Sunde
The title means "When I was a little boy" and is a look back on
from the vantage point of fatherhood, recalling being shushed in the back
seat, and now the melancholy feeling of being the shusher and driver
himself. Cars figure heavily in much of Sunde's work, and this is no
exception: "My grandpa had a Plymouth, I'm sure it looked fine in
reference to a year)...Sunde's father bought the car from his own father,
and it of course reminded me of our '49 Plymouth (sold in '64 for 15
dollars, when we upgraded to a '55 model).
The song is on his album "Kjekt å ha" from 1989, recorded in
"Kjekt å ha" translates loosely to "Comes in handy".
Sunde is a crack
guitarist and banjo player, has jammed with Chet Atkins in Nashville but
lives outside of Oslo, where Egil knows him from RC model glider flying.
Other musicians on the album are Mark O'Connor, Jonas Fjeld,
Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Kenny Malone, Roy Huskey, jr., Ray Flacke,
Bruce Bouton, and Einar Mjølsnes. Norwegian folksinger Kirsten Bråten
Berg does back-up vocals on one traditional song as well. Even if you
understand none of the lyrics, this is a great album.
It is amazing how an idea like this can wreak
havoc on my best laid plans to accomplish things.