“I take it easy” says Marie Fredriksson to Aftonbladet

STOCKHOLM - Today Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet published an interview with Marie Fredriksson, in regard to her new album "Min bäste vän" and Roxette's 20th Anniversary.

  Marie explains that nowadays she takes things very easy and enjoys spring after a long dark winter, "Weather is so nice now, so I love to be outside, enjoy the sun and see everything blossom," tells an enthusiastic Marie, "I don't work every day, I take it easy. One day I may write, the other day I draw. But above all, I try to take it nice and slow." Marie tells Aftonbladet reporter Jens Peterson that she has gotten over the illness and treatment and that she has learned to relax and not live under stress anymore.

  The reason behind her new album is similar to Per’s story about Son of a Plumber. "I started to long for those old albums and started listening to them again. I re-discovered many favorite songs from that time. John Holm, Pugh Rogefeldt and the Hoola Bandoola Band." Marie didn’t feel inspired to write something new herself, so she decided to make this album with covers. "We wanted to have 10-11 songs on the album, so it was hard to decide which songs were going to make it," laughs Marie.

  Marie also explains that she enjoys singing more than ever, "I have never felt so secure and calm when I sing. It is a gift I had since I was born, but now I'm not so stressed about it anymore. If I have to record [an album], then I'll do it my way. It can take a long time or it can be fast, but it has to be under my conditions. I don't compromise."

  And, of course, she still has place for drawing. "I enjoy it very much. It is totally different to recording an album. I always wanted to draw, but I never had the time for it. Suddenly it felt like I had to draw, like when I was young. The ideas come so naturally." Marie started drawing with charcoal and last year made an exhibition of those drawings, but now she reveals that she has started to work with some colors and in bigger format. To the question if we'll get to see these paintings soon, Marie answers, "Yes, I hope!"

  Marie's children think her art and music are fantastic. "It is great because they say what they think, what they like and what they don’t like. Oscar also draws and is very creative. Josse as well. It is fun that they are interested, listen and give their opinion about it."

  Regarding Roxette, Marie talks shortly about the new songs that she and Per will record this summer. "We will make one song for sure. Then we'll see how it works, maybe we make one more." But so far, no tour is in view. "No, I want to relax."

  Marie's comments about the songs featured in the album:

"Sommaräng", "Din bäste vän" and "Den öde stranden" by John Holm:

"John Holm has a big place in my heart. His lyrics are so pure and simple, they go straight to [your heart].

"Guldgruva", "Här kommer natten" and "Aftonfalken" byPugh Rogefeldt:

I took the songs that I like the most. Many memories from my teenager years.

"Vem kan man lita på?" and "Man måste veta vad man önskar sig" by Mikael Wiehe (Hoola Bandoola):

"I liked Hoola Bandoola. I don't wonder if the lyrics are right or left winged anymore."

  Update May 16: The album sleeve of "Min bäste vän" has been added.

This article was written for an earlier version of The Daily Roxette.
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May 16th, 2006

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