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Monday, October 16, 2017

video: A-Ha's Acoustic Version of "Take on Me"

While I love the classic, poppy, head-nodding version of a-ha's highly stylized hit "Take on Me," this morning I stumbled across this acoustic version. It's hauntingly beautiful in its simple quiet arrangement that lets Morten Harket's vocals and lyrics become the focus. When you listen to the original version, it's impossible not to think of the memorable animated/live-action video that swept award after award for its innovative rotoscoped video at the MTV Video Awards in 1986.  This one is different.

Listen to this acoustic version. I close my eyes and I imagine tucking in on a snowy winter's night in front of a fire, smiling as I sing along softly to the lyrics "You're all the things I've got to remember. . ."

I hope you're having a happy Tuesday!

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