Skakke gi opp

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Dag 4 var det Admiral P (Philip Boardman) som skulle hylles, og Unni hadde valgt låten 'Skakke gi opp'. For første gang i serien fikk hun middels respons fra anmeldere, men likevel mange godord fra publikum på sosiale medier.

Les Unnis egen beskrivelse av møtet med Admiral P, og valg av låt HER...




Treer i VG :
«For første gang (eller har vi blitt bortskjemte?) makter ikke Unni å gi nok dybde eller farve til sitt bidrag. Hun skal ha kudos for å fjerne seg helt fra reggae-utgangspunktet, men blir likevel litt for endimensjonal i denne straite pop-fremføringen. Hun synger som vanlig flott da, det skal ingen ta fra henne.»
TV2s og Unnis Facebook :
Anette Brenna: «Det var en kul versjon av låta.. Unni du har så innmari kul stemme!»

Christina Sundli: «Aaaaah! Nydelig!!»

Krisztina Holen: «Wow wow wow! Nydelig tekst, nydelig fremført»

Martha H Hoås: «Så bra versjon du har lagd Unni! Digger deg»

Knut Sunshine Sørli: «Helt rå versjon»

Thor Kvarme: «Herregud; du Unni Wilhelmsen kan virkelig sjarmere hvem som helst i senk for å si det sånn»


Tekst 'Skakke gi opp':

Skakke gi opp
  uansett hva de si'r
  Vi gjør det vi må
  for å kunne få det til
  Vi skakke gi opp håp
  selv om det er det de vil

  Våkn opp
  nok til å forbedre
  For masse folk
  ikke fylt av glede
  gi ikke opp
  fortsett å spre det

  Rett fram og skarp som en pil
  Stå på hardt fra mai til april
  Veit hvor vi skal og alt som må til
  Ikke non tvil
  Vå må fortsette å...

  ...ikke gi opp
  uansett hva de si'r
  Vi gjør det vi må
  for å kunne få det til
  Vi skakke gi opp håp
  Selv om det er det de vil

  Best å holde seg
  konsentrert og fokusert
  Dem snakker og dem babler
  uten at vi følger med
  Dem hørte vi sku' gi opp
  men dem fikk feil beskjed
  Skakke få den gleden
  av å se oss nede

  Mister man håp har man ingenting
  så det skakke skje
  Har man ingenting
  så kan man alltid håpe
  Selv om ting er vanskelig
  og helt der nede
  ikke hør på dem
  for jeg veit vi klarer det!

  Håp - uansett hva de si'r
  Vi gjør det vi må
  for å kunne få det til nå
  Vi skakke gi opp håp
  selv om det er det de vil (nei)

  Vi skakke gi opp
  Vi gjør det vi må
  for å kunne få det til nå
  Vi skakke gi opp håp
  selv om det er det de vil
  Vi skakke gi opp håp
  uansett hva de sier (nei)
 

Tekst & musikk: Philip Boardman & Carl F. Hovind, Dag Pierre



Admiral P - Philip Boardman

Foto: vegardphoto.com & videorammer



Unni om sitt valg av låt:

Before I said yes to participate in the popular TV-show 'Hver gang vi møtes' (Norwegian TV2), I hardly knew anything about Admiral P, alias Philip Boardman. He was a tall, Norway-based rapper with reggae beats, stage costumes and the whole package. But even though he had severely long dreads, they were rather blonde, and though his lyrics were Norwegian, he sang with an African accent. I was confused. Was the accent an image?

But then came across a portrait intervju with the Admiral a few months before the TV-show, before I knew he was one of the other participants (and concequently I would have to chose a reggae song to cover). I read the interview with great interest - this guy had quite a story to tell. With a Norwegian dad and a mum from Zambia, he grew up as an utra blond boy who hang out in the ghettos with his native friends, before going back to his house for the night. He never learned English until coming to Norway as a young teenager, and he had to come to Norway with his family because his dad was dying.

Knowing this, it was easier for me to listen to his lyrics and music with an open mind, and to pick a song to prepare for the show. And it helped me to really grasp his musicallity and sence of style and communication. I started hearing myself humming his choruses, hooklines and reggae grooves while washing dishes below in the sailboat in wich I spent my holiday. And I started to make small melodies to replace the Admiral's rapping.

I won't deny I've never been a fan of neither rap nor reggae. I tend to raise my eyebrows to the way females are represented in rap videos and lyrics, and I feel the reggae beat (no matter how groovy), generally creates a 'grid' into where the music has to behave rhythmically. If I hear a raggae song, I never doubt its 'reggaeness'. And sometimes - in my ears - that factor becomes too dominant, obvious or predictable, to me. But probably I know too little about reggae. I'm very occupied with nuances, and I think you have to know things quite well from within, to be able to see (and hear) all that a subject, proffession or musical genres contains. The more you know about something, the greater it gets. Somehow, I have a hunch Philip the Admiral agrees with me. I have to ask him next time I see him, now that we know each other a bit.

My impression of Philip after getting to know him better, is of a genuine good guy, with a positive, African mind set. He's private, but each day we stayed together at the house, he opened up a little more, and showed us his sence of humor and his wisdom. Strangely enough, I feel a brotherhood of melancholy, respect and distance from life's 'main road'. I chose 'Skakke gi opp' because of the lyrics, the chorus lines and the overall positivism. I made bits of melodies where Philip is rapping, because words - to me - are stronger when they're sung. During some of the progmmes in this TV-series, I heard Philip sing more than I've heard before. I liked it, and I think he should persue even more melodic stuff with his voice in the future. His words are strong enough, but singing them would in my ears make them even 'sparclier'.

To Philip: I've said it before. My voice is yours if you need it.




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