I was a little upset when two Facebook friends posted the viral video of A-ha singing a new and acoustic version of Take On Me during their recent gig on MTV Unplugged. Both FB friends by the way (though they don’t know each other) are like me. Both were teenagers and grew up in the ‘80s.
I was a little upset because for me an excellent song that has turned into a classic, Take On Me, must never be moved. As the saying goes, don’t fix it if ain’t broke. And since I have the twisted tendency of letting myself indulge into my being a distressed, I tried watching the video.
But to my surprise, I actually loved the rebooted form of the song. Take On Me in its acoustic version seem to have been stripped naked and the genuine beautiful colors of the song has been exposed. The song suddenly became more sincere and the exquisiteness of the lyrics embedded beneath the upbeat electronic synthesizers seem to have finally been uncovered.
I have never been so moved the way I am now moved by the acoustic form of A-Ha’s Take On Me. Only now was I able to digest and appreciate the beauty of the song’s lyrics. If the original version goes with the saying don’t fix it if ain’t broke, the acoustic version lives by the saying perfect is the enemy of good.
The new version does not just deserve to be shared only by two of my Facebook friends it is worthy of being imparted and listened to by all folks which ever era that they may have been born.
Ang nays pala ng liriks…