Here are the questions on the CD-ROM and Frida's answers:
is mostly a happy album. Even though it isn't you who has written the
lyrics (except for one song) it feels very personal. How is that
I'ts because there hasn't been one single lyric that hasn't been
overlooked very carefully by me. All the lyrics have some personal sides
from me as a person and ideas that I've had. Then we have worked to find
a special mood for each lyric and Anders has written the final result.
So because of that there's a lot of my own feelings and my own
experiences in the lyrics.
You have written the lyrics to 'Kvinnor som springer' yourself, which
is in honour of strong women. How involved are you in womens' issues?
My involvement comes from the fact that I am a strong woman myself. I
have been raised as such by a strong woman, my grandmother, so I've been
taught how to be strong since childhood. But I don't only address myself
to strong women. I don't want the lyrics to be interpreted that way
because I want myself maybe even more to be heard by women who need
to be strong. I think this song reflects the power needed to leave the
things that makes one unhappy as a woman, where the woman isn't free to
live her life as she chooses. It's all about how to stay alive and how
to keep on going and maybe to be able to look at yourself in another
way. And that is what I'm trying to express with this song. So it is a
homage to those who have dared to free themselves, and maybe some
encouragement to those who haven't yet dared to try.
This is the first time you have sung in Swedish since your solo album
'Frida Ensam'. Why?
This was a discussion that my colleagues and I had about how far we
would go. I've had an international career for so many hears that I
decided that I didn't want the publicity that it could have brought if
the lyrics were in English. I wanted to keep it on a smaller scale, but
most of all, I truly longed to sing in my own language again. Like
you say, it's been 21 years since the last time, and that's a long time.
And it has been wonderful. Of course, you feel more "at home" with your
own language than you do with a foreign language.
If I have understood correctly, a fax machine played an important
role in the making of this album?
Yes, it was a must since Anders and I live in separate countries. As
I said before, we worked very hard with the lyrics to make them as good
as possible for me - as the woman I am today with the experiences I have
had. We have worked very hard with this, so sometimes the fax became
Why have you chosen to make a musical comeback after 12 years?
Well it wasn't really a matter of choice. This was something that
has been building up over the last few years. The longing for the music
and singing had grown to strong and that's why I wanted to do something
Have you been wanting to make a new album for a long time, but
No, it's not a question about daring because I am a very courageous
woman. It's simply because my time has been occupied with other things
that I've been doing, which have been interesting, fun and stimulating,
so it just hasn't been a priority.
You have recently turned 60. Is this the best time of life?
All stages of life have their good side. I can't say that my best
time is now because it might be my best time in another 10 years also.
But I do lead a very good life now, with much harmony and much joy. I am
a happy person.
Are you a vegetarian?
Well ... I can say that I don't eat meat. I haven't been eating meat
for the last 17 to 18 years. I was a vegetarian for a long time, but now
I've started to eat a little fish again. So because if that I can't say
that I'm 100% vegetarian because you're not called a vegetarian if you
eat any kind of meat, which fish is. But it's also a way of living. I
like the diet I'm having. I think it gives me what I need. I am also a
very active, outdoor person. I exercise a lot and I have many interests
that are combined with nature. I like to walk in the mountains - that is
actually one of my greatest passions. So I guess you can say that I keep
in shape in the way that suits me best as a person.
What is the most important environmental issue right now?
There isn't just one, there are so many important environmental issues.
One important thing, in my mind, is that we don't get carried away with
fashionable environmental issues, and that people, companies, and the
government are working for a long-term solution. And that means that
there has to be a lot of involvement, it has to be something that keeps
evolving, something that is developing and progressing. I see a danger
that people will start to lose interest when the situation isn't so
"trendy" anymore. And I feel that it's important that the environmental
concerns are the centre of our attention, because the world we are
living in depends on how we humans treat this world. So this isn't a
responsibility that we can run away from - it's the other way around -
everybody has to take that responsibility personally. And it's important
that we are all working together in these issues. So as you understand,
there isn't only one environmental question. Every "group" has to work
with the issues that are most important to them, and that does include
us as individuals - how we behave in our homes and in nature.
Do you have any dreams left to fulfil?
I don't dream that way, unless you mean that to be constantly
thinking about things is to be dreaming. Because there are always things
that I work with in my mind. There are always things that I want to do,
and there are always things that I work with in my mind. There are
always things that I want to do, and there are always things that I
wonder about. But it's not like dreams where I think, "Oh, I'd like to
do this and that, let's have that as a goal and start work to achieve
it". I'm more like ... how shall I put it ... a person who lets things
develop over time. So I'm pretty convinced that in a while, after
this album, there will be something new that I think is worth working
for and taking on. So maybe that's the dream then - that it never stops
- that there is always more in life. The creativity must always be kept
alive. That's very important to me.
What do you long for the most when you think of about Sweden?
Most of all I long to speak my own language and I long for special
places in Sweden that I think are very beautiful. I long for the culture
that you can get in other big cities too, but I think it's very nice to
visit Stockholm and go to the theatre and see different events. Where I
live, in the countryside in Switzerland, there isn't much of that.
For several years you have lived in Switzerland. what kind of
feelings to you have towards Sweden?
I have a better perspective of Sweden from this point of view than I had
when I lived there. Because I don't live there all the time I can see
Sweden through different eyes. I see ... and I mean both what's in
Sweden and also the country as a whole place ... that my experiences are
very good, maybe even more than before. It's also convenient for me to
be able to move away from the crowd, not having to live where the
attention is the greatest, especially now that I've done this new album.
It's a relief that I don't have to put up with that kind of attention
living in Switzerland.
Your feelings for the ABBA music have changed over the years.
In what way?
The change came when we were going to put together songs for the
ABBA box-set that came after 'ABBA Gold' and 'More ABBA Gold'. We were
forced to listen to all our songs so it could be right. And then I got a
new taste for ABBA's music, probably because I distanced myself from it
and had a long break from all the work we did for so many years. It was
great and I felt, "Oh, this is good!". I was really proud of what we had
accomplished. Now I happily listen to our songs again.
Is there any possibility of an ABBA reunion?
Speaking for myself, and the way I know the other three, I don't
think that will happen. I feel that if we did work together again it
wouldn't be as ABBA. I mean, we had our chance through the years with
our big revival, so if we felt like it we would have got together then.
But it's not what we wanted. As we all know, Björn and Benny are busy
working with their musicals and I guess that they have a new project
right now. No, it's not the right time for us. If we do get back
together it would be in a different way, not as ABBA.