You're all welcome to join the band.
We want to make music with every one of you.
The plan is to cover some of the most popular Finnish songs ever.
Let's sing and play together the top 3 of the greatest Finnish
schlager songs as voted by the listeners of YLE Radio Suomi in 2006!
(OOPS! The video's gone . . . I'll do my best to find a new one!)
With 21.9% of all the votes the winner was Hopeinen kuu ('Silver Moon'),
originally not a Finnish song at all. Like many other popular songs in Finland, it got here from Italy. The original title is 'Guarda Che Luna' and it was written by Gualtiero Malgoni. The Finnish lyrics are by Reino Helismaa. Olavi Virta, a fellow with one of the most beloved Finnish voices, recorded the song in 1960. The night seems to be unlike any other night. Unfortunately the lover's gone and most likely to
be gazing at the moon with someone else.
Second place went to Satumaa ('Wonderland', 'Land of Dreams'). It's
'the national tango of Finland' composed by Unto Mononen.
The best-known recording is by Reijo Taipale from 1962. It has
been said that Satumaa is the ultimate expression of Finnish longing.
The singer is visualizing an anxiety-free faraway land. The song has
wings, he does not.
Paratiisi ('Paradise') by singer-songwriter Rauli Badding Somerjoki
came in third. He co-wrote the song with Arja Tiainen and recorded it
in 1973. The key lyrical themes are great: A two-people love retreat. Celebration of the 'now'. Pillow talk on sand. Switch on a radio in Finland and you're probably going to hear this song.