Children's culture

Good Sunday Morning

Anne Linnet (1953-)

By Peter Elsnab, journalist and Jesper Nykjær Knudsen, music editor og journalist, 2006

Big little world

“Just as we’re playing together here on our street/We have to split up and go in and eat”. A feeling which all children know, a feeling which surely rings a bell for most people when they think back on their childhood? Good Sunday Morning is in fact a record for children which adults can also get a lot out of. At a time when children’s culture was often dominated by ‘bongo drum pedagogy’ or the pointed forefinger, Anne Linnet made a children’s album which set off in a very different direction. 

Kid-size rock 

At that point Linnet had just dissolved her Shit & Chanel rock band and was on the way to forming her own Anne Linnet Band. Good Sunday Morning is essentially kid-sized rock music - rock for children - music abounding in idiomatic refrains and zestful melodies.

Anne Linnet has written a number of texts in which children play the role of the storyteller; here no bossy parents are around to spoil the ambience with their words. In the song dubbed “Sigurd”, it is Linnet’s own daughter Eva who sings; this is just one of many songs which have long since become the permanent repertoire of the Danish kindergarten. The simple refrain: “Mum, I would like you to/say hullo/ to my new friend/ he’s called Sigurd” goes straight into the listener’s ear with its tale of burgeoning friendship. But maybe the song is also a nostalgic dream picture for adults, making them think back to the idyllic childhood they wished they’d had. With the whiff of freshly-baked chocolate cake in the kitchen? 

Full of wonder 

The 13 songs in Good Sunday Morning glow with that sense of curiosity and wonder about the world which dominates childhood. How would it be to fly just like a bird? Why do you get a tingling feeling in the stomach when you kiss on the mouth? And why do the grown-ups stay in bed so long on Sunday mornings?
Good Sunday Morning sets childhood to words and music, without in any way being sentimental or schoolmasterish. The world is big, when you yourself are only little. And it doesn’t really get any smaller as time goes by. Not even when you are old enough to decide for yourself when to go in and have supper.

Cover for Go’ sønda’ morn’. ©Sony.
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Did you know?

Anne Linnet, in the literal sense, has been at stake in several works of the canon. She sang in the women's band "Shit & Chanel", who is in the canon for popular music. In the same cannon you find Kai Normann Andersen, whose songs Anne Linnet has recorded a record with. She also interpreted "Op lille Hans" from the children's canon work The Little Ones Sing Songbook. Even in the canon for visual arts, the Aarhusian musician is present: in the 90s she made music for an opera about the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.

The Committee's justification

By the Committee for Music, 2006

At a time when music for children was either an echo of bongo drum pedagogy, echoes of Inge Aasted or the sound of discount pop, Anne Linnet brought out the album “Go 'Sønda' Morn” long before her bestseller success “Barndommens Gade” (Childhood Street).
The album is children’s music but also for adults, because the songs draw on childhood memories we all wish we had – without the songs becoming sentimental or lacking reality. It is moody, melodic and full of sweetness and written with an infectious surplus.

Anne Linnet had just broken up with her band, Shit & Chanel and released the New York-inspired LP, “You’re Crazy” earlier that year. She had also performed at the NUMUS festival in Aarhus that year and was setting up her next project, the Anne Linnet Band.
Nevertheless, or maybe because of that, “Go 'Sønda' Morn'” is relaxed swing music, written by a music teacher, but without pointing fingers. The simple joy of making music, a mixture of Carole King’s singer-songwriter tradition and Bernhard Christensen. Songs like “Sigurd” (sung by her daughter Eva), “Bedst som vi leger” and “Humørsang” have long been part of the pre-school repertoire. And it helps that the record was recorded by her and her then husband and music colleague, Holger Laumann, at their home in Tjørne Allé in Åbyhøj.

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