Suzan Erens Into The Hearts


Story hour "Café-city Mosjøen" is part of the music festival "Music in Mosjøen behind the scene is the Vefsn-Ensemble.

The evening was a collaboration with Helgeland Museum and "Hans Pedersen has really read up on the syllabus in front of this history lesson," said pianist Franziska Wika when she welcomed him.

The history lesson began with an Overture. Many of the approximately 80 in the audience heard beloved songs from the old days as Vefsn-Ensemble swung through one local song after another.

Cooked on the beach
Hans Pedersen stated that he felt a little performance anxiety when he would take over after such a swinging start to the history lesson.

- I'm supposed to present the dry, academic material which does not fluctuate as much.

Pedersen did well.  He gave anecdotes as he presented color laser slides of the city's cafe history from the mid-1800 through today.

 The idea 'café culture' is imported and comes from Turkey, Persia and Yemen, while the coffee comes from Ethiopia. Muslim prophets tried to make the coffee into a religious drink. "They felt closer to God namely when they drank their coffee," said Pedersen.

The coffee came to Europe in the 1600s, but the breakthrough did not come until it was cheaper in the mid-1800s.

- Henry Notaker writes in part that no one drank as much coffee as vefsningene in the 1850s. Mosjøen history is reflection on the growth of cities in Norway. It was said that when there were 1,000 inhabitants in the city, 20 families lived solely from selling boiled coffee. At first it was coffee huts with tables and wooden benches. Some boiled coffee on a bonfire on the beach; they had no stove in the shed say.

Pedersen said that urban development and flowering of cafe helped develop the modern females.

- A lot of women were now presented as self-employed and independent individuals. This was something new.

Through its historic journey in the local coffee taverns were Pedersen features many legendary cafes Bondeheimen and Cafe Fønix. And betting.

- Tipperary has been involved in all phases cafe up through time. The official story goes back to 1907, but the origin is a kaffebu in Sjøgata.

Throughout history there have been big discussions about what one should have the right at cafes. Also locally, it has been discussed.

- It was discovered that they served beer in the basement of Tipperary. The matter came up in the municipal council and a representative said it will not be served beer and other narcotic agents in underground caves in Mosjøen.

Pedersen finished his story with an ever so small, personalized heart sigh.

- I've been sitting in the council and voted down grant licenses. In retrospect, I must admit that I regret a little. We could still have a large locally owned restaurant if we had not been so strict.

Into the hearts
History lesson was well seasoned with musical performances. The former Hollander Soprano Suzan Erens has settled in
Mosjøen and Sunday she had her "debut" at her new home. Together with Vefsn-Ensemble  Suzan performed her brilliant versions of "It's a long way to Tipperary" and "The White Cliffs of Dover". With these songs she sang them explicitly into the hearts of audiences at the culture workshop.

The young rockers in the band DSSS also performed during the history lesson.

article & foto: (c) SNORRE SJØVOLL

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  • September 25, 2009 Webmaster Sally wrote:

    It's a Long Way to Tipperary

    Up to mighty London came
    An Irish lad one day,
    All the streets were paved with gold,
    So everyone was gay!
    Singing songs of Piccadilly,
    Strand, and Leicester Square,
    'Til Paddy got excited and
    He shouted to them there:

    It's a long way to Tipperary,
    It's a long way to go.
    It's a long way to Tipperary
    To the sweetest girl I know!
    Goodbye Piccadilly,
    Farewell Leicester Square!
    It's a long long way to Tipperary,
    But my heart's right there.

    Paddy wrote a letter
    To his Irish Molly O',
    Saying, "Should you not receive it,
    Write and let me know!
    If I make mistakes in "spelling",
    Molly dear", said he,
    "Remember it's the pen, that's bad,
    Don't lay the blame on me".

    It's a long way to Tipperary,
    It's a long way to go.
    It's a long way to Tipperary
    To the sweetest girl I know!
    Goodbye Piccadilly,
    Farewell Leicester Square,
    It's a long long way to Tipperary,
    But my heart's right there.

    Molly wrote a neat reply
    To Irish Paddy O',
    Saying, "Mike Maloney wants
    To marry me, and so
    Leave the Strand and Piccadilly,
    Or you'll be to blame,
    For love has fairly drove me silly,
    Hoping you're the same!"

    It's a long way to Tipperary,
    It's a long way to go.
    It's a long way to Tipperary
    To the sweetest girl I know!
    Goodbye Piccadilly,
    Farewell Leicester Square,
    It's a long long way to Tipperary,
    But my heart's right there.

    Extra wartime verse

    That's the wrong way to tickle Mary,
    That's the wrong way to kiss!
    Don't you know that over here, lad,
    They like it best like this!
    Hooray pour le Francais!
    Farewell, Angleterre!
    We didn't know the way to tickle Mary,
    But we learned how, over there!

  • September 25, 2009 elaine burch wrote:
    suzan erans; i miss her and sure would like to keep in touch with her. and to everyone there i have had trouble with my computer but i hope i now have it working right. sally i still would like help in getting a website for my fanbase in canada. thanks again elaine burch,
  • September 25, 2009 Shirley wrote:
    I would love to hear Suzan sing those songs. I'm glad she looks happy, even though she's far away we'll always remember her.
  • September 25, 2009 ELAINE BURCH wrote:
    please could you let suzan know that i miss her and i sure hope she is happy, her happiness means alot to me, because she has a voice of a angel and i was in the front row in calgary when she was with andre' and she memories that night and everytime i play that song i think there is no one with a voice like hers. iam a fan, where can i get any cd's or hers. i miss her. hope oneday she will return to calgary. elaine burch.
  • September 25, 2009 Webmaster Sally wrote:
    I have no doubt Suzan WOWed the people when they heard her voice. What a treat to have an intimate setting and hear Suzan.
    1. October 15, 2009 Pearl wrote:
      I so miss Suzan's lovely voice with Andre and the JSO. No one will ever be able to fill her shoes - not even the Australian Blonde
  • September 26, 2009 E Martin wrote:
    Well done, Sally!
    1. September 26, 2009 WebMaster Sally wrote:
      Thanks for a lot of the alerts Ed.  One thing about Suzan, she is always smiling and friendly.  A real Top Notch person.  And I don't think she could take a bad photo if she tried.  They just all come out great!
  • October 14, 2009 Terezie wrote:
    Suzan, wünsche alles der Beste in das Leben. Zuviel hatten uns herunteargen ich sah in Wien 14.7.2007 bei die Hofburg. Ihr Stimme ist zaubrich wenn bin Laik.
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