FREDI (1942-2021)

Matti Kalevi Siitonen ”Fredi” was a popular Finnish entertainment artist and musician. He had his own recognizable singing voice and the songs he sang were largely delicate, very beautiful, and melodic songs. Many of those became beloved evergreens.

Fredi released 13 studio albums, several collections and singles, of which more than 177,000 copies have been sold beyond the gold record limit. Fredi represented Finland twice in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Fredi is also remembered for the singing and entertainment quartet: ”Kivikasvot” (stone faces). The same line-up also made a show entertainment program with the name: ”Kivikasvot show” which was really popular in the 70s.

Source: Wikipedia

This evergreen hardly needs demonstrations. A beautiful song. Specially I like these finnish lyrics. This song became even closer to me after my father left. (This Finnish text is slightly different from the original, and here the father’s passing is mentioned). The idea of ​​loneliness is the same but the perspective is different, at least more touching and close to me. It may also be that I internalize the message better when it is sung in Finnish, but at least I personally feel that there is more depth in this finnish version. Here’s my free translation.

Alone again (Naturally)

When my memories take over me, I see my whole childhood

How I was scared at night and under the blankets I pressed my head

I still remember when I quietly sobbed, every bump was an abomination

And I felt a great longing, a longing to come

In the evenings when I closed my eyes

I dream of something far away like going to another world

And only later I understood all that

Alone again, naturally

When father died I was left alone, every night I saw mother cries

Like a cold and exuding emptiness I felt next to me for a while

So in vain did I seek the word of consolation

Every sigh, every consolation was a guest at the time insignificant

Everyone ones have to give up a loved one, the wounds only remain

I understood all that in tears of grief

Alone again, naturally


Everyone is lonely here, I quietly bend to my destiny

I fall into its arms, so alone and depressed


I searched oblivion in vain from you

I saw everything slipping and I felt the mundane emptiness in my chest

And in my mind again, I saw my former life

And I knew that all of us loses once out all beauti

Only longing remains

I guess the purpose of life, I sharked here in vain

I missed the answer

When emotion warmest ends to tears

Alone again, naturally



One of Fred’s best-known songs: ”The Third Line back”, has also been an ever-beloved piece for me, too. By the way, The Third line is a street in Kallio, Helsinki.

Yet another factor has left us. Fredi joined the angel choir, where he can now sing with her daughter.

I made a post about his doughter in 2018 when she passed away. You can read it here:

A peaceful journey Fredi.


*Singer, songwriter*

Last time I introduced you my old clas mate, pianist: Satu Paavola. This time I wanted to introduce you another talented woman: singer, songwriter ”Jippu”. She’s awesome artist and looks just like her mother (who’s by the way our old family friend from the days when Jippu was just a young woman living in her difficult teens and no one knew her. Even then she made music -which has certainly worked as a good therapy-).

Jippu came to the attention of the whole of Finland at the latest when she released her debut album ”Salaisuuksia, joita yksinäiset huutaa unissaan” (Secrets, which lonely cries out in their dreams), in September 2006. It sold gold in 2008. Jippu was also awarded the Emma Award for Best Debut Album of 2006 in early 2007 and participated in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest Finland qualifier with the song ”Kanna minut” (“Carry Me”).

(source: wikipedia)

Unfortunately Jippu has stopped making popmusic. Today she’s working as music evangelist and sings only gospel music. Listen to her songs below.

This is one of her most famous songs. (”City of angels”)

”Be quiet now”

”Two beautiful”

”A beautiful old man”


*Amazing pianist*

This very talented woman is my old clas mate! I remember how I admired her piano playing in the primary school when she was performing at different celebrations. Now when I heard her playing again, after about 30 years, I was that school girl again. I went in my mind to that ballroom and I felt the same feelings. The feelings of languor, the feelings of calmness. Her music touched that little, shy and quiet girl by then, the girl who lived for ballet and classical music and it still touches this life educated, middle aged woman in the current, totally different life situation. Even the world have changed and I have changed, my heart and feelings have not changed! In a way I’m still that little fearful schoolgirl who seeks her place and purpose and thirsting for beauty like this music!

Happy sunday and the official beginning of summer time (if it is used in your country)!

The evening is again an hour longer, I’ve been waiting for this!


Pave was involved in many bands when he was young before his 80’s solo career which was the golden age of his career. One of these bands was: ”Rock’n Roll Band” (bass and vocals) They had only one big hit: ”I’m Gonna Roll” (-singer Pave Maijanen, listen to from above ). Second vocalist and also guitarist of the band was my absolute favorite of Finnish artists: Dave Lindholm who have made so many amazing songs. On the drums was Affe Forsman. The band was founded by Janne Ödner (but he is often not considered a full member). The band was short-lived. It was established in 1975 and it disintegrated as early as the end of the same year before their album came out. Still this song: ”I’m Gonna Roll” is basic rock at it’s best. It still works well today!

One more detail about Pave. He was an active veteran hockey player, Joker fan and good friend of Teemu Selänne (which I didn’t know until I read about this after Pave’s death). Teemu remembered Pave with warmth! According to him, Pave was a positive and good friend from whom he received energy and support.

We will miss you, Pekka Juhani ”Pave”!

Pave saa laulaa nyt enkelikuorossa…

Jäämme kaikki kaipaamaan sinua!


On Saturday I heard the sad news again: Popular Finnish singer, song writer, musician and producer Pave Maijanen (1950-2021) has left us at the age of 70 after suffering from ALS for two years. Pave Maijanen was icon of my childhood. He represented, among other things Finland at ESC 1992 with the song ”Yamma Yamma” (which was not a success and no wonder why). That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have great hits and he truly had (few examples: Elämän nälkä, Kaikki nämä vuodet, Ikävä, Pidä huolta).

Pave Maijanen was also one of the ”Masters lineup”. There are/were three more soloists in so called Masters (Hector-Heikki Harma, Pepe Willberg and Kirka-Kirill Babitzin (1950-2007)). They all made concert tour together in 1999 named: ”masters in the arena” and they also sold an album of the same name which sold triplaplatin.

I once saw Pave live. I remember it like yesterday. It was about 11-13 years ago when I called my dad and asked him if he would go with me to Pave’s gig which was in a beer pub near where my parents lived (and which was my family’s haunt place by then). He instantly said ”yes”, like I new he would. He was always ready if there was a music event on offer (unless it was heavy, punk, techno/trance, or folk music). He was really a musical person.

My mother was not interested of that gig so she stayed home. We walked to the pub with my father from my parents place (only 5min.walk) and there my father called my brother and asked him to come there too because, surprisingly he had nothing else to do by then. (Usually his weekends are full of program). So he came (little later). That was fun evening! Pave did perform all of his best hits and the atmosphere was on the roof! I also remember one comic relief, he used along the evening: ”Välihuikkaa-huliväikkää”. ”Välihuikka” means ”gulp in between” (huliväikkä is just word translation, it means nothing). This he said when he drunk (presumably water). In that way he encouraged us others to drink at the same time and maybe it also made people order more drinks…That evening, when life was in order for a while, will never be forgotten.

These are the mornings when I don’t know, whether it is worth getting up or stay in bed
Pull the blanket over your head, and bury under a rocky shell
In the morning the heart beats alone, and you can’t get through the mourning mountain
Fear moves along the darkness, it feels like the day don’t rise
And then like the breath of the morning wind, Something fills this little room
It finally wakes me up
Chorus: the hunger of life strikes me hard, does not spare its strength
It pulls me up
The hunger of life sits on your shoulder, tells you to leave here
It encourages me to move forward
Hunger of life, encourages me forward…
Chorus: All these years, Underneath them, if you could escape
It could be a lot easier, always just go ahead
All these years, are shackled in my soul
Oh, I wish I knew how to: I will break the rope
I make the iron rise, I get the wind howling
To get up...

So one of the Masters is gone again. One era is over. Thank you for your music; your beautiful melodics and touching lyrics! Thank you for enriching the world for a moment!

Kiitos kauniista lauluistasi, Pave ja kiitos kun rikastutit maailmaamme hetken musiikillasi!



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ADVENT CALENDAR 9. DOOR The best songs from tv show ”Only life”/Parhaat vain elämää biisit

”The Finnish story” (orig.performer Vesku Jokinen.) This is the beautiful song about finnishness. English lyrics:

The dutch tv-program format, orig: ”De beste zangers van Nederland” has also been very popular in Finland. We know it by name: ”Vain elämää” as ”Only life”. This program have also been shown in Sweden, Norway, Estonia and Denmark and it’s my enduring favorites. The idea is that on every season a group of artists come together for about a week and they present versions of each other’s songs. Everyone in turn has their own day. On that day, others will perform his/ or her songs. The artist’s day also goes through her/ or his life. What a great idea this is!

This fall we saw the 11th season of the program and we heard again many wonderful versions of songs by popular finnish artists. Here you can listen some of those songs.

Mariska: ”The double bed sheets” A very touching song of divorce (orig. by Herra Ylppö).

A song remastered by Mariska: ”Sami Kuronen”. The song from a popular, charismatic finnish speaker/radio reporter who’s name is: Sami Kuronen. Sami is hosting Finnish version of Temptation Island and this theme is ingeniously incorporated into the song. A very funny conversion from the original song which was made from ex-miss Nina Autio! The song name was orig.also ”Nina Autio”, sang: Vesku Jokinen.

Mariska: ”Princesses dancing to the stars”. A more touching version of the song by Ressu Redford, orig: ”Princess”

Jannika B: ”Six moons and the rings of Saturn” (orig.performer Ressu Redford.) English lyrics:
Reino Nordin: ”Look what you did” Orig.Phil Collins: ”Take a Look at Me Now” (Finnish orig.performer Ressu Redford.)
Jannika B: ”When you touch me”/”Sometimes When We Touch” (Finnish orig.performer ex-tangoqueen: Arja Koriseva.)
Arja Koriseva: ”Thank you” ( Mariska.) Very beautiful song!
Arja Koriseva: ”A stream of tears”. ( Reino Nordin.) English lyrics:
Stig: ”Who is the (right) one” ( Ressu Redford.) Very clever version. I like those electro sounds! English lyrics:
Stig: ”Boys don’t dance” ( Herra Ylppö.) Funny electro song. English lyrics:


Chorus: ”If you stay by me I don’t promise a moon from the sky, only my love nothing else, if you stay by me…”


Hän lentoon lähti siivillään. Unesta voinut ei enää herättää. Nyt taivaalta meitä katselee ja läheisiään suojelee.


With her wings she rose up, flied to the heaven. Couldn’t be waking up, watching us from there. Guarding all her loved ones, always and forever.


Hanna-Riikka Siitonen were singer, most remembered of the 90’s girl duo: ”Taikapeili” (magic mirror) where she song with Nina Tapio (maker of that memory clip).

I was a teenager and big fan of them. I also had their album (on c-cassette). Specially I loved their cover song: ”Mitä yhdestä särkyneestä sydämestä” (What from a broken Mamba) and also song named: ”Enkelin siivet” (Wings of an angel).

Still their most biggest hit and the first one of their hits were: ”Jos sulla on toinen” (If you got other one). Those days my friend got a school mate called: ”Jossu”. She were teased by that song cause if you say ”Jossu have” in finnish, it’s the same as ”Jossulla”. It sounds the same as ”If you (have)” – ”Jos sulla (on)”. So it’s like ”Jossulla on toinen” (Jossu have other one).

Oh, those days…It’s like ages ago…Hanna-Riikka left too early. Now she’s also in angels choir, like so many others…

Lepää rauhassa Hanna-Riikka!/

Rest in peace Hanna-Riikka!


This is very tasty kebab made with humour. ”Dorka” means ”dumb” or ”dork” in finnish. It’s used as fake Greece cause it sounds Greece. There is also a funny story on this packet.

”Niin aikaisin”/”So early”

”Nopeimmat junat”/”The most speedy trains”

This song reminds me of my childhood and my youth happy summerdays at summercottage.

There (in Helsinki) have been way too hot for my taste last days. It’s been about 30c. On Tuesday the highest temperature was 32c(/89,60F). If this heat is continuing I’m not sure how can I handle with this. I can’t sleep (well) and I can’t think because of this heat. Even we have had window open every day and night it’s still too hot. It’s quite hard even write these posts cause I can’t concentrate…

Beautiful sky one day nearby our home…

Today it was tolerable but now on the night our house is like sauna again…This is so rare in Finland that I know we should be happy…I promise to try my best!! 😁ä-lupiineja-wild-lupines.html

This song: (Wild lupines) remind me also of our summer cottage cause there is growing much lupines…

This is just so beautiful and tacky…

”Muistan kesän”/”I remember the summer”

Try to stay cool on these hot summer days!!


Here’s the best songs (or atleast most of those) from ”Vain elämää” all seasons. (English lyrics below videos (except some of those where I didn’t find the lyrics.))

Season 1

Original: Katri Helena. This is an old classic. Cheek updated it to this day.

Original: Jonne Aaron

Original: Kaija Kooä-ilman-sua-cold-without-you.html

Season 2

Original: band-”Kolmas nainen” (the third lady), solist, musician, songwriter: Pauli Hanhiniemi.

Original: Anna Abreu

Original: Laura Närhi

Original: Maarit Hurmerinta

Season 3

Original: Samuli Edelman

Original: Apulanta

Original: Vesa-Matti Loiri

Original: Jenni Vartiainen

Season 4

Original: Pave Maijanenävä-longing.html

Original: Sanniä-oon-oikee-if-im-real.html

Season 5

Original: Lauri Tähkäörukka-Vain-elämää-kausi-5/translation/english/amp#view_translation

Original: Mikael Gabriel

Season 6

Original: Laura Voutilainen

Original: Irina

Original: Robinään-sut-uudestaan-when-will-i-see-you-again.html

”VAIN ELÄMÄÄ” Video Links

My last videos didn’t work. (Thanks for Cindy Knoke I realised that.) Those seemed to be working at first so I didn’t know those don’t anymore. Anyway, here is my new links (some extras too). These are from net tv and should be working! By the way, under every song link there is a link for english translation (except those songs where I didn’t find the lyrics). Enjoy!

(Original: Juha Tapio)

”Don’t go away”

(Original: Juha Tapio)

(Original: Cheek (= Jare Tiihonen))

”Under you”

(Original: Apulanta (band), the band solist: Tony Wirtanen, so this song was performed at his day)

(Original: Apulanta (-solist: Tony Wirtanen))

Next five videos are from encore day where every singer perform a song which they love.

Have I Told You Lately.

(Original: Van Morrison)

In my mind this is better than the original, like rapper Cheek also said. There is more sound!

Against all odds.

(Original: Phil Collins)

Brazen (Weep).

(Original: Skunk Anansie)

”Evacuees song”

(Original: Anneli Saaristo)

Pariisin Kevät – Tämän kylän poikii lyrics + English translation 

(Original: Pariisin Kevät (=The spring of Paris)

”Sinun Vuorosi Loistaa” (You’r turn to shine) -song translation on the bottom of the page.

(Original: Juha Tapio)

(Original: Juha Tapio)

(Original: Apulanta (-solist: Tony Wirtanen))äydellinen-you-are-perfect.html

(Original: Jari Sillanpää)