That Europe thing with the songs

Don’t go running away! I guess my fellow Europeans already know what this will be about. But remember the last time we talked about this? It wasn’t all that bad at all!
It’s true, I want to write another post on the Eurovision Song Contest. I didn’t expect all too much of it, because last year it was extremely boring. Everyone had the same song and a similar ‘singer’. This year though, there was much more variety. Good thing number one. Of course there were still a lot of songs that were not good, and some that I didn’t like at all though others liked them. Next to those there were actually some songs that had something that made me want to write this post.

And honestly, did I ever post about bad music?

Of course you all know the bearded woman has won. Conchita is in fact a guy, the long hair is a wig. Many people claim that she’s just won because of the beard, though you have to admit she’s got a great voice. This was a Bond song, it seemed. And if you watch the video (after all you can’t not include the winner!), then watch the background! At a certain moment there are these flames that move like wings and it makes her seem like a real phoenix. That’s very well done. Overall it was a good show, with a glamorous feeling. Was it the best song? Well, that just depends on your taste. I do think though that we shouldn’t pay so much attention to a beard…

 

The song that got second place, is Calm after the storm from the Netherlands. Now this was a good one! A simple background, simple clothing, simple setting. Between all the laserlights and crying this was so peaceful. Next to that the female singer has an interesting expression, and you can see how much they’re enjoying themselves. That’s so nice to see. They are genuinely liking what they are doing. Europe did like it a lot, because for such a country it got a lot of points. And while we, Belgium, weren’t selected, suddenly we became a part of the Netherlands. One of our commentators literally said ‘we’ve got 12 points’ or something along these lines. That’s probably the only time this will ever happen!

 

There was also a song with meaning, from Hungary, called Running. At first I though ‘this is just the regular please-tear-upsong’. And then the dancers started to dance. As you can figure out I completely fell for it. They really depict what he’s singing about, and especially that last move, where he protects the girl, got me. Sometimes I’m like the princess who wants a brave knight to save her from the dragon, you know. We don’t often have a song that’s not about love in this contest, so it was very special in it’s very own way. Apparently it was based on a true story as well. I kind of liked it.

 

Of course there were other songs that caught my eye, but these three are especially worth mentioning- whether because it was the winner or because it was a good show. Either way, feel free to share your favourite song in this contest!

Treasure Hunting # 2: To Far Far Away

With which I mean, to Europe. Dear Europeans, please don’t cringe, but I want to us take to the Eurovision Song Contest… For sure!
This is an annual contest since 1956. Since that moment this contest has produced quite some famous song, and unfortunately a whole lot of seriously ear raping songs. With every passing year, there are more and more groups who use the Eurovision tricks: starting with impressive clothes but later on undressing, a higher tone at the end of the song, dizzying backgrounds… And most often the singers just can’t sing. They just fit in the fancy clothes and know how to smile. Music? No way. Last year it seemed like every country just had the same song which they slightly adapted. Horrible, excruciating.

But. It’s not all horror. Next to the really famous songs like the Logan songs and stuff, there have been a few very good songs that didn’t win (you won’t let the good music win, right?) and that have been a bit forgotten perhaps… These songs were the ones making it worth watching. Until a few years ago, my family and I used to watch this show and it was just like a family moment you know. But since things started slacking we stopped watching it. Luckily I still have seen the shows where they had some pearls to soften the pain your ears get.
The songs I’m speaking of are in fact really good, at least I think so. They’re not just ‘good for a Eurovision song’, but actually nice, beautiful music. So I present you three Eurovision songs I have never forgotten!

Mor ve ötesi – Deli
The first video is from Turkey, 2008.

This is a rock song of which I don’t understand a single word. But the way the singer looks in the camera seriously makes me wonder what on earth he’s saying… Though it’s been a while, 2008, I have never forgotten this song. It actually made an impression for some reason… It stuck with me. The title means ‘Crazy’ but further on I’d suggest just enjoying the sounds of the beautiful Turkish language. By the way, make sure to watch not only the singer, but the entire group… They’re pretty funny at times!

Urban Symphony – Rändajad
The second video I offer you is from Estonia in 2009. 

A girl with beautiful hair, a violin, a language I once again don’t understand. A perfect combination! I have no clue of what she’s singing, I don’t even know what the title means, but that’s okay. It makes this whole song even more mysterious. It’s so cool that they use real instruments, and that the girl actually can sing! The background looking like a night sky is very beautiful as well. The atmosphere is just right, you know? Everything makes sense, and you just believe it.
Amen.

Regina – Bistra Voda
Last video for today is Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2009 as well.

Perhaps the most dramatic song of these three (especially the part with the flag is slightly overacted), but one that also stuck with me. Of this song I do understand some parts! Okay, I admit I have read a translation, but when reading the real text, I really had some parts I could translate as it’s also a Slavic language. Maybe that’s why I like this song, but even then, it was one of the few I’ve never forgotten.

When listening to these songs again I have ‘found’ some other great Eurovision songs as well. There might follow a second trip to Europe…

Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think of Europe and our trip there!