Kategoriarkiv: Music posts

This is Pop

First of all I like to push for the Netflix series “This is Pop” – actually really good. And of course for people in France, who think I am strange, episode 3 about the Swedish music wonder.

Not only a fantastic story about the Cheiron studios in the 90s but also explains a lot why Swedes in social situations are plain Swedish and behave like we do. Even I got an epiphany from it.

But even more, the big news yesterday… Mylène Farmer will go on tour again. Ticket release in October 2021 for the shows in the summer 2023. So now my main goals will be to manage to buy tickets (only 2 shows advertised), and remember that 3 weeks of Mylène in 2019 sold out in a few hours (but then it was one venue for all Europe).

Even Geneva is on the tour plan so I guess I have to start to spread the world also for my colleagues in Switzerland. But back to the goals, get tickets (save the September paycheck to afford them) and stay alive until June 2023!

And also from yesterday, Financial Times, the UK reacted on the Governmental crisis in Sweden and did it in a very accurate way really…

But to be honest I have not seen the article in the Times, so I can’t verify it actually was in yesterdays edition. Why I’m not sure? Do a magazine like Financial Times misspell a name like this? Lofven? His name is Löfvèn – To not have 100% knowledge about å, ä and ö, I buy that, but when they write names they usually get things right…

In any case, true or not, it’s very accurate and true. But they missed the part to explain that his choice to bring the Green party in to the Government must be his mistake of a life time. It’s actually more them the Swedes want gone than Löfvèn (even if I am happy if both leaves). But he has a week to try to find a solution to stay and believe me they will try.

Björn

Tooth

Yesterday I woke up with an huge infection in one tooth, and after a day of pain and a swollen left side of the face I finally could leave work and get penicillin. So hopefully at least visual signed will give in. I actually look like I have 2 heads (or 3 if you are in that spectrum of puns), so facemask is actually very useful right now. Only at work I look like balloon.

But its also worrying, cause with infections like this, over and over, I do have to start the real work on the teeth thing, but seriously, try to get the quoted 9800 Euros from nothing. And I cant start and then stop in the middle so I really need to have the financial aspect covered and have not found any company specialized on loans for dental work here in France. I know there at least was in Sweden years ago.

And the bank, last resort maybe, but a bank loan here must be paid off in 7 years, I noticed that when I wanted to move my Swedish loan to France to save money from the currency conversion – but it actually did not lower my monthly cost cause the time for the amortization is shorter.

Se we will see…

To something more fun, I have now recovered 2015 – 2021 from my destroyed iTunes library. And now in 2014, which gave this top 10 of most played songs over the passed 7 days

With that, over and out, Björn

Still no split results

I have still not found any split results from the Eurovision this weekend, so not much of an analysis yet. So we will wait for that until next weekend I guess.

Instead, prepare for work tomorrow, a 4 day week thanks heaven. But some important tasks to look into this week, the last week of May.

Talking about May, its more February outside, I soon won’t give a shit and go down to the Riviera for some sun… The people I meet in Paris now, with a tan, have all been at the French Riviera – so there is sun and heat in this country, but not in Paris.

That said,

Have a nice week

Björn

Ready for the finals?

I am, I know that much. Champagne chilling and hours passing with the final 26 songs on repeat.

And as promised the final booklet can be downloaded:

And of course things might change slightly if someone all of a sudden do something stupid or better (most the big five might surprise since we have not seen them yet).

READY or not, tonights the night

Reflections from yesterday…

…and plans for tomorrow.

So Semi 1 of Eurovision passed and the main thing I take from it is what kind of mental illness do you suffer from if you vote on Russia and Ukraine?

8 song out of 10 on my own list passed to the finals. And 8 of 10 on the list of my guesses, so 80% on each is OK I think. But a lot of strange stuff. Croatias fail to qualify is a mystery, and Sweden… Could have been left outside the top 10 without me going wild.

So let us jump on tomorrows semi then. The list so far:

Björn

21h00 tonight then

So we finally there, the ESC 2021, Semi one kick off. My views on tonights show can be found here as a PDF download.

Beside that, and the current situation in the world, let us remember Eurovision Song Contest 2019 and Madonnas performance. And let us remember it not mainly for her not so successful vocals but for her political standpoint in the now current situation in Israel and Palestine.

Not so sure that would have been popular 2021…

Another thing I cant wrap my head around at the moment is the green ring on the apple watch. Walking from home to work close the green ring, biking gives this:

Not much of an exercise really… So not I bike back and forth from work and still need to power walk in the evenings to close the ring. I mean, one reason for buying a bike was to put the exercise in the daily routines and no need for extra gym time. Not working, cycling do not burn at all. Downhill or uphill.

So enjoy tonight and let us be bitter tomorrow about the results from ESC Semi 1

Björn

Eurovision 2021

So finally time for the Eurovision 2021 and the fund part… To decide, to guess and to get upset cause people vote like my opinion do not count at all…

So, the list. Why all these different columns. First of all I do not watch the rehearsals so my initial opinions is 100% based on the released tracks, so there are always some small changes on the night. And the comments ahead of the semifinals are much kinder than the ones on the night of the finals. Then I turn to the wicket witch of Eurovision.

So here is the promised PDF of the first semi finals tomorrow.

Björn

May

So it start, or kick off… The Eurovision Stage looks amazing on pictures.

And the rehearsals have started and as always, since some years back fans go wild. I still remember the good old days when the first time you actually had a chance to see the performances was on the night of the competition.

This years big war is between Malta and Cyprus. Cyprus announced their song very early, and was the fan favorite until Malta (last to announce their song) announced Destiny’s song. Since then a Cyprus group and a Malta group formed and attack, not each other but the singers. In what media would call toxic way if it was about politics, race, gender etc. And it exploded this weekend when Maltas first rehearsal took place and Destiny (who is a big girl) entered the stage in a short pink dress. Oh Lord Eurovision Internet was set on fire. That is todays Eurovision world. We have gone from a “Agree to disagree” contest to a contest where a country is trashed for everything between their politics, refugee situation to how they can afford to host the contest if they win (coming from Cypriot fans its actually funny). And all based on a pink dress at a Eurovision Song Contest rehearsal.

But, one step at the time, the contest is next week and I can’t get into it too much cause of work issues – read: Conferences, work shops and international meetings.

Enjoy this week. For me planned to be 3 days, 1 National Holiday and a bank holiday off… But all is up to me manage to do 5 days work in 3 and be ready for the Conference on Wednesday this week.

With kind regards

Björn