Kategoriarkiv: Music posts

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

The ESC CD arrived

So, with the arrival of the official Eurovision CD my “real” ESC season takes off, even if the streams and mp3s been available for long, in some cases since December 2020 (Albanias selection).

And later this week the rehearsals start in Rotterdam, something to discuss at a later stage when I as always need to write something about the new ESC fans contra the old school.

But at least something to look forward to in these times when the world do it’s best to test my patience.

Another good thing is that we, the enormous body kind, finally got mannequins more fit for the normal human being and not only for models and vegans.

mannequin in the UK

Actually something I support. Not only for the obvious reasons but it might also give a hint to people that even if it is 100% OK to dress as you want maybe, sometimes, you should not…

And remember, all clothes look good on skinny people so to actually see a mannequin like this gives a fair image on what different body types actually looks good wearing. So now we also hope for some with longer legs, shorter upper bodies etc etc.

Have a nice day and never forget that Bill Gates is single now, on the market Boys and Girls.

Björn

What is going on

You read it everywhere at the moment, The best Mello final in ages, really? This is a surprise to me, but maybe cause most of the favorites are song I don’t like. So I don’t get it.

In some cases its the song, in some its the singer, but I can’t see this years Melodifestivalen final as the best in ages.

Its been welled planned by Christer Björkman, he know who he wanted in the top and placed them in the semifinals so they were sure to pass through, unfortunately his “best” if far from mine.

But, besides I hope The Mamas will win, they are worth their chance in Eurovision, only Saade have a chance to win Eurovision, even if I’m not a fan of the song or act. It is made for a ESC stage.

The big favorite, Tusse, sing a song that I actually really sonnet like, it’s a boring typical radio friendly song with high jury points but no tele votes written all over it. So I think it’s better to put some money on when he will come out as non binary… Before or after the Eurovision week in May. But he can sing, no one can take that away

So candy and Champagne is on the table and I will enjoy Charlotte and hopefully drunk enough when the prize goes to Tusse, Eric or Dotter.

Hope for The Mamas (cause its fair) or Clara Klingenström – full review tomorrow

Björn

Finally we have enough songs

The Eurovision year always start slow, with Albania making their selection in December then its kind of nothing, nothing and more nothing. But now we start to see a line up with enough songs to start to listen through them.

And it will be many changes, songs will be added and others will sneak up on the top while some will turn out to be fun for a short amount of time. But on the app My Eurovision Scoreboard my list for now is:

ESC 2021

Picture from ESC

So it will be a Eurovision in 2021. The ESC team have worked on different scenarios and the fan base went crazy since a lot of them think this could have been done for this year instead of cancel the contest 2020.

But it is a bit disturbing to find they prepare for a lockdown scenario in May 2021, like no opening up from Covid ever will happen. I mean at one point, even if it is a disturbing thought, we must open up with or without Covid.

With that we come to the chaos is France, or mainly Marseille. They are not at least happy about the lockdown there and I guess since we are in France it will be protests this weekend.

I also think the new rules for Paris is not well thought through, cause they make no sense to people on the street, and not very well presented. To close bars, Cafès and Restaurant at 22h00 and “force” people to go home and have the parties in a closed space instead of outdoors is actually as stupid as it sounds.

Close inside spaces but let people sit outside (as it was in the last weeks of the close down), safer for sure than 20 pax in a Paris studio.

The group with the best lobbyists seems to be Sport. Cause the most important thing for many governments at the moment is to make sport events go on, so 1000 drunk football fans is not a risk for the spread of Covid. And not only football, the more money it is in the sport the easier it is for them to continue with their activities. Golf, Tennis, Hockey, Basket etc.

I also like to make a note to the Mayor of Paris, she is not happy to close Restaurants and Bars at 22h00, sit outside a cafè is all of a sudden a “Way of French lifestyle”. Like she completely forgotten her support to ban heaters outside bars, Cafès and Restaurants so people can’t sit outside from late October to early May. If they don’t want to catch a cold virus…

So this is our life the upcoming months.

Björn

Surprise, Surprise

Browsing might sometimes surprise you. I looked at single covers of Dschinghis Khan today and all of a sudden:

A song I never heard with them. “Give me a sign” Hate when this happens, especially in the time of digital music, if its not out there you can’t find it.

So until then, some of the better songs from D.K.

Björn

A lot of music now

Not only a release from a friend of mine, Marc de Saint Vincent (see yesterdays post) from nowhere have Sonias albums from 1991 and 1993 been released on digital platforms. It’s amazing.

Sonia, might be most known from her PWL days, but she also released two not so famous albums, “Sonia” 1991 have it on vinyl and the album following her Eurovision Song Contest participation in 1993, an album on CD never released in Sweden.

Sonia was the first PWL artist in the Eurovision, followed in 2000 by the wonderful Nicki French.

So just months before Sonias new album, the first in a long time, her two albums not released on a digital platform until now is released. It’s a good time to be alive.

Take care

Björn

Some new music

My good friend Marc de Saint Vincent have now the premiere EP out on all digital platforms, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, Google Play, Traxsource and Apple Music. The name of the EP is “Dies Möbius” and I hope all you who read this add it to your playlists or buy and download it. On Swedish iTunes it was easier to search for the name of the EP instead of the Marcs name.

The music, far from the pop I usually like is actually perfect to put on and play while you lay down and want to unwind or relax, a bit of a perfect meditation background and very good in the specific genre.

Again, I hope you will give this EP a chance, and I hope to give a friend and very talented guy the support he well deserves.