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  • Cladonio

    I just watched an episode of a Finnish-Swedish quiz show you'd enjoy. It has two teams of two people, they're shown clips from Eurovision song contest, and they have to figure out the country and its capital from the songs (often I got the year right even if I didn't know the country *blush*). Then they proceed to ask trivia questions about the country, for example regarding Austria they had the contestants taste three types of jam and tell which one is the one they use in Sacher cake (apricot). Each episode also has a singer with a connection to Eurovision who'll be performing some ESC song and there might be a question too (the woman sang Eres Tu in English, and they asked the country and its placement, and which country won that year). Now this is the kind of tv quiz I could participate in, except that I'd have to speak Swedish...

    14 sept. 14h42m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    Helloo! I came across this version of Take on Me, quite cleverly done, maybe you haven't seen it yet though it's a few years old. I actually found it related to these musicless music videos that are quite funny. Did you watch US Open at all? I read that Nishikori got into the final, that must have been a great day for him, being the first Japanese in a grand slam final. Though I'm thinking that perhaps tennis isn't quite as glamorous as it was a few years ago. Federer and Nadal are getting older and there haven't been any new equivalent stars to replace them yet. It might be good for the sport that there's no single dominating figure, but it also makes it feel like in the past we got to see two geniuses of tennis and there's nothing comparable at the moment.

    13 sept. 11h57m Répondre
  • FLOooooooooRIAN

    Good good good~

    25 juin 16h53m Répondre
  • FLOooooooooRIAN

    So sweet of you~~~ tyy how was ur trip 2 Estonia?

    14 juin 10h35m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    Ooh, I came across a wondeful video of Finnish nature. Sometimes I forget how great it can be although many of these sights are quite common (never seen a bear though, eep!)

    24 mai 17h07m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    Regarding Denmark, their first win from 1963 is one of my favourite winning songs, a nice memorable melody that might not be noticed in today's contest but was great because it was just the singer and the song.

    12 mai 19h24m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    Whoa, our TOM jumped from Medium to Very High after I listened to that ESC album. I guess the time frame for it is quite small nowadays, so it changes a lot. The vote results are really interesting. In many countries the jury and televoting results were quite different regarding Finland so as a result we got a lot of mid-points. In Hungary we were no. 1 in televoting but one of the judges put Finland as no. 24 :(. In Italy it was the opposite, the jury liked the song but the audience didn't. Well, our own votes were quite similar between the jury and the people. And both the UK and Ireland had Poland as no. 1 in televoting and last in the jury votes. I guess that shows that there really is a problem with the diaspora votes.

    12 mai 19h16m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    I've been listening to the studio versions of this year's songs today, it really was quite a good year. Some songs were surprisingly good (read: I didn't find the live versions impressive enough). I had a nice Eurovision night with pizza and self-made lemonade. But it was still exhausting. Maybe the problem with Conchita is also that people can say it's all about tolerance even though it looks like a novelty act. So people can claim that the appearance doesn't matter although that's all anybody talks about. And I don't think it was the best song of the night, though one of the better ones. I also thought that the scale of the event should be toned down because many good songs are overlooked, as with all those lights glowing some really monotonous songs can look impressive and more quiet melodies are quickly forgotten because they don't match the drama of fire and light. So it's not just a question of finance but of making the contest more varied.

    12 mai 13h02m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    I can imagine the UK won't be happy with the result once again. The show felt really too long, it would be better if the unfair Big Five system was abolished. Of the five only Spain had a decent song. 21 songs would be better (last year's winner + 20 from the semi-finals). Also I saw that most countries that didn't participate cited the financial cost as reason, so maybe the whole thing should be toned down a bit to let more people in. Still, it looked all very impressive. I'm still wondering how they got that figure skating bit to work. Oh and the Danish entry sounded like Jackson 5.. Why is it that Denmark always sends a song that sounds plagiarised? I'm getting quite a negative view of Danish music through ESC.

    11 mai 10h00m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    Hmm so it's Austria next year... as they were reading the points I was starting to root for Netherlands. I think both Austria and Sweden were better in the semis. Austria had a better performer but Sweden had a better song. Anyway, in the greenroom when they were showing Ms. Wurst she was putting too much of a feminine performance. Really, nobody is like that all the time. And her victory speech also seemed very calculated and glib. What kind of tolerance is it if everything is turned into a performance of gender? I was starting to miss Lena who at least was genuinely excited. Finland did quite well, we lost two places with the last votes, so it was really tight. And we got points from many countries so that was nice :).

    11 mai 9h55m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    I'm quite looking forward to the final, I actually felt a bit sorry that today there won't be anything ESC-related. There isn't any particular song that would immediately seem like a winner to me like many other years, but generally there haven't been really horrible songs either (still not fan of Poland though). I've been just wasting time today then with looking at funny things like this or this (aww..!) (and another aww!)

    9 mai 20h25m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    I had not listened to the lyrics of the Swedish song before, but there is apparently a grammatical error "Undo my sad / Undo what hurts so bad". That's it! Sweden must not win! I thought the song was ok but now I no longer support them. Not only is it bad and sad grammatically, it sounds semantically clumsy as well. People and shoelaces and even damage can be undone, but undoing an emotion just sounds strange. I wonder if they were thinking of Unbreak My Heart which I still think makes as much sense as unbreaking the wind.

    9 mai 12h37m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    Aah! It's voting time.. I hope Finland will make it, surely the song has good energy etc. Latvia and Estonia didn't qualify from the first semi, I thought they perhaps didn't sound as good live as on the videos (maybe they were nervous, performing so early). I quite liked the Austrian song, it sounded better than in the national final. I still don't get the Norwegian entry, though the Finnish presenters said you'd have to have a heart of stone not to like it. (Well, better to have enthusiastic presenters than ever-so-sneery Graham Norton)

    8 mai 20h25m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    I've been checking out some more ESC songs now. I don't really understand why so many ballads are favourites as they don't win that often nowadays, particularly the Norwegian song sounded forgettable. And the Polish one.. geez, with that video too! I don't know what to say, I don't think Eurovision has ever had such a sexist, inane piece of drivel come out of the reeking decaying mouth of Europe. Estonia sounds like it's trying to copy Euphoria. And the Latvian song.. it's catchy enough, but doesn't it sound very familiar? I'm not sure which song it sounds like exactly, the chorus is a bit like the children's tune "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands". Anyway, here is something to soothe your mind, a song called Fairy Queen from Patrick Ball's album "Fiona" (that's not a joke, he really has an album like that) ;)

    4 mai 12h37m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    The Spotify app is called Geotunes, it's currently no. 49 in their favourite apps. There was an interesting article in the Grauniad today about Britpop.. It's rare to see a British paper saying that it might not have been a good thing after all, or that it wasn't particularly original. Admittedly it started a trend of vague nationalism in music (and I could have lived without Ms. Halliwell's Union Jack images). Ah, speaking of Grauniad, I've been thinking of subscribing to Private Eye... sometimes it seems it speaks of some things more honestly than other papers, even if it's satirical.

    24 avr. 21h02m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    Thank you :). I might go to the big shop (though maybe it's a bit far..) as you can get a free meal there on your birthday. (aagh, I'm closer to 40 than 30 now, aaaagh!) That would be a nice practice elsewhere too, free diet cokes etc ;). Lately I've started using Spotify more as they no longer have monthly limits for free users. They have quite a good playlist collection now and some apps I find useful. I think there was one that let you listen to songs written about each country of the world, good for the sporcle game (I tend to forget some countries even if I have mastered it previously).

    24 avr. 9h40m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    That Latvian song sounds cheery, quite catchy. And it has better lyrics than the UK one which sounds like it was written by someone who doesn't know English very well. The Latvian song makes me think of MacArthur Park with the cake theme. It seems that this year there are a lot of artists who have no last names, I've always wondered about that trend. France is sending a moustache song, but I don't like it. France is quite strange sometimes, sending novelty songs in their own language so it's difficult for people to get the joke. The Tony Benn programme was interesting, though I found it odd how the presenter (a Conservative MP) kept saying that by the 80s Benn had become obsolete because he still supported trade unions. Obviously a Tory would say something like that. Still, I miss the British political discussion, as in Finland you never see the politicians in public (Question Time etc or even BBC Parliament) or questioned by the press. But at least we have insulated houses ;).

    31 mars 11h51m Répondre
  • littlechuckiec

    Hello, Fiona! Was playing The Motels radio and you showed up as a top listener. You have great taste! I don't recognize quite a few artists in your library. Always looking for something new, I'll have to give your radio a play. Have a great day and take care!

    29 mars 15h32m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    Speaking of Power to the People, I'm listening to a programme on Tony Benn on BBC4, thought you might be interested. I've also listened to some Welsh traditional music lately (on Spotify), it has its own unique character, quite different from the English music. I didn't know that the harp is such an important instrument there. For example I've liked Siân James and Pigyn Clust. Some of it sounds a bit like Estonian ballads actually. Also, on the sorry state of music criticism as lifestyle reporting (which is all that Q Magazine seems to be nowadays), here is an article on that.

    29 mars 12h17m Répondre
  • Cladonio

    I heard some teenagers interviewed on the radio regarding the Finnish song, and they said it was great because it sounded so original. It's been compared to The Killers, I also think it sounds quite like Editors etc., actually a lot of bands. That's the problem with listening to new music, most of it sounds really similar to things that have been done decades ago, and music business caters now only for teenagers who are not conscious of the clichés and the compositional tricks that have been used for centuries. So I think the Finnish song might not stand out in particular, then again none of the songs I've listened to so far have impressed me much; it does not seem to be a particularly strong year. It's the same with the British song. It's pleasant enough but sounds a lot like Adele etc. who in turn sounds like 60s soul singers. And the lyrics put me off in their naïveté. It's like the lyricist decided to try how many clichés one can put in a single song.

    29 mars 12h08m Répondre
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