Random Music Moment #74

I think this is one of the simplest stage performances to win Eurovision in a long time.  The winner of the 2010 Eurovision, just Lena and her little black dress, notorious!

Today’s Random Music Moment is Satellite by Lena

Random Music Moment #73

Ah this was probably the highlight year for me.  I remember this year the best.  After such an amazing stage presence with Finland’s winner in 2006, the big Serbian song and first-song-other-than-English-for-a-long-time to win in 2007, and the simple big-voiced song winner in 2008, and then in 2009, we have the charming, young Alexander Ryback from Norway!  Seriously, this song was catchy, well-sung, interesting, with a seriously young front man.

What’s interesting about this song is that it’s based off Norwegian folklore.  It’s about the Huldra, a beautiful female creature that lures young men to her and then curses them.  Sounds like a Siren or Succubus to me!

Lyrics:

Years ago, when I was younger
I kinda liked, a girl I knew
She was mine, and we were sweethearts
That was then, but then it’s true

I’m in love, with a fairytale
Even though it hurts
Coz I don’t care if I lose my mind
I’m already cursed

Full Lyrics HERE

But the funny thing is, when I listened to the lyrics of this song, I thought about the fairytales I knew and I also thought about the perspectives of love.  Funny how something so irrelevantly relevant could pop up and wah-la, connection of an international level.  And the schema is completely different!

Amazing, isn’t it?

I wonder…well, anyway!  Please enjoy today’s RMM, not long now to the next Eurovision!!! The winner of the 2009 Eurovision Song ContestFairytale by Alexander Rybak.

Random Music Moment #68

This was the first winner I remembered accurately. Do you know why? It’s because my grade 5-6 teacher mentioned it to the class. Hehe I thought, like any arrogant child would, that only I was the Eurovision master. I thought I was the only one who watched the great and wildly wonderful Eurovision.  Turns out the world was a tad bigger than I thought.

The effects: One) Ruslana‘s Wild Dances is probably one of my favourite perfances.  It’s wild, aggressive, energetic.  The dancing is top-notch and the music is interesting.  Two) If I could remember that performance, the time and approximate month, then I was old enough to remember other things ;P

That was the upside.  The downside, I still had trouble pinpointing the month and day, you see the calendars for the next year don’t come out until the end of the year, so even if I wrote it on the current year’s calendar, there was a chance, mostly likely that I would forget and throw it away before writing it down again.  Haha.

But yet, despite the possibility of me completely forgetting, I remembered.  Hehe, well, anyway, enjoy today’s Random Music Moment!

Wild Dances by Ruslana

Random Music Moment #65

Omg!  This is it guys!  My final countdown!  Though the first time I remembered and dated the winning song of the winning year, I decided to start a couple of years earlier.  I have two reasons for this, 1) I remember looking at the map the year after this particular song won, and wondered why it was in Equador, South America, considering it was a European show after all.  It was a little while later that I realised, the winning country had not been Equador but Estonia!  Lol, how interesting age can be in playing a role, manipulating the memory.  I was pretty young, so I’m not surprised I was wrong.  Still, shocking considering the geography.

So today’s Random Music Moment is the winner of the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest.  It was from Estonia, performed in English by Tanel Padar and David Benton featuring 2XL.

A couple of interesting facts about this winning song.  1) David Benton was the oldest contestant to win the contest and 2) he was the first, dare I say it? and I will say I quoted it from Wikipedia, so don’t rag on me! Benton was the first black  contestant to win.   [I apologise if I offend anyone, but filling that spot with euphemisms….I’d feel, would make it worse.]

 

Everybody by Tanel Padar and Dave Benton

Random Music Moment #64

Whoooo and for the last one before I start the winners countdown is today’s special song.  Haha I remember this because it was such a strong powerful song that had vocals that were pretty unique? Can I describe it as unique?  Perhaps.  Well it’s something oyu have to listen for yourselves, soooo take a moment and enjoy today’s Random Music Moment: Jan Jan By Inga and Anush

Random Music Moment #63

Always on my mind~

Always in my heart~

Full Lyrics HERE

This was another that my friend used to drive me crazy with.  She loved singing it, she loved the chorus.  Granted, it is a very cute love song, that combines lust and love in equal proportions.  It’s my own opinion, but I think it’s way better than the song that won Azerbaijan the Eurovision Song Contest!

Beautiful, love, cute, pleasant to listen to, pleasing to watch, please enjoy today’s Random Music Moment: Always by Aysel and Arash

Random Music Moment #61

This act is an ingenious example of the diversity of acceptability that Eurovision has! Even with the many many English lyrics floating around with winners and runner ups, mostly, though not factual based – so far from my impression, sung in English.  Even if they’re lyrics reflect culture, still, English.  But this act can second, sung almost completely in Russian, with the exception of the repetitive parts like “Party for everybody, dance” and “come on and dance”.  Fair enough seeing as in Europe, the English language is like a lingua franca that everyone has some knowledge (maybe) of, since after all Europe is like a a clutter of many diverse languages.  So every can join in and the party goes wild! Lol.

But seriously.  Even if I don’t understand it, or think it’s strange that there are six old ladies standing on the Eurovision stage, it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.  It’s just another fun act that’s not a ballad, or a pop song, or rock, but enjoyable in the whole-I-could-sit-here and watch.  It is very different which makes it interesting to watch.  If you’re interested in the lyrics and translation, click HERE

So please enjoy today’s RMM Party For Everybody Sung By The Buranovskiye Babushki

Random Music Moment #60

This was actually one of my favourites last year.  I was so disappointed that they weren’t voted higher.  Well I suppose I didn’t quite like the stage performance as much as the video clip, but I liked the song.  And see!  She does a mini dance routine in the middle.  Well, what can I say, I guess all stage performances are ten times better with a mini dance routine.

Usually every year I go for Turkey and Cyprus.  Normally I don’t like Cyprus’s acts, but Turkey’s, yes.  Except last year I really did like Cyprus’s song.  I thought it was cool that it was like a fairytale!  But sadly, Ivi Adamou only came 16th.

I guess my favourite part of the song is the chorus, where her voice just soars.  And then I get into the mood of the song, get caught by all the “lala lalalalala…” and then it’s stuck in my head.  But I don’t complain because it’s CATCHY !!!  Now if it wasn’t catchy and just plain annoying with some kind of rhythm that I don’t like or tone that grates on my ears then I would have been annoyed, but nope! This isn’t like that at all.  But still, lyrics!

Oh oh oh, I feel the energy between you and me, baby it’s so right
Oh oh oh, I feel the energy just taking over me, over me

How I’ve been waiting for this
Lala lalalalalala lalalalalalala love
Oh I’ve been waiting for this
Lala lalalalalala lalalalalalala love

Full Lyrics HERE

And the stage performance:

 

Have I mentioned that I think the MV was better?

Random Music Moment #59

Watching all these Eurovision acts are really nostalgic.  My memories accompanying them are vague, but the performances are memorable.  This one though is both memorable for the act and for the memory.  I remember this song, particularly, because my friend, who also watches, and is absolutely crazy about Eurovision had the lyrics stuck in her head, so for weeks on end after Eurovision we were singing in throughout the school corridors, breaking out whenever we felt like it.  It was fun.  Memorable, and just a secret (sort of) between her and I.  I think the chorus is so unreasonable catchy since it made me sing out loud when clearly, for those who know me best, I’m not really a sing out loud kind of person.  Plus this is a pop song, something which I don’t really listen to any more.  It’s funny, I’m more into rock or alternative rock these days, yet anything Eurovision, I’ll listen to.  Weird? Geezzz I feel like I’m stereotyping or being musically discriminating.  But it’s true.  I don’t mind the music that comes out of Eurovision, usually there are interesting reasons behind why they’re chosen or why they’re popular.  I especially love some of the winners in the past decade.  Some though, I can’t quite get my head around why they won.

Anyway!  Today’s Random Music Moment is from the 2008 Eurovision.  Greece, like Turkey, I think has a lot of well, good, catchy songs, that generally tend to get into the top ten.  This act, came third, and though it’s just another pop song, I really enjoyed the performance.  Oh yes, since it’s from a Mediterranean country, I’ve noticed, especially in pop songs, the singers tend to break into a mini dance routine in them middle of the song.  Of course, I have no proof, but I have seen it twice (once in Hadise‘s entrance and the other Cyprus’s act in 2012 – which I have yet to blog about!) so far that I can remember, it makes me curious!  Maybe I should go back and find out if there are more? (Now I’m starting to feel like I’m stereotyping, how about I just move on? lol)

Lol it’s like the acts that are solely focussing on the singer and their instrument, the singer in a massive and extremely beautiful belting out a touching ballad, and those that are active, and fun! (Like Jedward)

Kalomira has the kind of voice that generally, annoys me, yet she sings the song well.  Her stage performance is good, and though the camera angles sometimes annoy me, I did overall, enjoy the performance!  So enjoy!  Today’s RMM is Secret Combination by Kalomira:

 

 

Random Music Moment #57

Oh this one.  I remember this one.  The mirrors, the skimpy pretty dress.  I really loved listening to this.  It’s hard to forget, yet somehow I managed to!  There was something addictive about this song.  I mean, I didn’t mind the singing much, the stage performance was very interesting, but I think the lyrics caught me.  Geezz these days I feel like I’m listening more and more to the lyrics of songs.  I wonder why?  Maybe I’m appreciating music more?

Anyway, lyrics:

You’ve been my superstar 
But it’s not what you are 
You’ve been my super hero

Since I’ve lived in your shade 
Every step that I made 
Brought me nothing but zero 

But I’m staying alive 
And now I’m changin’ my life 
With a burning desire

No one knows who I am 
But I don’t give a damn 
Gonna set you on fire 

Shady lady – I’m gonna strike like thunder 
Are you ready? I wanna make you wonder 
Rollin’ steady – I’m gonna make you shiver 
My heart is burning

Lyrics HERE

AND the Eurovision entry! Enjoy! Shady Lady By Ani Lorak

Random Music Moment #55

Can you feel the rhythm in my heart
the beats going Düm Tek Tek
always out it like there’s no limit
feels like there’s no way back
can you feel the rhythm in my heart
the beats going Düm Tek Tek
always out it like there’s no  limit
feels like there’s no way back

Full Lyrics HERE

I can’t believe I’m only posting about this now!  I remember and loved this song for it’s catchiness.  And it’s one of the reasons why I say Turkey has some of the greatest songs in the competition.  But it really, really, really sucks that Turkey isn’t in it this year.  I think I heard a rumour that Hadise was ssick during this performance.  If so!  Then don’t mind do much if she doesn’t sound good.

I love this particular performance however, I love the red dresses, and I think Hadise is beautiful, plus the music is catchy haha.  Well, please enjoy!  ANother, Lead-Up-To-Eurovision-Random Music Moment!!!  Today is Düm Tek Tek By Hadise.

 

Random Music Moment #54

This was great.  It totally deserved its place, but also I reckon it could have even won!  There was just something hot and fiery about this song, about the lyrics, about the performance.  There were some big vocals and well, it has to be watched to understood!

What’s to say, the lyrics are catchy, repetitive but catchy!  The stage performance, oh my god! Awesome, seriously, check it out below, it’s fabulous!  What else can I say?

You and me, can’t you see,
we’re playing with fire
Tell me now,
do you feel this burning desire?
Don’t stop, make it rock,
it’s taking us higher
Could it be just a dream?
Are you running away?

Lyrics HERE

Let me introduce today’s Random Music Moment and the next installment of the Lead-Up-To-Eurovision-Music-Moments, Playing With Fire By Ovi and Paula Seling 

Random Music Moment #53

Well yesterday I posted about last year’s Jedward entrance to Eurovision, today is 2011’s entrance.

Lyrics: Check!

You say you’re on it but you just don’t know
You’re spending money like you’re on death row
You must have been mis-educated
By all the guys that you dated
You think I’ll take the bait but I don’t think so

Ohhhh
Am I headed for a car crash?
Ohhhh
I’m just about to meet my match, she takes the
Ohhhh
I’m about to fall in head first
Sisters let me tell you how it works

Full Lyrics HERE

Lyrics: Awesome!

Music: Catchy

Costume: Whacky! Lol but in a positive way (as opposed to the newsreader who once introduced a news story on Eurovision on the day of the final as something weird and whacky – such a negative image, why?! Eurovision is awesome!)

Performance: RED HOT FABULOUS hahaha well enjoy today’s Random Music Moment!  I present, the 2011 entrant act …. Lipstick by Jedward

Random Music Moment #52

This artist was in Eurovision the year before, and I agree their song was pretty interesting and energetic so I’m not surprised that Ireland did better than usual.  And though I liked their song last year, it seems Europe liked the song from the year before much better!  I can’t really judged them much on vocals and whatnot, but I don’t think they sing too bad.  I love the whole twin act (awesome!) and their costumes! Well they always seem to be interesting!

What I loved the most about this song was the lyrics:

Floodgates, can’t wait
Here she comes, shut ‘em fast
Better shut ‘em fast
Too late, swept away
Feel the rush after the fact

Coming up beneath me
Never been in love so deeply before

I am close to the waterline
I thought that I’d been over my head for the last time
I’m so close to the waterline
And the way I’m loving her now
I know this is bound to go down as the big one
Lyrics from HERE

I did enjoy this song, but I agree, compared to the one from the year before, it does seem a bit plain lolol.  But yet I still have a copy of this one over the other (I’ll probably post the other one tomorrow!)

Please enjoy another lead up song to this year’s Eurovision, today’s Random Music Moment: Waterline by Jedward

Random Music Moment #50

This is one of my favourite Georgia entries for Eurovision over the last few years (forgive me, my memory of my earlier days watching Eurovision is a little fuzzy).  I really enjoyed this one and I had a very good thing this would make the top ten!  It has that powerful voice of the vocalist, a mixture of rock and rap, and it’s just filled with the best of, well, anything that’ll catch my attention! Haha.  Oh yes, and the lyrics, I love the lyrics. Sample ! :

 

I wanna give in to fire, uncover vicious desire
Abandon painful denial, find pretty reason to stay
One more forbidden sensation
One more emotional flare
Down with the fake hesitation,
Hell yeah, I’m ready to pay

Pay for the hopeless despair
Gonna live one more day of my fate

For full lyrics go HERE

Loved it! Today’s Random Music Moment: One More Day By Eldrine

 

Random Music Moment #49

I’m breaking my Lead-Up-to-Eurovision RMM’s for today.  But just for today.  Because I happened to come across this song, and it just seemed, for some of the events that are happening around the world today, this seemed appropriate.  My heart goes out to the victims of the Boston Bombings today.

I think it’s madness, the bombings, the deaths, and the destruction.  I can’t say much since I wasn’t there and I don’t know what really happened, I can just say, that it’s a sad thing to happen.  There, here, anywhere around the world.

This has been a song that I’ve enjoyed lately, I love the tone and I love the way Matthew Bellamy draws out “Madness” as the song progresses like it really is “Madness”.   I love this verse though:

 

And now I have finally seen the end (finally seen the end)
And I’m not expecting you to care (expecting you to care)
But I have finally seen the light (finally seen the light)
I have finally realized (realized)
I need to love
I need to love

Lyrics Here

Today’s Random Music Moment is Madness By Muse

Random Music Moment #48

Now I really loved this song, to be honest, Azerbaijan is pretty good at bringing out pop artists singing pop songs for their entries into Eurovision.  And most of the time I like their voices, and I like their songs, but there are always songs that are just a bit better than theirs (though generally I’d expect them to be in the top 5), that is until they won in 2011.  Today’s RMM is not that winning song. Unfortunately I won’t be posting about that one until it’s closer, looking at the date now, I still just over a month haha (clearly I am very enthusiastic :P).

Today’s song didn’t catch me because of its lyrics.  Though the lyrics are good, and it’s definitely a set I’d listen to:

These last three weeks past and we’ve barely talked
I think I know, and it’s breaking my heart
Am I in or am I out?

Can I love you forever through this?
Can I trust in you forever through this?
I don’t know how to stop, how to stop
These teardrops aha 
That drip drop drip drop
(And) drip drop drip drop
Oh.. Oh…

Tell me where have you been?
Why are you late?
You smell like lipstick again
Come on, answer my question!
Say something.
Why are you acting out?
Oh, say it’s in my head…

Full lyrics can be found HERE

But I guess it was her performance and well, when she began performing in the semi, the SBS commentators – who I absolutely love, because they do an awesome job – said that she did not know much English at all, just the lyrics of her song (well I’m pretty sure that’s what they said).  And if you listen, you can understand my shock.  She does an unbelievably fabulous job and well I just loved the song.  Haha.

So enjoy today’s Random Music Moment: Drip Drop By Safura

Random Music Moment #47

Another Eurovision favourite~! And I’ve begun to realise something…so far most of them are from the 2010 Olso Eurovision.  But I have to say, that was one of my favourite years.  There were just some many songs I really liked and this one is no exception! (Just wait though, I will try and post songs from other years too, I just haven’t run out of 2010 yet :P)

Today’s RMM is, in my opinion, a very culturally embedded song, even though it is in English!  I love how the is song really does do English as an International language, justice.  It’s a song sung English, using the English language yet, ultimately the purpose was not so that westerners could understand but as a lingua franca of Europe, it is a language than many could possible have in common particularly in this day in age! (Fascinating hahaha!)

Apricot stone,
Hidden in my hand
Given back to me
From the motherland
Apricot stone,
I will drop it down
In the frozen ground
I’ll just let it make its round”

The rest of the lyrics: HERE

Well, I like the lyrics, I’ve heard them called strange, but I don’t think they’re that strange, just interesting? Lol, well I hope you enjoy!

Here is today’s Random Music Moment : Apricot Stone By Eva Rivas

Random Music Moment #44

“One to hundred
multiplied by you
it all looks great
it all looks good”

Lyrics – HERE

Today is the 10th of April.  It is just over a month until Eurovision!  Yay! So clearly, I’m excited!  And when it’s Eurovision time, I just cannot help going back and listening to my old favourites from Eurovision.  You know, everyone always looks at me weird when I say I watch Eurovision.  I guess it’s because I’m in Australia and people have better things to do than to watch a (possibly) rigged – not that I think it is, but there are so many political ties connected to it that sometimes you just can’t help but roll your eyes because you know Greece is going to give Cyprus ten points and Croatia will give Serbia ten points lol- and it has possibly the wackiest costumes and all the above that the Australian media just love to pick on!  Which I SWEAR pisses me off sometimes.  But! I refuse to be swayed.  I LOVE Eurovision and I absolutely don’t care if people think all of the previously mentioned.

While I do agree not all the singers are great on Eurovision, there are some great songs and performances.  Some of them are really worth listening to and not all of them are the winners or within the top ten.  Except, I’m pretty sure this song made to the top ten.  Because I love the lyrics and I think the melody is beautiful, I give to you today’s (errr more like tonight’s) Random Music Moment…Love In Rewind By Dino Merlin (They came 6th for Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2011).

Random Music Moment #43

For some reason I really like music from animes and in this case, a video game.  Is that weird? Lol.  But I think every once in a while I come across a real gem.   Here is another one.  And look! It even has subs 😛 since I think the language is actually a created one called Hymnos – how weird! (It’s also a very interesting concept! Here’s a link to the language= Here)

Welllll since I don’t much about the game or about the music in particular except that I like it, I looked at wikipedia and it came up with this page.  So the game’s japanese, and there is music in japanese, but then there are the hymns, such as the one below (I have yet to listen to the others though).

Anyway I really love the tune and voice.  I just like it, so I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

Today’s Random Music Moment is Ar Tonelico EXEC_CHRONICLE_KEY by Akiko Shikata