Sometimes we aim to hit this blog with a time-sensitive post, or hit the right note at the right time. Last year, while working at another important place of learning and keeping some of the nation’s treasures, I wrote a little post about the success of Germany’s Lena at the Eurovision Song Contest. So why am I writing about this now again?
Well, there are two things happening. Today, the Faculty of Music has conducted interviews, and if I’m not completely misinformed (i.e. from having read the job advertisement), we are expecting to have a temporary lecturer in popular music from September 2011. So I thought I can use this as an excuse to indulge in two points about this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the second semi-final of which will happen tonight:
1. It’s not the first time that a winner comes back trying to win the title for a second time. This year it’s Lena, trying to win again for Germany; and this year also sees the winner of 1998, Dana International, coming back to this unique stage of serious hit machine meets folklore meets globalisation…
2. Whether you think that Ireland’s contribution by Jedward is going to win or not, definitely tune in on Saturday to look out for the French competitor Amaury Vassili, who sings Sognu. This is not really your run-of-the-mill song, but an opera-light moment (or should we call it a number from a musical?). If you don’t believe me, and can’t watch the competition on Saturday:
Oh, and if this has stirred your more academic interest in this competition, you might want to consult the 11 books at the UL on this subject (see Newton).
And depending who will be teaching at the Faculty of Music on popular music from September, we might get some books on the topic for the Pendlebury.