Category: Music

Eurovision relief!

I asked. I pleaded! I begged for your votes for this year's Eurovision entry from Portugal. And it seems to have paid off. After an incredibly tense run-off in the voting (well done, Eurovision organisers for adding such a nail-biting voting mechanism!) it looked like Portugal's hopes were about to be dashed by a 17 ...

Eurovision 2017: A plea for Portugal

So, my wishes came true. Portugal made it through the Eurovision semi-final earlier this week and now have a chance to win the final - started in just under an hour. Here's the thing. Portugal, despite performing 49 times since joining the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964, have never won. They've never even made it into ...

Going out on a Eurovision limb…

I've been a pretty poor Eurovision fan this year. It was only the other day that I consciously sat down and had a look at this year's entrants. Last year, I was blogging about the contents weeks in advance. I'm losing my edge, obviously. Or perhaps running my own business means I have more to ...

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A happy Spotify discovery

Have I told you lately how much I love Spotify? This afternoon, my 'Release Radar' playlist was on in the background, when a live track came on and I thought to myself "I recognise that voice...". I gave it a few more seconds, but couldn't place it exactly. I picked up my iPhone to check the ...

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The Hot Sardines – love it!

Spotify flagged up The Hot Sardines in my 'Discover Weekly' playlist a few weeks ago and it was love at first sight. Or listen... you know what I mean. Here's my fave so far - a super-upbeat version of 'Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen'. A lifetime away from the more mushy and shmatzly versions you ...

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“I’m old fashioned…”

Beautifully delivered by the very talented Sara Gazarek. And I have Spotify's recommendations to thank for stumbling across her beautiful voice. https://youtu.be/XV1JDIFLitk Just added a couple of her albums to my iPhone for off-line listening. Wonderful stuff.

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This is cheering me up!

Tough couple of days, what with one thing and another. In fact, a few things. But I've just spent an hour listening to Gregory Porter and I'm feeling a lot better about life in general. Music, eh? Cures all ills... https://youtu.be/Fv4iZDkjzj8 Gregory Porter's new album, Take Me to the Alley is out now and is just lovely. ...

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Well, that was random.

Last night's Eurovision really was a change from the norm. On three counts, in fact. For a start Sweden did a magnificent job of hosting a complex and demanding live TV show, not once but three times in a single week. Two semi-finals and a grand final. Additionally, each night was staged differently, with the ...

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Why Sweden should host Eurovision every year

Just check out how they opened last night's semi-final... https://youtu.be/v6qSt8Qp9ck Give it to Sweden to host every year, I say. And while you're at it, make Petra Mede President of Europe.