The big pre-Eurovision-2015 Eurovision post

Before I begin posting about the songs in this year’s contest, I’d like to comment on my Eurovision listening experience this year versus previous years.

  1. Now that I’m no-longer in college and have ridiculous amounts of freetime, I’ve started the Youtube playlists and listened to them again and again. It’s hard for me to multitask reading/writing and listening to music—to do either effectively, I need to not be doing the other—so being able to listen now for two hours at a time is really a very different experience versus last year’s cycling through the playlists a few times, with starts and stops as I needed to do other activities.
  2. On that same note, being able to devote my attention to the music has meant that I’m not concentrating on other things, i.e., my never-idle hands and feet need something to do. Because most Eurovision songs are meant to be catchy pop—and because I live alone—this means dancing.
  3. Most of the songs feature a simple and strong 4/4 rhythm (even the handful which aren’t 4/4 have relatively simple rhythms, such as 3/4 or 4/4 with a few 5/4 measures on the bridge), which makes it very very easy to conduct.

Is anyone else’s first reaction to pop music to start conducting the beat to yourself? It seems to be mine by instinct, anyway. Luckily I live alone, because silent dancing (I use earphones) with an incorporated large swinging 4/4 undoubtedly looks something ridiculous. I’m not sure how I picked up on this style, or why, but I (1) don’t believe dancing to the beat of the music typically involves conducting time, but also (2) don’t have a good reason why it shouldn’t. It reminds me of my high school choir teacher once telling me that she could never listen to music without counting the time in her head. I can quite listen without counting in my head, but in my time with the Yale Precision Marching Band, I seem to have acquired or begun to express the habit of my hands counting time without conscious prompt or intervention.

Anyway—to the music! Continue reading “The big pre-Eurovision-2015 Eurovision post”

The big pre-Eurovision-2015 Eurovision post

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Often I feel that homeowners choose trees and shrubs to adorn a building based on what colour greenery will match well with the existing architecture. The homeowner next to this tree, however, without a doubt chose the colour of the house to match the tree—the house is the same colour as these flowers. It’s a little jarring to see the two nearly indistinguishable (I don’t think I would’ve done the same if it were up to me), but I can’t deny it’s a beautiful colour for a building.

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