Eurovision 2015 semi-final 1

Lack of time didn’t allow me to post earlier. Here are the songs in Eurovision 2015 semi-final 1 (19.05) that I liked. 10 songs from 10 European countries, and only one partly sang in national language – all others in English, sadly.

Eurovision is the only chance in TV to listen to singers/bands from all over the Europe (and beyond ;)). Some people say it’s kitsch, some says the festival has hardly anything in common with song quality, but I still like it and watch Eurovision whenever I can.

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Let’s sign!

Sometimes a simple thing has a big impact. Like this video. I was so “WOW!!!” when I first saw it. I proudly present you a song “Dobrze, że jesteś” by Video.

The title can be roughly translated as “Good to have you”. What’s so special about this video? Its lyrics are translated into Polish Sign Language. It’s the first official music video in Poland that fully uses the Polish sign language. Great job! I hope there’ll be more videos like this one.

The young people in the video are part of the “Młodzi Migają Muzykę” team which translate various Polish and foreign songs into the Polish Sing Language.

 

Let’s listen to Yuna!

Yuna is a Malaysian singer, whose songs I heard for the first time few months ago.

I’m not Muslim, but I was charmed with her positive attitude, music and her fashion – jilbab included. Here in Europe the dominating view of women in Islam is a pitiful woman who is oppressed by men in her family – especially husband. But Yuna is different. She’s happy and feel good while still being a pious Muslim lady.

In her song “Rescue” she sings:

Yeah, she’s got life in her veins, she don’t need no rescuing she’s okay

No S.O.S. needed, no rescuing, she’s fine out there.

Her song is very positive and empowering. It’s a message for all the ladies.

So, here is my favourite song of Yuna – Rescue. Enjoy!

What do you think of the song and music video? Are you interested in other songs by Yuna? Or are you already a fan of Yuna? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Favourite Time with Hebe Tien

Soon after hearing Hebe Tien’s Insignificance video, and later the Insignificance album, this Taiwanese singer became one of my favourites. I see, a lot of my readers also like her songs, so I’d like share – and chat with you – about our favourite songs. Interested?

Insignificance would be a number one for me. Not only because this is the first her song I ever heard. Not only because she’s inspired by Polish poet Wisława Szymborska and Hebe even took effort to recite one of her poems in Polish in the video. Not only because it was filmed in Iceland, which I plan to visit one day… For every of these reasons and much more. But that’s why I’ll exclude this song and video to present 5 more songs and videos of Hebe Tien I like. Actually, it’s really hard to choose only 5. I would probably choose all, if I could. 😀

The order is chronological based on the album date.

To Hebe, 1st album, 2010

寂寞寂寞就好 (It’s OK to be lonely / Leave Me Alone)

So far, with just relying on English translations of lyrics, I can tell I like her lyrics.

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