Saturday, 14 May 2016
From Darness to LIght as it Were
Here is a picture of a tree.
The sky above is blue, with a hint of cloud and the stream from a passing jet liner.
The grass is green, the sun bright.
I mention this in comparison to the Eurovision Song Contest which is on telly at this very moment.
This however I cannot confirm as my laptop, like me, is musically minded and will not allow it to be turned on. This laptop has some taste I can tell you.
The difference between light and darkness is seen between the sun filled park and the dark concert hall. One has bright sunshine with birds singing, the other bright flashing lights with birds singing badly. One brings contentment the other bribery from that nice Mr Putin.
Sadly having tried again the TV now works on here and I turned on to find an overacting young man with expensive jeans ripped at the knees pouting into the mike and making me reach for the off switch.
I first saw this contest when Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson won it and that must have been around 1960. Cliff Richard and Sandie Shaw both featured at one time but rarely if ever did music make an appearance. Bland songs or exhibitionist crooners certainly appear and at one time the songs made an impression on the pop charts, they never do now. Indeed it's just horrible.
Years ago in spite of my entreaties I failed to get the family to switch this off in times past so I could watch the football on the other side, for some reason they considered this tripe important and sat entranced discussing the bubblegum music that was laid in front of them. It appeared to me they enjoyed it and I remain surprised even after all those years. Even today there are people who hold parties just for this occasion while music lovers everywhere sit watching paint dry and feeling somewhat more satisfied than the party goers.
Why is this contest so popular?
Apart from the fact that almost nobody knows the words of any song and few indeed are ever memorable only the judging and points totals make it interesting for many. This is incredible considering half of eastern Europe must vote correctly or Russia invades, France will not vote for Anglaterre (They still refuse to call it Britain the racists!), Russia will not vote for Poland nor will they give much support to Ukraine! Let aone that so many songs follow on quickly one after another that few can remember what went before. They all run into one another like the 'bland leading the bland.' One day proper musicians rather than the leftovers of Radio 2's late night output might appear and bring something new and interesting to the show. I suppose this is what is popular today, empty music with no depth, flashing lights, rivalry at the count but little reality. It speaks for people today.
The Anglaterre attempt has arrived, a two man Boy Band with a drum set each for no apparent reason and quick changing camera images and more flashing lights making me run for the sights far from the blandness and the monotone that is Graham Norton. I'm off to the park even if the night is dark.