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10:38am on Sunday, 17th May, 2020:



We watched the Eurovision "Shine a Light" non-song contest replacement yesterday.

Hmm. Well insofar as the music was concerned, it was more like "Line of Shite".

I was a bit frustrated at the time that we only had 30 seconds of each entry, because most of the songs ended up sounding indistinguishable from each other. However, having listened to the full tracks this morning (for as long as I could stand them), it turns out that they genuinely were indistinguishable from each other — a meaningless, melody-free verse followed by the same big chorus everyone else had. I wasn't aware that clubby dance anthems were still so popular.

I liked the Danish entry. I would have liked the Irish entry if it had been sung by someone rather younger. I wouldn't have been upset if the French entry had won. As for the UK entry, the musical arrangement was professional and the song had the merit of both a decent verse and different chorus, but we'd have still wound up on the right-hand side of the scoreboard if the competition had gone ahead: tubby, beardy blokes are vote-losers.

I was very impressed by the Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra's orchestral version of Love Shine a Light, though. It's now on my music-to-write-by playlist.

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