Where does Eurovision fit into your world?
It was a big event when I was a child, though I can’t remember any details of why, except maybe perhaps the scoring ritual, with the, then mesmerising, link-up across the world of Europe.
There are two things I remember it for in adult life.
1. Terry Wogan’s wit. His ascerbic comments were always so entertaining, and often Eurovision seemed the backdrop to his dialogue, not the other way around.
2. Now this is harder to explain. It started when Ann and I were watching Eurovision – not in any pre-meditated way, but it was on, and somehow we just got glued. You can try this yourself at the weekend. Listen to any of the songs not sung in English. Let your mind go ‘loose’ and just speak (or sing) out the English words that what you are hearing sound almost like. And see what sentences you come up with.
This has about as much chance of producing any sense as that monkey on the typewriter coming up with the works of Shakespeare, but it might just produce some real laugh-out-loud moments. You latin scholars might be able to compose a good academic word for this kind of listening. Please make some suggestions!
Eurovision is a huge continental experiment in trying to find a song that everyone can relate to. Abba are perhaps its greatest discovery – a group of musicians who seemed to be able to truly write something with a degree of universal appeal.
I don’t think Benny and Bjorn (with Anni-Frid and Agnetha) tried to write a Eurovision song. They wrote songs that clicked with them, and discovered they clicked with so many others.
We can’t popularise the gospel message and give it universal appeal. No. First of all we need to let it resonate with us, retune our lives, and let that note be heard. Stay in tune, and watch others get the vibe. And delight to orchestra.