explain this "Eurovision" thing to me?
Anyone who knows me will also know that I am no lover of "pop" music. I am not particularly musical. I cannot sing in tune - but I do know when I am not singing in tune and when other people are not singing in tune. I can read music but I cannot play a musical instrument - or even strum a guitar.
I probably have a greater musical sense than the Senior Cat. He makes no claim to be musical. My mother used to complain that he had two left feet and could not dance. (The latter part of that statement is true. He cannot dance.) I can often correctly guess whether a piece of music is by Bach, Beethoven, Handel or Mozart - but I have no idea how I know because I rarely listen to music. I listen to words instead. Our house is largely silent. We prefer it that way.
This year the Eurovision thing has proved to be more of an event here in Australia because an Australian was invited to perform (but not compete). There has been a fuss about this. I don't doubt that Jessica Mauboys is a nice girl. Is she talented? I have no idea. The preliminaries to her actual song were apparently cringe-worthy even by our standards.
I wonder what would happen if someone entered the contest with a song that was actually a song that people could learn - a sort of Greensleeves or a Scarborough Fair for the 21st C? I have a feeling that it would be ignored. I am not too sure whether this Eurovision thing is actually about music or whether it is about performance. The two are not necessarily the same thing.
I think the Senior Cat is even more bewildered than I am. What, he wants to know, is the fuss all about? This was hard to explain. I made an attempt of sorts - difficult because I don't understand the ins and outs of it at all.
He thought about it for a while and then said, "But nobody I have ever heard of has ever won this thing."
"Yes they have," I told him. I reached back far into time and did an internet check. Yes, I was right. "ABBA won it in 1974."
I had to explain about ABBA. He agreed he could remember hearing about them.
"But 1974 is forty years ago - almost as old as the Beatles."
True - but at least he knows about the Beatles. I can remember when they were considered to be outrageous simply because of the length of their hair.
It seems to me that a lot has happened in the fifty years since the Beatles and the forty years since ABBA winning Eurovision. I have been watching my Twitter time line as I wrote this because even I knew the contest had to be close to the end.
I don't care for the music but it makes me happy that the world of pop music can choose a bearded drag queen as the winner. Who will win forty years from now?