And We Are Off With Netta’s Unique Vocal Creativity [Eurovision 2018]

And we are off!

We are about two months away to the most prominent music competition of the year, Eurovision! It is always interesting to hear what kind of songs that the various artists perform every year. It looks like 2018 isn’t a disappointment with fantastic talent like Netta!

Released this Sunday, “Toy” is an interesting piece. It starts off with Netta using various sounds to compose the starting melody. Then she uses a peculiar sound: the bawk of the chickens. Yet, that “oddity” makes “Toy” catchy and memorable.

It’s not only the scatting that makes this song memorable. Netta’s own vocals and her personality shine through. My favorite part of the song has to be around the 2:25 mark when Netta belts out soulfully. Also, the lyrics are very significant as relate to the #MeToo campaign and also mentions Wonder Woman, a character that was portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Galdot last year.

Netta’s song is fun, catchy, and unforgettable. It is definitely one of the stars of this year’s Eurovision. Although it isn’t my number one (I will reveal that in due time, I promise), “Toy” is a funky piece that I enjoy quite a bit. My favorite part is the chorus part. Also, the musical interlude that connects the first part with the second part. Even if Netta doesn’t win Eurovision this year, I hope she continues on making music as she is very talented and creative.
 

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Sade’s “Flower Of The Universe”

2018 is shaping up to be a fantastic year of brilliant movies. “Black Panther”, “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Konya, Romansu Gekijo de”, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” are just a few of this year’s cinematic gems that have been released or expected to be released. And with great movies come excellent soundtracks. Perhaps, the soundtrack for “A Wrinkle in Time” might be a masterpiece this year. All thanks to Sade’s “Flower Of The Universe”.

An article from the National Public Radio segment “All Songs Considered” recently popped on my Facebook timeline in which the author described Sade’s newest piece as “stunning”.  I would have to agree with the author’s single word review. The song is stunning but also breathtaking, eloquent, and bare.

The underlying motif of “Flower Of The Universe” starts off the song with Sade’s humming a rich, warm-sounding melody. Sade’s vocals are the main instruments in this piece as they control the mood, action, and climax. She is only supported by an acoustic guitar and piano. Yet, that doesn’t make the song sound boring at all. Sade’s unique voice attracts the audience’s attention and quenches their desires to listen to the end.
The first time I listened to this song was on my way back from a class on a warm evening here in Nagoya. Words cannot describe how beautiful, soothing, and pleasant having the two elements combined. It was awe-inspiring. Maybe I am into the music a little too much. However, it would be a great track to listen to during your evening commute, waking up in the morning, or even now.
“Flower Of The Universe” is a beautiful, breath-taking piece that shows its beauty through Sade’s vocal and bareness. Give it a listen and tell me what you think.

I’m Back!

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Heeeeeeey! Long time, no see!

It has been almost a year since I wrote in this blog. Since last April, I have been busy with an entertainment business class, work, and taking an intensive language class. Any free time I had after work, it was dedicated to writing papers, studying,  and/or planning projects. So, no time to write. ;(

But! I haven’t forgotten about this. And since I will graduate from one class soon (yay, more free time, I hope?), I hope that I can start writing again on this blog very soon.

Keep an eye out for a new entry VERY soon! 😀