Dare to Dream: The Race to Eurovision 2019 (Part VII: Ireland, Moldova, and Switzerland)

Part seven of the Eurovision series! I can’t believe that in about month’s time, this amazing competition will happen! This post will feature artists and songs from these three countries three countries: Ireland, Moldova, and Switzerland.

If you haven’t check it out already, please check out Part I , Part II , Part III, Part IV, Part V, and Part VI of the series. Those three blog posts feature songs from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Serbia, Poland, Slovenia, Australia, Belgium, Estonia, and Iceland, Georgia, Portugal, Greece, San Marino, and Armenia.

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Dare to Dream: The Race to Eurovision 2019 (Part VI: Greece, San Marino, and Armenia)

Part six of the Eurovision series! I can’t believe that in about month’s time, this amazing competition will happen! This post will feature artists and songs from these three countries three countries: Greece, San Marino, and Armenia.

If you haven’t check it out already, please check out Part I , Part II , Part III, Part IV, and Part V of the series. Those three blog posts feature songs from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Serbia, Poland, Slovenia, Australia, Belgium, Estonia, and Iceland, Georgia, and Portugal.

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Dare to Dream: The Race to Eurovision 2019 (Part IV: Australia, Belgium, and Estonia)

Another week, another post about Eurovision! This time, we will focus on the songs and contestants from three countries: Australia, Belgium, and Estonia.

If you haven’t check it out already, please check out Part I , Part II , and Part III of the series. Those three blog posts feature songs from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Serbia, Poland, and Slovenia.

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Battle of the Songs: In My Dreams

It’s finally April! I am done with the play that I was involved with. I also started another year of work this week. And, as they announced on Monday, we are going to welcome the new era of Reiwa (令和) very soon.

I am still catching up on some R&R as my weekend was spent with the play, which was fun but took a lot of energy. I was so tired and sore on Monday. I will try to recover by this weekend. I still have a lot of things to write about. I am soooo behind on my Eurovision series.

For this Battle of the Songs, I decided to do a battle centered around a song that I wanted to see enter the arena for a while. I was thinking about doing a “fools” theme as Monday was April’s Fool. But, it’s kind of too late.

Don’t be sad! This battle is so excited!

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#SongLyricsSunday: Counting Every Minute

I rarely participate in this weekly theme series. But, when I saw MaryB’s post about songs featuring lyrics that count time (who was inspired by the original Song Lyrics Sunday post by Jim Adams), I immediately thought about Sonia’s “Counting Every Minute” from her 1990 debut album Everybody Knows.

The song was written by the mega-hit musical trio Stock, Aitken, and Waterman (SAW),. These three wrote a countless number of hits in the 80s by artists like Rick Astley, Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Kylie Minogue, and others. I had a SAW-themed battle a month ago with Rick Astley vs O’chi Brown.

Actually, Everybody Knows was the only album that solely produced by SAW. At the end of 1990, the trio and Sonia had a falling out where Sonia left the label and parted ways with the team, leading her to release her follow-up album with another producer and an independent label. And, what a smart move too. As many modern British music historians would point out, SAW-produced songs began to fail on the charts by 1991 or 1992 as people’s taste in music changed.

I like “Counting Every Minute” as it’s so bouncy and so positive. I could use this as a workout song and maybe even bounce like Tigger for the entire span of the song. (I had a dance routine for this when I was in high school.)

The lyrics could be classified the songs as a “bubblegum pop” song as they are bouncy and have that sense of innocent puppy-dog love. Nevertheless, “Counting Every Minute” is cute and fun that will have you dancing.

Check out the lyrics and song by clicking here

Dare to Dream: The Race to Eurovision 2019 (Part II: Belarus, Cyprus, Finland)

Here it is: Part II of the Eurovision 2019 series. This time, we will focus on the songs and contestants from three countries: Belarus, Cyprus, Finland.

If you haven’t check it out already, please check out Part I of the series to check out the songs from the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Montenegro.

check out the songs by clicking here

Battle of the Songs: Rock-n-Roll Girl Power!

My, my, my! 2019 is blazing by too quickly! I can’t believe that spring will be here in less than three weeks!

According to the National Days calendar, tomorrow is Hinamatsuri (or Doll’s Day here in Japan, click to read more about this special day) and March 8 is International Woman’s Day. March is also Woman History Month. So to pay tribute to these special occasions, it’s an all-female band battle in this edition of Battle of the Songs.

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