Eurovision Party: Ukrainian Playlist

Here’s the playlist of Ukrainian music we’ll be playing as pre-show music at our Eurovision Party. I tried to add only songs released in the last year with a couple of rare exceptions. I’ll admit I top-loaded the playlist with my favourites, so it may start to go downhill a bit at song #60 or so. So much ska… who knew? I am really loving some of these though and know I’m absolutely slaughtering the language as I try to sing along, but how does one resist a catchy tune?

It’s worth clicking play if only to see that first amazing clip put together for Jamala’s winning song “1944”. Chill inducing!


Eurovision Party Playlist 2016

Everybody knows Swedish pop favourites like ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base and Robyn… but I’ve put together a list of music released in the past year (more or less) by some lesser known Swedish artists to use as mood music before and after the big show at our parties.

Eurovision Party Playlist

As in years past, I’ve been curating a playlist of artists who hail from Austria for our pre-Eurovision party… mostly because I rarely think about Austria, and I feel like it’s important to recognize that there are struggling musicians everywhere who have a song in their hearts. Some of this is outside my normal tastes, but I’ve found a way to appreciate almost all of these songs in their own way. (Disclaimer: I don’t speak German, so I can’t be responsible for the lyrical content therein. Although half the fun is not knowing the words for some of them!)

Counting down to Eurovision – #JoinUs


Eurovision 2014 is nearly here. Australia actually gets to participate in a non-participating way. And we are busy planning our party.

I’ve got my Pinterest inspiration board in full swing, and this year I’m making a YouTube playlist of current popular Danish music to play before/after the broadcast. (And I’m actually really digging some of the artists I’ve come across.)

More decoration ideas and printables coming in the next couple of days!

Again, don’t miss this year’s Minipop Icons of the contestants. And the Chow Down to Eurovision series over at Don’t Boil the Sauce.

St Matthew Passion

Last night we got to see the Opera Queensland performance of St Matthew Passion by JS Bach.  It was my first time to the opera, and I was so excited and equally nervous. I wasn’t sure how I would go with 3 hours of German with projected subtitles, but everything I had heard about the piece was that it was a must-see. Even the program said that this work is to musicians as the Olympics are to athletes.

It completely met my high expectations, and the hours flew by. It was first performed in 1727, which is sort of mind-blowing if you think about it. I especially appreciated the staging and street clothes on the performers. It felt a little more accessible for my first time. The Australian had a lovely review as well.

This piece in Part Two was one of my favourites:

A couple of things irked me, and maybe moreso because it was quite a mature audience. Sadly, I have come to expect people younger than me to lack a certain standard of manners.

#1. If you are going to go out to eat prior to sitting in close quarters with a bunch of people who don’t know you and thus may be less forgiving of your indigestion, please reconsider those garlic prawns, gyoza, onion rings, spicy curry or whatever causes you to burp that smell up for three hours. I mean, really.

#2. Hold on to your crap. Put that phone in your purse, set it under your seat, or wedge it under your leg. Is it so hard to not drop things on to a hard floor during a performance?