I am supposed to be doing homework so I've decided to share some delightful internet items with you, dear reader, instead.
First of all, I wrote this about the latest season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," for Huffington Post. Long live Jinks Monsoon.
Before I go on--is it better for my links to open as new pages, or to open as the same page and then you have to go back to view this post again? I am always nervous about choosing one or the other and I have no preference either way.
Secondly, and yes "secondly" is a word, you should get to know the fabulous work and fascinating story of Vivian Maier. Be sure to watch the movie trailer.
And finally: Who is interested in the Eurovision song contest? Eurovision is a long-running competition in which each country in Europe submits the performance of one original song, and people get to vote for their favorites--with the caveat that they cannot vote for their own country. It has been running forever--this is the contest that gave ABBA its start--although over the years it has developed a reputation for being campy, partially because some people purposely vote for the worst act in the hopes of sabotaging the process. (For instance, here is Romania's entry, "It's My Life." It is seriously the worst song I have ever heard in my life. I challenge you to listen to it all the way through.) There are certain cultural differences at work, which make some songs seem silly to people in different places. But this is why I like this contest.
As is the trend for European pop music, many of the submissions are inevitably high-energy, frenetic, electronic songs sung by dance divas who sing at full volume; usually the songs are in English, even though the performers are from a country that does NOT use English as a method of communication, and therefore the singers have no idea how to interpret (or even pronounce) the lyrics. Some are good, some are just noisy.
This year's winner is from Denmark, and it is a typical high-energy song that is the norm for Eurovision, although there are some "folk" instruments mixed in there and the artist performs the song well. I think it's alright.
However, some of the other songs are far more interesting--for instance, please turn up the volume and enjoy the entry from Hungary.
I also loved the romantic little tune from Malta, "Tomorrow" by Gianluca Bazzina (he's really a doctor!), which sounds like a hit song on the radio in the U.S.; and the song "Marry Me" from Finland, which will undoubtedly be performed by drag queens around the globe. And yes both of those are in English. Listen to them! Right now!
Fun fact: the entry from the U.K. was Bonnie Tyler--yes, she of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" fame. She was good too.