Road to Eurovision 2023: Week 1 – Azerbaijan, Croatia, Czechia, Finland + Ireland (Semi-final 1, part 1)

What is the Eurovision Song Contest?Started way back in 1956 as a way of drawing a fractured Europe back together with the healing power of music, the Eurovision Song Contest, or Concours Eurovision de la Chanson – the contest is telecast in both English and French – is open to Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #82: Noah Kahan, Leanna Firestone, Arlo Parks, Gracie Abrams and Låpsley + new ABBA lyric video

Life comes with a LOT of emotions.Expressing them can sometimes feel all but impossible but that’s where we are lucky to be gifted with talented music artists who ponder and feel and articulate the deepest feelings of the human heart and pair it with music resonant it’s hard not to Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #81: YARLIE, Ava Max, Sgt Slick, Laura Mvula and Montaigne + new ABBA lyric videos

Love is supposed to be always wonderful. That’s the PR anyway, and yes, it can be absolutely glorious when everything goes well as some of this post’s artists attest, but sometimes it’s a car crash in the midst of a natural disaster cratering towards an apocalypse, and we have no Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #80: Christmas singles 2022 – Salem Ilese, Rachael & Vilray, Sigrid, Ingrid Michaelson & A Great Big World + Chord Overstreet

It’s almost Christmas people – like just two days to go woohoo! – and so, it seems fitting to end this year’s selection of songs I love with a selection of festive singles by artists who may not have an album but who have declared their love of the season Continue Reading

On 5th day of Christmas … I listened to the Estefan Family Christmas

The idea of a family recording a Christmas album, especially across multiple generations, is an enticing one since the season is, like many religious festivals, a communal one. This delightful idea finds perfectly warm and cosy form in the Estefan Family Christmas, the second Christmas album from the seven-time Grammy Continue Reading