Thursday, May 14, 2009

Eurovisión: There must be another way – Noa and Mira (Israel)

Noa and Mira - There must be another way.

Eurovision is a singing contest among most of the countries of Europe. When Eurovision is on, the entire continent of Europe becomes fixated to their television sets. I still remember when Mocedades won Eurovisión in 1973 with its song Eres Tú. In 1973, Spanish was never heard on American radio stations, but a disc jockey heard the song, played it and for several weeks it was one of the most requested songs on the radio.

Mocedades - Eurovision 1973

This week on Spanish television (TVE) which only Dish Network offers, television viewers can watch Eurovisión. This year Eurovisión is taking place in Moscow, Russia. If you are able to watch the event, you should. The finals will be Saturday.

I was struck by one of the songs which I believe deserves mention. The song is entitled "There must be another way" from Israel interpreted by Noa and Mira. The song is sung in three languages, Hebrew, Arabic and English. Noa said she could not face the murder of Yitzah Rabin the prime minister of Israel who was assassinated on November 4, 1995 by a radical right-wing Jew who opposed the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords. Since then Noa could not ignore politics in her songs.

I do not believe there will ever be peace in Israel because the animosity between the Jews and Arabs date back to the time of Noah. Arabs are taught to hate Jews from birth, but that is another story. The song is still well written and well performed. There must be another way says it all. In my opinion, it is one of the best songs of Eurovision this year even though I always vote for Spain. (I may be a little biased.)
Talking with Noa and Mira after the semi-finals

This youtube video of the Spanish series Cuéntame cómo pasó (Spanish)gives an idea of the euphoria that captivates the European continent during Eurovision. This is when Massiel won the Eurovision contest for Spain with her song "La La La" in 1968.


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