mailto: blog -at- heyrick -dot- eu

Advent 2019

There were no Advent Calendar videos on the 1st or 2nd. That's because either the pizza hygiene was bad, or there was something in it that my stomach had a strong reaction to. Either way, I was not well on Sunday evening, and up through a lot of the night. But since this sometimes happens (I seem to have inherited some of mom's weird food intolerances), I got up on Monday and went to work. And, just to rub salt into a wound, I have come down with a cold. Yay December...

Anyway, here's the video for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd:

And here is the one for today:

I won't be updating my site daily like in previous years. Instead, you can follow the YouTube playlist:

(or the link on the right bar in desktop view)

 

Ireland's Junior Eurovision Song

I have to say, this one is the standout for me. And the performer, Anna Kearney, makes Irish sound such a lovely language. And, as an aside, I learned that "banshee" is actually properly written "bean sí".
I was thinking, while at work, that the only two things that the performance missed in its Irishness was somebody in a cape, and a black horse charging along a beach.

The "official video" does not disappoint (subtitles available in English and Irish):

 

A woman (the banshee?) in a hooded cape:

Anna, wearing a rather lovely red lace dress under... yup... she gets a cape too!

and:

And, of course, the black horse. It's a bit random stuffing this into the video, but, dammit, there had to be a black horse on a beach so here it is:

The video itself, however, is a bit creepy. You see, forget all the Hollywood bollocks about banshees making people's heads explode by wailing. A proper authentic banshee is simply wailing/singing/mourning the death of somebody. But, since it's folklore and folklore needs to be freaky, the banshee mourns the recently deceased before they have died.

So... we have a young girl (what is she, twelve or something?) who is singing Ná bí scanraíthe faoin mbean sí which basically means "don't be afraid of the banshee".
She sings this, while variously standing on an embankment like a Ghibli girl and... while running through random forest, running away from the banshee.

But at the end of the song she meets the woman in the cape on the beach, takes her hand, and they both walk away together.

Um... Is this symbolism to imply that the girl... just died?

If so... damn!
That's pretty heavy for Eurovision, never mind the Junior one!

 

 

Your comments:

Please note that while I check this page every so often, I am not able to control what users write; therefore I disclaim all liability for unpleasant and/or infringing and/or defamatory material. Undesired content will be removed as soon as it is noticed. By leaving a comment, you agree not to post material that is illegal or in bad taste, and you should be aware that the time and your IP address are both recorded, should it be necessary to find out who you are. Oh, and don't bother trying to inline HTML. I'm not that stupid! ☺ ADDING COMMENTS DOES NOT WORK IF READING TRANSLATED VERSIONS.
 
You can now follow comment additions with the comment RSS feed. This is distinct from the b.log RSS feed, so you can subscribe to one or both as you wish.

No comments yet...

Add a comment (v0.10) [help?] . . . try the comment feed!
Your name
Your email (optional)
Validation Are you real? Please type 26551 backwards.
Your comment
French flagSpanish flagJapanese flag

Calendar
«   December 2019   »
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
      
23567
9101112131415
16171819202122
2325272829
30     

Last 5 entries

List all b.log entries

Return to the site index

Geekery

Search

Search Rick's b.log!

PS: Don't try to be clever.
It's a simple substring match.

Etc...

Thank you:
  • Fred
  • Bernard
  • Michael
  • David

Last read at 15:06 on 2020/09/26.

QR code


Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional
Valid CSS
Valid RSS 2.0

 

© 2019 Rick Murray
This web page is licenced for your personal, private, non-commercial use only. No automated processing by advertising systems is permitted.
RIPA notice: No consent is given for interception of page transmission.

 

Have you noticed the watermarks on pictures?
Next entry - 2019/12/08
Return to top of page