“Music is not fireworks, it’s a feeling”, said Salvador Sobral from Portugal, after winning this year Eurovision.
I’ve embedded the song here, just for a reading atmosphere 🙂
When I was a little girl, I used to love that weekend in May. Many times it would be a nice sunny Saturday, and I would watch Eurovision, usually with my sister. We were creating lists of our favorites and support our country (Croatia). Loving to see the shiny stage, creative performances, elegant singers, we noticed cultural patterns, dreamed about traveling, listening to different languages – before most of the songs started being in English.
Music and Digital Culture
In the time of social media, haters are keen on criticizing anything they don’t like much. They might say that a city is overrated, or even write bad reviews on museums, without understanding the content. If they don’t like it, they need to hate it, and if they don’t show their hate on social media, it’s as they hadn’t hated at all.
I’m a person who listens to music and I have no talent to make or perform music. But to me, it seems that musicians have hard times dealing with haters. Good thing: haters bring more glory. When a hater comes to watch a video on YouTube just to write that “the song is… (choose an unpolite, profane word)”, he actually made a click and contributed to increasing the number of views. Real fans see the number and become admired, so they like it even more. Simple?
Last year when I watched Eurovision, I quietly hoped Ukranian entry to win, and it happened. The song was beautiful and raising awareness at the same time. I don’t care much about politics, and I consider my blog being politics-free. To me, it’s just an emotional song that can possibly be interpreted politically.
Many interesting singers came to the stage this year. I enjoyed seeing the Italian guy singing about issues of contemporary life, particularly digital culture. The song was supposed to win. The young singers from Bulgaria and Belgium were just stunning – I mean, what an incredible talent? I liked Moldovian performance for their creative, fun performance.
Anyway, after the first semi-finals, Salvador Sobral conquered most of the social media attention. He basically offered something absolutely different than anything viewers had ever expected. His win was not surprising at all, and I can say that all the creative and innovative people, artists, and travelers, also museum-goers can find some inspiration in this particular case.
Salvador Sobral and his language
The slogan of this year edition was “celebrate diversity”. Language diversity is a lovely thing. I write in English as a non-native English speaker, because most of my readers and target audience are native or proficient English speakers. In the Croatian language, I express myself when writing for local Croatian media, writing about innovation rather than museums or travel.
I also speak Portuguese. It’s because I have been curious about Portuguese history and culture for the past 15 years. Then I lived in Portugal, so I had to know. I love that language, its words, sounds, so… that’s one of the reasons why I loved Salvador’s song. First I thought it was just me because I understand the lyrics, but then I saw comments from many people saying that they can understand the feeling.
Languages are easier to understand than most of us think. They are somehow intuitive, I don’t know. I remember going to the Natural History Museum in Bolzano, Italy, after visiting the famous South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. The lady at the reception desk told me they had no English labels in the museum, but only labels in German and Italian. I said okay, I will understand. The whole museum is so visitor-friendly, that perfect understanding of a particular language was not necessary. Things are explained for children to understand. The Italian language has many words similar to Portuguese, so I can understand most of them.
So, did Salvador sing in his language? Yes. Which language was it? The language of his own expression.
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I wrote this article with an intention to inspire. Some may say it’s too serious, too intellectual, but who am I to care what they think? Salvador Sobral did not care what people would think about his performance. He chose simplicity, and he conquered it all.
Overthinking is a real thing. The problem for all smart, intelligent, creative people. When I started blogging about museums, people working in museums told me no one would read it. It took me some time to start. It took me time to find a nice style and to structure my posts to be useful to my audiences.
Sometimes I still struggle with overthinking. I can’t say that I overcame the fear of haters’ comments. When I wrote an article for a Croatian innovation website, I had a hate attack on Twitter. The article was about education and careers, lifelong learning, and basically the fact that people finish a combination of courses and follow interdisciplinary careers. A hater made a tweet about me, saying that I’m just a privileged girl telling other what to do. And it’s possible that the author of that tweets earns more money than me. Privileged, oh yeah.
Salvador Sobral didn’t even care about news headlines saying that he was “the probable winner”. He didn’t care about comments on YouTube or any other social media network.
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Creativity and teamwork
The winning song of this year Eurovision was writen by the singer’s sister, Luisa Sobral. The keyword is in creativity but also in teamwork. It’s difficult to establish a creative team. An individual can be creative, but how to manage another person to be creative?
I deeply admire the work of these two siblings from Portugal, who made such a success as a team. Even with family and/or relatives, it’s difficult to achieve such harmony that could lead to massive success. I can’t say I learned how to turn such idea into practice. I just start believing that it’s possible.
When I was participating in the Global Village program last year in the USA, there was a session called “The Strategy of Winning”. The whole session was overwhelming, but thanks to it, I understand why he won.
Why? Because of his originality. Salvador Sobral conquered the hearts with his performance. The success was a combination of factors I described through this article. His win was not surprising at all, and I can say that all the creative and innovative people, artists, and travelers, also museum-goers can find some inspiration in this particular case.
I also got inspired to include more Croatian and Portuguese language in my writing. I believe some of my readers will become curious about learning a word or two. Will think how 🙂