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Future means getting old

How can you choose who to vote for if art competes against a country in war?

I have just finished watching (sometimes merely listening to) the videos of all 40 countries competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin (because Italy won last year). The first semi-final will take place next Tuesday.

I won’t say that I want this time back since it was my choice to do it. But I will write about it.

It is getting more and more absurd. How do you compete against the country in war? Russia is out, but the Ukraine is in. I don’t see people in the Ukraine choosing to spend their money on the televote… But won’t everybody else give the Ukraine the most points, 12? Just because they can and because really it’s the least they can do?

But even if we leave this question alone, there are others.

How can high art compete against cheap carnal fluffiness such as the song that begins Instead of meat I eat veggies and ….. I like them both fresh, like them both juicy?

I saw a western. I saw a house with wings. I saw bananas. I saw much angst, such as a girl who throws everything out of the fridge and climbs into it herself. I saw melancholic, crazy, obnoxious, randomly beautiful people, like every year. Not an obscene amount of talent. On two occasions I saw a runaway breast (or is this fashion now?).

As for Slovenia, we are sending a band of teenagers called LPS which stands for Last Pizza Slice. I posted the live performance of their song already (that is, only the vocals are live, the rest is recorded, as always for this event), and here is the official video – a cartoon made by some of their schoolfriends. I like their energy and joy but the song is really far from ground-breaking.

Which brings us to the reason for this post. Most of all I saw, heard and experienced the Serbian song. Here is the performance by Konstrakta from Serbia’s national final, which I saw a while ago and was blown away. The title is In Corpore Sano, “In Healthy Body”. Make sure you have subtitles turned on for the English translation. It’s important. The key point is that in Serbia the artist must be healthy, since she is not eligible for paid health insurance.

In all my many years of following the Eurovision Song Contest, I have never experienced anything remotely similar. For me this is high art and worthy of all accolades. It’s hypnotic, necessary, pure poetry, and just in time.

In case you wish to see more, Konstrakta made a triptych of three songs with In Corpore Sano in the middle. Again, don’t forget the subtitles to learn how Sharon Stone, who doesn’t use botox, locked herself in the bathroom once. And cried.

This is where the title of this post is from as well. The future means getting old. If we are lucky.

Filled peppers as an Italian makes them. Since Konstrakta is eating in the video, and filane paprike are beloved in Serbia too.

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

28 thoughts on “Future means getting old

  1. Oh yes, they are…the stuffed peppers I mean. But I like how the Italian ones look like with the handle. Like some cheeky girls who’re out to paint the town red.

    Go Konstrakta, go! I’m still blown away by it. The words, the whole performance, the message. And hopefully politics will not do the job….again. Let the best win.
    (It’s starting to thunder. Gods must be pissed!)

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  2. I must agree, the best performer has to win regardless of nationality. It is a contest, it isn’t a symbolic act against a war, for let’s be honest, that will achieve little

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  3. Have to admit, Manja, I had never heard of the Eurovision Song Contest until my blogging friends from Europe started posting on it a few years ago. Obviously, it’s a big thing. Not surprised about the politics. –Curt

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    1. I’m not surprised that you didn’t know about it, Curt. Not even amore who is Italian followed it until Italy won last year. But did you know that this year the USA had its own similar contest for the first time? I had no idea what happened… I only knew that Snoop was one of the two presenters. 😀 (Which sounds like a joke but it’s true.)

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      1. I heard about that too, Manja. The contest, not about Snoop – so funny. And I only heard of plans for it, never about contestants or songs or anything. Must not have been a very big deal?

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  4. That was a great song and a great production. Thank you for advertising and posting the link. You watched them all for us and found the best and led us to it. 🙂 It is a valid question about voting for Ukraine’s entry. And naturally how can the others compete with Ukraine? But then, it sounds like possibly many of the entrants’ hearts weren’t in it this time.

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    1. Thank you, Crystal! I’m so glad that you had a look and agree that Serbias’ song is something else. We shall see how it ends up but I can say with some degree of certainly that the Ukraine is going to take it.

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  5. Fantastic post! 😀 I’m so glad you shared both Slovenia’s entry and Konstrakta! That was definitely high art and poetry, I absolutely agree. It was so wonderfully wise! The whole thing, a beautiful elegant reminder of what’s important and I loved the whole bit about trusting one’s own heart to beat well, how it does it all by itself so well.

    Slovenia’s high school band entry were brilliant, hands down, so talented. How can you be so good at swing at that age when everyone else is so into trap music?! Alas, I watched without subtitled so i didn’t know what they were singing about, I just loved the music.

    This post is a great all-round review for the Eurovision. I’d love to have sat down and watched the whole thing but I haven’t done that in years. So I’m glad you did it for me. Of course, Ukraine had to win, of course.

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    1. Thank you, Sunra Nina. 🙂 I’m glad that you got that Eurovision feel from this post and you didn’t even have to watch it. Also I’m glad that you like both Serbian (such art!) and Slovenian entry (enthusiasm tops lack of drama). The lyrics are typical high school stuff: I watch you leave the dance with another and suffer. They ended up in the very bottom of the first semi-final though…

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      1. 😀 😀 Thanks for the translation, that sounds about right! I always found Slovenian teenagers delightful to work with. Shocking that they were at the bottom! I’d love to watch the whole show now if only it wasn’t a hundred hours long!!

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