Friday, September 21, 2007

Dervish rocking' it the way it oughta be

Turning the absurd airbrushed glitz of the Eurovision open party into a kitchen hooley:

I would be reasonable certain that no other finalist in the Eurovision contest (ridiculous festival of lip-synching and nitwit nationalist bombast--like the World Cup but without any talent) could have created any music remotely comparable in the absence of backing tapes. Dervish was ranked second-lowest in the final results--because they were real musicians, trying to play real music in an entirely unreal context.

As Eugene Lamb said: "There's great violence in that music."

Traditional music is about life and death, celebration and sorrow, and the transformation of suffering into joy. That's what they do here. That they didn't win changes nothing.

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