Even an optimist like me has to admit that the World is facing some grim times ahead in 2017. Terrorism, climate change, Brexit and Donald Trump are just some of the major issues that are creating anxiety for us all.
So by way of a counterpoint, I’d like to invite you to the Joy Zone: a place of healing where laughter is the medicine and silliness is celebrated.
I’ll start the ball rolling by introducing you to the renowned and prestigous Eurovision Song Contest. This annual event brings together the nations of Europe in peace and harmony in a celebration of National Pride and musical excellence.
Well, sort of.
If Europe includes Israel and Armenia and Aberbaijan. And Australia. Yes, that’s right, last year the Australians were allowed to enter a song into the contest for the first time.
And if National Pride means over-the-top campness and racial stereotypes.
And “musical excellence” means 3 1/2 minutes of silly formulaic Europop and outrageous costumes and bizarre attention-grabbing buffoonery…
If you’re new to the Eurovision phenomenon, this helpful guide will give you the general idea:
And now to the music. All you ever need to know about what comprises a winning Eurovision entry is summed up in this performance from last years contest, entitled “Love, Love, Peace, Peace”. Enjoy!