So I'm not much of a Eurovision aficionado. It's just when I'm channel surfing and come across it that I’ll watch a song or two. In between news channels, I happened to catch a rerun of the final. I'd heard that Portugal had won, but hadn't heard the song. It was up next. “Here we go.” I thought, “don't settle into work just yet, watch this.”
I was surprised to hear Salvador Sobral sing a ballad. Compared to the others of razzle, flash, dazzle and rap beats, here he was singing a sensitive ballad written by his sister.
“If anyone ever wonders about me, tell them I have lived solely to love you.”
My Portuguese isn't fluent (non-existent), so I was reading the subtitled lyrics. The love-cynic in me cringed to read the sensitive words of feeling rejected.
“I beg you to come back and want me again.”
"Get up and kick ass,” I thought, “what about some good old-fashioned feisty revenge?” But no, the lyrics continued on in the same sensitive fashion, and every time it was going to sink into self-indulgence it would pull out, in a sweep of honesty. And then came the end -
[(If you can’t suffer the loving)]
“My heart can love for both of us instead.”
This last line made me squirt tears.
Maybe I'm not such a love cynic after all.
"Music is not all fireworks. Let us bring music back which has feeling."
Go for Salvy, go for it.