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Friday, March 1, 2013

Hearing "Calleth You Cometh I" by The Ark was the musical highlight of last Saturday's Melodifestivalen heat in Mälmo -and it was just the intro music for Ulrik Munther!; 2013 Fourth Heat was most-boring heat in years; @SVTMello


The Ark World YouTube Channel: The Ark - Calleth You Cometh I.
Uploaded March 5, 2010. http://youtu.be/9HfKgoOJn9M


Hia80 YouTube Channel video: The Ark - Calleth You Cometh I (LIVE at Allsång på Skansen 2003, Stockholm) Uploaded May 28, 2008. http://youtu.be/u5PNmHCvZg8


In my music-oriented post of this past Monday, titled, Sweet, sweet music to our ears: the 'Nashville' soundtrack album; 'Nashville' star Hayden Panettiere (Juliette Barnes) sings "Fame" and "Consider Me"; Clare Bowen (Scarlett O'Connor) and Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) sing "If I Didn't Know Better," and cause a ripple to turn into a wave; #ABCNashville, @haydenpanettier
http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/sweet-sweet-music-to-our-ears-nashville.html
I mentioned that I'd spent a good part of Saturday listening to the sweet sounds of the "Nashville" soundtrack album from the ABC-TV show, but that in between, around two o'clock, I hopped onto my computer and rode the Internet to Sweden and our friends at SVT Play.

Then, from thousands of miles away, I watched LIVE the fourth heat of this year's Melodifestivalen in Mälmo to send Sweden's representative to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.  http://www.eurovision.tv/page/malmo-2013

Since Sweden won last year in Azerbaijan with Loreen, Sweden will be hosting this year's competition in May. In fact, in the very arena where last Saturday's competition was held.

I also mentioned that it was probably the worst individual heat I'd seen in years, and that I even felt obliged at times to mute the volume because I was so NOT feeling it! :-(

What I didn't mention then was that the only time where I actually stood up and paid attention was when they introduced teen singer Ulrik Munther.
And that's only because the music intro they used to fire-up the crowd as he walked across the catwalk and onto the stage -at 0:45:33 here,
http://www.svt.se/melodifestivalen/se-program/23-2-20-00?autostart=true 
was The Ark's "Calleth You Cometh I," only one of the most melodic and punchy pop song of the past 25 years, and one of my Swedish favorites.

Literally, a song I have hummed to myself while stuck in traffic more times than I can count.
Which is why I have two versions of the song above today for you to see.

The second video was uploaded by Hia80, known here on the blog as "Sofia from Umeå," who was the savvy person we all have to thank for recording those four simply amazing videos of Robyn performing LIVE in concert  in Skellefteå back on July 1, 2011, which I posted here a week later on July 9th, a post which received a ton of hits from all around the world:
Wow! Sofia in Umeå -a.k.a. Hia80- has four must-see home videos of Robyn performing at Skellefteå 2011 last Friday
http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/wow-sofia-in-umea-aka-hia80-has-four.html

Sofia's YouTubeChannel is at http://www.youtube.com/user/Hia80
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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night we had! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is saying something considering what seems like the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

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