Alexander Rybak with a fantastic and powerful opening act in MGP 2019
Featured picture by photographer: Cato Ingebrigtsen
As the winner of Melodi Grand Prix 2018 Alexander would perform his last year’s winning song “That’s How You Write a Song” in the MGP final in 2019. It was also 10 years since he won an all time high with his legendary “Fairytale”, and Alexander surprised us all with a fantastic medley of not only his own two winner songs, but also gave a tribute to Norway’s two other Eurovision winner’s songs “La det swinge” and “Nocturne” .
The response from the audience was tremendous, and he really made a great opening to get the show really started 🙂
In one of Alexander’s recent posts, he thanked Anders Tangen for his support due to his participation in MGP 2018. Anders Tangen is a person with great passion for MGP/ESC and a journalist with his own blog about the topic. There we found a great article, written one year ago, where he gives an impressive detailed description of Alexander’s winning song in MGP 2018.
Anders Tangen about “That’s How You Write a Song”
Rybak has a magical presence and he goes through the cameras to people.
The song is a rather intricate melody, even if it doesn’t sound like that. It is based on three keys B♭, B and C. Throughout the song he plays with these three tones in different variations.
There are intricate harmonies and arrangements, and it all hangs perfectly with the lyrics and melody.
It is an airy musical production in the beginning where each tone and instrument has a lot of air around it, and has plenty of space. Then the song is just like an airy idea, which is illustrated by wind instruments. Eventually the dancers come in, and it emphasises the point of the text’s “Roll with it”, that by playing with others the song can be created.
With the violin solo the song is complete. Now it is no longer an airy idea, but a concrete melody with decent instruments and now the arrangement is tighter, and these three keys B♭, B and C are now wrapped in by both wind instruments and Rybak’s violin.
Here is also a fun point. It is not allowed to connect instruments to microphones on the Eurovision stage. But Rybak sings with a “hoop” microphone that catches the sound from Rybak’s violin. At the end, one can hear that Rybak has added some violin play an octave higher than what is recorded.
One of the criteria the jury has to judge is originality. For my part, I have not heard any songs similar to this one. This is a Rybak song, and they are usually something outside of time and place.
Overall, I believe that both the song and the artistry together will provide a basis for a high number of jury points.
Then there are the people’s votes. We should not forget that most people who watch Eurovision are either families sitting on the couch with potato chips and soda, or grown up adults who have Saturday night at home. This also coincides with Rybak’s core public. The text is simple but important and quite deep. It is so clear that most of Europe will understand it immediately. And the kids will just love the whole package, as my three-year-old daughter does. Families and grown up adults are the most underrated audience, I think.