Here in the former Colonies we rarely pay any attention to the annual Eurovision music contest. However, this year the spirit of the iconic 19th century American author Edgar Allan Poe appears to be the inspiration for Austria’s entry in the 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Austrian duo Teya and Salena will be representing their nation in the second semi-final today with Who The Hell Is Edgar?, a song in which the writer plays a key role, as the lyrics to the first verse reveal:
There’s a ghost in my body and he is a lyricist.It is Edgar Allan Poe, and I think he can’t resist. Yeah, his brain is in my hand, and it’s moving really fast.Don’t know how he possessed me, but I’m happy that he did.
Teya explains: “We wanted to put our personal experiences as female songwriters into the song. It often feels like you have to prove yourself over and over again to be taken seriously. By presenting Edgar Allan Poe as the actual writer of the song, we want to draw attention to this frustrating part of the music business. It’s satire.”
Salena added: “This song is a snapshot of the fun we had on the day we wrote it. It started with wanting to convey what it feels like when a good song is made. Sometimes creativity rushes through you as if you‘re getting possessed by a ghost.”
I will be rootung for the duo and Edgar Allan Poe to win. Here’s a video of the stomping tune:
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