ByeAlex and His Wolf Darling

ByeAlex. This is such a sweet song about his darling that was raised by wolves. I reposted this from a blog that writes about Eurovision.  I really enjoyed the song.

Listen to it. I’m sure it will make you smile.


ByeAlex is saying Hello, Malmö, after winning A Dal 2013, the Hungarian national selection for Eurovision. On March 2, eight finalists performed for a televised audience and professional jury. The jury voted and narrowed the field to four super-finalists. Televoters had the final say and they cast the majority of their votes for ByeAlex and his song, “Kedvesem.”

Compact Disco was one of my favorites last year. I have a thing for edgy, impassioned rock and I really liked their song, “Sound of Our Hearts.” Let’s see how ByeAlex, who’s real name is Alex Márta, will represent Hungary this year.

My first thought was, “Hipster Hungarians!” I don’t know why this surprised me. If I thought about, I would assume the subculture is worldwide. Of course, being hipsters, they should vehemently deny that they are hipsters. Anyway, I would have expected an edgier tune from someone so identified. ByeAlex has…

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A Month of Marches: Rákóczi March

Classical Music Odyssey

This march is one of the great nationalistic tunes of Hungary. It’s origin is unknown, and it’s composer anonymous, however it has been well-known in Hungary since the 1730’s and is said to represent the oppression of the Hungarian people at the hands of the Habsburgs. The tune of the march has been adapted by many classical composers, notably by Liszt in his Hungarian Rhapsody No 15. However, the most famous adaptation is by French composer Hector Berlioz as part of his dramatic work for voices and orchestra, The Damnation of Faust. In the work, the Rákóczi (pronounced Rock-oh-tsee) March, under the title “Marche Hongroise” appears and represents an army passing in the distance.

This is a short, but very exciting character march, and is very frequently excepted and performed outside of a full performance of the Damnation of Faust. This superb recording is conducted by the great Hungarian conductor…

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The significance of today’s demonstration in the Hungarian capital

Hungarian Spectrum

This afternoon’s demonstration was impressive. At least in my opinion. Some people are disappointed that only 6,000 people showed up, but I don’t think that numbers are the most important consideration. Yesterday we didn’t even know who those handful of people were who occupied the courtyard of Fidesz’s party headquarters. A few hours later their numbers swelled to 1,000. Less than 24 hours later this unknown group managed to stage a demonstration in which thousands participated.

And this crowd, both yesterday and today, demanded “Constitution, Democracy and the Rule of Law.” These are exactly the kinds of values that European politicians cherish and that they demand from Viktor Orbán. The crowd was mixed: young, middle-aged, old, all mingled together, and there were a lot of sympathizers cheering them on. It is also significant that 110,000 people watched the live stream of the event.

Most likely Viktor Orbán thinks that because…

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Following The Danube

The Danube in the Mist

The Danube in the Mist

I wondered for a long time about the journey of our ancestor Zsigmond Edes. It made sense when you see that his life moved along the Danube. starting in Komarom in 1830 in northern Hungary (now across the border in present day Slovakia) he moved to Vukovar just south of the border in Croatia where in 1858 he married Julianna Vill who had been born in Apatin just on the other bank of the Danube in Serbia. 

I borrowed this photo from this lovely blog post; The Danube always makes a huge impression on me.