Song of the Day: Heute in Jerusalem by Christina Simon

Song of the daySong of the day – We all have Eurovision songs that we love and listen to regularly. But then there are songs we might only remember because someone posts a link on Facebook or a Forum. We will shuffle through Eurovision history and present a random song every now and then during summer to bring back memories and give you the chance to discuss songs and years during the “Eurovision drought”. Our song of this day is Austria’s ‘Heute in Jerusalem’ by Christina Simon (1979). The nominator of the song says it’s a stand-out song which is very thoughtful and laid back and with subtle vocals. There’s a jazzy feeling and a fretless bass.

The song had music by Peter Wolf and lyrics by André Heller and wanted peace in Jerusalem, where the contest was taking place that year. Unfortunately for Simon, it only received 5 points, placing 18th (equal last) in a field of 19. Israel were once more the winners with ‘Hallelujah‘ that year. Did ‘Heute in Jerusalem’ deserve to do so badly? Thanks for the nominations, we have a few more from readers for the next few days! If you would like to nominate a song of the day, email us at eurovisiontimesesc@gmail.com and tell us the song title, artist, year, and why!

17 comments on “Song of the Day: Heute in Jerusalem by Christina Simon

  1. Absolutely not a last place case. Last place in 1979 belonged to The Netherlands. But I’m not crazy about this one either. It’s simply a bit dull in my ears. Nice jazz arrangement and smooth but yeah, a bit dull. (6/12) is my review.

    Could perhaps also be that I sort of dislike all peace anthems we’ve heard in Eurovision with a few exceptions. I don’t know, I just think it’s a terribly difficult genre to succeed in, since it’s so easy turning into 100% cheese.

    • While I am not fond of Colorado, it is still miles ahead of Hey Nana. And the less is said about Su Cancion the better.

      • “Su canción” => nausea …

      • “Colorado” is something that tries to be updated but fails miserably, while “Hey Nana” is simply stupid and doesn’t present itself as something else. And choosing between these two, I prefer the latter alternative.

        Spain, Italy and Norway are other songs I dislike from 1979.

  2. A big favourite of mine, especially because of the vocals which I think are among the best in Eurovision with its wonderfully poetic phrasings and a warm, poetic bass line as well.

    There’s not much party song about it; it is ‘lyttemusik’ – music to be listened to. It requires your ears’ full attention. And another ‘thumbs up’ for irregular bars in the chorus.

  3. But Hulluna, you made a typo: Christina Scarlett…

  4. I agree with Anders’ here. AUT 79 is among the most underrated songs in the history of ESC. Christina gave us fantastic vocals and a great arrangement, but probably the whole package was a bit too subtle for the juries to enjoy. My main objection is to her hair, and I will never forget my mom’s comment: “She looks as if a sofa cushion had exploded on her head.” Apart from that, 9/12 and 5th place on my 1979 list.

    1st France
    2nd Israel
    3rd Finland
    4th Luxemburg

    Cristina Scarlett could learn the meaning of subtle phrasing by paying attention. :)

  5. This is my latest ranking of ESC 1979.

    I have nothing particular against “Su canción”, and I think it has got its charm musically. It’s a very natural melody. Well, there are children on stage, and it is of course a bit of a gimmick, but the music itself….

    12/12: Israel
    10/12: Finland, Luxembourg, Austria
    9/12: Germany, Norway
    8/12: France, Sweden, Spain
    7/12: Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Switzerland
    6/12: Belgium, Denmark, United Kingdom
    5/12: Italy
    4/12: Netherlands
    3/12: Monaco
    Average: 7,47

  6. In my opinion 1979 was a rather weak year. The highlights of the contest were the fabulous opening sequence, the stage, Yardena Arazi and the interval act. The songs were rather poor imo. And the contest lasted a whopping three hours, which I think was a record at that time. Marlene Charell got a lot of criticism for translating everything in three languages in 1982. But the voting sequence of 1979 dragged on the same way with translations in three languages. And it was the last year with the votes announced in performance order.

  7. That is a tasty bit of fretless!

  8. I always loved that song. Does someone know, where one could buy it?

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