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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 17:24

Malta: December's Favourite Tunes by Ira Losco

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escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Jagged House has been presenting a montly blog written by Ira Losco, a former representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest and one of the most recognised female vocalists in the country. Around a year ago, following an extended period of time off, Ira Losco returned to the local music scene with the track What I'd Give which won her several accolades. Soon after, the launch of both the album entitled The Fire and the second single, bearing the name The Person I Am featuring guest vocals by David Leguesse. On the other hand, nothing beats the response towards the third single; Me Luv U Long Time.

This is my very last blog before the year 2013 leaves us and 2014 unravels before us…hopefully giving us some great times just like the previous year has. I would love to thank all of you for voting for The Person I Am and crowning it as Best Song in 2013 at the BMAs. I was over the moon, albeit being so terribly ill. You wouldn’t have believed I was able to get on that stage, had you seen the state of me in the morning!!! The Fire continues to do extremely well and as you all know, the  4th single you were asked to vote for has been chosen and is the mo-town influences ballad The Way It’s Meant to Be. It has already hit the airwaves and will be accompanied by a video VERY soon!! Watch this space for more info!! For my TOP 5 this month, I decided to choose my favourite TOP 5 seasonal tracks of all time. Here it goes..

Wham!- Last Christmas (UK)

When I was 3 years old my mother took my sister and I to Australia to visit family. We spent Christmas there and it was the first and only Christmas I remember in Summer. At the time Wham! were at their peak, and this song was blaring out of every mall, beach club, radio. You may think I was too young to remember all of that, but where music was concerned I was always very very aware of what was going on around me. This song will always remind me of Christmas time in Australia. 

Carol of the Bells - Mykola Leontovych with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky (Ukranian)

This just has to be one of my favourites. I know many people have selected  movies that they watch during Christmas time, mine, like many, happens to be “Home Alone” and I just adore the track on the OST sung by a children’s choir. I love the eerie, magical quality of the track. The chimes also play a huge part in making it sound so Christmassy, I just love this. 

Do they Know it’s Christmas/Feed The World - Band Aid (UK/USA/AUS)

Recently I watched a docudrama about Bob Geldof and how he went about organizing one of the most memorable concerts ever. I clearly remember watching Live Aid back in 1985, being mesmerized by the artists involved while they absolutely killed it on stage.  But before that I’d already gotten a taste of this incredible energy when Bob Geldof and Midge Ure set up Band Aid and got them to record ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas Time.’ The video accompanying the single featured all the artists who were prominent in the charts at the time, Sting, Phill Collins, Wham!,  George Michael, Bananarama, Boy George, U2 and many more. I’m so honoured to have met Bob Geldof a number of times in 2007/8. He is a fantastic man and I treasure his friendship and his wise words. 

Paul Mc Cartney - Wonderful Christmas Time (UK)

McCartney recorded the song entirely on his own during the sessions for his solo project Mc Cartney Project II.. Including royalties from cover versions, it is estimated that McCartney makes $400,000 a year from this song, which puts its cumulative earnings at near $15 million, not bad is it for a song which many claim to be one of his poorest compositions?….oh well…everyone’s got different tastes innit?

John Lennon - Happy Xmas War is Over (UK)

I simply HATE placing one of the Beatles second and the other first, however truth be told, I was always more of a John Lennon fan. I love both John and Paul, but John, will always make me go a bit weaker at the knees. John Lennon had this simple way of writing a song, which said it all so cleverly.   There was no beating around the bush. Just a very strong melody and words, which hit home. This track written in 1971, during the final years of the Vietnam War, remains one of the most poignant Christmas songs ever written.

I would like to thank you ALL for lending your support to me in 2013 and I look forward to performing and releasing music in 2014. My Special thanks go to: Diane Nikolic at GLOW, Drew Warhurst my stylist, Clinton Attard at HairFactory, Hebe at Classic Group, GUESS Jeans Malta, FCM Bank, Coca Cola and last but not least Jagged House Management. Thank you to escflashmalta.com  for giving me the opportunity to share my views with your readers!!! I will be playing LIVE at La Soiree’ Chic THIS NYE. The event has COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!! So I’ll see all of you coming there tomorrow!!!

As, always keep an eye on my Facebook Fanpage for status, picture, video and music updates. Click on the link in order to become a subscriber to my YouTube channel. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news and also a brand new blog for the upcoming year. In the meantime, make sure to purchase a copy of my studio album The Fire on iTunes.

Source: Ira Losco (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)

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Last modified on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 17:30