You might be thinking that I am obsessed with theme songs from FIFA World Cups after you see two consecutive posts on the same subject. Actually while I was doing my research for my last post I came across some interesting facts about theme song of FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. I then decided
to put them forward to you and it finally has resulted in this blog post.
If you perform a YouTube search with the key words "FIFA 2014 Official Theme Song", you will have about 46 hits with all different songs. I found that suspicious but nonetheless decided to continue my investigation. Some of the songs are, no doubt, very melodious and I am including some of them below.
Confused? So was I.
Which one of these is the official theme song then? I decided to check the relevant page on the FIFA site. I could not find any article or video in the FIFA site mentioning any particular song as the "Official Theme Song for FIFA Brazil 2014". I stumbled upon a page mentioning the songs in the recent past.
More confused I decided to Google "Which is the theme song for FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014". I got 30,400 results in 0.14 seconds similar to the YouTube search. I decided to concentrate on the first two or three entries considering the 180 odd factors that Google employs to list and omit entries during a search (in fact SEO sites are going berserk to find out all of those and haven't been able to till date).I have already included the videos of these songs in this post.
The first entry in the Google search is the song urging us to "Save Galvao Birds". I did not know what Galvao birds were till I decided to Google again and picked up a YouTube video which summarizes everything. Here is the 4.10 minute long video followed by another short one which tell you everything you wanted to know.
This is what Paulo Coelho tweeted for the campaign and this is the relevant page from Wikipedia.
Now lemme share with you some other non musical aspects of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, something on logos.
The logo is called "Inspiration", and was created by Brazilian agency "Africa". The design stems from an iconic photograph of three victorious hands together raising the world's most famous trophy. As well as depicting the humanitarian notion of hands interlinking, the portrayal of the hands is also symbolic of the yellow and green of Brazil warmly welcoming the world to their country.
Let us turn our attention to the other aspect of the logo now. A highly analytical and detailed critique of the newly announced logo for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil tells us that it represents a facepalm. A facepalm is a popular online expression referring to the physical gesture known more widely as "smiting one's brow" or "smiting one's forehead;" that is, striking one's own face in a display of exasperation. In Internet discussions, the term is used as an expression of embarrassment, frustration, disbelief, disgust or general woe. There are two ways in which it is used:
To bring the palm of the hand to the face
To bring the face down to a cupped hand or hands.
Primarily used in text communication on the Internet, often as *facepalm*, m-( (or similar) or an ASCII picture showing facepalm when it is generally used to show embarrassment or disbelief, but is also used in personal communication.
One of the earliest examples of its online use is by linking to a well-known photograph of Jim Horne, a model, whose use of the brow-smite typified the "disgust" aspect and became an internet meme. Using Facebook or instant messaging, the act of facepalming can be shown with the // emoticon.
I thought it appropriate to write this short note on the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 logo and facepalm here because I was awestruck and stared in disbelief when I deciphered the truth about official theme song of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.
Enough of internet memes, pranks and dissemination of knowledge. Lemme now treat you with a playlist of the songs from the previous FIFA World cups. The tradition of an official song dates back to the 1966 FIFA World Cup™ in England with a song for the first Official Mascot, “World Cup Willie”, who was a lion. Ever since, the official music programme and the Official Mascot have become a more and more significant component of the event, providing an excellent opportunity for more than just football fans to identify with the world’s biggest single-sport event.Official songs at recent FIFA World Cup™ competitions have included Un’estate italiana by Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini in 1990, Gloryland by Daryl Hall with Sounds of Blackness in 1994, and La Copa de la Vida by Ricky Martin in 1998. In 2002, the official song was Boom by Anastacia, while Vangelis’ vocal official anthem featured typical Korean and Japanese sonic elements. In 2006, The Time of Our Lives by the Il Divo quartet was a resounding success. In my playlist I have two additional tracks - first one is the song from FIFA World Cup Chile 1962 and the second one is the official anthem (not the official song) from FIFA Korea-Japan 2002.