Listening to Armenia - Eva Rivas' Hayastan Nostalgia.

What evokes Armenia more than the freshly picked apricot,

ripe and succulent? In the song "Apricot Stone," Eva Rivas lovingly

sings of the Motherland and these precious

"kisses of the earth"; these “fruits of the sun."

This year's Eurovision contest is the stage

for Eva's heartfelt homage to Hayastan.

Though Eva is born and raised in Russia,

like all Armenians, her spirit, when away, yearns to go home

or at least carry it close

and keep it alive, anywhere and everywhere.

"Apricot stone

Hidden in my hand

Given back to me

From the motherland

Apricot stone

I will drop it down

In the frozen ground

Let it, let it make its round"

Eva's won a spot for Armenia in the contest's semi-finals and will perform in May! I'll keep you posted, here, at Listening to Armenia. In the meantime, check out a video of Eva singing "Apricot Stone."

(Lyrics by Karen Kavaleryan, Music by Armen Martirosyan)

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