Posts Tagged ‘apricot stone’


[Armenian Life]: This Year’s Apricot Harvest.

June 7, 2010

By Levon Lachikian

This is a year of some unpleasant surprises for Armenia. In terms of agriculture, 2010 is the worst in 15 years. Climate factors like freezing cold, incessant rain, hail, and flooding is delaying the spring harvest by nearly one month. Strong humidity is also affecting the fruit trees. As a result, the fruit and vegetable harvest will be drastically reduced, causing prices to escalate. Armenian Minister of Agriculture Gerasim Alaverdyan says the harvest of apricot will, too, be poor this year – down by as much as 45 percent.

Symbolically, the apricot was defeated as well. Although Eva Rivas’ song “Apricot Stone” did not make it into the top three at the Eurovision finals, it’s a tune that we Armenians will continue to cherish. Our hats are off to Germany for winning, and we hope for another great competition between talented musicians next year.


Credit: Unknown


[Listening to Armenia]: Eurovision Tidbits.

May 28, 2010

By Daniele Faye Sourian Sahr

Yesterday, in the Eurovision semifinals, Eva Rivas wowed the audience with her talent and energy. Just when you think she reaches her pinnacle, she takes it to the next level!

It’s no wonder she’ll be performing tomorrow in the Finals. Here is a video of her ultra-successful May 27th performance from Oslo. (And, yes, those are apricot trees growing out of an apricot stone behind her at the end of the show!)


[Web Wrap]: Apricot Stone.

May 21, 2010

(Repost) – Only because of this beautiful weekend coming up.


[Listening to Armenia]: Eva Rivas’ Hayastan Nostalgia.

March 19, 2010

By Daniele Faye Sourian Sahr

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)