Discuss: Does Monika Kuszynska’s backstory help her song?

Relatively unknown singer Monika Kuszynska was announced as the Polish artist for Eurovision 2015 with her song “In the Name of Love”. In a year that’s shaping up to be filled with ballads, Monika’s song seemed destined to be lost among the masses. But Monika has a notable backstory – after being injured in a car crash, she is now paraplegic. And that puts a new spin on the song lyrics.

As the lyrics show, “In the Name of Love” is a song about overcoming odds, of getting past challenges and fears. Most people can relate to this, but Monika’s own experience as a person with a disability puts a sharper spin on the lyrics. She sings “I wanna tell you it’s gonna be better” – and things have got better for her, from the devastating car crash in 2006 to representing her country at Eurovision less than a decade later.

As Monika explained, “Through my artistic activity I’m trying to promote the idea to connect two different worlds, which seemed to be incompatible. The world of able-bodied and disabled people. The bridge of understanding between them is getting stronger and I believe that one day all the borders will disappear.”

In a year of “building bridges”, it seems that Monika will come to Vienna not just with a song, but also an important mission.

What do you think? Does Monika’s backstory bring extra depth to the song? Or is it just another ballad?

“In the Name of Love” lyrics – Monika Kuszynska (Poland)

Every time you’re brokenhearted, sinking in the sorrow
Feel the emptiness and have no faith, no strength to breathe

I wanna tell you
It’s gonna be better
You’ve got a greatness within you

Beyond the fear
Let’s build a bridge
From heart to heart
In the name of love

Every time you struggle with a fear about tomorrow
Call the angels for the guidance, find another way

I wanna tell you
It’s gonna be better
You’ve got a greatness within you

Beyond the fear
Let’s build a bridge
From heart to heart
In the name of love

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