UMK2020, Finland's national selection

Aksel

Looking Back

Country
🇫🇮 Finland
Second Semi-Final
Starts 13th
Song
Looking Back
Written by
Joonas Angeria, Whitney Phillips, Connor McDonough, Riley McDonough, Toby McDonough
Composed by
Joonas Angeria, Whitney Phillips, Connor McDonough, Riley McDonough, Toby McDonough
Broadcaster
Yleisradio

Aksel and his beautiful voice first came to the attention of the country when he took part in The Voice of Finland in 2017 and was subsequently featured in the award-winning local megahit Jättiläinen (Giant), by the Finnish artist Pyhimys.

22-year-old Aksel Kankaanranta is determined to show that being shy shouldn’t prevent you from performing in front of an audience. "People ask me why I want to appear in front of an audience of a million even though I’m shy. Why should that be a problem?" In his free time, Aksel listens to vinyl records and spends time with his dog Topi – to whom he also sings.

Aksel’s entry, Looking Back, is a song about world-weariness, love and the feeling of inadequacy. "We set all kinds of milestones for our lives. Are they actually of any value, and does achieving them really make us happy? I want to make people understand that they should seize the day," Aksel says, describing the song.

Looking Back is the result of a collaboration between Joonas Angeria and Whitney Phillips, as well as brothers Connor, Toby and Riley McDonough, who are behind the American pop-rock band, Before You Exit. Angeria, from Finland, has composed music for Finnish and international stars like Alma, Vesala, Julie Bergan and Isac Elliot. Whitney Phillips has written songs for Christina Aguilera and Zara Larsson, among other artists.

The Finnish public and an international jury chose Aksel in the final of UMK on 7 March 2020.

Lyrics of Looking Back

We would fall asleep Talking ‘bout our dreams Waiting for eighteen Is never what it seems We were young and naive Didn't know what we need We were in such a rush to grow up We were restless, confused Summer nights on the roof Didn't know what was in front of us Chasing the high life Stuck in the low lights But we never know what we have Until it's over and we're looking back Speeding through red lights We had a good ride But we never know what we have Until it's over and we're looking back All these memories Made me feel at home When I walk these streets I'm the only one, I know We were young and naive Didn't know what we need We were in such a rush to grow up Now it's too late to save All the seasons have changed Didn't know what was in front of us Chasing the high life Stuck in the low lights But we never know what we have Until it's over and we're looking back Speeding through red lights We had a good ride But we never know what we have Until it's over and we're looking back Chasing the high life Stuck in the low lights But we never know what we have Until it's over and we're looking back Speeding through red lights We had a good ride But we never know what we have Until it's over and we're looking back Yeah we never know what we have Until it's over and we're looking back

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