Monday, May 10, 2010
Good morning Mrs. Matlock! I've been waiting anxiously all week for class to begin. My favorite class of the week, Alphabe Thursday! This week our letter is Q. I'm so excited. I've known what I wanted to write about since the letter A!
Q stands for Queen!
No, not Queen Elizabeth. QUEEN! One of the greatest rock bands ever! I've loved this band since the first time I heard them. They were so different. The production values, the incredible talent of the band members, the quirky lyrics and musical arrangements. Let's face it, how many bands in the seventies and eighties used ukuleles? But the most striking member of this band was their lead singer and front man Freddie Mercury. That voice! Those dimples :)
From the sheer bombast of God Save the Queen, Sheer Heart Attack and Stone Cold Crazy to the vaudevillian Good Company. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy and Seaside Rendezvous. From the silly, but still rockin' Fat Bottomed Girls and Another One Bites the Dust to the simple but lovely Love of My Life and It's Late.
Listen to Show Must Go On, with the knowledge that Freddie Mercury was dying at the time. It will send chills up your spine.
I loved Queen from the first time I heard them. But the image of them that will live in my mind forever is their performance at Live Aid in 1985. DH and I started watching from the beginning, and it was an incredible event. But when Queen took the stage - oh my goodness!
They positively held the audience spellbound, and gave one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen. I've included the video from their rendition of Radio Ga Ga. Honestly, not anywhere near one of my favorite songs. But watch Freddie and the way he mesmerizes the huge crowd. Seriously, it was almost frightening. For a giggle, watch the very end when Freddie acts as choir director. (click to stop my playlist so you can hear the video)
Freddie Mercury was arguably one the of the greatest rock front men who ever lived. And Queen one of the greatest rock bands. Innovative, lyrical and just plain fun, I LOVE Queen!
Now quick, get to class and see what everyone else has come up with for the letter Q. This should be and interesting week.