Monday, May 10, 2010

Alphabe Thursday - Q is for Queen


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.


39 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Kat, it's always so interesting to find out the kind of music someone likes. They do have some great music. Hope your week is going great. Hugs, Marty

Amanda said...

Ah, Queen! Definitely very talented, and many of their songs made me laugh, with their great sense of humor.

Natasha said...

I was going to post about Queen too! Wasn't Freddie Mercury amazing! Great Q Post!

By the way, if you have time on the weekend, I post a song each Sunday and a few people have been linking some of their favorite songs too. i would love it if you could join in and link up this great song-my hubby would love it too as he he isn't a huge fan of my music choices sometimes!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Annesphamily said...

This was great post! Different twist! I like it alot! You did a super job! Come check out my post soon! Anne

Carol said...

LOVE Queen!!!!!! I opened another page just so your music would play while I visited other Q post! Thanks....I enjoyed it!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I like Queen, too! Enjoying the music on your blog, Kat. And I love a good concert!

XO,

Sheila :-)

xinex said...

Pretty neat video! I hope you get to relax somewhat, Kat! Congrats to Cait!...Christine

Jo said...

Excellent post, and i agree with your opinions completely ... Freddie Mercury was amazing!!!

Jackie said...

Queen is classic :) Yes I remember hearing that song on the radio .

easternsparkle said...

With you on this one Kathy! I was at Live Aid in Wembley Stadium - possibly one of the greatest days of my life. Queen absolutely stole the show. My 22 yo son adores Queen and we've seen Queen and Paul Rogers in concert as well - he's not Freddie but it was a fantastic show! Have you seen the stage show - We Will Rock You? It's great if you get the chance to go!

Maggie B said...

Great tribute to a fantastic band.
~Maggie~

My name is PJ. said...

There will never be another Mercury!!! EXCELLENT POST!!!!!

Mumsy said...

Wonderful post on Queen, and enjoy watching the video.

Mami said...

I love Queen!! Fantastic!!

jaydubblah said...

Yep, another Queen fan here

jeff campbell said...

Queen...such a dramatic group...seems as if they are more popular now than back 'in the day'. Great choice for your "Q" post...Peace and blessings

Anna said...

Another tribute to the rock band Queen. Sorry, I don't know them. But Queen is a good choice of Q-word!
Happy Qs,
Anna
http://annasadornments.blogspot.com/2010/05/q-as-in-quilts-quartz-abc-wednesday.html

Always Nesting said...

Every visit is like a good concert :) Queen - wow. Seems like all my favorite music these days is on the "oldies rock" station.

Lois said...

I totally agree! Queen has always been a favorite of mine. I remember being glued to my TV watching Live Aid. Thanks for posting the video!

Steph said...

Okay, so I guess I really didn't know much about Queen, except that they were unique and great to listen to. What a fun post.

Viki said...

I loved Queen but haven't listened to them in quite a while. Thanks for the tune.

Cheryl said...

I loved that you used the band not the royalty. Queen is still rockin' the world.

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Queen is a great band...
great post..
pleasure to know you...
Mine is here
Happy Sensational Thursday!
hugs
shakira

laterg8r said...

i loooove queen - they rock :D

A 2 Z said...

Hi,

What a great idea! Q for Queen. I so miss him. He gave it all in his songs and on stage. Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog.

Anne-Marie with a dash

mrs. c said...

We are the Champions of the world!!! I have always been a big Queen fan, thanks for the great post and thanks for visiting me!

Beth said...

Great Q post! I heaven't heard Queen in years! :)

Tracy said...

My kids grew up on queen

Jenny said...

Quite a Queenly post about Queen! My husband was always a big Queen fan...I was always into folk.

But I may have to revisit this band because you certainly make them seem quite wonderful!

A+

Christy said...

I love Queen. Great band!! I loved the Live Aid Video.

Christy said...

Rock on!

Julie Schuler said...

My husband always liked Queen. I like Crazy Little Thing Called Love!

Sarah said...

Queen, quiet the band! Great post as always, neighbor.

GardenofDaisies said...

My husband loves Queen. So my kids have grown up loving Queen too. Isn't it funny how this younger generation has really learned to love all the oldies but goodies?

jen said...

I LOVE QUEEN. I wonder if there will ever be another band that can perform and include the way they did?
Thanks for some great tunes today, and thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm always glad to make a new friend!

Melinda Cornish said...

I saw them in Germany in 1979....it was one of the best concerts I have ever been too....amazing

DesignTies said...

The radio station I usually listen to plays at least one Queen song every day. My favourite Queen song when I was in high school was Another One Bites the Dust. Wow, that was a long time ago!!

Kelly

RNSANE said...

"God Save the Queen(s)" should be our theme song. I had forgotten about Queen until your post. What memories this brought back!

Tina said...

Great tribute to your favorite band. I will always and forever love Bruce Springsteen, but there are many Queen songs on my iPhone.