Song of the day: Father Noel – "Bohemian Rhapsody"

June 15, 2013

Here’s my favourite version of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody“:

Father Noel – “Bohemian Rhapsody (1998)

And here’s the original:

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)

Song of the day: Queen – "Now I’m Here"

May 1, 2013

When I was trying to think what song to play you today, I had a brainwave: I’d let today’s date guide me.

Where I live (i.e., in the Southern Hemisphere), it’s the 1st of May*.

Although Australia (i.e., the part of the Southern Hemisphere in which I live) doesn’t have a terribly strong tradition of doing things in honour of the 1st of May, in other parts of the world it’s May Day.

I know remarkably little about May Day (see above about Australian lack of May Day tradition), so I consulted the all-knowing Wikipedia for some more information. Wikipedia told me a few things about May Day, including one of its traditions being the crowning of the May Queen.

That sounded promising as an idea for a song: “May Queen”. Excellent. I then asked myself: “Hmmm – what songs talk about May Queens?”.

Unfortunately, there was only one song I could think of that mentioned a May Queen, and when I thought of it I told myself: “Er, no – not that one.”

But then I had a brainwave. “May. Queen. Of course!”

Queen – “Now I’m Here (1976)


How’s this for freaky? According to the Wikipedia, this happens in France on May Day:

“On May 1, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. He decided to offer a lily of the valley each year to the ladies of the court. At the beginning of the 20th century, it became custom to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime, on May 1.”

And the name of the track that was the flip-side of the “Now I’m Here” single?


(*Or May 1, if you want to get all American about it.)

Musical coincidences # 181

February 24, 2012

As with all the coincidences this week, today’s comes to you courtesy of Mr. Fabulous.

Here are two pieces of music that share a bit more than just the same key signature:

Australian Crawl – “The Boys Light Up (1980) (excerpt)


Queen – “I Want It All (1989) (excerpt)


I wonder if that is coincidental, or if Brian May (composer of “I Want It All”) had heard and decided to rework it a tad (or maybe even a smidgeon).

Here are the full versions:

Australian Crawl – “The Boys Light Up (1980)


Queen – “I Want It All (1989)


Musical coincidences # 11

July 5, 2009

Speaking of Queen (well, I did yesterday), here’s the main piano part in the verse* of “Bohemian Rhapsody“:

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody (1975) (excerpt)


(*Is it a verse? Does this song have verses?)

And here’s the beginning of “Man We Was Lonely” from Paul McCartney‘s 1970 solo album, McCartney:

Paul McCartney – “Man We Was Lonely” (1970) (excerpt)


Unless “Bohemian Rhapsody”‘s author Freddie Mercury was a huge fan of Paul’s first solo album (unlikely), I reckon it’s a coincidence (likely).

Incidentally, in “Man We Was Lonely” Paul sings the following:

I used to ride on my fast city line
Singing songs that I thought were mine alone

Not any more, Paul, not any more.

Anyway, here are the full versions:

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)


Paul McCartney – “Man We Was Lonely” (1970)


"Bohemian Rhapsody" on classical guitar

July 4, 2009

Just in case you wanted to know how:

Although I have a sneaking suspicion that the process of transcribing “Bohemian Rhapsody” for classical guitar is ultimately a pointless exercise, I’m amazed at how well he reproduced the voicings with so few notes and chords (you gotta admire skill like that).

Compare and contrast…