Fandango’s One Word Challenge today is ‘ecstatic’ – hmmm, not much ecstatic feeling about my life right now, but yet… a fragment of an old song lyric comes immediately to mind – ‘floating around in ecstasy…’
The day before I came home from Scotland, myself and my eldest daughter (and youngest granddaughter, aged 12 weeks!) watched the 2018 movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ about the rise and demise of Freddie Mercury of Queen fame, and oh, I absolutely loved it!
The movie soundtrack, of course, is excellent – plenty of old favourites to sing along to – and the main characters are wonderfully cast. It’s quite tastefully done, considering the rather gritty sex, drugs and rock’n’roll narrative portrayed throughout, and to my mind Rami Malek inhabited Mercury’s over-the-top mannerisms perfectly.
So on to my fragment of song lyric, from ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ – I don’t necessarily have one favourite Queen track, whichever track I’m listening to at any moment feels like my favourite. And there’s something about all Queen tracks that makes them the perfect accompaniment to driving – so as my daughter drove me to the station to catch my train home we had a Queen CD playing, and we both sang along at the top of our voices.
The particular track that was playing as we reached the station was ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ so inevitably this is the song that stuck firmly in my head all the way home… goodbyes are always difficult and tearful occasions, so to have a fun vibrant memory of saying goodbye rather than a sad one was very special… ❤
"Tonight I'm gonna have myself a real good time I feel alive And the world - I'll turn it inside out, yeah! I'm floating around in ecstasy..."
The first thing that came to mind this morning when I saw Fandango has chosen ‘Video’ for today’s One Word Challengewas the Buggles 1979 hit ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ – I can still sing along with it today! 🙂
A Musical Twofer (two-for-the-price-of-one) from the UK musical charts in the 1980s – Adam and the Ants with ‘Stand and Deliver’ brought to mind by Fandango’s One Word Prompt: Highway (Adam Ant is being a Highwayman in the video)
Usually I prefer the original version of any given song to a later cover version, but there are always exceptions to the rule. One of these is ‘Mad World’, originally sang by Tears for Fears in the early 1980s – I liked it well enough at the time, but I didn’t love it.
And then years later I heard Gary Jules’ haunting version, and it made the hairs on my arms stand up on end – to be honest it still does. I found myself quietly singing it yesterday, mournful and melancholy like my mood, so I thought I’d share it today…
My husband and I are spring-cleaning today, and found an old pile of music CDs we’d long forgotten about. So we decided to partake in a little nostalgic listening as we work – a 3CD compilation titled ‘School Reunion – the 80s’ is our current choice, and it’s just absolutely perfect to spring-clean to! A total of 60 banging tracks from a decade during which I listened to a lot of music, and I’m finding I can still sing along to most of it 🙂