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Bohemian Rhapsody

Here is my contribution to Sarah’s 30 Days, 30 Songs challenge for today. Sarah has chosen a classic Queen song, “We Will Rock You”, so I thought I would choose another but with a bit of a twist. It’s a song that has spawned many cover versions and parodies over the years. Here is a couple. I love the Muppet version of the song, well I love The Muppets. You just know it’s going to end with “Nothing really matters but moi.”

The second version I’m sharing is a parody made by the staff at Shoalhaven library in NSW. They are not the greatest singers but they sure know how to make a music video.

While I was searching to see if there were any other fun versions or parodies I found another that I had not seen before so if you are up for another one here is a link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IABRgZH12YA

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Today’s song for Sarah’s 30 Days, 30 Songs challenge was inspired by fellow blogger Tracy who wrote about singing Bob Marley songs to Harry her canary.

Forty years or so ago I had a canary called Lindy and I used to sing to him too. In 1978 the year I got Lindy Bob Marley had a big hit with “Is This Love” and that’s what I used to sing to him. I remember often watching the video for this song on Countdown.

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I am really enjoying Sarah’s “30 Days, 30 Songs” music challenge on Arte Expeditions. Today I’ve picked “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf which apart from being a great song was used in a scene from “Star Trek First Contact” that I liked . One of the things that I liked about Star Trek TOS and Next Gen is that they always managed to inject a little humour into their stories and this scene is one of those moments. I think that is a bit lacking in the more recent Star Treks.

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I’m playing along with Sarah from Art Expedition again and as her choice today was a song from a favourite movie I thought I would do the same. I picked “The Blue Brothers” and as I had a hard time deciding which of the great songs in the movie to feature I decided to have two and they are both theme tunes, a sort of theme within a theme.

The first one is “Peter Gunn”. David absolutely loved this because he had a version of it on an old Henry Mancini album. I think he used to watch the show before I knew him too. Anyway, I can’t hear “Peter Gunn” and not think of David.

Theme from Peter Gunn

The second one is the theme from “Rawhide” which came from one of our favourite parts of the movie. The Bob’s Country Bunkhouse scenes. I remember this theme very well because when we lived in England mum used to love “Rawhide” which starred a young Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates. I’ve chosen the scene from the movie which features a bit of “Gimme Some Lovin” as well. I must say I think the crowd at Bob’s had poor taste not to enjoy that but they only liked two kinds of music, country and western.

30 Days, 30 Songs Challenge (9)

Yes at the Marquee club
Yes at the Marquee club | by takoyaki 77 The original line up of Yes:

I am playing along with Sarah at Art Expeditions again today and have picked a song from the genre that was known as “progressive rock” or “prog rock” for short. Lately, Naomi and I have been listening to Yes a lot. We have enjoyed their music since we first heard “Roundabout” when we were still teenagers. We were fortunate enough to see them in concert in Melbourne in 2003.

Yes has had numerous line ups over their long career. This recording features Rick Wakeman on keyboards as original keyboard player Tony Kaye was fired during the recording of the Fragile album. However, he has returned to the band on several occasions since.

Still a favourite.

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Today I’m playing along with Sarah from Art Expeditions again. Sarah has chosen a Spanish song and although I’ve been trying to match her theme this time I’ve got nothing so I’m sharing a song by a musician I like so much that I bought all of his CD’s. It is Ian Moss, formerly of Cold Chisel.

I like this song so much that I had it as my ringtone for several years before I got a smartphone. I also hope the title would remind me to answer the then unfamiliar mobile phone. I would listen to my CD player on the bus going home from work and I always had a feeling of well being when I heard it.

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Disco Fever

I’m playing along with Sarah at Art Expeditions again today and trying to match her theme. I’ve picked “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth Wind & Fire. When Foxtel first arrived in Australia Naomi and I often used to sit up late watching the music shows and Music Max had a lot of themed programs including disco. We’d watch Earth Wind & Fire, Chic, The Jacksons, Donna Summer, Boney M, The Village People and many others.

Maurice White and later Phil Bailey were both good singers and I like a lot of their songs but picked this one because they have the most outrageous costumes in this video.