I’ve been watching a program about the making of one of my favourite albums- Queen’s “A Night At The Opera”. It’s one of their earlier albums, and yes- it’s the one with Bohemian Rhapsody on.
This post isn’t really about the record, or the songs, or even the technical ‘behind the scenes’ that I am always fascinated by. I haven’t listened to much music recently, and this made me feel like I was letting these guys down. They clearly loved what thy were doing, but so much work from so many people went into it, and the end result deserves more than me not listening to it.
I’ve been trying to keep up on podcasts whilst washing up, and scooter riding isn’t really conducive to a musical commute.
This programme, with the lovely gentle Brian May and some interviews with Freddie I haven’t seen before, brought back memories of their music. I remember finding a vinyl of Greatest Hits when I was about 6 years old. I didn’t know who those guys were, or what music was going to be, but I remember bugging my Mum and Dad to put it on. They gave in, and I listened with huge headphones on.
Since then, I’ve got pretty much every song they have released, some that they haven’t, and a Guild Red Special 250 of 315 from 1985. Without Queen, I probably wouldn’t have ever played the guitar.
And so, a public promise to you all: starting next week, I will listen to music again, and what better place to start than Queen I from 1973, and I’ll follow their timeline first. One album a week, in order, on repeat. I also hereby promise not to skip Hot Space.
I won’t blog about it, but I will do it. After Queen, who knows, but that decision is months away. Maybe something recent!
“Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see…”
Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen.