Friday, 19 August 2016

'I think my melodies are superior to my lyrics' Freddie Mercury

Not sure how I came across Zanzibar whilst trawling the internet, and anyway, where is it? Ah, off the coast of Tanzania, ah where's that?.......And lo and behold it seems that Freddie Mercury was born there, one Farrokh Bulsara (handy knowledge for that pub quiz).

I happened to be attempting to play one of his songs from a book I got the library the other day and came across a song I was scarcely familiar with (yep I've lived a a sheltered life),  Love of my life, crikey what a beautiful, haunting song. Freddie himself is quoted as saying, 'I think my melodies are superior to my lyrics', and that is certainly true of many rock and pop songsbut I would say that sometimes there is perfect harmony twixt the two, eg take the famous Hallelujah Chorus by Handel, or the haunting, Yesterday by Paul McCartney, and I think Mercury comes pretty close here.

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