June 23, 2010

“Show must go on…”

For any of you old fogies out there, this is a Queen song from a long time ago.

It’s kind of cool how, even in today’s world, we can still find music, present or past, that can fit whatever is happening in our lives.

When I was younger, I was pretty much into a lot of different kinds of music. Everything from pop, to dance. Disco, to rock. Some groups or singers I really liked, and others, well, didn’t really tickle my fancy. Some of the groups that I regularly listened to, either on the radio, albums, or tapes, were: Queen, ABBA, Anne Murray, Dire Straits, Meatloaf, Beatles… there wasn’t a lot I wouldn’t listen to. Secretly, I even enjoyed the odd Country and Western tune!

As I got older, my tastes changed, or matured. Pop was slowly moving out of the way, since it was then called ‘bubble gum music’. I kind of like that classification, but it does fit somehow. Dance music became more and more a part of my life. Going out with friends on Friday and/or Saturday nights was filled with getting on the dance floor and ‘… dancing the night away…’. Okay, so disco wasn’t dead after all!

As I got more into my 30’s, music was more ‘something to listen to, to pass the time’ – riding the bus, walking around, or cycling. During those early years of portable music, I didn’t have an MP3 player or iPod, since these didn’t exist… or if they did, I didn’t know about them. I had a cassette player! My music was either pre-recorded tapes that I would purchase, or taped myself off the radio when my favourite songs were played. Sometimes, when I had some free time, I’d pull out my lps and play those, taping at the same time.

Now flash forward to more recent years. Teaching, lesson planning, traveling between locations, didn’t leave me with a lot of time to listen to music. Here in Taiwan, the radio stations that I can pick up, generally play Chinese music. Granted, some of the music is great listening music, but when you don’t understand it, well, music started to fade out of my life.

Last year, I got an iPhone. Included on the iPhone is iPod. Okay, so now I had to catch up with technology, and learn how to use the iPhone, and the iPod. I had a file downloaded on my computer, can’t remember from where, but it had contained in it, 1000 of the top songs of all time. Well, considering ‘all time’ is relative, basically the songs are probably from about the 1960’s to about 2005 or so. A lot of music, for sure.

So, now began the task of downloading this music to the iPod. That first group of songs that were downloaded, were incredible. I can’t remember which were first, but listening to them on the iPod was heaven. I’ve since learned how to have these 1000 (and more) songs shuffle as they play. That way, when I turn it on, of course, I don’t listen to the same songs over and over.

One of the songs that I have is an old Rolling Stones classic, ‘Wild Horses’. I also have the version Susan Boyle sang on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. It’s a toss-up which one is the better version. As much as I enjoy the Rolling Stones version, I must admit that Susan Boyle’s is a pleasure to listen to.

Another song that I recently heard, and have listened to (almost to ad nauseum) is ‘Show Must Go On’ by Queen. If you’ve never heard of Queen, then the name Freddy Mercury will mean nothing to you. This guy had an amazing, strong voice. He could hit notes that most people would envy. His music inspired and touched a generation of people.

Of late, this particular song has taken a new meaning for me. Back in the days of yore, it was a great song, and didn’t really hit me. Now, it has. It took a bit of searching the internet, but I was able to find the lyrics posted on ‘lyricsfreak.com’. Here is the ‘OFFICIAL’ video in high definition and the lyrics. The video has viewed numerous times on ‘youtube.com’. This particular version, the hd version, closing in on 100,000 hits. Other versions have over 18,000,000 hits! So I guess I’m not the only person who likes this song.

After the song finishes playing, search along the bottom for another extremely favourite Queen song, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Another classic!!

Queen: The Show Must Go On Lyrics

Empty spaces – what are we living for?
Abandoned places – I guess we know the score…
On and on!
Does anybody know what we are looking for?

Another hero – another mindless crime.
Behind the curtain, in the pantomime.
Hold the line!
Does anybody want to take it anymore?

The Show must go on!
The Show must go on!
Inside my heart is breaking,
My make-up may be flaking,
But my smile, still, stays on!

Whatever happens, I’ll leave it all to chance.
Another heartache – another failed romance.
On and on!
Does anybody know what we are living for?

I guess I’m learning
I must be warmer now..
I’ll soon be turning round the corner now.
Outside the dawn is breaking,
But inside in the dark I’m aching to be free!

The Show must go on!
The Show must go on! Yeah!
Ooh! Inside my heart is breaking!
My make-up may be flaking!
But my smile, still, stays on!
Yeah! oh oh oh

My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,
Fairy tales of yesterday, will grow but never die,
I can fly, my friends!

The Show must go on! Yeah!
The Show must go on!
I’ll face it with a grin!
I’m never giving in!
On with the show!

I’ll top the bill!
I’ll overkill!
I have to find the will to carry on!
On with the,
On with the show!

The Show must go on.



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