Fandango’s One Word Challenge (26 May 2020)

By some truly freakish coincidence, I posted about a song from the last Queen album, Innuendo, at 4am (UK) this morning, just a few hours before Fandango’s own One Word Challenge (FOWC) prompt of innuendo went live. Of all the words in the English language…

Anyway, I can’t possibly top my earlier post so if you fancy a listen to a lovely Freddie Mercury song, please just head on over to my last post!

Tick Tock Tuesday (26 May 2020) – Freddie Mercury

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.

Last week I touched upon an artist that I didn’t really like – Jim Reeves. I’m going to go a step further today and actually feature a band that I never really liked, a singer that I never really liked, but a song I have always loved.

Freddie Mercury and Queen are just not my style. Even when I listened to them in their heyday I just couldn’t feel anything for the music. They released a few good tracks over the years, but I never felt any more than a gentle appreciation – who can forget the hilarious video of Break Free, which I still enjoy today. But even as they rocked Live Aid in 1985, I conceded that they were great showmen, but I was never a convert.

Freddie took on a whole new dimension after his death, in particular that last period when he knew the end was near and wanted to record as much as possible. The songs from that time – I’m specifically thinking of Innuendo – showed Freddie in such a vulnerabile state, who can fail to be moved by him? For my money, the music they produced was the very best of their career.

This one is a very hard watch, Freddie looks so unwell, but a beautiful song.

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