Friday, December 30, 2011

"Nothing really matters, anyone can see. Nothing really matters. Nothing really matters to me."*

Freddie Mercury.

            Today one of my favorite Los Angeles radio stations, 100.3 (The Sound) played another installment of their newest week-long “Ten at Ten” series of “Cover to Cover”—a collection of original songs followed by covers of those songs.
            The Sound always plays ten songs at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. that share a common theme: a year, a musician, a word or instrument, etc.
            But this week they are doing original songs and following them up with their famous covers. They hit a lot of classics—I agree with them in believing that Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watch Tower” is better than Bob Dylan’s original. And I also love The Bangles’ rendition of Paul Simon’s “Hazy Shade of Winter” (though I’m not sure they played that--I just like it). Joe Cocker’s cover of “I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends” is another popular one.
            But today I heard something that both offended me and made me oddly happy: Weird Al Yankovic performing an accordion-based cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
            What? Think about it.
            It’s totally sick and amazing all at the same time. I guess life is all about not taking anything too seriously, folks.
            Happy New Years Eve Eve.

*"Bohemian Rhapsody," by Queen. We still miss you, Freddie! (A quick tangent: Freddie is one of my all-time favorites. I even named my fish after him in high school--which was big, because a fish was the only pet I ever got. Freddie (the man, not the fish) had one of the most beautiful voices in all recorded music. R.I.P. Freddie Mercury.)


  1. I miss the voice and the flash of Freddie, too.

    I object to your statement that the only pet you ever had was your goldfish, Freddie, because I believe you adopted a gerbil named HOLLY when Lizzy washed her hands of her. N'est ce pas?

  2. I don't think Holly (a hamster, NOT a gerbil) counted as a pet as she was a hand-me-down from Lizzy who refused to feed her or clean her cage. I liken this bestowing of a pet on Lizzy to the time Lizzy was given an American Doll (Kirsten) and refused to take care of her, either. I was never the first-time owner of a pet before Freddie Mercury, whose head fell off while I was at school and that was mysterious, because we didn't have a cat.