The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 4/30 – Your favourite male singer.

4 03 2011

This one is very hard. There are loads of male singers I like, but I think if I had to wittle it down, it would be a straight duke out between Meat Loaf and Freddie Mercury. Curse this great challenge for giving me brainache!

I think though if I had to choose just one, it would undoubtedly be Freddie Mercury. For as long as I can think back, I’ve been a huge fan of Queen for as long as I can physically remember and grew up around their music. My parents were big fans and it no doubt rubbed off on me. They are one of my favourite bands along with Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Dream Theater.

I’ve watched the Wembley concert a fair few times (back when VHS was the king of home entertainment) and Queen get frequent plays on my iPod. Freddies solo work was never as great as his work with Queen, or when compared to the other Queen members solo projects. I remember asking my mum when I was little can I go and see them live, but she had to tell me that Freddie was dead and it wasn’t possible :(

I’ve seen Roger Taylor live twice and once when Brian guest spotted (I was front row) and it was great, two of my idols as such so close to me, doing what they do best. It’s hard to say more about Freddie, then what has already been said. He was the greatest frontman ever. A wonderfully dynamic voice which could convey emotions galore. He could do powerful, soft, playful and more. He could hit some very high notes in the early days (check out Brighton Rock) and his on-stage persona was second to none. He could have the crowd in the palm of his hand instantly. His Wembley conquering moments from Live Aid and ’86 will forever be carved in the history of rock.

So, which song do I put up to really show of Freddie’s voice. There are just so many to choose from, but the one that’s leaping out at me is The Prophets Song from A Night At The Opera. The acapella section in the middle is just unbelievable. 1973 was such a great year for music!

Oh oh people of the earth
Listen to the warning the seer he said
Beware the storm that gathers here
Listen to the wise man

I dreamed I saw on a moonlit stair
Spreading his hand on the multitude there
A man who cried for a love gone stale
And ice cold hearts of charity bare

I watched as fear took the old men’s gaze
Hopes of the young in troubled graves
‘I see no day’ I heard him say
So grey is the face of every mortal

Oh oh people of the earth!
‘Listen to the warning’ the prophet he said
For soon the cold of night will fall
Summoned by your own hand

Ah ah children of the land
Quicken to the new life take my hand
Fly and find the new green bough
Return like the white dove

He told of death as a bone white haze
Taking the lost and the unloved babe
Late too late all the wretches run
These kings of beasts now counting their days

From mother’s love is the son estranged
Married his own his precious gain
The earth will shake in two will break
And death all round will be your dowry

Oh oh people of the earth
Listen to the warning the seer he said
For those who hear and mark my words
Listen to the good plan

Oh oh oh oh and two by two my human zoo
They’ll be running for to come
Running for to come out of the rain

Oh flee for your life
Who heed me not let all your treasure make you
Oh fear for your life
Deceive you not the fires of hell will take you
Should death await you

Ah people can you hear me?
And now I know and now I know
And now I know and now I know
That you can hear me
And now I know and now I know
And now I know Now I know
Now I know now I know
Now I know now I know
Now I know
The earth will shake in two will break
Death all around around around around
Around around around around
Now I know now I know
Now I know now I know
Now I know now I know
Now I know now I know
Now I know now I know
Now I know
Wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo
Listen to the wise listen to the wise listen to the wise
Listen to the wise listen to the wise man
La la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la
La la
La la
Come Here (I – You)
Come Here (I – You)
Come Here (I – You)
Come Here (I – You)

Ah ah ah ah ah
Listen to the man listen to the man listen to the man listen
to the mad man

God gave you grace to purge this place
And peace all around may be your fortune

Oh oh children of the land
Love is still the answer take my hand
The vision fades a voice I hear
Listen to the madman!

But still I fear and still I dare not
Laugh at the madman!

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6 responses

10 03 2011
Marianne

I must agree with you, Daniel. Meat Loaf and Freddie Mercury are two of my favourites also. Many years ago, I had a convertible auto and I’d drive around playing Queen with the top down. But, I’d turn it down when I came up to an intersection.

10 03 2011
djbaroque

I was raised up with heavy queen fan parents, so I naturally came to like them. It’s no bad thing though. Brian May is 1/3 of the reason I wanted to play the guitar. Thanks for commenting!

4 03 2011
Silky Sienna

Adam Lambert won American Idol 2 seasons ago, is a pretty great entertainer, good looking, gay, incredible high-pitched voice capability. His big song is “Whaddaya want from me?” which I like. Probably can see it on MTV, VH1, You Tube. He would’ve done a great job.

4 03 2011
djbaroque

I tend to cut those sort of TV talent show’s a wide birth, we have on over here called the X factor which is both loathed and lauded in equal measure. It’s a real marmite show. I might check him out.

4 03 2011
Silky Sienna

I love Love LOVE this song! I’d forgotten all about it until I heard the opening bars. I was nurtured on this as a tween, the whole album, in my room, non-stop, knew every word! (but not every lyric- clearly I made some up) This song is pure magic, brilliant and original- what a group they were!

How do you feel about the idea when they invited Adam Lambert of American Idol fame to front for them? Seemed like a good match to me, but he preferred to be on his own.

I will have to copy this video and lyrics for a post about ehoalia in autism. It is rather befitting an example. Thanks for posting this and including the lyrics, Daniel- Good work!

– Silky Sienna

4 03 2011
djbaroque

What a fine album to be ‘nurtured’ on there, Silky. I didn’t know that Adam Lambert had been asked to front them (or who he is) Personally, if he turns down the oppotunity to work with Queen, some thing can’t be right. The partnership with Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) was incredible though.

Thanks for commenting!

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