Two short musical tales

First tale has two parts, the first song we’ve had before and apologies for running it again. For the purposes of this story about the big, green-eyed monster, the second song only makes sense in terms of the first.

There are four characters in this drama – the players, the audience, the cameraman … and us. What do we see/hear? Well immediately – the aching strains of the fiddle, the curvy midriff and cute, fun face, the cameraman does our work for us.

Cotton-eyed Joe

They start jumping up and down and the audience are entranced, because now those famous thighs come into play, the pigtails and western hat, the fun attitude, the amateurishness, the way she moves. That’s where the 48 million views come from.

However, there are two players on stage who are not all that impressed – one being the blonde singer with the tattooed boob but she sees all eyes on the fiddler and is resigned to it, saying later that it wasn’t one of their better performances. The other one I’m not going to mention yet – it’s only when we get to the second song we see just how jealous she is.

Louisiana Saturday Night

Jawdropping the lengths she went to, publicly, to get the camera off the fiddler and onto her. [Spoiler ahead] Someone commented below and it could only have been female: “Poor Linda must be embarrassed … that guitarist can’t even sing a tune, sounds like s–= … the others are always great.” [End of spoiler]

I’d agree and a similar comment was made under the first song. I saw their later fayre and the guitarist is now front and centre, making all the talk at the mic, Linda the fiddler is pushed into a back corner. Soon she departs and leaves them to it. Notice on that second song how the views drastically drop.

We chaps are useful when things need doing, good company, but we’re not exactly rivetting, would you agree? The ladies though – endless drama and curves, never a dull moment. And no chap ever caused me lonesome heartache.


So, onto the second tale and I wrote to Brian May last night about it, asking him to check it out.

There’s a southern gospel band [from Missouri] who became bluegrass as well, a family band – we’ve had them here before.

Therefore, one song you’d maybe not think they’d attempt is Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody – others have tried, with mixed success. Even Queen ran a backing track in places during live performances and who has the range of FM?

But they promised fans they would try it and this brings in something happening on youtube – the interaction between band and fans, far more than pre-youtube and I for one like it very much. This, to me, is what music is all about, the human side of it, it can bring the audience in, many not previously fans, who now follow the fortunes of the various members and admire how much they’ve all improved, even grown up.

Youtube are certainly onto a winner with this format. Judge for yourself how they do with the song:

Bohemian Rhapsody

Interesting – American gospel/bluegrass attempting a gay, satanic English song … and spare a thought for the camera crew too.

2 comments for “Two short musical tales

  1. Dunno… no need for jealousy, I’d have all of em, preferably together. They’d probably kill me but man, what a way to go out…

    Bohemian Rhapsody is very much a rock opera style and it lends itself to being done in other styles too. Mixing genres is nothing really new but can add a whole new dimension, a couple of examples spring to mind..

    Ace of Bass – All That She Wants. Bhangra mixed with rock.

    Linkin Park – In The End – Hipop/rock mixed with rap. RIP Chester Bennington.

    Panjabi MC – Mundian To Bach Ke – A typical Bollywood tune but based on the theme to the old TV series Knight Rider. It is also the theme to the film The Dictator and was used in the Barocca TV advert with Roccy the chameleon.

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