When you turn in your dissertation and you discover new episodes on Netflix…. good times.
I’ve been quiet of late… partly because I’m pretty rubbish at this social media lark and partly because I’ve gone back to school!
Yes! I’m completing the final year of the degree I started many moons ago and didn’t get to finish on account of life getting in the way!
Every cloud has a silver lining and with university courses going online this year, I’m able to give it a go. I’m giving it my best shot, I’m hoping it’s enough.
I’d be lying if I said I was enjoying it. I’m enjoying parts of it and hating parts of it in equal measure! Feeling pretty proud of my accomplishments though, whatever the outcome.
There have been tears…. lots of tears. But also lots of learning and you know me…. I love learning. So go me! I think I might have just finished the conclusion of my dissertation….. yey for me 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😥😥😇😳😱😱.
Now all I have to do is go through it ….. again…. and check the referencing. If I ever do this shit again, I’m honestly going to be more on top of my referencing and not leave it to the end….. *nose growing longer as I type*
Wish me luck!!
My Dad had really good taste in music, Queen, Pink Floyd, Cream, loads of really good stuff. I remember the first time I heard A Night At The Opera, one of my all time favourite albums… it was on cassette, I had to keep rewinding it to listen to this song over and over again. I’ve always wanted to to do a version of this song but it felt too big. I would try and then put the guitar down and then try again a few months later. A few years passed and then Lockdown #1 came…. it felt kinda appropriate.
Now I’m no Brian May, and I don’t have a band, and I’m not Freddie… so if you’re a Queen purist then you probably want to look away right now… But I LOVE playing this and I think it’s a pretty good version. I don’t care that no one ever seems to know it on the street, or that when people do they want to stand and talk to you about Queen for half an hour (You know, I’d love to but I’ve got a living to earn and no one chucks money in the case for me standing around chatting) .
So,anyway, click below for the chords and lyric sheet and have I go. Enjoy!
Ive been busking today in the glorious sunshine. I’ve been out a few times since the shops opened it’s still a bit quiet but the overall response has been positive. Locals have been coming up and saying it’s nice to hear ne again so that’s encouraging.
I’ve tried out my lockdown arrangements. I’m enjoying playing Death on Two Legs, Only You and 9-5.. Famous Last Words is in the wrong key for the High st as the lower vocals get lost in the general rumblings and noise of the street so I’ll have to revisit that one… not giving up on it yet. The Pretender, I’ve done once or twice but I’m not that comfortable yet and I’ve not yet played Rio on the street.
Then, at the end of lockdown I thought I’d have a go at The Greatest Show. It’s such a big song so I didn’t take it very seriously, just fiddled around with it. Then it started taking shape and I decided this week I’d go for it. I sang it today for the first time. It was a bit ragged if I’m honest, there’s a lot of words and the energy of the song just drags you along but I did it and I loved playing it.
The thing is, I never feel ready to play a new song , it’s always a leap of faith. Sometimes it works , sometimes not so much… I’m pleased with how today went.
So anyway I’m back home having a cup of tea… mmmmmm tea….
I’ve got to be honest, when ever I take on a version of a song like this, Doris from Gavin and Stacey comes to mind singing Girlfriend in a coma…🤣😂. I wonder if I’ll play this on the street, if we ever get to play on the street again!
I think I’ll enjoy performing it., even if I do look like some old lady singing with a guitar!
So anyway, this is my work in progress, recorded flat in our horse truck.