In the midst of all our election craziness, I thought it might be fun to have some equally crazy (but, nevertheless, extremely popular) music. I refer, of course, to "Bohemian Rhapsody" by British rock group Queen. Released in 1975 on the group's album "A Night At The Opera", it's become a smash hit over multiple generations.
The album was released in November 1975. How is it possible that was 45 years ago??? I can remember it clearly, and our feeble attempts to warble the words along with Freddie Mercury. Dang, that makes me feel old . . . !
At any rate, there have been many variations on the theme. You might even say the song has gone Bohemian! I thought I'd start with the original, then give you five of the variations (there are more, but five is a manageable number for a Sunday morning).
OK, then. Here we go with Queen's original version, remastered for a digital age.
The first variation is provided by the Indiana University Studio Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Hersh, with soloist Sarah Harball on viola and Patrick Hunninghake on lead trumpet.
How about a short, sharp "rockgrass" version from Hayseed Dixie?
Here's a 28-trombone collaboration from the 2018 International Trombone Festival.
Here's the song performed in no less than 42 different styles, each for about ten seconds, all strung together in a single piece of music. Some of them are rather clever.
And, last but most emphatically not least, how could we possibly ignore The Muppets' version of the song?
And there you have it. Six versions of "Bohemian Rhapsody" to enliven your Sunday morning. Some of them may not be altogether rhapsodic, but we'll give them the benefit of the doubt!