An American Editor

May 25, 2010

A Musical Interlude (III)

Filed under: A Musical Interlude — Rich Adin @ 7:08 am

Once again it is time for a musical break. This time it is necessitated by my need to announce that I probably won’t be posting again until next week. We are in the midst of a family crisis (our 15-year-old cocker spaniel is in rapid decline; it had a seizure at 3:30 a.m. this morning and we’ve only just returned from a visit to the emergency vet), I need to finish editing my daughter’s paper that she is presenting at Oxford University in July as part of an international conference, I’ve got editing deadlines fast approaching, and the list goes on.

Sometimes it is interesting to see how the same song is done by different groups and that is how we start today. First up is the Ten Tenors’ version of Bohemian Rhapsody:

followed by the Elton John-Guns ‘n Roses version:

Switching away from the “hard” stuff, our next interlude is an ode to joy (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 final movement performed by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic; because of length, it is in 2 parts):

And on a lighter note, The Flute Thing by the Blues Project. There isn’t any “video”, just a picture of the album cover, but this is one of the classiest “songs” to have come out of the 1960s by a group of some of the best rock musicians of the time.

Finally, this takes me back to my undergraduate days when I worked as a DJ on the local radio station. The Blues Project’s Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire was my theme song. Again there’s no video, but the music raises great memories for me.

I’ll be back to writing as quickly as I can.


  1. Thanks for the music! Especially flute thing. I used to play this with my band. We played a lot of sports bars. Imagine that! Actually, though, there was always one person in the place that would come up to us and thank us for playing that song. They’d almost be in tears, knowing there somebody out there actually remembers…

    Love the ten tenors. Isn’t that everyone’s secret dream to participate in something like that?


    Comment by Sue Lange — May 25, 2010 @ 7:45 am | Reply

  2. P.S. The Berliner Philharmoniker has disappeared into a puff of electronic frass.


    Comment by Sue Lange — May 25, 2010 @ 7:58 am | Reply

    • I still consider the 1963 rendition of Beethoven’s 9 symphonies by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic as the finest renditions of the symphonies.


      Comment by americaneditor — May 25, 2010 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  3. That’s Queen themselves behind Elton, not Guns ‘N Roses! Which is kind of unfortunate, because I was looking forward to hearing that pairing 🙂


    Comment by Benjamin Lukoff — May 26, 2010 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

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