Queen “Don’t Stop Me Now”
When Queen were at the height of their popularity I didn’t like them. I was into punk and blues. I was tired of over produced and lyrically superficial pop songs. Later I began to understand the amazing talent of Freddie Mercury and how innovative the band were. It was Queen with “Bohemian Rhapsody” who pioneered the pop video and blurred the lines between pop and opera. Yes, there were some duff ones in the twenty years of recording and they are still not in my favourite band list but despite Freddie’s death in 1991 the band continue to record and tour.
What I like about this track is the sheer exuberance of it. You can not help but feel invigorated by Freddie’s performance and there are a number of Queen tracks that I defy anyone not to want to get up and dance to.
“Don’t stop me know” makes me realise that life is for living and I just need to get on with it despite the many distractions the world can throw in the way.
On more than one occasion my daughters have enthused about TV programs such as the The Wire, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad and urged me to watch them. This poem is my response.
The Late Adopter
Now that the last series of Breaking Bad has finished
I am urged by my daughter to watch this American TV series
I tell her that the five series totalling fifty two episodes
Each lasting fifty minutes will take forty two hours of my life
I am nearly seventy years old and I don’t think I can commit
It isn’t that I am running on empty, yet
But the tank is definitely a lot less than a quarter full
There are no refills, no top ups and no reserve tank
There is a lot of road left to travel, a lot of sights still to see
And no time for long running drug related sagas
No matter how motherfucking good they are
© Jeff Price January 2018