Whoops! This post got stuck “in draft” lets just pretend I posted it on Friday morning…
Every Friday, the friendly Apple Music algorithms create a playlist of songs I haven’t listened to on the app before. It bases the selections on my recent listening habits. Although occasionally I’ll discover a gem, like Joshua Hyslop’s cover of The Weepy’s World Spins Madly On, most of the time the tracks aren’t particularly memorable. Every so often, there is a suggestion that causes me to question my life choices. Today was one of those days. Did you know that Nickelback recorded a cover of We Will Rock You?
Perhaps Apple believes that my appreciation for Queen makes up for my disdain for Nickelback? Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. But, seeing the song listed there did prompt me to revisit Queen’s catalogue, especially my favorite song of theirs. Under Pressure is, unquestionably, one of the greatest songs ever written. To fully appreciate the raw talent of the two lead singers on the track, Freddy Mercury and David Bowie, you have to listen to the recording isolating their vocals. It is haunting and devastatingly impressive.
I’m not sure there is a better song for the times through which we are living.