Song Lyric Sunday: The Good, the Not Sure, The Brilliant. Duet.

Our brilliant host Jim Adams is attending a funeral this weekend so we are all here on our honour to keep the dream alive . This week for Song Lyric Sunday Jim has asked us to use the prompt Duet.

A duet is a musical composition for two performers in which the performers sing in unison and have equal importance to the piece.  Most people think of a duet as one part being a melody and a secondary part that harmonizes with that melody.  As long as there has been singing, there has probably been some kind of duet music.

My first choice was without doubt Barcelona with the beautiful Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe.

The song reflects Mercury’s love of opera with his high notes and Caballé’s operatic vocals, backed by a full orchestra. Originally released in 1987, it was one of the biggest hits of Mercury’s solo career, reaching number eight in the UK Singles Chart. After Mercury’s death in 1991, it was featured at the 1992 Summer Olympics, after which the track climbed even higher, peaking at number two in the UK, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

In 2004, BBC Radio 2 listed Barcelona at number 41 in its Sold On Song Top 100. More information here.

My second video is Delores O’Riordan and Luciano Pavarotti . In September 1995, O’Riordan joined the famed opera singer in Modena, Italy to cover the beloved hymn.  The performance at Parco Novi Sad was part of a ten-concert series between 1992 and 2003 known as ‘Pavarotti & Friends’ which raised money for humanitarian causes. O’Riordan and Pavarotti’s 1995 concert was in aid of the children of Bosnia affected by the war.

As lovely as this duet and as much as I love Delores, from her Cranberries days I feel she was overwhelmed by the big voice of Luciano Pavarotti.

And Finally I am bending the rules slightly because this is my favourite, favourite duet? This is Elton John singing with Queen and the voice of our lovely Freddie singing Bohemian Rhapsody. But then at 3.20 minutes in to the video Axel Rose bounds in like a whirling dervish. He absolutely, in my mind, knocks the ball out of the park! Then at the end Axel and Elton bring the house down with their harmony of the last verse…I adore it! A little bit of gossip, apparently Axel refused to rehearse and his mad entrance was as much a suprise to Elton and Queen! I bet Freddie was smiling down loving it!

Have a Great Sunday

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Violet Lentz
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 10:44:06

    Excellent choices.The biographical movie of Freddie mercury on youtube has a great part about his jaunt into opera. I never knew Delores did that with Pavarati and Damn! Axl was one hot lookin’ rocker in his day! Whew!


    • willowdot21
      Jan 26, 2020 @ 11:09:30

      Yes I absolutely Love Axel Rose..all that gorgeous hair! , Delores had a sad harsh life but she was true to herself. Freddie well nothing to add but he was glorious 💜


  2. Ritu
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 11:29:53

    I love your choices, Sis, especially that last one!!!


  3. pensitivity101
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 14:12:18

    Great selection!


  4. Maggie
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 14:22:22

    I am glad I was not the only one to shatter the rules this week. Great choices – all of them!


  5. robertawrites235681907
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 15:44:29

    Thanks for these videos, Willow. I also love Freddie Mercury and Queen.


  6. msjadeli
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 18:24:03

    I liked all 3, Willow, but that first one was FABULOUS!


  7. JT Twissel
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 20:32:25

    It would be hard to not be overwhelmed by Pavarotti! I’d never seen the Elton John/Queen/Rose duet – so thx for that!


    • willowdot21
      Jan 26, 2020 @ 21:14:16

      I always liked Delores she had a hard life, she was a sad soul. She had a great voice full of feeling. I just think she could not match the strength of Luciano Pavarotti, it made her sound weak. Obviously not intentionally. As for Elton John, Axel Rose and Queen …I LOVE IT!!


  8. J-Dub
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 01:13:22

    A trifecta! Such goodness 😊


  9. newepicauthor
    Jan 29, 2020 @ 20:37:50

    Great music Willow. I wrote a post about Ave Maria, but I did not include this video in it, which I should have. I am always fine with breaking the rules, especially when you go with Elton and Queen.


  10. Christine Bolton
    Jan 31, 2020 @ 12:56:56

    What fun choices! Thanks for including Freddie Mercury 🙂💕


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