I feel I am on Planet Mall, which is what earth is called in the musical ‘We will rock you’. Well, actually speaking, the people there were better off than I am, since they were allowed certain chosen movies and computer generated music. Let me elaborate – the only functioning television in the house has been taken for repairs, along with the amplifier. So, I have no music or movies. I can manage without the television, but my goodness, I’m having music withdrawal symptoms. At the moment, the neighbourhood temple is amplifying their preaches and chants. My washing machine which normally sounds rather like a noisy motorcycle or trishaw, is belching, groaning and whining very loudly and clearly. The nicer sounds I can hear are the leaves rustling in the breeze and bird songs.
Anyway, whoever thought of the phrase ‘Silence is golden’ was only partly right. I mean, okay, I understand that silence is of priceless value and worth its weight in gold. There are certain circumstances where it is thought that saying nothing is preferable to speaking. Alas, I am not a follower of this. I have a Big Mouth. I blurt out things I am not supposed to say, in other words, I talk without thinking. Really bad! But look, I know lots of people who measure their words and will not comment on anything and just play it safe. Most irritating! You can actually see their ears twitching and their brain cells running around trying to store some information to be discussed at great length with a couple of cronies later on. Meaningful glances are exchanged, but not a sound emanates from their zipped up lips. I think it is better to come out in the open and talk things out so a lot of misunderstandings will be ironed out. I think I would much rather be me, though my friends and family keep lecturing me and asking me to shut up!
Ah, the Beautiful Dreamer has arisen; I can hear very loud nose blowing! And to those readers who are more computer literate than I am, no, I cannot watch or play movies on my computer because it is very old. If I wait for something to download I will be sitting in front of the screen forever! Thank goodness it is cool and I do not have to put my fan on. It makes an absolute racket; clackety-clack and I would really have gone slowly mad listening to this. Although I thought the plot in ‘We will rock you’ was a bit farfetched, now I am having second thoughts! Music is a vital feature in my life.
This musical features the songs of the group Queen, one of my favourite groups because of the phenomenal Freddie Mercury. It is the longest running musical at the Dominion Theatre, London. I thoroughly enjoyed it because of the music. The plot was trashed by lots of critics, and I must agree that it was rather lacking. It was music that was its redeeming factor. It is a futuristic tongue in cheek picture of the world where one is not allowed to have any originality or individualism. Everyone dresses alike, (that alone is enough to put me off) think the same and have no differences of opinion, (how boring, yaaawn!) Musical instruments, singing and any other expression of creativity are forbidden. The instruments from a bygone age are hidden in iPod Planet (of course). The hero dreams of music and when he voices this, he is arrested. He is bashed up and then wakes up in hospital along with a female rebel. They join up with a group of fugitives who have been in hiding and made their own musical instruments. Finally a lake is drained near to a bar where they were, and a statue of Freddie Mercury is washed up. He is pointing to Wembley Stadium, where they used to perform. So they rush there and whilst performing on their home-made instruments, a wall collapses and presto! A guitar emerges. This is where the instruments are hidden. So the villains are vanquished, and music comes into the world once more. At the end, the lights dim and you see the words, ‘Do you want Bohemian Rhapsody?’ lit up in large lettering. Of course predictably, the audience (which included me) shouted “Yes!” and the cast perform it and that is how it ends. Like I mentioned earlier, the music keeps this play going, the story line is rather rubbishy. But we all loved it because the cast got a standing ovation and I also joined in the whistling, stomping and hollering!
- Honky Tonk Woman