Queen – I Want to Break Free

“I Want to Break Free” is a song performed by Queen, which was written by bassist John Deacon. It featured on their 1984 album The Works. In the UK Chart, it peaked at number 3, and remained in the chart for fifteen consecutive weeks from its release in late April 1984.

Having featured in serious music videos, the band decided to do a parody. The music video “I Want to Break Free”, directed by David Mallet, was a spoof of the northern British soap opera Coronation Street. During part of the video, the band members dressed in drag, the idea of which came from Roger Taylor, as mildly similar characters found in the soap at the time; Mercury’s character was loosely based on Bet Lynch, while May’s character was based on Hilda Ogden. The video also depicted the band in what appeared to be a coal mine in their normal look, and it also features a ballet piece choreographed by Wayne Eagling with the Royal Ballet (one of the dancers was Jeremy Sheffield), for which Freddie Mercury shaved his trademark moustache to portray Nijinsky as a faun in the ballet L’après-midi d’un faune (though he had kept it for the parody part of the video). According to Brian May in an interview about Queen’s Greatest Hits, the video ruined the band in America, where many people – unlike the case in the UK – failed to see the soap-opera connection and interpreted the video as an open declaration of transvestitism and Mercury’s homosexuality. The song, a hit in the UK where it went to number three, only managed to reach number forty-five on Billboard. The video was initially banned by MTV in the U.S., but the ban was lifted in 1991 when it aired on VH1’s My Generation two-part episode devoted to Queen hosted by guitarist Brian May. The song received renewed attention when it was used in a media advertising campaigns for Coca-Cola C2 and Safeway.

Neil Diamond – Song Sung Blue (1972)

“Song Sung Blue” is a 1972 song written and recorded by Neil Diamond. The song was released off his album, Moods and later appeared on many of Diamond’s live and compilation albums.

It was his second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, after 1970’s “Cracklin’ Rosie”. The song spent twelve weeks in the Top 40. In addition, “Song Sung Blue” spent seven weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart. In addition, the song made the pop chart in the United Kingdom, reaching #14 on the UK Singles Chart.

Quote of the Week

“He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.”

Jesus Christ (The Bible, Matthew 26:52)

“Live by the sword, die by the sword” is a metaphorical expression meaning that living one’s life in a certain way will, in the end, affect one’s destiny. The proverb comes from the Gospel of Matthew, verse 26:52, which describes a disciple (identified in the Gospel of John as Peter) drawing a sword to defend against the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, but is rebuked by Jesus, who tells him to sheath the weapon:

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

While a common modern interpretation means “those who live by violence will die by violence”, suggesting nonviolence or pacifism as an alternative, it is also used for a variety of situations which contain an element of poetic justice.

Across the World with the Singapore Girl

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has unveiled its “Across the World” campaign by creative agency TBWA Singapore. MEC is the media agency for the campaign. The iconic Singapore Girl is the protagonist of the TVC, interacting with people in four cities seamlessly flowing into each other. What appears to be a one-take shot is a product of location shoots in China, France, India and the United States, showing the diversity of SIA’s destinations.

“Contrary to popular belief, the Singapore Girl was never excluded from Singapore Airlines’ ads as we recognize the strong emotional connection our customers had with our brand as a result of the iconic image of the Singapore Girl,” said SIA. “Our new campaign showcases the Singapore Girl’s Asian hospitality and world-class service standards while bringing the romance of travel to life. By having the Singapore Girl front our latest campaign, we hope to remind our customers and the public of these attributes that sets us apart from other carriers – excellent onboard service that can only be provided by SIA.”

Toni Basil – Hey Mickey

“Mickey” was a 1982 U.S. New wave song recorded by singer and choreographer Toni Basil. Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn as “Kitty”, it was first recorded by UK popular music group Racey during 1979.

The single scored number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week and number two in the UK singles chart. The song was Basil’s only top 40 success, making her a “one-hit wonder”.[1] It is named #5 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of all time, #16 on 20 to 1’s top 20 One Hit Wonders Countdown and #7 on VH1’s 100 greatest songs of the 80’s. It has also appeared on countless Greatest or Best lists and countdowns.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Experience leaves only memories behind and adds to the burden which is heavy enough. You need no more experiences. The past ones are sufficient. And if you feel you need more, look into the hearts of people around you. You will find a variety of experiences which you would not be able to go through in a thousand years. Learn from the sorrows of others and save yourself your own. It is not experience that you need, but the freedom from all experience. (317)”

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (birth name: Maruti Shivrampant Kambli) (April 17, 1897 – September 8, 1981) was an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita (Nondualism), and a Guru, belonging to the Inchgiri branch of the Navnath Sampradaya.

One of the 20th century’s exponents of the school of Advaita Vedanta philosophy (nondualism), Sri Nisargadatta, with his direct and minimalistic explanation of non-dualism, is considered the most famous teacher of Advaita since Ramana Maharshi.