By Request, ‘Bethlehemian Rhapsody’

Susan asked for this, Bethlehemian Rhapsody–with puppets, no less. My wife tells me this is patterned after a smash hit by some group called Queen. I try not to know anything about popular music. I’m just posting hymns and Christmas music.

I don’t know why, but today I feel like all I really want to do is post hymns. Must be because Christmas is coming.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

One response to “By Request, ‘Bethlehemian Rhapsody’

  • UnKnowable

    Before I say anything else, I am not ideologically aligned with the band Queen. As a serious musician myself, I have great respect for their musical abilities. They were/are top notch musicians selling a product that was saleable in its day and popular with youth. This would be referred to as Progressive Rock by many people meaning that it is not rooted in Blues but more in classical music. In a very loose sense, it is classical music played by a rock band.

    The original song was a huge hit in the ‘70s and while the lyrics were a bit puzzling in spots, the overall production was quite impressive. It is said to quite possibly be the most expensive single ever recorded. Once again, I’m not a hard rocker by any means, but I realize that this song is musically quite sound. Distorted guitar sounds are not my bag, so to speak, but it is well played. With the exception of the guitar breaks, it sounds very much like a classical piece.

    Adapting the lyrics to the story of The Nativity is brilliant. In many places, only the nouns were changed, or just enough to adapt the lyrics. It would be highly recognizable to anyone that was familiar with the original piece. I don’t believe that whomever did this video meant any disrespect to our God or His Son, I believe that they were using something from their cultural experience to express faith. I liked it.


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