Sunday, September 10, 2006

Don't Stop Me Now

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Don't Stop Me Now by Queen is my new favorite song. I first heard it on the Queen Greatest Hits CD that my parents got me, but it somehow slipped under my radar, or it went unnoticed among the other songs.

Last Friday, I was listening to my Killer Queeen Radio station on Pandora, and it played this song. It was like discovering it all over again. I listened to it in my car a few times on the way home, and now it is firlmy stuck in my head.

Then on Saturday, I printed out the lyrics and practiced singing it a few times when Hugo wasn't around. I wonder what the neighbors think ...

I am going to sing this at Karaoke if they have it.

In other news, I finished Lolita. It was amazing. Definitely the most entertaining use of the English Language I've ever experienced.

Now that I am immune from spoilers, I decided to read the Wikipedia article about Lolita (I won't link to it lest I make it too tempting to spoil yourself before reading the book).

As you would probably guess, but not until the two subjects were proximate enough in your mind to snap together by their own magnetism, Don't Stand So Close To Me by the Police is referring to Lolita in the line "Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov."

Following the hyperlinks which are so delightfully inherent to Wikipedia, one discovers that the Dire Straits song Money for Nothing reuses the chords from "Don't stand so/Don't stand so/Don't stand so close to me" in "I want my/I want my/I want my MTV".

2 comments:

  1. I'm reading Lolita for a satire class I'm taking this year. I'm looking forward to it...

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  2. I CANNOT believe we didn't talk about this on Saturday because I LOVE this song too - every since I saw it in the movie "Shaun of the Dead" - I can't get enough - I make Ryan play it over and over and over in the car - it's just SO great. The one thing that I probably enjoy most is replaying the scene from the movie as I sing. What skill it must take to beat zombies in time with pool cues......Another favorite one I've found I can listen to over and over is "Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John. I don't think anyone quite gets me on that one - but I love it anyway.

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