So here’s the thing.
On November the first, I’ll review ‘Keep yourself alive’, the first track on Queen’s eponymous debut album. (I’d forgotten it was what we’d kick off with, actually which is a nice surprise, but we’ll get to that on the first.)
This will be the first step on a journey that’s going to take over a year to complete. It’s going to be wonderful.
Every song, from every studio album by Queen. One review per track. One album per month. Full Queen. Full drama.
Here I just want to lay down some of my ground rules. I’ve set up a patreon, in the desperate hope of making money, which goes a bit more into the why. You should take a look, even if you don’t want to give me money for a ridiculous and pretty personal project.
I’m aiming for an album a month. This is going to make the Flash Gordon month tricky, as it involves a lot more tracks than the others.
I’m aiming for five hundred words minimum. This is something I’m comfortable with from a former project called Unstruck. Basically, I’m confident I can write 500 words about anything. Some of them are going to be longer. Possibly a lot longer.
They will all be illustrated. Currently that’s Emma doing literal interpretations of song titles. Emma hates Queen, and doesn’t want to have to actually engage with the music. I think this is okay. If she gets bored, and we start making money, I may try and recruit someone else, unless people love Emma’s work too much. She is pretty brilliant, so it should work.
There is probably a warning though. The way I write about music isn’t always about music. For some albums and songs in particular, I know there’s a lot of personal history and exploration I could do. Some of these songs mean a hell of a lot to me. Others I’ll be discovering for close to the first time (I have heard every track before, but there are definitely some albums I know a lot better than others). Sometimes I’ll just be rambling about band members, or issues raised in the lyrics, or how I feel about a particular tone or sound or texture. Or anything, really. Anything.
So this isn’t going to be definitive. I just can’t promise that. I don’t know enough about music theory, production techniques and musical historiography to promise that.
It’s going to be subjective, digressive and odd. I can promise that.
I’m pretty sure it’s going to be wonderful.
Come join me, ride the wild wind of one of the strangest, most over the top and unique bands in music. With me, someone who cares more than is likely about Queen.
It’s going to be amazing.