The ultimate feel good song in brass band form

  • Piece: Don’t Stop Me Now;
  • Composer: Freddie Mercury;
  • Arranger: Philip Harper.

What can we say other than “a Happy Christmas Eve Eve to you all”? Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now encapsulates excitement in a little under three minutes. From the 1978 LP Jazz, it has pure pop sensitivities whilst retaining the Queen sound. Despite this, Brian May had little love for the song, because he felt it eulogised Freddie’s hedonistic lifestyle.

I nearly fell out of love with the song because of its use in The Trafford Centre adverts in the late noughties (back then it was the Peel Group’s cathedral of consumerism). Then I discovered Philip Harper’s arrangement, and I like the original song as much as the brass band version.

The Cory Band’s legendary musical director inspires our 23rd window in this year’s brass band Advent Calendar. For your ears, we have The Mighty Cory Band performing the Queen song – from the comfort of their homes. A magnificent performance at that.

In tomorrow’s Brass Banding Goes Pop window, we raise our glasses to a king. Not Professor David King, late of The YBS Band and Brighouse and Rastrick bands. Nor the legend that is Denis Law. Well, that narrows it down to a bloke from Coventry who sung Love and Pride or another bloke who sang a song that was covered by Roland Rat. Give up? All will be revealed tomorrow.

Behind the door

It’s a view of the Trafford Centre’s Regent Court, a wee reminder that there are two shopping days till Christmas. If you feel the need to do some last minute Christmas shopping, please stay safe by keeping two metres apart and wear a face covering whilst in public places and enclosed spaces.

S.V., 23 December 2020.

Trafford Centre image by Robert Linsdell, 2010 (Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic).

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