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Stairway to Heaven or Bohemian Rhapsody? PART II

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Poll: Stairway to Heaven or Bohemian Rhapsody? PART II (29 member(s) have cast votes)

Which song took more talent to write and perform?

  1. Stairway To Heaven (12 votes [41.38%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 41.38%

  2. Bohemian Rhapsody (17 votes [58.62%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 58.62%

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#61 willowroolz



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Posted 28 November 2017 - 03:43 AM

God, I love Stranger Things.  Both seasons.  Just sayin' :D

Re the poll, I love both songs, but I voted for Stairway, purely because Zep could play it live right through, whereas Queen never could with BR, for obvious reasons.  I realise that isn't relevant to the talent involved in writing either song, but performance was also mentioned so . . .  

Plus I was 9 years old when BR was number 1 here in the UK for weeks and weeks and I hated it and them at the time (mainly because they were my cousin's favourite band - we were very competitive and never got along!).  It was only after Live Aid that I mellowed towards them, even went to see them on the Kind of Magic tour.

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 03:47 PM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 25 November 2017 - 02:10 PM, said:

View PostLorraine, on 25 November 2017 - 01:57 PM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 25 November 2017 - 01:50 PM, said:

And another resounding duh.

I do love Stairway though, but come on.

Come on what?  i'm not a musician.  I don't know which song took more talent to write.  Just because something sounds good doesn't necessarily mean it's better.

Sorry, I shouldn't assume the difference in complexity is always obvious to everyone. To my ears as a musician, a great deal of skill and talent went in to the performance and execution and recording of both of these tunes, but Stairway had to be way easier to write, and that's the deciding factor.

The idea of Stairway is essentially a song that builds from a somber acoustic intro all the way to a euphoric blast of heavy metal and touches every base in between. Not necessarily easy to pull off, but easy enough to understand. Once you have the idea, it almost writes itself.

The idea of Bohemian Rhapsody is far less intuitive and requires a truly unique talent to imagine. It begins with an eery a Capella intro which fades seemlessly into a gorgeous piano power ballad. The ballad section escalates into a righteous guitar solo before crashing down into something more identifiable as opera than rock and roll. The opera section is thoroughly entertaining and dynamic, and ends with an astounding climax that immediately breaks into pure heavy metal thunder, which then slowly fades away (and how) into yet another gorgeous and somber piano led ballad section which closes out the piece with only a few lyrics and a perfectly placed gong. To even come up with this idea implies being some kind of madman musician who got carried away, but to make it work, to make it defy all expectations and actually touch the hearts of millions and become one of the most renowned songs of all time? That implies a genius musician who may have gotten carried away, but knew exactly what he was doing. That kind of compositional talent puts Freddie up there with Mozart and Beehtoven in my book. And the whole band are of course monstrously talented in actually being able to pull the thing off.

Slow clap.  Especially in the Mozart observation.  Both were geniuses and died far too young.

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