• John B Whalen Jr Esq •

Category: Philadelphia Ps – Due Influence (Page 1 of 2)

“20 Minutes”


Due Influence – Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara)
Born September 5, 1946 – Died November 24, 1991
British musician, singer, songwriter, lead vocalist and lyricist of Queen.

Rami Malek On Jimmy Fallon


Side By Side

Guys – look at this – side by side


Freddie Mercury – Legacy

As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range.


As a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits for Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “We Are the Champions”.

One of the greatest rock performances in history – it’s considered maybe the greatest – for some reasons our producers [Brian May and Roger Taylor] thought it would be a good idea to start with that [the performance of Freddie Mercury and Queen at Live Aid] on day one.

They must have a reason for doing this because if halfway through this and we suck, they’ll just pull the plug on the whole productions, pack it up, and go home.

Save 60 million dollars.

When I got the call sheet for day two, it was like winning an Oscar.

“Things Have Changed”


“Things Have Changed” – Bio

Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman)
Born May 24, 1941
American poetic songwriter, singer, painter, writer, and Nobel prize laureate.

“Things Have Changed” – Movie

The “Wonder Boys” is a 2000 comedy-drama film directed by Curtis Hanson. Hanson had been a fan of Bob Dylan’s music since childhood and a great admirer of his soundtrack for Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Bob Dylan admired Hanson’s previous film, L.A. Confidential and after much convincing, screened 90 minutes of rough footage from the Wonder Boys. Hanson picked Dylan because, as he said, “[w]ho knows more about being a Wonder Boy and the trap it can be, about the expectations and the fear of repeating yourself?”

Bob Dylan wrote and performed “Things Have Changed” Dylan and released it as a single on May 1, 2000.

“Things Have Changed” won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

The director of Wonder Boys, Curtis Hanson, also directed the music video for “Things Have Changed”, using new footage of Dylan and editing it with sequences from Wonder Boys to suggest that Dylan was appearing in the film.

“Things Have Changed” – Bob Dylan – Awards


“Things Have Changed” is a song from the film Wonder Boys, written and performed by Bob Dylan and released as a single on May 1, 2000 and won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

“David Bowie, Rock God”


“David Bowie, Rock God” – Bio

Ricky Gervais (Ricky Dene Gervais)
Born June 25, 1961
English comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, singer, and musician.

“David Bowie, Rock God”

a few years later I emailed David on his 57th birthday

it read: “57???? Isn’t it about time you got a proper job? Ricky Gervais, 42, Comedian

He replied

I have a proper job. David Bowie, 57, Rock God

“I Can’t Trace Time”


“I Can’t Trace Time” – Bio

David Bowie (David Robert Jones)
Born January 8, 1947 – Died January 10, 2016 pop band
English singer, songwriter, actor, and popular figure in music for over five decades, becoming acclaimed by critics and other musicians for his innovative work.

“I Can’t Trace Time” – Note

… nothing more to say …

… as always, thank you for reading …

… John …


“I Can’t Trace Time” – David Bowie

Oh, yeah

Still don’t know what I was waitin’ for
And my time was runnin’ wild
A million dead end streets and
Every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet

So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
How the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test

Turn and face the strange
Don’t want to be a richer man
Turn and face the strange
There’s gonna have to be a different man

Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence
And so the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same

And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re goin’ through

Turn and face the strange
Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it
Turn and face the strange
Where’s your shame?
You’ve left us up to our necks in it

Time may change me
But you can’t trace time

Strange fascinations fascinate me
Ah, changes are takin’
The pace I’m goin’ through


Turn and face the strange
Ooh, look out you rock ‘n’ rollers
Turn and face the strange
Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older

Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time

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