Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dean Martin, Freddie Mercury & Insouciance

Hey pallies, likes loves to find our Dino's name dropped in connection to other great entertainers....and sometimes in the coolest if likes most unusual ways. Case in point, from the blog "Sal's Sports, Health and More" blogger Sal compares our Dino to Queen rocker Freddie Mercury.

What does our King of Cool have in common with Queen's Freddie Mercury? Accordin' to Sal, both entertainers were totally totally full of insouciance..."the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you, carefreeness, lightheartedness, lightsomeness, blitheness."

I find it likes so refreshin' that Sal has recognized our Dino gift for bein' laid back and full of fun, and that he finds those same traits in rocker Freddie Mercury. Gotta 'fess up that I have never listened to Mercury's music, but Sal has got me intrigued by the Dino-comparison and so likes I am just gonna have to check Freddie's work out.

Thanks to Mr. Sal for sharin' his thoughts and honorin' our insouciant Dino...always digs to read other's take on our beloved Dino...and each Dino-mention is sure to bring more and more pallies to deep, pure, and true Dino-devotion. To read this in it's original format, likes clicks on the tagg of this here Dino-message. Dino-devotedly, DMP

Dean Martin, Freddie Mercury & Insouciance

Posted on June 27, 2011 by admin

Insouciance: the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you, carefreeness, lightheartedness, lightsomeness, blitheness

All the great singers have it, and then some, and then more. So much of Elvis’ stuff and Al Green’s interpretations are just so playful, light. You know it because you just kind of smile when that stuff comes on.

But no one was more insouciant than Dean Martin and Freddie Mercury. Dean’0 will even take very emotional, deep, darker songs and add a light touch to them. These include renditions of Walk on By (a cheatin’ song) or I Walk The Line (dark, fearful devotion).

Forget it if the songs were light to start with. Mambo Italiano and That’s Amore are beyond insouciant, into campy and hysterical.

As for Freddie, whatever band type Queen was hailed as, Mercury himself was more campy showman, who wrote and performed very light songs that should be seen as pop, show tunes and miscellaneous than Rock god.

From Bohemian Rhapsody to Bicycle Ride, it’s clear that Freddie was having fun and listening to Merc, you’ll have fun too.

Back to insouciance, I would maintain that you can’t be a great singer unless you got some, at least a little.

But if you got a lot, like Dean and Freddie, you will make listeners smile forever. What more could a performer ask for?

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