Woman Plays Queen Smash Giving Crowd Performance They Will Look Back On
Ariane Racicot is a professional jazz pianist who captivated the crowd with her street performance of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody in Mount Royal Park, Quebec. The video of her playing was posted on her YouTube channel in 2013.
It is not uncommon to see street performers on corners across the country, and now that the weather is warmer, it seems that people are coming out in droves to share talents—amateur, professional, and everything in between. People playing five-gallon bucket drums to soloists on street corners with recorders, belting out The Star-Spangled Banner, it seems that everyone has a talent to share in the interest of making a few extra dollars or gaining anonymity.
Unsuspecting Woman, Amazing Talent
So when a young woman walks up to a street piano and sits down for a spell, it is rare that people stop to take notice. At first glance, this unsuspecting gal is not even noticed by the throngs of summertime revelers, passing her by in the interest of sunshine.
Ariane Racicot's performance that day, however, was about to make the day extraordinary for passers-by.
"Queen" Of The Keyboard
According to Ariane's social media presence, she is a professional jazz pianist based in Montréal, Quebec. Traditional studies of music include scales, complex theory, and composition lessons, and other tedious studies, but for her rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, she pulled out all the stops when she sat down at the keys.
Channeling her inner Freddie Mercury, who was reported to have composed the song using his dreams as inspiration, Ariane began her memorable rendition. Thanks to a movement around Montreal called the "Piano of the cities, piano of the fields", pianos are made accessible all over the city and beyond, offering anyone a chance to sit and play—for pleasure, for therapeutic purposes, or to wow a crowd, in Ariane's case.
One Of The Most Iconic Songs Of All Time
Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the most celebrated and well-known songs of all time, was penned and performed by the band known as Queen. When first performed and created in the late 1970s, it became a groundbreaking example for what the blend of cinema and music could look like, and the music video was born.
Those lucky enough to have seen the video and performance of Queen with their world-famous song, picture the moment in their minds over and over again when they hear the familiar strains of this song.
Ariane and her version of this powerful rock ballad on the street of Montreal inspired many that day—so much so that little children can be seen approaching the piano with coins and bobbles of appreciation for her talents.
Through it all, she remains charmingly humble and so into her interpretation of the music that she seems surprised when the fortunate crowd bursts into enthusiastic applause. Bravo, Ariane. Keep playing and imparting joy to others with your amazing talent.
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