If there is such a thing as a resurrection, I can safely say that Freddie Mercury has arisen. Ever since the movie Bohemian Rhapsody came out, people cannot seem to get enough of this icon. He is on the Internet everyday as people look into the many aspects of his life.
I saw the movie after The Academy Awards and since that time, I have been looking at and watching his interviews and concert videos. He is both fun to watch and listen to on YouTube. His energy level was up there, and few can ever touch his showmanship.
In one interview he basically said, “I don’t give a damn what people think. We are putting on a show and each audience is different. I am a totally different person when I am not on stage.” Believe it or not, his band mates said that he was a quiet person when he was not performing. How interesting!
I can’t seem to get some of his lyrics out of my mind. Lately, I find myself in the middle of some task and before I know it, I am singing some of his tunes. Take the line, “Nothing really matters at all.” What a brave and cavalier attitude to have towards life!
As most geniuses, he seemed to understand that he was here to do something and then ready to move on. In another interview he said that he did not know how much time he had, but he wanted to make music while he was here. He stated that long before his illness. He lived with a zest and at times, he lived like there was no tomorrow.
As a writer, I feel somewhat incapable of expressing what Freddie Mercury’s talent means to me. He said that the words just came to him and I can truly relate to this aspect of his artistry. He even had a keyboard installed in his headboard so that if lyrics or tunes woke him up, he could immediately commit them to memory.
I do the same by keeping plenty of paper and pens close by because I never know when the inspiration will drop from above. I have written at stop lights and pulled the car over to jot down ideas as they flow; so, I totally understand.
I keep the rock station WXRT 93.1 Chicago playing softly in my kitchen to give me that little kick as I prepare meals. Some of the songs that I have stopped to turn up were “Another One Bites the Dust, I Want it All or We Will Rock You.” I had no idea that these songs belonged to the band Queen because I had not heard of them until I saw the movie.
Freddie Mercury’s songs touch the heart and rejuvenate the dancing of the feet. Any song that starts off with, “Momma, I killed a man,” will make anyone sit up and take notice. Who is closer to the heartstrings than one’s mother? It is an instinctive call even for grown adults when danger is near. He goes on to say, “I wish that I had never been born.” Wow. What a deep admission of raw emotion!
Freddie Mercury died in November 1991. Or, I shall I say that his body died in 1991. Perhaps, he was spending time in purgatory talking and sorting out the details of his life. We don’t know what happens in the afterlife. But obviously, the angels gave him the green light and reset button because right now in 2019, he has returned to reclaim his position as true front man of the band Queen.
Queen is about to go on tour and coming here to the States soon. I don’t know who will try to imitate Freddie Mercury but all I can say is “May the force be with him.” And though we wish that brave soul well, we all know that there will never be another Freddie Mercury. A humble thanks for allowing me to attempt to write the depth of my feelings and gratitude and I give a hearty thanks to You Tube for keeping Freddie’s memory alive!
Lynn M. March 30, 2019