It could be that I am in a mood to expose myself more or maybe just feeling his presence so much due to the amount of exposure from Bo-Rhap these days, but I really wanted to write about my favorite rock band and front man of all time. A band that has frequently gotten me through many stages of my life with their music.
I’ve been a fan of QUEEN for longer than I can remember, but my obsession is on another level when it comes directly to Freddie Mercury… (specifically, 70’s Freddie!)
I think that when I initially started this blog, my point was to ultimately showcase my fashion and sense of style, but as time goes on, the writing aspect has proven to become such an outlet for my thoughts and emotions.
Truth be told, I am a multifaceted individual. What you see on the surface is just a glimpse and often doesn’t cover even an inch of my life. I know that when people see glamorous pics and nice clothes, they perceive you to be a certain way. They don’t see the hard work, the struggles, the sad times or even the other characteristics that make up who you truly are. I hope to share so much more with all of you that make me who I truly am. I’m sure you’ll be in for some surprises and will come to enjoy the more corky side of me 😉
I am however blessed with an army of people that do know me incredibly well. People with whom there are no secrets or shaded areas. People that know my bones. They know the girl who lives in sweats, cooks for a hobby, laughs at just about everything until she can’t breathe and listens to all genres of music for therapeutic rejuvenation! The girl that sees everything in life as beautiful art and appreciates even the tiniest things that God has blessed her with. I don’t know how I got so lucky? Even at my hardest times, and believe me, there have plenty, I find that God brings me so much light and love in various forms to get me through everything just fine.
Queen music being one of them!
I won’t write too many ins and outs of what I feel is my inner connection with Freddie, but what I will say is this. You don’t have to know someone, be in a relationship with them, have a sexual attraction to them or even share a moment within a lifetime to feel as though this person existed to help you in some form. So many times come to mind when finding out more about his life made other areas of mine make total sense. Similarities and distinctions that are truly mind blowing at times, down to his most famous characteristics (i.e. his teeth.)
A time that sticks out more so than ever was when I made the decision to leave my marriage. I had known and been connected to my ex for nearly 10 years (total) and at that point, as you can imagine, the separation was tough but strongly needed. I remember so many times being at home and just losing myself in Queen music. Whether it was while I was cleaning, reading, or when I would just lay in bed and close my eyes not wanting to think about anything.
My all time favorite Queen song is “In the lap of the Gods.” Once performed at Hammersmith Odeon in London back in the 70’s, this live performance brought me to tears when I first watched it! The song was written by Freddie so the lyrics of coarse stick out to me in an immense way. I must have played it hundreds of times when I was going through that period in my life. Hearing the song the way he sung it at this particular concert is something I can’t even put into words. Not like I was there, but watching the videos and hearing his voice closely has always proven to be a chilling experience. I uploaded the video below from Youtube if you care to watch.
Since my brother and I share in the intrigue that is Freddie Mercury, we both strongly agree that so much of Queens music actually sounded better live than it did recorded. If I had to choose another favorite, I would definitely go with ‘Killer Queen.” A song about a high-class call girl which was one of their first and most influential, trademarking a style of music that no one has ever been able to replicate. But lets be honest… My list of faves is endless all the way back from their first album “Queen” to their last albums “Innuendo/Made in Heaven.”
I appreciate what the other band members brought to the table so very much but there is just such a weird and special admiration for Freddie. Not that I can’t watch Brian May effortlessly play the guitar all day. Actually, I will admit to you that I have watched countless documentaries and interviews of them for hours on end. And, it never gets old! I’m convinced that there will never be a point where I can say I know everything about him or them as a group. Freddie’s life was the most intriguing of anyone I’ve ever come to learn about. Whenever I am asked who the one person is that I would love to meet when I die, my answer has always been… “It’s a tie between Freddie and Coco!” 😉
Side note: I have a serious thing for mens hands lol. It is by far my favorite feature on them and what I look for first LOL. Needless to say… his hands are EVERYTHING! Close ups of him playing the piano or the guitar is something I could stare at allllllll day! I uploaded another video of one of my favorite interviews of them and if you skip to 2:22 in, you will see that the camera man agrees with me lol!
I think that rock music has had the biggest influence on my style as well. I’ve never been a simple or clean line dresser. My style has always been rocker chic and edgy. It’s what I relate to most and honestly feel the best version of myself in. Just another example of how areas of your life seem to always tie together.
Since there has been so much buzz surrounding Queen due to the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, I thought I would weigh in on how I felt after I watched it. Oddly enough, it took me as long as the movie to be released on dvd for me to watch it. Part of that was because the timing to go watch it in theaters was never worked out and also I think there was a part of me that was a little nervous to watch it because I was worried about how they would depict everything. Pleasantly, I wasn’t too disappointed. I didn’t love the fact that they barely touched the surface when it came to his real life and even the way the band truly did things, but to hear Queen’s music in any capacity is always a real treat so I did rather enjoy it. Rami getting the Oscar for the role was also well deserved. Freddie Mercury was on every level, a one of a kind human being, so to come even close to portraying him deserves all the awards in the world! I also love the fact that this generation can be introduced to them and feel their own type of way when hearing Queen music for the first time. My 10 year old nephew is already such a big fan of “Under Pressure” just from hearing it in the movie “SING” lol! Aside from the movie though, be sure to check out real life documentaries on Freddie and the band. They will give you a truer depiction and the more factual side of things… From his Parsi roots, to his unique vocal range to the people he adored (i.e. Mary Austin,) you will see what a wonder of amazement he really was. Maybe he will captivate you the same way he did me 😉
Well guys… I don’t know if this was at all interesting for you to read, but writing it was incredible! I jammed to Queen the entire time 😉
Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara) 1946 – 1991.
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- In The Lap of the Gods (live version, London 1975.)
- Killer Queen
- Somebody to Love
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Love of My Life
- Radio Ga Ga
- We are the Champions
- Don’t Stop Me
- Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
- We Will Rock You
- Another One Bites the Dust
- Under Pressure
- Fat Bottomed Girls
- I Want to Break Free
- I’m Going Slightly Mad
- Show Must Go On
- These are the Days of Our Lives
- I Want it All
- My Melancholy Blues
- The Millionaire Waltz
- Too Much Love Will Kill you
- You’re my Best Friend
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- Seven Seas of Rhye
My personal favorites!