Photo collage by G.
19 years ago today, November 24, 1991, the world lost one of the greatest singers of all time. Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of rock band Queen announced publicly that he was suffering from AIDS and one day later succumbed to the disease. His music has meant so much to my life, I wanted to give him a shout out to let him know that. The man was able to fuse the worlds of opera and rock and roll into the 6 minute epic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which is regarded by many people including myself as the best song of all time. Most people miss the very obvious homosexual undertones of the lyrics of the song (a la YMCA) and I know that probably pleases Freddie so much since he had to spend a lot of his life in the closet. There are too many great songs to name, but in tribute to Freddie, I think I’ll listen to “Somebody to Love,” “Mustapha,” “Action This Day,” “The Miracle,” “Living on my Own,” “Bicycle Race,” “Friends Will Be Friends,” and “Life Is Real (Song For Lennon)” today. If you are unfamiliar with these songs, you’ve got some homework to do. What are your favorite Queen/Freddie songs?
RIP Freddie. You are gone but not forgotten.