Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara)
September 5 1946- November 24, 1991
‘I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear.‘
There is so much I adore about this man. His voice is still one of the most distinctive and incredible ones that I have heard, and I listen to quite a lot of music. Queen was one of the first bands that I liked on my own, without too much parental influence, and one of my childhood memories is of playing with my toy house, while Queen played in the background. There was s0mething extraordinary about his voice, and when I first saw the re runs of the Live Aid performance, Their set uploaded by Simon Christensen, I was utterly captivated. How could one man have so much charisma? I swear it almost seemed as if he could have gotten that crowd to sing anything, and they would have done it. Particularly after Radio Gaga, clip uploaded by ihowell67.
It’s not only his musical ability and his stage presence that still inspires me, so long after his death. He was clearly a man who didn’t let anything stop him from living his life to the fullest. The urban legends about the parties that Queen used to throw, such as having dwarfs with bowls of cocaine on their heads are plentiful and still going today. But he didn’t allow the illness that ultimately was one of the causes of his death to stop him from making music, I still can’t quite believe that he had the strength to make These are the days of our life video, These are the days of our lives official video, it still makes me cry, particularly that moment when he looks directly at the camera and tells his fans ‘I still love you’. If you can watch that without any emotion at all then you must have a harder heart than I do.
He was a eloquent man in his interviews, clip uploaded by OfficialQueenRomania and also clearly had a clear idea of who he wanted to be. His emotional maturity and self knowledge is part of the reason that Queen songs have endured for so long.
Even with the lighthearted songs such as Radio Gaga and We will rock you, he carried people along. It’s the masterpieces of emotional songwriting that really grab hold of me though. I don’t know how he managed to create songs as different as Don’t Stop Me Now, official music video and Bohemian Rhapsody. One bristling with optimism and energy, while the other is a masterpiece, full of emotionally charged notes and lyrics verging on poetry.