Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Today marks the 75th birth anniversary for Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946 in Zanzibar (off the coast of Africa), the band formed in 1970 and released their debut album three years later. Mercury was one of the principal songwriters along with guitarist Brian May. It was the band’s fourth album, A Night at the Opera, released in 1975 that broke them through in a big way with the suite “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
I liked their music enough to listen to it when it came on the radio, especially “You’re My Best Friend” but they were another band that stayed on my periphery while my heart & soul focused on singer-songwriters, Motown and R&B music. But I rediscovered Queen when they reformed in 2006 with one of my favorite lead singers ever, Paul Rodgers
This November will mark 30 years since Mercury passed away, but Queen’s music is still part of the mainstream. “We Will Rock You” is a sports arena/stadium staple as is “We Are The Champions” to signify a winning team’s victory. The group even became part of the Disney landscape in 2006 when today’s song was featured in “Happy Feet”. Freddie Mercury’s unique operatic music helped Queen become one of the most successful groups in rock history.
“I work hard (he works hard) every day of my life
I work ’til I ache in my bones
At the end (at the end of the day)
I take home my hard earned pay all on my own“.
Queen circa 1975 (L-R): Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Queen: “Somebody To Love” (1976, written by Freddie Mercury).
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