The other night the Crankee Yankee and I watched the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek (who plays “Mr. Robot”) as the amazing and tragic Freddy Mercury in the band Queen.
Both of us were absolutely glued to the movie; it was incredible. While we have loved Queen’s amazing music for years, we had no idea of the depth and talent and tragedy of Freddy Mercury. The movie showed him at his best and at his worst.
Freddy Mercury had a vocal range (four octaves!) which was not only extremely rare, but powerful as well. He also had a severe overbite for which he never had surgery; he was afraid that it might compromise his singing.
He was often conflicted about his sexuality; he loved women and men equally. Also (and I didn’t know about this until I saw the movie), Freddy Mercury was devoted to his cats. Throughout his 45 years, he owned (or was owned by) his cats: Dorothy, Tiffany, Tom, Jerry, Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Oscar and Romeo. He rescued them all from shelters, and gave them lavish lives in his beautiful home.
Freddy Mercury was a force of nature. He loved opera and classical music as well as pop music. I remember the first time I heard “Bohemian Rhapsody;” it stopped me dead in my tracks. It was so powerful and so different from any music I had heard before. To this day it is my absolute favorite rock opera.
Freddy died of AIDS, and thinking of him reminds me of so many loved ones I knew who died of it as well. Just listening to all those amazing songs he sang in his career are anthems to me. There isn’t a Queen’s song I haven’t loved.
If you have not had the pleasure of seeing “Bohemian Rhapsody,” do take the time to see it. Rami Malek put his heart and soul into his role as Freddy Mercury, and he was amazing.
There are a precious few of us humans who come into this world with amazing and unique gifts. These gifts make our world a sweeter place; a better place. I like to think that all the amazing souls who share their talents and gifts with us, and then leave in an unforgettable blaze of light, know how much they have touched our lives.
Dear Freddy Mercury, I hope that you know how loved you still are.