Today’s Tunesday is twofold.
Not only does it celebrate one of my all-time favorite musicians, it also serves as a gratituesday.
This past Saturday, September 5, would have been Freddie Mercury’s 69th birthday (yes, you can laugh at that coincidence since he was known as a “sexual deviant” in his day). Raised on classic rock music, I had heard many Queen songs during my childhood, but it wasn’t until I really listened to “Another One Bites the Dust” in high school, that I felt an unbreakable connection to the band’s progressive rock sound.
It wasn’t long before I could recite every word to some of their hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, Fat Bottomed Girls, and Killer Queen. I will never forget where and when I purchased my first piece of vinyl… and yes, it was Queen’s greatest hits.
I fell in love with Queen’s music way before I even knew of, or understood, Freddie Mercury’s cultural significance, which is perhaps one of the reasons I grew to love him so much. Unashamed of his unique sound, personality, and romantic interests (which were very controversial), he paved several roads in a very public manner that otherwise might not have been traveled down for years.
Happy belated birthday Freddie, and thank you for being the voice in my head and soundtrack to my angsty high school years. Thank you for being you. I’m grateful to have been exposed to your music when I was. My only regret is not having been able to see you perform live.