Bohemian Rhapsody- what you are born to do

“I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear.”
― Freddie Mercury

I don’t usually write movie reviews. But I need to dislodge the words and whirling emotions out of my head. This movie moved me in a way that I didn’t expect at all.

 

Aside from the eerily identical cast, sweeping acting, capturing cinematography properties, and tear-inducing storytelling, a message seeped into me that left me dazed.

 

Freddie passed away in 1991. I was born in 1991. Queen shone bright in the 80s. My musical taste is stuck in the 80s.

 

Music, in general, speaks very uniquely to us. It vibrates our fibers, excites the water in our bodies, it shakes our soul.

 

Freddie was a master of his craft. And he knew it. He was no saint. And he knew that too. Just a human with flaws. But he followed his heart and he punched the sky with his voice.

 

He was persistent in his vision, he did not settle down for the ‘formula’, for what was proven to work, for as we call now ‘the trend’.

 

He taught me to not get influenced, but to seek inspiration and inspire.

 

To be authentic, to no wallow in self-pity, to admit when I am wrong, to apologize.

 

To like, care, and love myself.

 

To like, care, and love my chosen family.

 

To really engage with other souls, interact, and understand them.

 

No hierarchy; no preacher and the lister, no master and the student. We all lift each other up, hand in hand, fingertips to fingertips. Equally important. A star is not born without thousands of pounding hearts beating to its melody.

 

His living voice still inspires. That is the ghost of him, among us, in our ears, and behind our ribs.

 

No looking back, only forward.

 

When he found out he didn’t have much time left, he dedicated the remainder to doing what he was born to do; to be a performer.

 

So the question burns in my mind: what I am born to do?

 

Good thoughts.

Good words.

Good deeds.

 

I certainly must not merely wait for a better day to come. Or hold the pain of the past in this meat and bone assembly.

 

dear Freddie,

my world was so small.

now it’s so big.

for that

i thank thee.

What are you born to do?

Image from Times Now

14 Responses

  1. This movie was absolutely incredible. I was crazy about Queen when I was in high school, but I never realized how incredible Freddie’s story was. He had a hard life, full of ups and downs, but by holding true to his vision he positively impacted millions of people.

  2. I was born to live.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if it were just that simple? Ha ha ha ha haaa!

    This is a beautiful, eloquent post, Em, worthy of Fabulous Freddie himself. I was born in 1970, and Queen was one of my top 3 favorite bands from 1980 through the mid-90s. I cried the day I heard Freddie died and still occasionally get choked up when I think about never getting to hear any original material from him again. Bohemian Rhapsody blew me & The Girl (who has officially made me the father of a teenager now!) away. I was dumbfounded by Rami Malek’s transcendant performance; he was Freddie Mercury. And the Live Aid scene, oh my goodness. If you watch it side-by-side with the YouTube video of the actual performance, you won’t be able to tell a difference. Malek deserves the Oscar for best actor this year.

    Keep punching at the sky, love. If you persist, I promise, one day your voice will punch a hole in it!

    1. Living is no simple or easy matter! Thanks so much. Let me also say that I am so jealous of you, I wish I had experienced life in the 70s and 80s, or is it the grass that is greener?

  3. Good question. I have had a near idyllic life, so my 70s & 80s were wonderful. If one could experience the same type of youth I did in those decades, I’d recommend it. But circumstance and environment are key, and there are plenty of ways that lots of people struggled in that time period. Life is, after all, not just what we’re subjected to, but also what we make of it!

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