Freddie Mercury: Remembering the isolated voice
It has almost been three decades since the musical magician took his last breath. Yet, the secret of his majestic voice is a mystery. The magic is untold of but we did see him making melodies none could compose, and performing like no other bands.
Freddie certainly knew the secrets behind touching someone with a melodic voice. Cheering up the audience was one of the biggest talents he was blessed with. Even during his darkest days while suffering a disease he was infected by, he would climb up the stage and sing, "The Show Must Go On".
Freddie was born in the fall of the year 1946 in Stone Town of Tanzania (previously known as Sultanate of Zanzibar). As a kid, he had spent his childhood in India where he spent most of his time learning to rein the black and white keys of the piano.
However, he was introduced to British culture while his stay at the Saint Peter's School, a British-style boarding school for boys. As he spent a lot of time in India trying to learn music, it is also said that one of his musical influences was Lata Mangeshkar, who is one of the most popular Bollywood musicians.
Before joining Queen, he had tried out two other bands named Ibex and Sour Milk Sea. His experience with those two bands was a disaster. But, during 1970, he had formed a band with Brian May and Roger Taylor named 'Smile'. Later on, after the bassist John Deacon joined the band, the members of Smile decided to change the name of the band.
Freddie chose the name 'Queen' for the band. Just because the record labels did not apprehend to the uniqueness of Queen, they had to face a lot of troubles in the beginning.
However, later on, Queen had shown us their quality and is still known as one of the best bands ever formed. Freddie's contribution to the formation of Queen is just unimaginable. He wrote their most popular song "Bohemian Rhapsody" which is still one of the rock anthems worshipped all over our planet.
Other than that, he wrote songs like, "We are the Champions", "Killer Queen" and many other evergreen melodies. Ten of the songs Freddie wrote were featured in Queen's Greatest Hits album and released after the legendary rock musician died.
Recently, the track "Bohemian Rhapsody" is featured in Freddie Mercury's biographical film where Rami Malek is seen in the role of this legendary musician. I didn't get enough time to watch the movie yet but by watching the trailers, I can say that Rami Malek has done a great job in portraying this rock n' roll legend.
Other than Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee is seen as Brian May, Ben Hardy is seen as Roger Taylor and many other great actors also played different Queen Legends on screen. The catchiest fact about the movie is that the actors portraying the members of Queen look exactly the same on the trailer as the legends looked in real life. It blew my mind!
Freddie Mercury passed away on the November of 1991, leaving all his fans silent. He was an HIV positive and AIDS was killing him slowly. The British Rock Star might have passed away but his songs are still worshipped by all music lovers. After all, we see musicians like Freddie Mercury once in a lifetime and not having a legend between us is definitely a sadness.
The writer is working with Young Observer