Song of the day 9/6

Posted: September 6, 2011 in J.C. Personal

On the day after what would have been his 65th birthday, today we pay tribute to Farrokh Bulsara. Born on September 5 in Zanzibar, Bulsara began piano lessons in India at the age of 7. At age 12, young Farrokh formed the band The Hectics in Bombay. Shortly after this, he began calling himself “Freddie”.

In case you’re still not sure who Freddie Bulsara is, in April of 1970 he joined guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor from the band Smile and they formed Queen around the same time Mr. Bulsara changed his surname to Mercury.

The song today is one that not only lives on twenty years after Mercury’s death, but one that encapsulates Freddie’s mark on music history. The 1991 song “The Show Must Go On” is the final track on the Innuendo album, the final album released during Mercury’s life. The single “The Show Must Go On” was released in the UK just six weeks before Mercury died from pneumonia as a complication of AIDS. His death came one day after Mercury announced to the world that he was sick.

The story according to Brian May says that Mercury was so sick he could barely walk when he recorded the track that became one of his most heartfelt songs of his career. May doubted that Mercury would be able to sing high enough, but when the time came, Mercury tossed back a shot of vodka and told Brian “I’ll #%&@%* do it, darling!”. The song reentered the charts after Mercury’s death and peaked at number 16.

The lyrics show Freddie’s acceptance of his death and his desire to continue to be one of the greatest “Showmen” the world has known. According to Mercury’s partner, the line that best fit Freddie at the time was; “Inside my heart is breaking, my make-up may be flaking, but my smile, still, stays on.” It is hard to escape the allusions to Mercury’s state and I believe he knew this would be his final performance.
“I must be warmer now..
I’ll soon be turning, round the corner now.
Outside the dawn is breaking,
But inside in the dark I’m aching to be free!”

The first live performance was after Mercury’s death at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert on April 20, 1992. The remaining members of Queen along with Elton John reminded us that despite the sadness, “The Show Must Go On”.

Remember, when faced with adversity, “The Show Must Go On”.
See ya on the “B” side


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