Remembering a maverick celebrity

I was fast asleep early today morning and dreamt of a cold wet touch on my forehead. I dismissed it mentally and slept on. The touch returned, bringing me to the threshold of wakefulness and before my somnolence had dissipated, a very wet lick followed. This IS Gold!! The reticular activating system in my brain was jolted into abrupt action, as I realized it was still pouring down by the bucketful. Gold realized I could now be counted among the wakeful dead and let out a low whine. I was already putting on a T shirt and rushing down the stairs wearing my specs. A mask was donned, a cap slapped on my head and a jacket (which I -as I would discover later mistakenly-  thought was water proof), and with the Milo clone (from The Mask) in one hand and a Puppy Poop Scoop in another we set out in the pouring rain. The pooch we are fostering at the moment behaved full of beans as if it were 7 in the morning after a steaming cuppa but I had stolen a glance at the clock before leaving home and it was just 2 minutes past 4.

The human mind is amazing. Why should I at that time, and in those circumstances think of a rockstar who has been dead for 30 years while getting soaked in the unseasonal rains , with a brisk breeze that drove shards of pain into the neck and chest through the collar, I just can’t explain. But I did. The image of a bare chested mustachioed Bawa singer in impossibly tight pair of white trousers and a pair of black suspenders prominent on his bare torso stood emblazoned on my inner eye.

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a maverick, flamboyant lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music for all time, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and an amazing four-octave vocal range. Mercury defied the conventions of a rock frontman, and with his highly theatrical, way over the top style influenced the fate and fortunes of Queen. It also stood him apart from the other lead singers of his time. He was born in Tanzania and his family had to run for their lives in the pogroms the indigenous Africans carried out (they specialize in targeting Indian origin people as soft targets whilst their ire is against the invaders/occupiers…. Europeans or in this case, the Arabs) & came to India for a period before eventually moving to England.

The cute baby (& later boy in the siblings) next door picture doesn’t give a clue to what was to follow over a period of time.

He was always, by all accounts, extremely fond of music and very adept at singing and very skilled with the piano.

After he moved to England, the musical culture there undoubtedly influenced his evolution as a musician and a performer. Talking about his personal life, choices and their impact on his health have no place in my thinking of the man. I love him for a number of his songs. This is the one I always think of first when I think of him. 

Great song, flamboyant (even outrageous) presentation, but it has all the characteristics of the band and the performer.

Who else but Queen and Freddie Mercury could even think of this set of visuals?? Isn’t it amazing the first few bars easily identify the song. And that it remains just as impressive a third of a century after the song was recorded…..

That’s the power of the man, his music and his stature. Stay safe, folks, stay happy, healthy and do take the jab. We must beat all the updates in the Chinese virus.

By abchandorkar

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Pune, India

8 replies on “Remembering a maverick celebrity”

I usually don’t comment on your English songs👍Due to ignorance in that field!!
But today was the exception… you wrote so well that I had to listen to this beautiful song which expresses the beauty of love👍Albeit in a different way.. so well👌👌👌
I am highly impressed by the way the lyrics are written in the vdo… 👌👌👌👌👌👌
What a genius piece of work, the way those lines come 🤔🤔👌exactly with the meaning they supposed to convey!!! Hats off to the genius vdo maker..
Will our Hindi clan ever learn that? And for once prove their innovative mind?👍👍👍

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