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Disclaimer: This is kind of fiction, but it's also kind of not. I don't own Freddie Mercury, and I don't claim to know that anything I wrote here is fact.


Looking back over his life, could he honestly say that he regretted anything? He had worked hard and partied harder. He had had more lovers than it was possible to remember, and several good friends – even if there had been no marriage, no true soul mate. Never having children perhaps, but then he had no idea if he would truly have had what it took to be a father.

He had travelled all over the world, met amazing people in his travels. He had been involved in crazy adventures, had experienced almost everything that was possible to try. Known the thrill of being on stage, singing in front of millions of people, letting loose and not holding back. Being loved and adored for his talents.

Of course, there had been the downside too. Never really being able to be sure that people liked him for him, or for what he could offer them. The loneliness and isolation that sometimes plagued him. The constant hounding by the media, and the lies they never thought twice about printing. He hated it, but still, nothing was perfect. Didn't everything come with a price?

He was shy and quiet underneath, and enjoyed the money that allowed him to live as a recluse when he wanted to. But on stage he was something else. Music was his life, his passion, his world. He had once said, 'I will not be a rock star – I will be a legend' and he had fulfilled that promise. His music had reached people, had touched lives.

Perhaps there had been more for him to do, more shows to perform, more songs to sing, more people to meet. But it was not meant to be. It was fine, he knew that he had given everything he possibly could, and he was happy. He had no regrets at all – given the chance to relive his life, he would change nothing.

He was ready to go.

Freddie closed his eyes for the final time.
i_love_freddie: (Freddie)
“I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend.”
― Freddie Mercury


So I have recently exchanged a message or two with [livejournal.com profile] fred_fierce – who is a man with many secrets. Not secrets I shall be revealing here, however. Sorry to disappoint anyone who was hoping for a few juicy details.

There were two things that struck me the most about him. The first was that he happens to share a name with my long time idol, Freddie Mercury (yes, I bet that came as a complete surprise!), and the second was that I can kind of see some of Freddie's attitude in him. An example, in his own words: Oh honey. You can't even handle my bio right now. Take it easy. I can easily close my eyes and hear Freddie say that with his adorable dreamy voice... sorry, just having a bit of a moment there.

Love him or hate him, I think almost everyone has at least heard of Freddie Mercury. Born on 5th September 1946, he was the front man of the British rock band Queen. Musician, singer and song writer, he was known for his powerful stage presence, and strong vocals over a four-octave range.

Some of the following words describe him perfectly:

Powerful
Incredible
A legend
Sensational
A genius
Eccentric
Flamboyant

“Modern paintings are like women, you'll never enjoy them if you try to understand them.”
― Freddie Mercury


Unfortunately he died young, and I never got a chance to see him perform live. I would have loved to meet him, because while he was far from perfect, the glimpses from interviews and the statements from people who know him make me think that he would have been an awesome person to know. I was surprised to read that he was actually very shy, much like many of us. And in a way, I see that as inspiration: if he can get up there and perform in front of the millions of people that came to watch their concerts, I can write this intro!

One of my favourite quotes from him is the following. It seems we share a similar sense of humour:

“Oh, I was not made for heaven. No, I don't want to go to heaven. Hell is much better. Think of all the interesting people you're going to meet down there!”
― Freddie Mercury


In a way, no matter how famous we are or what we achieve, deep down we aren't all that different. That's true of myself, [livejournal.com profile] fred_fierce, Freddie Mercury, and everyone reading this. We are not that different, we all have our dreams and the ability to try and make them come true.

In the words of my hero: The show must go on!

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