On November 24th, 1991 the world lost one of the greatest musicians of our modern era, a man named Freddie Mercury. He was the front man for the British super group Queen which I am certain you have all heard of. If you have not heard of Queen then I am envious of you because you now have the opportunity to experience some very good music for the first time. Freddie’s vocals are easily one of the most distinct sounding voices in the music industry. His sound was all his own and with his death, the world became a little less unique.
When Freddie died, the world briefly stopped spinning as we all knew that the loss of Queen’s front man was not just another celebrity death; it was the loss of a hero. A few of you may be wondering how I can classify a flamboyant, kind of weird, guy who died of AIDS as a hero. Well, the thing about Freddie is that despite the obstacle that was placed in his path he never gave up. Death is a pretty huge obstacle and admittedly most of us if in the situation Freddie was in with his rapidly failing health would have crawled into bed and pray death would skip us. A hero would not do this, a hero would fight with everything he or she has right up to the bitter end. This is exactly what Freddie Mercury did until he was physically unable.
I hope when my days are nearing an end that I can be inspired by Freddie’s heroism to get just one more book out like Queen was able to get ‘Made in Heaven’ completed. Freddie will always be a source of inspiration for me when I face difficult challenges. His music will also live on for me and take me back to being a kid and dancing and laughing to songs like ‘Bicycle Race’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ Even today, Queen’s music does not feel old to me and it will always be a part of my favorite playlists.
My current Novel, The Daughter of Man, is very much about heroes facing some of the worse possible obstacles. When I wrote them I was not thinking about Freddie on a conscious level, but he was there in spirit. I know the courage that Gerald and Jennifer have in my novel in their almost hopeless battle against The Burned One would make Freddie Mercury proud and that makes me feel a little bit better. If they can rise up and defeat certain death or even fall trying then they have in some way honored Freddie Mercury, a personal hero of mine.