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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I Want to Break Free

Is this the real life
Is this just fantasy
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality

Freddie Mercury (1946 -1991)

Born Farrokh Bulsara on the island of Zanzibar (off the coast of Tanzania) to Persian parents, Freddie Mercury is probably the most eccentric oddball musician I truly admire. This particular song is a test to anyone who thinks that he or she believes in freedom. If this clip draw the words RIP Freddie involuntarily out of your throat then make you smile from the heart and if you accept Freddie’s quirks as being on equal par with his musical genius then you’re not lying to yourself, you do want to break free. It goes without saying, of course, that if you don’t appreciate this song as one of the greatest ever, to simply embrace the shackles around your wrists since you are already a prisoner of your own mind.

10 comments:

Isobel said...

LOVE this song (no surprise I'm sure)! I also love Freddie Mercury and Queen. Eccentrics are what make the world a more interesting and enjoyable place. Breaking free is something we all deserve - whether we allow it for ourselves or not is up to us. Great post, as always, Abufares!

Gabriela said...

I hope those words may become true for you and your beloved homeland and you can soon break free, Abufares.
And about Freddy Mercury's songs, the lyrics of Bohemian rhapsody always brings tears to my eyes. Especially the part in which the singer addresses to his mama.

maqam kurd said...

I must need rehab. I will not pretend that I even knew who this artist was but I will aver the lyrics and choreography are brilliant and thought-provoking. Thank you Abufares, you opened a new door for me and it will remain ajar. As a self-taught musician (oud and percussion.) I think I have been overly preoccupied with listening to and practicing the maqam system and deprived myself from the enjoyment of this form of art.

Anonymous said...

Eddie Mercury! Love him!!! Great singer and composer. The video even makes reference to Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun, a very erotic ballet piece!

Libertad para Syria!

cariños
Hebé

Anonymous said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afternoon_of_a_Faun_(Nijinsky)

Hebé

abufares said...

@Isobel
But of course you love this song, Freddie Mercury and Queen. No surprise at all there, you're right :-)
I must've heard this song a thousand times over the years since I've been a Queen fan forever but yesterday was the first time I actually see the video of (I want to Break Free).
For the last few days this song along with Bohemian Rhapsody have been playing in my head over and over again. I wanted to blog but was running short on ideas. The song hit me again as a very appropriate title for a post. I found the video on YouTube and thought there's no need to say anything more. Freddie said it all :-)
We all deserve to break free and we should!

abufares said...

@Gabriela
I hope so too Gaby... for all of us.
Bohemian Rhapsody is my favorite Queen song and certainly one of my all-time top 5.
"Mama, just killed a man, Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he's dead..."
OMG I get the shivers every time I hear this.

abufares said...

@maqam kurd
Thank you for your first time comment on my blog and I hope to have you again over here.
I also need to thank you for addressing a very important subject that of seeking and embracing the different. How dull life would've been if we were all the same? Between the Maqam and Freddie Mercury the close-minded would assume the existence of a sea of irrelevance. But is it there really? Art knows no bounds and its ultimate message, beauty for the sake of beauty could be transmitted through the magnificent voice of Um Kalthoum or the black bra straps of Freddie Mercury :-) I really, really, can't favor one over the other.

abufares said...

@Hebe
Whose Eddie? A Freudian slip perhaps? Hummm!!!
Thank you for your reference to (Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun) as I didn't know about it before. I just found though. You see why I enjoy blogging so much.
Libertad para todo el mundo :-)

Anonymous said...

LOL! Freddie, Freddie Mercury! Gah, I really hope is not a Freudian slip, as the only Eddie that I know is what we call a "Pen--jo"!!!! HA!

Anyway, if you get the chance try to find a video of Nijinsky dancing Afternoon of a Faun. It was a very risque move for him at the time, and the ending of the piece got the dance banned from many theaters!

Cuídate mucho,
Hebé