I remember the day I heard on the radio that Freddy Mercury had died from complications of AIDS. I wasn’t the biggest Queen fan in the world, but still, the news broke my heart, and I knew the world was worse off without his exuberant spirit in it. I think the DJ played Bohemian Rhapsody, and these lyrics never rang more true:
Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body’s aching all the time
I’ve got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all…
Crap. AIDS sucks. Cancer sucks. Heart disease sucks. War and famine and diabetes…they all suck.
Anyway, ignoring the devastating lyrics there, I think my favorite Queen songs were One Vision, Under Pressure (with my first husband, David Bowie), Somebody to Love, and You’re My Best Friend. Hard to choose. I choose One Vision…really, a very cool song.