Monday, 19 November 2018

MAGNIFICO - OH - OH!




Oh Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia, I am so thrilled about this. 'Bohemian Rhapsody: The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury' is now Number Five on the Sunday Times Bestsellers List, nearly 13,000 copies sold. Thank you, thank you, everyone who has supported this book. I drank champagne until we could no longer say it with my mum and dad in celebration. I can't help thinking what Freddie would have made of it. 'It's only a book!', he would have cried. Just as it's only a film. Only a life. Perspective is everything.
May I offer you a song? One of my all-time favourite Freddie Mercury compositions. 'A Winter's Tale, from 'Made in Heaven', Queen's fifteenth studio album, which debuted at number one in 1995, four year's after Freddie's death. It was Freddie's swansong, written and composed in his Montreux apartment, overlooking the lake he so loved. The lyrics describe what he could see from his window. They celebrate the peace and contentment he found there towards the end. The title, whether intended or not as an homage to the romance 'The Winter's Tale' by William Shakespeare, reveals perhaps more than you might think about Freddie's early songwriting inspiration. One protagonist of the play is Polixenes, the King of Bohemia - an ancient kingdom which corresponds loosely to the modern Czech Republic. As such, it may have germinated 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. If, as presumed by many Bard scholars, this play was an allegory on the demise of Anne Bolyen, its character Perdita was based on the daughter of Anne and King Henry VIII, who would become Elizabeth I, England's Queen ... 

The band's original greatest hit laced through Freddie's final majestic offering? It's not impossible.


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