A whole new audience is discovering the music of famed rock band, Queen, and its remarkable front man, Freddie Mercury.
Rami Malek won this year’s Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his spot-on portrayal of Mercury in the smash hit film, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Simply put, the movie has resonated with audiences of all ages, especially teens. I sincerely hope we will all see the larger message behind it.
Born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar to Parsi parents, Freddie Mercury took on a new image, name and identity to completely transform into the frontman of Queen. With his four-octave vocal range, it’s no surprise that Freddie is regarded as one of the greatest singers in rock music. As Queen quickly climbed the charts with hits like, “We Are the Champions”, “Somebody to Love”, and of course the rock anthem, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Mercury came face-to-face with his wildest dreams and more.
Along with world-wide fame, Freddie found himself living the life of luxury with unlimited funds, and he found himself diving head-first into the pursuit of pleasure and fulfillment. He was the quintessential party animal, with stories that have become the stuff of legends in the annals of rock music. Elton John, who was a friend of Freddie’s, once said that Mercury was the only person that could out party him, describing his appetites as “unquenchable”.
Freddie was quoted as saying, “Excess is a part of my nature. To me, dullness is a disease. I need danger and excitement. Straight people bore me stiff. I love freaky people.”
In his song “Party”, Mercury sings:
“We got love and we got style. And we got sex and I know I know we got what it takes. Woah woah woah woah woah. Why don’t you come back and play?”
This pursuit of pleasure is nothing new. The Greeks and Romans chased it in excess. The problem in living for pleasure is that it’s the least pleasurable thing a person can do.
The Bible tells us, “She that lives for pleasure is dead while she is living.” (1 Tim. 5:6)
It has been said that the best cure for hedonism is an attempt to practice it. Freddie attempted to practice it, but one day, the party was over, and it came to a screeching halt.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Greg Laurie