#62: This Could be Heaven: Queen: 1995
I haven’t written for a little while, a lot has happened but I won’t bore you with all the details, sufficent to say I have been busy. But I have also spent a bit of time watching screens and reading. Whatever you feel about the Monarchy, we have recently witnessed History in the making! Papers, social media and television have been full of every detail of the passing of Queen Elizabeth 11. It seems everyone has something to say about that situation so I will not add to it except to say, now that the dear lady has been laid to rest beside Philip, perhaps we can all have a rest from the relentless media barrage.
However, with the idea of Queen on my mind, this is as good a time as any to write about my Queen song. Most folk will know Queen’s popular songs; Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Killer Queen, Another One Bites the Dust, Under Pressure, Somebody to Love, Crazy little thing called Love, Don’t Stop me Now, I Want To Break Free, I Want it all etc … there are quite a number of Queen songs to choose from.
But I want to write about Heaven for Everyone which appears on the Made in Heaven album released in 1995. The song was written around 1986 by Roger Taylor, Queen drummer. This song was written in Switzerland, a country noted for its beautiful pristine countryside and its neutrality in times of war. I loved Switzerland and almost wore out my WOW! as every time we turned a corner, absolute and breathtaking beauty was before me. So Switzerland is a fitting location for the lyrics of this song which has a longing for peace, beauty, freedom and belonging; a picture of what heaven might be. It is sung by Freddie Mercury and it is a very gentle song; a bit different from many other Queen songs.
It wasn’t until I viewed Bohemian Rhapsody, the biographical drama of Freddie Mercury’s life, that I glimpsed an understanding of the talent and torment that dwelt side by side in his life. As is often the case with the blessing of outstanding talent comes the burden of a tormented soul. Freddie struggled with his religious teachings, his sexuality, estrangement from his family and a search for love which seemed elusive. Although he did not write these lyrics, he sings them beautifully.
For all of us life here on this earth is punctuated with times of sorrow, difficulty, illness, loss , heartbreak and a whole host of other horrible things. This world is not heaven; heaven is a place being prepared for the faithful, but while we are here we can all do some good. We can all certainly determine to not add to the misery of others through our own actions. We can be less judgemental, less greedy, less self righteous, more giving, more compassionate, kinder, we can smile. In so doing we just might spread some love and light and that might just be enough for as the song says, in this world of cool deception just your smile can smooth my ride.
To find a video clip that I like and that would load was a bit difficult. You can open the link below in red and it will bring up a clip with the lyrics. Or you can play the official video which has interesting visuals. What ever you do, please listen carefully to the lyrics. And today see what you can do to add a little bit of heaven to this old earth.