Today, already 27 years ago, Freddy Mercury has found his piece and left us alone with his Music. I was probably not a real Queen fan at that time but I always loved a good number of their songs. There is innumerable memories I have to singing on the top of my lungs songs like “We will Rock You”. This is a real Anthem! It can hardly be played without “We are the Champions”. What would be possibly do without these two songs in any celebration???
The 24th of November 1991 I was doing my civil service in my hometown Bremen. I was with my colleagues doing a night shift in our “emergency central for elderly”. This was rather boring job since we were waiting for the unlikely event that somebody has requested our help. If it were not for the gift of cable TV, at that time that was the only way to watch MTV.
That 24th of November MTV played nothing else but videos of Queen and I remember how we were totally numbed by the fact that this music has now died and we tried the best to homage Freddy the way we new. Singing his songs on the top of our lungs dancing with the flexo lamp as if it were the microphone he used to dance with.
We were not even aware of we we have lost at that time, I guess that is quite normal. We were too young and had of course no idea what the future would bring.
If you were asked right now which song you most remember of the last 10 years, probably the answer will be “I do not know”. We have entered a world of pure where every evaporates in just a few seconds.
On this picture you can see the band play tribute to their fans and their fans playing tribute to the band. Both are fully connected. For sure the once-in-a-lifetime charisma of somebody like Freddy Mercury adds to it. Thing of what that picture would look like today. It would be impossible to see faces, the only thing you would be able to see is Cellphones. Everybody must make a video, which is probably never being looked at. But what happened the reason of really going to a concert??? Sharing a moment? A feeling? All this has been pushed aside to be able to show on EgoGram (Instagram) or FaceLook (Facebook) that one is there and the others aren’t the rest is hardly important.
Same happened with the Music. There is no message, no feeling, no shared moment any more it is just a moment which passed and that is it.
I am glad that I have lived a time in which the important thing was being with friends, family and enjoying things together and make use of this wonderful instrument we have which is our voice. Some of course have a more privileged one than others. It seems that some have forgotten how wonderful it is to talk, sing and transmit emotions the way we are build (that is why we have a voice) and not only type things and put emoticon behind this.
The day Freddy Mercury has found his piece he has left us much more orphaned than we would have thought.
Thank you for “Rocking” us and continuing to do it!
With growing populism I remember even more often now the famous words of my history teacher in HighSchool way back. He had a sign on his podium which read
“History repeats itself, because nobody listens for the first time”
Being a teenager with not too much history yet I did not fully see the point however it seems like we are at this time again. Simple messages which are basically finding a single source of blame for all our mishaps is fashion again. Maybe even more interesting is to me the fact that those very same who are repeating the schema of the Nazis call those who oppose them fascists in some cases or in other simply traitors.
For some time the growing amount of nationalism is causing not only certain fears in me but also curiosity. Nationalism has a lot to do with “rights”. Rights one has just because one was born in one place, nothing else at all.
The picture I took last week from Tarifa in Spain and what you can see on the other side is Morocco. The distance is nothing more than just 14km of water which at the time of the picture looked very nice and peacefully, however this little stretch of water is a grave for many who seek something as natural and human as a better life.
With growing numbers of people who seek a better life from Afrika, risking their lives on the crossing, paying incredible amounts of money to organised crime to ship them over the number of voices who say “we must stop them” is growing as well. There are several points that do surprise me quite a bit. Here are a few of them
- Not too long ago a large number of Spanish people have left their homes, villages and families to immigrate as well either to Europe or to America in order to have a better life. I am quite sure that they have not always faced open arms either, but especially because of that should we not try to treat those who come better than we have been treated?
- It is rather common for people to speak about their rights. “I have a right to free healthcare because I am Spanish” would be a good topical sentence. In further analysis this means the person has a right just because he is born in a place. Not because he has done any good at all to the society which offers this excellent free service.
- Are those who are defending most their nation, flag etc also those who most contribute to the nation? I have no proof but I would clearly say, No! There are certain patterns which repeat and they are not linked to social or education status as some might suspect.
- What are people afraid of? I have seen for years that in Andalusia there are thousands of temporary workers who are working on the fields who come from all over the place. There is no uproar on “they are stealing our jobs” in a state which has probably one o the highest employment rates. This would lead me to think that those who come from abroad do the work the locals are not willing to do.
In an everyday more connected world where we can buy anything from anywhere with a few clicks and have it delivered to our door the next day. Where Globalisation is a reality it make no sense at all to try to fence one off. Instead of saying we need to stop them, ask why they are leaving home and even more risk their lives. When people are desperate there is no wall no trench of water of 14km going to stop them. We must remember they are just like us, only difference is they are born 14km further south. Is that really the world we want?