1. I'm a sap.
2. I used to be a music teacher... which I've posted/commented about before.
3. Music MOVES me... not just lyrics, not just singing. All of it.
4. I'm a really, really big sap.
One of my all time favorite songs is "Don't Stop Me Now," by Queen, words and music by Freddie Mercury. Today, as I listen to this song at my desk, it's making me cry. I have NO idea why... and I don't cry at work. Usually, these feelings are reserved for songs like John Lennon's "Imagine," Elton John's "I Want Love," Ewan McGregor's version of "Your Song" from Moulin Rouge... or some other tune that is truly heartwrenching. But Queen? What is wrong with me? This is the song that I use to get moving, pumped up, ready to do battle, workout... anything that requires oodles of energy.
As I sit and try to analyze this, I think of two possible reasons:
Reason 1- I watched a documentary on TLC about a man with Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. His name was Jonny Kennedy, and the title of the show was "The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off." (it's actually a BBC docu). This was a great docu, but also really hard to watch. DEB is an absolutely horrendous disease. But Jonny's outlook on life was so incredible... and "Don't Stop Me Now" was his theme song. He was a huge Queen fan, but this one song was his song... he even had it played at his funeral. So now, I think of Jonny when I hear this song.
Reason 2- Freddie Mercury's voice. I don't care what anyone thinks (or thought) about this man... he had the best singing voice EV-ERRRRR. The expression that he could achieve was unmatched, I think, by any singer I've ever heard (and I've listened to more than your average music lover). Don't believe me? Listen to Queen's "Somebody to Love" or "Who Wants to Live Forever." The guy just had an absolutely tremendous voice. I think about his last days, and the videos they have of him trying to get through his last-ever recordings... snd it just makes me terribly sad.
I'm not trying to bum anyone out, but this is just what I'm thinking about today. Two men, ultimately "stopped" by the diseases that took their lives... but yet they're still going strong.
"Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball
Don’t stop me now, If you wanna have a good time, just give me a call
Don’t stop me now (’cause I’m havin’ a good time),
Don’t stop me now (yes I’m havin’ a good time),
I don’t want to stop at all."