Friday, November 6, 2009

Heaven for everyone

Media Moments: Freddie documentary; Letterman music
Queen Related: Freddie featured; Letterman featured WATC

Boy, I go away for a couple of weeks and there’s two Queen media occurrences in one night.

The first one, a 2006 documentary on Freddie called Freddie Mercury Magic Remixed, aired on MuchMoreMusic here in Canada last night.

The documentary is original in the sense that the producer(s) went back to schools and towns from Freddie's childhood and interviewed a few people who knew him as a youth. There are also extensive interviews with his sister, Kashmira Cooke, and his mother, Jer Bulsara. Roger provides the Queen voice to Freddie's life and career.

The documentary dwells on his homosexuality and the rise of AIDS in the early ’80s, but deals with it in a non-judgmental manner and seeks to find sympathy for not only Freddie, but those around him who lost a loved one.

The second sighting was on Letterman last night when Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra played We Are The Champions as three players from the New York Yankees came out onstage.

With Yankee fever spreading across New York, the media could just as easily have referred to the Yankees’ win as “Magic Remixed” as well, instead of "twenty-seventh heaven." Yesterday's win was their 27th pennant World Series title for the franchise.

I don’t know what Freddie would have thought about the New York Yankees' win or baseball in general, but as WATC enters its 33rd year, it’s still pretty much the only sports anthem used as the soundtrack for a winning team.

It’s definitely not a throw-away pop song, as Freddie himself labeled his music.


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