I decided to incorporate our theme again and find a song from the 80’s that makes me emotional. It was not long before I realized the song that always makes me feel so many emotions at once is from the 80’s. If you did not deduce from the title of this post it is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. A little bit of background; in high school I was part of a madrigal choir that travelled quite a bit to performances. Every time before getting off the bus for a show we sang this song, so it already has some personal nostalgia for me.
I have not met a single person who does not know this song. Whenever this song comes on I feel like everybody I am with just starts belting out the lyrics. Which is ironic because if you have seen the movie Bohemian Rhapsody (released last year), you would know that Queen’s original record label refused to release this song due to the length and the message. The song is about a fantasy that Freddie Mercury saw for himself, who felt he was an outcast to society- bohemian.
Since there are so many moving parts of the song I decided to describe each part and how they make me feel. As the song begins the buildup begins. You feel excitement and if it is your first time hearing it you feel curiosity. The beginning slow part makes me feel peaceful, which is odd since Queen is singing about killing a man. If you really listen to the lyrics of the song you hear how morbid and depressing some parts of the song are. At about minute three we shift into a more fast-paced intense melody. If this is you first or 100th time listening to this song you will be on the edge of your seat with excitement. By minute four we descend into a more guitar-rock style of class Queen songs. Which always make me feel motivated and nostalgic. In the last minute we wind down to the starting piano melody as the song resolves itself. If you are reading this and have not listened to the song I highly recommend!