Rock and roll appeared in the beginning of the 20th century, though it acquired its name in the late 1940s and early 1950s. At the beginning, it presented various combinations of jazz, country, gospel music and blues. One of the most worldwide popular rock and roll bands is Queen. It originated from the group Smile which was formed in 1967 by Brian May and Roger Taylor in London. Freddie Mercury joined them in 1970, and Queen was born already in 1971. Later John Deacon was accepted in the band. Two years later the band released their first album “Queen” which did not bring them glory at once. Though, next albums did it. The greatest hits of all times, such as “The Show Must Go On”, “We Will Rock You”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “ I Want It All”, “We Are the Champions”, “I Want to Break Free”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “Who Wants to Live Forever”, “Under Pressure”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, and a lot of others belong to this unique and extraordinary band.
I cannot say for sure when I was first introduced to Queen’s music. It seems that their songs have always existed in my memory. I remember singing their songs without having an idea who sings them. I suppose that I am not the only one who did this. Personally for me, Queen’s music symbolizes a constant flow of changes. The band tried to work with various styles. They never stopped at one thing. The members of the Queen invented something new all the time. In such a way they always kept their audience in expectation of something uncontemplated. Human’s life is changeable; people always want to try something they have never tried before. It is not wise to reach one goal and stop. It is not interesting to make your dream come true and to stop dreaming again. In the same way, the members of the band tried themselves in new music styles all the time. After the success of their album, the next album was completely different from the previous one and this model of creativeness was followed throughout the years. Queen’s success proves that one should work hard and always try something new.
Mercury sings “Don’t stop me now” in a song of the same name (Queen, 1991). In another one he sings “I want it all, and I want it now” (Queen, 1989). These phrases might become motto for lots of people. There are such words in the song named “The Miracle”: “If every child on every street had clothes to wear and food to eat that's a miracle” (Queen, 1989). This proves that the members of the band tried to awaken mercy, kind-heartedness and humanity in the hearts of their listeners.
Freddie Mercury died in 1991 from AIDS. He was ill during many years, but he did not spare himself and continued creating incredible music. He was fighting his disease with the help of hard work till the end. He tried to squeeze out of himself as many songs as possible. One of the most prominent songs of Queen, “The Show Must Go On”, associates with Mercury’s life in my head. Being infirm, he recorded this hit with enormous efforts. He sang it so sincerely and impressively that it cannot be left out of anyone’s attention. I think this song resembles Mercury’s life in some way. Though he was very ill, he still continued being a star, like in the video “I Am Going Slightly Mad”. He never complained of anything connected with his health. He understood that his audience was waiting for his new tricks and that he had no right to give up in satisfying that expectation.
“Inside my heart is breaking, my make-up may be flaking, but my smile still stays on” – these words motivate people to continue to hope no matter what has happened (Queen, 1991). Different people have with different troubles: some have no money or love, while others seek health or friends. Human’s life is hard, but people must be strong and “the show must go on” (Queen, 1991). This is what Queen’s music taught me. Though many years have passed since Mercury’s death, the band continues inflaming generations. Brian May and Roger Taylor give free concerts dedicated to struggling against AIDS. Except for excellent music, this band creates a special atmosphere, which makes people better. I bow down before this truly unique band.