5 Important Lessons from a Life of Queen Fandom
I’ve loved Queen since I was a little kid, since the 1980’s when it was very uncool to like Queen. I loved them through the 1990’s resurgence on the heels of the lovingly parodied sing-along in Wayne’s World, and I loved them as they emerged in the 21st century as one of the most influential bands of the 70’s and 80’s. I’ve spent many hours air-guitaring and shrieking in my car at the top of my lungs, trying to mimic the flamboyant energy of the band in their prime.
Now that it’s no longer embarrassing to admit I love Queen, it’s time I took a moment to reflect on how many amazing life lessons on learned from the band through over 3 decades of fandom.
“I Want to Ride My Bicycle” — Queen were on the sustainable urban living kick before it was cool…waaaaay before it was cool. Recognizing that riding your bike can be enjoyable, relaxing, and healthy for cities, societies and for the individual they wrote an entire song about riding their bike around. At least that’s what I think it’s about.
“Fat-Bottomed Girls Make the World Go ‘Round” — Amen! Ladies, it doesn’t matter what size your curves are, where they occur on your body, or whether someone who looks like you is on the newsstand. You are beautiful and you deserve to be loved for who you are.
“Can Anybody Find Me Somebody to Love?” — We all want love, and we spend most of our lives seeking it, worrying about it, changing ourselves for it, and not giving it ourselves. What I love so much about this song is that Freddie isn’t asking for someone to love him, he’s asking for someone for him to love. This is a beautiful, nuanced distinction.
“He’s Just a Poor Boy From a Poor Family” — The narrator of “Bohemian Rhapsody” may very well have committed the murder he was accused of, but it doesn’t mean that he is undeserving of our mercy. He suffered in life and he chose to take that suffering out on others, and while it is the natural thing to want to exact punishment, it is impossible to right a wrong with another wrong. Mercy and love for all people, regardless of how unlovable they are is one of the most difficult, but also one of the most beautiful opportunities in life
“You’re My Best Friend” — Surrounding yourself with friends and family is one of the surest ways to lead a happy and healthy life, so find the people you love most in the world and give ’em a hug, tell them you love them, and keep them close.
Queen may have been bombastic and flamboyant and a bit on the indulgent side for many, but their songs are filled with some of the most universal messages: the importance of family, friends, mercy, and finding somebody to love.
I’ll leave this here for your enjoyment: