Tick Tock Tuesday (26 May 2020) – Freddie Mercury

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.


Last week I touched upon an artist that I didn’t really like – Jim Reeves. I’m going to go a step further today and actually feature a band that I never really liked, a singer that I never really liked, but a song I have always loved.

Freddie Mercury and Queen are just not my style. Even when I listened to them in their heyday I just couldn’t feel anything for the music. They released a few good tracks over the years, but I never felt any more than a gentle appreciation – who can forget the hilarious video of Break Free, which I still enjoy today. But even as they rocked Live Aid in 1985, I conceded that they were great showmen, but I was never a convert.

Freddie took on a whole new dimension after his death, in particular that last period when he knew the end was near and wanted to record as much as possible. The songs from that time – I’m specifically thinking of Innuendo – showed Freddie in such a vulnerabile state, who can fail to be moved by him? For my money, the music they produced was the very best of their career.

This one is a very hard watch, Freddie looks so unwell, but a beautiful song.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

16 thoughts on “Tick Tock Tuesday (26 May 2020) – Freddie Mercury”

  1. Aaaww, that was sad and I so love this song. They were never my favourites either but they grew on me over the years. They were great at what they did, particularly Freddie. I loved him and David Bowie’s Dancing in the streets πŸ™‚ x

    I actually like Jim Reeves too lol – I grew up with my parents playing it over and again πŸ™‚ Caz x

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  2. Ahhh Freddy is such a legend. I didn’t care too much about Queen or Freddy until my 13 year old daughter started listening to it in repeat about 3 years ago. How could I have missed it before πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ’•.Now I’m a fan. Thank you for the share πŸ™πŸΎ

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  3. I am a fan of Queen, I love the theatrics Freddie would throw but this video (These are the Days of Our Lives) scare me so much especially his close up shot. I have heard about this video’s BTS stories from Brian May’s recollection, it was actually funny, and I admire Freddie’s strength & drive to create music despite his state at that time…

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    1. I suppose when you have no alternative, you just go on and keep doing what you’re good at. It says something that everybody who commented here remembers him fondly. I mean, if you’re forced to think about a legacy in the first place, there can be nothing better.

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      1. Exactly. And you’d be surprised that there is quite a number of young fans (young enough to be my kids) starting to develop an obsession over Queen. It has something to do with the movie, I guess.

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              1. I think it’s just about dying young that’s hard for me to accept… we all choose to live for something and for me, being remembered by those people whom I chose to live for should be enough… OMG, that became a little dramatic, right?! πŸ˜€

                But surely, leaving a legacy like that of Mozart’s? Pretty inviting…

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