I’ve been a pretty big Queen fan for many years, since before “Wayne’s World” made Freddie Mercury popular again in 1992… (I watched that movie a dozen times in the theater- I could recite it almost verbatim back in the day). It was back in 1984, at the end of “Revenge of the Nerds” when We are The Champions played. The song and feel good moment struck a chord in me at the young age of 9. I was never going to be a jock. I was a nerd. That song set my life on a path that made me proud to like what I like.
As an adult, I used to play Queen all the time in my home. That is, until my first daughter was born. Before even reaching age two, she cried whenever I put Queen on so I stopped listening for many years in my home. Even on cd, there were complaints in my car. This was probably more due to the volume and dad’s *amazing* singing voice than the Queen songs themselves.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a song that I have heard many times throughout my life. I’ve rewatched live performances of Queen and wished that Freddie was still alive. But since that’s not the case, his music lives on in recorded sound and imagery. The Muppets even made a music video a couple years back as a tribute. Everyone I know can sing this song… And sing the opera part, and sing the guitar & drums… Lots of singing and head banging. But Freddie did it best. Some say he could sing in four different octaves and was able to manipulate his voice in order to create the sound. Quick link here.
Earlier this month Google released a VR version titled The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience. So, I downloaded the app. I have watched and rewatched it numerous times already. It is visually appealing and is so well done, that I wouldn’t be surprised if living artists try it as well. Viewing it was reminiscent of watching a Pink Floyd Laser Show at the planetarium… Oooo flashbacks…
I’m a big proponent of VR and have experienced many forms firsthand. Now I am tempted to purchase a VR headset for my iPhone in order to truly immerse myself into that world. Besides a $15 cardboard box from Google, real VR is actually kind of pricey. VR still remains in its infancy as it jumps from being science fiction to reality. Seriously though, try out the VR App of Bohemian Rhapsody, you’ll thank me.
Just try not to head bang too wildly, the VR headset may come flying off and you would come back to reality too quick.