Friday, March 10, 2017

Heaven for Everyone

I am a music lover. I often have it playing in the background of whatever I am doing..working, cleaning, cooking, battling cancer,  driving, whatever.   My first car (a 1990 Sunbird) had a CD player and a cassette player.

Today the bluetooth in my car often syncs to my iTunes playlist before I get my seatbelt on!

Today, a song I never heard before played on my commute to work.  A while ago I had downloaded Queen's Greatest Hits I II and III The Platinum Collection.  My playlist is perpetually set on "shuffle" so you never know what will pop up.  This song from circa 1988 is written by Roger Taylor and sung by Freddie Mercury.

I thought it was timely with everything going on these days.  I think about life, death, and heaven more after being sick.  I think about how the world works and how it can be better.  I think about how people can be better to each other. 

This song really spoke to me today. 

"This could be heaven

This could be heaven
This could be heaven for everyone

In these days of cool reflection

You come to me and everything seems alright
In these days of cold affections
You sit by me and everything's fine"

With the way things are today...every disagreement magnified, hatred spewed across the ether.  The thought behind this song is so simple, beautiful, inclusive.

"This could be heaven for everyone

This world could be fed, this world could be fun
This could be heaven for everyone
This world could be free, this world could be one

In this world of cool deception

Just your smile can smooth my ride
These troubled days of cruel rejection, hmm
You come to me, soothe my troubled mind"

I loved Queen and Freddie Mercury; no offense to Adam Lambert but it's not the same with him.  It's good, don't get me wrong; but it's not the same.  Freddy was one of a kind...maybe born before his time.  I think Freddie was a bit of an enigma as well...
a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.

When I think of Queen's music, I think of big productions, the music is loud, strong; voices and instruments soaring.  This song is soft...a ballad; but the words are strong.

"Yeah, this could be heaven for everyone

This world could be fed, this world could be fun
This should be love for everyone, yeah
This world should be free, this world could be one
We should bring love to our daughters and sons
Love, love, love, this could be heaven for everyone"

 I wonder sometimes what is missing from people's lives...people who hate, or seek to destroy, exclude, people who take and never give, people who abuse physically, verbally...

"You know that

This could be heaven for everyone
This could be heaven for everyone

Listen - what people do to other souls

They take their lives - destroy their goals
Their basic pride and dignity
Is stripped and torn and shown no pity
When this should be heaven for everyone"

I think there's not enough love in the world.  There's too much judgement, too many opinions, too much bullshit.  Everyone should just concentrate on themselves.  What's the phrase??? "You do you" and the implied, "I'll do me".  Sure, you can have an opinion about me but I have to be honest...I don't really care what you think.  You see, I have fought a battle and won. I learned through my illness and healing that even though I sometimes try and fail, I am a good person.  I might not be thin or wealthy but I am grateful and healthy.

The world has taken a scary turn for many in the last couple of months.  Some days anxiety is high.  Much energy is spent sifting truth from the lies.  Music is an amazing escape from the madness.

Below is the link to the video for Heaven for Everyone...Enjoy!


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