Wednesday, November 14, 2018

My Experience of Bohemian Rhapsody

I am a superfan of Queen since the 70s. I see Bohemian Rhapsody as a long overdue celebration of the music, the band members, and Freddie Mercury.

No, it was not entirely factual. The timeline was mixed up. It didn't show a lot of Queen milestones. For example, Queen was invited to perform on Top of the Pops but couldn't make it, so they created the "Bohemian Rhapsody" music video to be shown in their place. It was the beginning of music videos as we know them today. Also, Queen toured a lot more than what was shown. They were the opening band for Mott the Hoople in the US. It was a huge break for them in the early 70s, but Brian got sick and they had to cancel after the tour got started. They performed in Sun City, to the dismay of all the other bands who refused because of Apartheid. Queen was non-political, though, and just wanted to play for the fans. Queen stories go on and on, and I imagine it was very difficult to choose which stories would make the cut in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Regardless of the inaccuracies and timeline, I was mesmerized by the movie, because it was so current and alive. It was a celebration of a band that was mostly forgotten after Freddie Mercury died. Queen never got the full recognition in the States after their Hot Space flop in 1982. Younger people had no idea that many of the songs they grew up hearing were from Queen. 

The movie did the most important thing a biopic can do: it captured the essence of Queen, their music, their energy, their success. I felt like Freddie was alive again for two hours. Rami Malek could not have done better at capturing Freddie's gestures and nuances, as well as his personality.  When I learned that Brian May and Roger Taylor would be involved in the film, I knew it was going to be good. They would never allow for Freddie's life to be about dying. Freddie never stopped living, never stopped writing songs, even on his deathbed.  They made sure that Freddie himself would be satisfied with the movie. I just wish Jer Bulsara, Freddie's mother, had lived long enough to see it, but she died three years too soon. She would have been so proud.

Those are the things I thought of while watching the movie. Rumors had been flying for years about a biopic, but I assumed nothing would come of it. I honestly didn't see it coming. Now I plan to see it as many times on the big screen that I can. It wasn't just a movie, it was an experience!

Friday, November 09, 2018

Drastic changes in my life

I know, I know. I have let this blog go. But it's worth saving. So much has happened since I was living in Decatur and working at the Peer Support and Wellness Center. Now I live in Atlanta, the West End, and I work part-time at the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network. My responsibilities are to support Roz, the Statewide Coordinator of the Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers in Georgia. I support her with the administrative duties that go with the job. I work primarily from home, which is also where Roz lives. Yes, we are roomies, along with 6 other people in this large, 8 bedroom house owned by Roz.

So you could say that my life has changed drastically. I don't even recognize it anymore, but I am loving the clean slate. My responsibilities take just a few hours every day, and then I am free to do whatever my heart desires. This is a far cry from working 24/7 at the Center and having a gazillion responsibilities. Truly, it was the best job ever, but my time is up. Multiple Sclerosis has spoken, and here I am. I believe my time was up regardless.

 Ten years is a good run! Everything changes. It's just part of life.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What if you knew tomorrow was...

What if you knew that tomorrow was your last day on earth and you couldn't go anywhere and had to keep it to yourself ?

 Take a minute to think of everything you would do the rest of the day?

 Now prioritize that list.

And then...

Do.


It.


Today.


 This is a reminder for myself and my procrastinating ways. No, I 'm not going to die tomorrow or anytime soon, but I don't know that for sure. Nobody knows when or where they're going to die, and everyone tries not to think about it. Well most people anyway.

Not me, I'm morbid.



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Superiority does not exist

When someone acts superior toward you, what does it say about that person?  For one thing, it says that person believes that superiority exists. It's true the illusion of superiority, or inferiority, does exist, but Superiority, in reality, in the larger scheme of things does not exist. Superiority is a creation of human beings living, navigating, experiencing, and surviving behind the veil of forgetfulness.

I wonder what our world would be like if humans remembered that superiority doesn't even exist.

When someone acts superior toward you, it only shows their ignorance.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

So life has been...

Life has been many things this last decade. The Peer Support and Wellness Center has been my life, my identity, and I am so proud of its success.  If I die tomorrow, I will die fulfilled.   But I don't plan to die tomorrow. There's more for me in this life. My art, for one thing, and my writing for another   I wonder how far I can take either one. Both have taken me to the zone, tapped into my passion, given me an incredible high.  And that's the path I'll follow.  Life has been incredibly good, to say the least, and it can only get better as far as I'm concerned. I don't care who's President of the United States as long as I can draw and as long as I can write.  Although I must say it's been wonderful having Obama as President during my time at the PSWC. I wonder how much will change if a certain candidate gets elected President in a couple months. I have only one word to say about that.

Chump

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Love is all there is


I believe Love is all there is. I'm gonna tell you my beliefs.
Spirit, God, Love, they're all the same energy, blissful, imaginative, creative, intelligent. 

God is Love and Love is everywhere. Love is unconditional, like the air we breathe. 

Love surrounds the baby whose mama sold him for crack. Love surrounds the mama, too 
and the haters and the killers and those being hated and those being killed. Love is unconditional.  

We all know patience, kindness, compassion and we all know their opposites. We know Evil exists, but Love is all there is. Love is everywhere. Love is unconditional, always and forever, like the air breathe.

Love created a possibility for Love to experience life and death and everything in between.  Love created a playground far away from the pure energy of Love. 

Love created the illusion of separation. 

We are all pieces of Love experiencing this world, experiencing physicality. Except we holograms of Love are missing the blissful energy of pure Love. We are covered in the shroud of forgetfulness, by design, so Love could have a true experience through us,  

Love did not create Evil but Love has experienced Evil, every form of Evil, every extreme of Evil, through experiencing physical reality through us. Love must experience it all because Love is all things. It couldn't be any other way. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

It's been about 10 years since I've written anything

 Writing is a big part of who I am, and I want to get back to writing prose and poetry and short stories and articles.  Maybe some rhymes, some rhythm, some beats.  I have much to say, and there are many ways to say it. This blog is one way, even if nobody ever sees it.

I have much to share with those who are willing to stretch beyond their comfort zone.