Monica wanted to know about Freddie’s day.
I wouldn’t say Freddie’s days were structured as such, as different things happened on different days. I suppose the nearest he would come to a regular pattern would be the cup of tea first thing in the morning followed by some form of breakfast, usually 2 pieces of toast with home made jam or marmalade. After that we would organize his day around his appointments.
Oh, and Martin, Freddie didn’t need jokes to laugh. He could find situations he found himself or his friends in far more funny than a joke someone would tell him.
Phillip and Anita ask about Freddie’s creative process. Generally Freddie needed a quick kick start to start writing. Often he would orchestrate an argument, not about anything serious, with someone just to feel the music start to come out. He needed some emotions to be moved to bring about that spark. He might spend some time on his own when working out how to begin writing, both the music, but more so the lyrics, but he always knew there would be someone around to talk to when he wanted.
Leander wonders if there was a non Queen song Freddie would have liked to have written.
Freddie often said that he wished he had written quite a few songs. Most of them were written in the40s, 50s and 60s. Freddie loved the old classic Hollywood musicals and would often sing songs from them at home on crazy nights with Mike Moran playing piano, and Freddie singing with Peter Straker, a friend who Freddie thought had the most amazing voice. Don’t forget he also recorded ‘The Great Pretender’, which would have been the first song of an album of covers that would have happened if ‘Barcelona’ didn’t come along.
Thomas asked about opera and Luciano Pavarotti.
Freddie would occasionally listen to operatic tenors at home. Complete operas really didn’t interest him. As you all know he actually paraphrased part of a tenor aria at the beginning of his song ‘It’s a Hard Life’. I suppose Luciano Pavarotti and myself are the reason behind Barcelona. I suggested to Freddie he go to hear Pavarotti singing live, as this was something he had never done and wasn’t likely to do on his own. I bought some tickets to Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ at the Royal Opera House which Pavarotti was in. This was the very first time he heard Montserrat Caballe, and this was when Freddie fell in love with her voice. One thing I find strange about the whole Barcelona cd was Pavarotti’s comment to Montserrat, that it was a bad thing to do and would lower the whole thinking on opera, and yet after he saw how very popular the whole project was, he started his own ‘Luciano Pavarotti and Friends’ project.
Laura asked about Freddie and children.
As far as I know Freddie never expressed a wish to have any children of his own. He hardly had enough time to live his own life, never mind having to devote more time to his children. Saying that, he doted on other peoples children, particularly the Macks, Terry’s little boy, who Freddie thought was the most well behaved child he had ever met, Kash’s children, Natalie and Sam and of course Mary’s son, Richard. I think it really was a great feeling for him to play with them, but also a great relief when it came time to hand them back to their parents. I would also include Lisa’s question about friends here. I know he once said he had only one friend in his life, Mary. This wasn’t strictly true. As the years passed, he found he did have true friends and there was a great deal of mutual respect and loyalty between Freddie and all of these people.
I do hope you are preparing for Freddie For A Day. It is coming up very quickly now. I know of a few friends of mine who will be doing their bit. Do join in, it will be great fun!!