Spoken Word Poetry: Fearless Faith (Taking A Page from Freddie Mercury) (Part 1: Introduction)

Hi everyone!

Maybe I have turned a corner after all since a counseling session brought some clarity to my current situation and I also understand my sister, Nicole’s current obsession with the music of the Britsh rock/pop band, Queen. By the way, I will call her by her nickname, Nicki, hereafter. Additionally, please bear with me since I know this introduction will be….long, but there is a lot of ground to cover. Thanks for reading this, especially if you have the kindness and patience to read it in its entirety.

For those who haven’t heard of Queen, check them out! For those who have, well, you are already acquainted with much, if not all, of their music, the personalities of the band members (especially that of the late Freddie Mercury, whose character did much to inspire this work, surprisingly!), and the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic coming out later this year.

In the session, to be clear, I talked about some family concerns, work struggles, etc., the feelings of fear and doubt I’d experienced in those and many areas of my life besides lately. In that time, and  and told my counselor, “I think I understand Nicki’s obsession with Queen now.”  For context, Nicki became obsessed with Queen around the time she first heard of the biopic, reconnecting us with our roots in classical music, country, pop, and classic rock in a new way. My initial reaction was to grumble concerning the realization that either I would become obsessed myself or I would hate Queen in response to Nicki’s obsession. (In fact, as I wrote this section of the blog, she modified “We are the Champions” and sang the modified version to her pup. Part of me wants to tell her to shush, the other is smiling and thankful for her love for Reilly since Reilly just came back from the vet and got a combination vaccine!)

That in mind, I became interested in the characters and psychology of Queen myself. After almost a year’s worth of mulling over what could be the reason behind my obsession with the character of Freddie Mercury, I hit on what most resonated with me this past week. . Nicki and I were watching the following video: Freddie Mercury – The Official Birthday Video, and I finally realized why I admired him so much and why he had a magnetic draw for many people during and after his career and death. Even with the strong language, smoking, foolishness (like calling himself a “musical prostitute- to me, there is nothing funny about human trafficking, though the jest was in sarcasm), and so on…..he was, well, authentic and transparent to a degree I don’t see in very many people nowadays. His raw candor and authenticity just…..resonated with me in a way that I finally realized that’s what I, personally, love most about him as a musician and I am sure I would have been very good friends with him if I had been born in the 1940’s or 1950’s myself.

He missed the point of living if he was not a Christian, yes, but his authenticity and transparency, with little to no fear of the days to come, were and remain inspiring. That, to me, is a hallmark of mature Christianity and what Jesus wanted for His people, after all! Proverbs 31:25, for example, says of the “wife of noble character,” “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” (NIV 2011) Additionally, the Message translation states that Jesus wants for us as follows:

Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“Living freely and lightly” sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Part of Mr. Mercury’s draw was, I think, that he did so as well as a non-believer could do and gives many, I imagine, pause to consider what doing so as a Christian does or would mean, whether they are living like that.

How I wish Mr. Mercury had known that, if he didn’t. I pray he did and, frankly, his example has inspired me to write about that realization on Thursday and the counseling session today. Thanks be to God that He reminds us that “nothing is too hard [or difficult] for [Him],” according to Jeremiah 32:17, no matter what legitimate translation of Scripture you read! That certainly applies to living authentically and transparently, thus using the time we have on this Earth to seek out the Lord, grow close to Him, and impact the world for His glory and our good during our lives and after we are either in Heaven or Hell.

In conclusion, with that in mind, I will publish Part Two of this series of posts- the poem itself- tomorrow, as I am still writing it mentally and working out the best way to communicate what I mean clearly. Please pray about that for me and I will pray for y’all as well! Thanks, as always, and may God Bless you now and always!

Michelle

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After Some Consideration/Apres Un Peu De Considération….

FRPIC.com has some decent clipart for projects like this! FRPIC a l’art décente pour les projets comme ce blog!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are well! As promised, I am writing some again today and will post it. I am also working to learn a popular, somewhat recent song (2003 or so) for a cover video. Look out for a new post with some writing this evening and a video by Saturday! Thanks and God Bless you.

As always,

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

J’espère que vous allez bien! Après un peu de considération, comme j’ai promis, j’écrirai un peu aujourd’hui et je publierai mes écritures. J’apprendrai une chanson pour une vidéo aussi (2003 ou un autre an plus récent), comme un souscripteur sur YouTube (YT) m’a demandé. Anticipez un article de blog avec des nouvelles écritures ce soir et une vidéo avant ou sur samedi! Merci et Dieu vous bénisse.

Comme toujours,

Michelle

Another Interlude: I Need Ideas!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are well! Additionally, as it is now Advent and commemorating Christ’s first coming is upon us, I need your ideas for songs to cover in what I hope will be an annual series: “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Christmas Carol Covers!” So, if you want to suggest any songs for me to cover, go ahead! I will cover at least one song, or hopefully two songs, a week until Epiphany ends! That said, request away by commenting on this blog entry or submitting your requests in the comments section of my video on YouTube:

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That said, I look forward to taking your requests and being part of a blessed Christmas season for you! God Bless!

As always,

Michelle

Being A Musician/Singer-Songwriter. . . . . I Want to and Feel Like I Might As Well Do This…..

If one has music in his or her life, one is blessed! Si on a la musique pendant sa vie, on est béni!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are well! Additionally, my YouTube channel seems to be getting a lot of traffic lately relative to what I usually get! That said, I want you to add your voice to the already-long list of requests I’ve received and ideas I’ve considered for song covers, et cetera. I also write from time to time, so if you want me to post some original work, I’d be more than glad to do that as well. Let me know what you think. Thanks!! The link is below:

God Bless,

Michelle