New Horizons

I spent the last two hours writing a post that I just couldn’t publish. It was thoughtful and heartfelt, I took my time to place and re-place words just so, that you all might at the very least say it was well written, if it carried little substance. But I just couldn’t let it go.

It was sappy and introverted beyond being able to convey anything worthwhile. I had an odd day today and this post was an attempt to cleanse my mind of the negativity that I had dredged up throughout my day of self-loathing and self-pity.

I almost said To hell with it and clicked Publish anyway, but luckily I was saved by the bell. The dinner bell that is. I pressed the sleep hotkey on my laptop and groaned my way downstairs to have a meal. Baked potatoes and some creamy soup. I hate creamy soup, it feels like vomit and tastes like regret, but I hate being hungry more. So I gratefully ate my meal and harrumphed my way back upstairs to do some more thinking and maybe some more writing before I lay my little head down to sleep.

It just so happened that I looked at my phone and saw a notification. I checked that notification and boy am I glad I did. It was a link to an article on Wired or Gizmodo, I can’t recall at the moment. The article was about the New Horizons probe. I almost didn’t read it, I’ve read so many in the past week I assumed there was nothing new. Then I saw the name, Brian May.

Brian May is the rockstar turned astrophysicist best known for his role as the guitarist for Queen. Yah, pretty cool. My twelve-year-old self does backflips every time he is brought up. How could anyone be cooler? Only if Neil DeGrasse Tyson had been part of the Wu-Tang Clan, or Bill Nye been a member of Bad Religion.

A few days ago I read an article stating that Brian May had released a new single to commemorate this astounding moment in space exploration, when we have truly gone where none have gone before, but I didn’t have time to look up the single and it passed from my mind.

Then, tonight, I had the chance and took the opportunity to listen to this new single. You can, and should, do so as well.

This song cheered me right up.

I love this type of music. Queen is and has been for quite some time my feel good music. When I’m blue I just listen to Don’t Stop Me Now or Somebody To Love or Killer Queen and all my troubles melt away. The raucous harmonies and deliberate melodies are a sure fix for the funk!

This song is fun. It’s not the greatest, and it does make one pine away for Freddie’s vocals, but more than that it harkens back to the days of my youth. The days when the world truly was chock full ‘o wonders, when rock music and truth-seeking were the only thing that mattered.

I’m not old enough to have listened to Queen when they were new and cool, I had to steal tapes from my dad and listen to them in my Brother’s WalkMan when he wasn’t around, but there was a time in the early nineties in west Phoenix when you’d see a little skate-punk kid singing his heart out, playing air guitar on the street corner at midnight, and you’d think he was the king of the world from the look on his face.

Music amazes me. It’s so magical, it can take you away from wherever you are and deposit you in a world that doesn’t follow any rules but your own. It breaks down barriers, it facilitates introductions, it soothes you when you ache and it’s always, always there, always just beneath the surface of everything around you, all you’ve got to do is look for it.

I hope you all are having a good start to your Twenty-Nineteen. Thanks for taking the time to stop in. I really suggest you give the song a listen and just think about the wonderful, wondrous world all around us. We get so caught up in the doldrums of daily life and we’ve got to take the opportunity to be amazed whenever we can.

‘Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream paid for or made in factories’ – Ray Bradbury

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