That talk about charisma earlier reminded me about my periodic fascination with Freddie Mercury.
A while back my gal and I had a game of trying to think of some other rock star that had Freddy’s level of charisma
and stage presence. I mean the guy owned any stage he was strutting on.
The closest we got was Mick Jagger - but you know to me he seems a cheap second.
A poser desperately giving it all he got, but never quite transcending.
It took a while to figure where the difference was, only to reveal itself to be obvious.
Mick’s got no voice, whereas Freddy had one of the best most operatic voices rock has ever heard, if not the best.
He had the chops and substance, his show and presence flowed from that supreme ability and the confidence that came with it.
Showmanship and brass balls can take you far, look at Mick’s accomplishments,
but the transcendent don’t happen unless you got the chops.
his vocal range