Freddie Mercury was dying when he wrote the songs for his final album Made in Heaven with his group Queen. In fact he died before it was released in 1995, (died in 1991). He recorded some of the songs, but others were recorded by Brian May, whose voice is very similar to Freddie.
My favourite song on the last album Made in Heaven is It’s a Beautiful Day.
According to Wikipedia –
“Years before Freddie Mercury started recording solo material, he created a sound clip of himself messing around on the piano at Musicland Studios in Munich in 1980. Later, for the use of this album, the song was extended to two minutes and 32 seconds. The more classical section, without Mercury’s improvisation, was put together by John Deacon.”
And found on brianmay.com
“The pace setter for the entire album, this song is nothing special, but is certainly good. It fades in and out like a ray of sunlight. Indeed, that is the idea behind the song – “It’s A Beautiful Day” – what else could it possibly mean? Freddie’s vocals are immense as ever. You can almost taste the Swiss air in this one and many others on this album. Freddie’s defiance picks up where he left off with The Show Must Go On on the last album – “no-one’s going to stop me now”, although there is an air of resignation as well – “sometimes I feel so sad . . .” Good solid start.”
This was always my absolute favourite song on the album, I couldn’t explain why at the time (back in 1996) but it has become more relevant today than it ever was. The lyrics are beautiful, and simple.
The sun is shining
I feel good
And no-one’s gonna stop me now, oh yeah
It’s a beautiful day
I feel good, I feel right
And no-one, no-one’s gonna stop me now
Sometimes I feel so sad, so sad, so bad
But no-one’s gonna stop me now, no-one
It’s hopeless, so hopeless to even try
With depression, we often don’t see the day, we are only focusing on the problems that are going around in our heads. This song is significant for me because it reminds me that it is a beautiful day, and no one can stop me from being or doing what I want. Sometimes I can be down, but I can’t let that get me down. Its hopeless to try and stop me.
So thank you Freddie, for the wonderful encouraging words that I now have an an anthem for my life. And remember Every Day is a Beautiful Day, no matter how good or bad it is because you survived it.