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Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe - Guide Me Home

Identifier

022304

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Although Mercury's speaking voice naturally fell in the baritone range, he delivered most songs in the tenor range.

 His vocal range extended from bass low F (F2) to soprano high F (F6). He could belt up to tenor high F (F5). Biographer David Bret described his voice as "escalating within a few bars from a deep, throaty rock-growl to tender, vibrant tenor, then on to a high-pitched, perfect coloratura, pure and crystalline in the upper reaches."

 Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé, with whom Mercury recorded this track, expressed her opinion that "the difference between Freddie and almost all the other rock stars was that he was selling the voice." She adds,

His technique was astonishing. No problem of tempo, he sang with an incisive sense of rhythm, his vocal placement was very good and he was able to glide effortlessly from a register to another. He also had a great musicality. His phrasing was subtle, delicate and sweet or energetic and slamming. He was able to find the right colouring or expressive nuance for each word.

The track comes from the album Barcelona an album recorded by Freddie Mercury, with operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé. The song was written and composed by Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran.  It was released in 1988.  Freddie died in 1991 of AIDS.

A description of the experience

Freddie Mercury - Guide Me Home / How Can I Go On

"Guide Me Home"

Now the wind has lost my sail
Now the scent has left my trail
Who will find me, take care and side with me
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

Where is my star in heaven's bough
Where is my strength, I need it now
Who can save me, lead me to my destiny
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

Who will find me, take care and side with me
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

How can I go on?
How can I go on this way

The source of the experience

Freddie Mercury and Queen

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Observation contributed by: Rosie Rock-Evans