The Freddie Mercury Rule

This happened.

We were having a nice family dinner, and out of the blue Dylan said, ‘Freddie Mercury is dead, right?’

I looked at him for a split second before answering, skeptical as to how my easy-listenin’ loving ten-year-old knew about Freddie Mercury. Then I dismissed it.

I mean, it’s Freddie Mercury. Music 101. Pop Culture 101.

‘Yeah,’ I said, ‘Freddie Mercury died a long time ago.’

Matt put his fork down, and turned to me. ‘Who’s Freddie Mercury?’ he asked.

I almost choked on my chicken. Dylan snickered.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

I still can’t decide if I’m more surprised and proud that Dylan had this knowledge, or flabbergasted and woebegone that Matt didn’t. 

Thunderbolt and lightning – very, very frightening!

I enjoy music. I also enjoy pop culture–how it comes into being, how it shapes our lives. It’s completely intertwined with mass media and is one of the aspects of Mass Communication that I most enjoyed studying. So, it’s possible that I’m a bit more in tune with pop culture than some people. 

Still.

There are some things you should just know. And Freddie Mercury is one of those things. I call that premise The Freddie Mercury Rule.

Matt gets a pass mostly because, well, we’re already married, you know? (He will never live this down).

From here on out, I’ve decided to start using The Freddie Mercury Rule as a way to gauge the new people who come into my life: to know me, you must first know Freddie.

 

These days you can’t be too careful.

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Comments (12)

  1. Matt OQuinn

    I thought tou said Eddie Hercules at the dinner table. You pronounced it wrong. That’s why I didn’t know. 🙂

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    1. jenny leigh (Post author)

      Funny, I don’t remember you saying, “Who is Eddie Hercules?”

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      1. Matt OQuinn

        That was the day you were on anesthesia (see post above called Decisions, Decisions).

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  2. Heather

    I LOVE IT!! BTW, I know who Freddie is………so I am safe for now……get with the program Matt!

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    1. jenny leigh (Post author)

      I would never have any worries about you, Yvonne! haha. I am still in shock about Matt, though. He is so silly.

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  3. Amanda

    I keep seeing so many Queen links on the web today. I also heard Queen several times on the radio today. Come on Matt, you know of Rick Astley and “Rick Rolling”. You should know of Freddie Mercury.

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    1. jenny leigh (Post author)

      I know!! Rick Astley!! smh. I am going to write an entire blog post about Matt’s iPod. It’s a story that needs to be told, don’t you think?

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      1. Amanda

        Yes!

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      2. Amanda

        Does he listen to Kenny Rogers??

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        1. jenny leigh (Post author)

          I think his favorite Kenny Rogers song is Lucille. But, I can’t really say anything about that because I grew up listening to Kenny, and I love all that music. And also Harper Valley PTA. For some reason, I always think of Jeannie C. Riley when I think of Kenny Rogers. My mom always stored their records together on the same shelf.

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  4. JoBeth

    That’s nothing… Katy was begging me for the “white windows” song the other day. Positively clueless, I asked her to sing it. “White windows, sing a song sounds like she’s singin’. Hoo! Baby hoo! Hoo!” That’s when I flipped my iPhone over to Stevie Nicks’ Edge of Seventeen, aka White Windows.

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    1. jenny leigh (Post author)

      Ahhhh!!! I love it! Katy has great taste — I would be so proud. I can’t believe I didn’t have that song. I just downloaded it 🙂

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