Queen’s Roger Taylor in cinematic short for Journey’s End

A still from the Journey's End video
A still from the Journey's End video

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has released a cinematic short video based on his new track Journey’s End.

It’s his first solo work since 2013 album Fun On Earth, with Taylor singing and providing all instrumentation on the song.

Taylor says of Journey’s End: “It’s a ‘piece’ which is why there is a long solo in it. I’ve just let it take its own course. I just didn’t want to make it quick, edit it – I wanted it to be fairly contemplative, fairly dreamlike, a mood piece.”

He says he wrote the track around a “rather lovely chord sequence, slightly in the mode of some of the turn of the century composers. It has a quite whimsical, rather fatalistic atmosphere.

“It’s basically about thoughts of mortality. It is a sort of acceptance of the fact that this a journey, and that journey will come to an end.

“Even the bass sequence, which is almost random, is a plodding footstep kind of thing. A journey towards the tail end, the September of one’s years.”

The video was directed by BAFTA-winnning actor and filmmaker Stuart Brennan and was filmed close to Taylor’s home in Cornwall.

Taylor reports that the death of David Bowie cast a shadow over Journey’s End and adds: “Everybody’s leaving at some point, and as you get older you think about it more.

“I don’t think anyone in their 20s thinks about that kind of thing, but of course, inevitably, one is forced to confront the fact.

“As I think David Bowie said, ‘I embrace age.’ I am not sure he meant it, but then he did say, ‘The only drawback is the dying bit that is shit!’”

Journey’s End is available to download exclusively via iTunes (opens in new tab).

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