I was watching the news on Christmas Day 2016, when I saw something that would change my world: "Musician George Michael has died at age 53. " I went numb. Was this a joke? After checking other sources, it was not a joke...My first music crush was gone.
I have loved this man's music literally ALL my life: I first heard him before I went to preschool in 1984. I first fell in love with him when I heard "Everything She Wants" on the radio. I was obsessed with that song. Every time I hear that song on the radio, I get choked up.
In 1991, my then-babysitter knew how much I liked George, and she bought me two notebooks, one of which is on this page.
In 1992, I heard "Too Funky" for the first time. I like that song so much, I bought the single.
In 1993, I attempted to try to do a George song for the talent show. I had tried to do "Hard Day" because I thought it sounded cool. (I was naive when it came to anything sexual) Without giving me a reason, I was rejected. (I was confused because I thought that it was under 5 minutes, per the rules, so it would be acceptable!)
At the time, I was also into Elton John; I have always been fascinated by things in common. The way they sang together was nothing short of magic, in my humble opinion.
Fast -forward to the morning of December 27, 2012. That day was the 25th anniversary of my father's passing. The first song I heard when I turned on the radio that morning was, you guessed it, "Everything She Wants." (said to his picture, "I got the message, thank you, Dad!")
Other songs that I heard that morning were "Don't You Forget About Me" (Simple Minds) , "Always SomethingThere to Remind Me" (Naked Eyes) and "It's a Beautiful Day" (U2)
Nearly 3 1/2 months later, I put up this permanent tribute to the first musician I truly loved. Be at peace, George! I Love You , I mean it, Katie
Press play to hear "Last Christmas"
2016 took some of greatest musicians...
May they all be at peace! (These three are just a fraction of the musicians lost in 2016)
Flowers for George
George with one of his musical influences, Paul McCartney
George and Stevie Wonder
You have been loved...
Read me my rights
Music from the Edge of Heaven
Side one – Hot Side
1."The Edge of Heaven" – 4:31
2."Battlestations" – 5:25
3."I'm Your Man" – 6:05
4."Wham Rap! '86" (Michael, Andrew Ridgeley) – 6:33
Side two – Cool Side
5."A Different Corner" (with introduction) – 4:30
6."Blue" (Live in China) – 5:43
7."Where Did Your Heart Go?" (David Was, Don Was) – 5:43
11. Nothing Looks the Same in the Light (Instrumental)
3. John and Elvis Are Dead
4. Cars and Trains
5. Round Here
6. Shoot the Dog
7. If Mother Had a Brother
8. Flawless (Go to the City)
9. American Angel
10. Precious Box
11. Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song)
12. Freeek! '04
14. Patience (Pt 2)
Me wearing my George shirt
Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
1. Praying for Time
2. Freedom '90
3. They Won't Go When I Go
4. Something to Save
5. Cowboys and Angels
6. Waiting for That Day
7. Mother's Pride
8. Heal the Pain
9. Soul Free
10. Waiting (Reprise)
Andrew Ridgeley on George Michael
"His is a legacy of unquestionable brilliance which will continue to shine and resonate for generations to come," his former Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley said after he died. "George has left in his songs, in the transcendent beauty of his voice, and in the poetic expression of his soul, the very best of himself."
"George would be 'humbled' and 'knocked sideways' by the outpouring of love for (both of us)," Andrew said.
"He had a voice that would transport u. He was the finest singer/songwriter of a generation and has left the best himself 4 us. RIP GM."
Paul McCartney: "George Michael's sweet soul music will live on after his shocking death; having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humor made the experience more pleasurable."
Paul Young: "Oh no...what a year. George Michael, you were the smartest pop star I ever met. RIP now fella x
Spandau Ballet: "We are incredibly sad at the passing of our dear friend George Michael. A brillant artist and great songwriter."
Carpool Karacoke's James Corden: "I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time."
Simply Red's Mick Hucknall:"It's hard to take in.One of our most talented singer songwriters has left us. RIP George Michael Such sad, tragic news. 2016 please end."
Elton John:"I am in deep shock, I have lost a beloved friend--the kindest, most generous soul. My heart goes out to his family, friends and all his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP
Howard Jones: "Can't believe George Michael has passed...one of the best singers and writers the UK has ever produced. I'm saddened...a lovely man."
Bryan Adams: "RIP George Michael. I can't believe it.Such an incredible singer and lovely human being, far too young to leave us."
James Corden and George, who was the first to do "Carpool Karacoke"
George, (Red) Mike Hucknall and David Bowie
Did you know...
--George's first song that wrote was "A Different Corner" at age 16; he wrote "Careless Whisper" when he was 17
--His uncle took his own life on June 25, 1963 (the same day George was born) ("If Mother Had a Brother")
--George was a DJ at his college
--His duet with Aretha Franklin came before his first solo album, Faith, both in 1987; George said back in 1982 that he would like to work with Aretha "someday" (They worked together more than once)
--George was part of 1985's "We Are the World" for famine relief in Africa
--When Rob Thomas wrote "Smooth" (duet with Santana), he had George Michael in mind
--Elton John and George Michael's friendship started after Elton first heard, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" on cassette
George with Abby Abby in mourningAbby with tributes to her master
Andrew and GeorgeLady Diana and George (She is shown in George's video "John and Elvis Are Dead")