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