And then you wake up on the second day of Christmas to learn that George Michael passed away.
I am sitting in the exact same seat as the moment that the David Bowie tragedy hit us earlier this year. And like with Bowie, I (due to the fabulous fact that there’s no WiFi in my old bedroom back in the Netherlands – #firstworldproblems) didn’t even found out about George Michael myself.
So, I came into the living room completely unaware, put my phone on WiFi and messages came rolling in:
Sas, George Michael passed away
OMG Sas, George Michael passed away
Was SOLL dieser Sch**ße
I forwarded the news to a few friends followed by half a day of utter shock as a consequence.
2016, what are you doing?
and now our beloved George Michael is no longer among us.
Even though, I am not one to go completely dramatic on this, today I did realized that he was (and will always be) one of the major artists in my life. I always wanted to see him ‘live’, but since I thought the prices were a bit outrageous, I waited to go to a concert and got his Ladies and Gentlemen DVD instead.
And now this tragedy hit us this morning – all I can say is: thank you for the music <3
So, here it is, my list to honor George Michael (and WHAM):
“Let me take you to the place where membership’s a smiling face” – Club Tropicana
“Don’t you think that, I know it-I know it- I know it – I KNOW IT” – Edge of Heaven
Then he went solo and I mainly got to know his music through Ladies and Gentleman (1998) later on somewhere in 2000 something-something.
“Before this river becomes an ocean, before you throw my heart back on the floor” – Faith
“All we have to see-ee-ee-ee, is that I don’t belong to you and you don’t belong to me” – Freedom
I just realized that his songs were sort of a guide line through my so called ‘love life’ at that time. From 13/15 on I was ‘in love’ with so many guys and so, every guy (mostly the guys who ‘broke my heart’) had a different George Michael song taped to the period (lucky bastards!). Luckily, all of those fabulous songs are still with me 15 years later, whilst the guys… well, let’s just say that I now know what love is and only one guy at that time managed to really get my heart instead of ‘fast love’.
Which indeed brings me to, probably my favorite GM-song, Fast love (1996):
Even though I didn’t grasp the concept of fast love when I was 15 AT ALL (hell, we only had ‘fast kiss’ and even that I didn’t get. How could you kiss someone without feelings?!), I fell completely in love with the melody of this song and later on I realized that it was about lust in stead of love.
Fast love itself wasn’t something that I wanted to experience at that time, but every time that song played, I had to get up and dance – “get yourself some lessons in love” I loved it (and still do).
Then of course, in 1984 (I had no idea it was already that old) Careless Whisper – insert: saxophone, came knocking. Everybody knows this song; even when you don’t know George Michael was behind it.
“So I’m never gonna dance again, the way I danced with you-ou-ou” – Careless Whisper
Then, apparently in 1998, another fantastic song came along: Outside. Hell of a song with, for that time, a quite controversial video – yes, remember those, music videos?
Years after (in 2012?) he teamed up with Mary J Blige:
“Don’t you know that true love asks for nothing” – As
Of course, everybody knows he also did a duet with Sir Elton John:
“Close the doooooooohooooooooorrrr and left me blinnnnnnded by the liiiiiight, ohhhhhh”
“Although I searched myself, it’s always someone else I see” – Don’t let the sun go down on me
In 2004, I discovered his Patience-album (cannot believe it’s that long ago!) and picked up on:
“You’ve got to go to the city” – Flawless
and of course, an even more brilliant song:
“I guess that Cupid was in disguise, the day you walked in and changed my life, I think it’s amazing, I think you’re amazing” – Amazing
What can I say, GM/WHAM have always been in my playlist and it’s too funky for me that George Michael is no longer among us.
Let’s cherish his legacy <3