I am Really Into George Michael.
When I first heard the news that George Michael, (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) passed away today, December 25,2016, I called my Aunt (Nanny) to check on her. I asked if she heard the news & she said she was about to look it up on her phone & when she saw my call, she knew it had to be true. We hung up, both in shock. I sat with my mouth agape & began to sob. Then the sobs became uncontrollable & my Dad came & sat with me. You see, I’ve listened to George Michael since I was a baby. I cannot remember when I wasn’t enamored with his music. His music has been an integral part of my life. Often times, I will admire an artist for his or her abilities, but this is different. I really LOVE George Michael. He’s talented, stunning, honest, flawed, funny & tried to do right by his millions of fans. And I mean how can you not love a guy who can poke fun at himself?
I had the luxury of hanging out with my Nanny who was into Rick Springfield, Duran Duran, Wham! & later George Michael. I was jamming out to him on a tape deck with a side ponytail & my life was perfect. My dad, who usually loathes pop music, bought me a Wham! poster when I was 5 years old. It hung in my room until it actually fell off the wall. I remember friends coming over & not fully grasping my love for this man. How can I listen to Last Christmas all year long? How can I hate Limp Bizkit’s version of Faith? My answers: Because Last Christmas is amazing & George Michael’s version is & will always be superior to me & he’s amazing-always. Believe me, I’ve never been ashamed for my love for all things George Michael.
My mother remembers dancing me to sleep listening to Careless Whisper, which was released in 1984. I was less than a year old. This song has been a staple on my playlists since a playlist existed. It NEVER gets old. It’s been covered a million times & I still get excited every time I hear it begin to play.
My mom had this song, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me playing in her car all the time. It’s amazing. The older I get, the more I appreciate it. This live duet with Elton John is beautiful. His voice is just like honey.
Freedom ’90 is a crowd favorite & definitely one of my favorites. George is not even in this video & it still manages to be sexy. “I won’t let you down/ I will not give you up/ Gotta have some faith in the sound/ It’s the one good thing that I’ve got/ I won’t let you down/ So please don’t give me up/ Because I would really, really, love to stick around”
I remember being so embarrassed listening to this song, but I couldn’t stop myself. I Want Your Sex is a damn good song. His breathy vocals telling us he wants our sex & love- DAMN! He also promotes safe, monogamous sex in this song, so who can argue with that? Cccccccccome on!
Oh, Lord, Father Figure was my ringtone for over 10 years & for good reason. This song is one I can & will belt out anywhere at anytime. I will stay in the car, make a loop around the block to finish it out. The black & white video- too good. The stalker/rescuer vibe is totally sexy to me & him pinning this bad, sophisticated model against a wall for a passionate kiss- I’m down. If you are the desert, I’ll be the sea/ if you ever hunger, then hunger for me/ Whatever you ask for that’s what I’ll be
One More Try has been a favorite of mine as long as I can remember, but lately I’ve connected to it more. The emotion is his voice overwhelms me at times. It’s about loss, hurt, longing, temptation & love. If you can hear this song & feel nothing, then I guess we can’t be friends.
I wrote my bio for this blog last week & one of the first things I wrote was that I am a lifelong fan of George Michael. My friends constantly get Snapchats of me lip-synching or God forbid, me singing along to Wham! & George. Just yesterday, my daughter was videotaping on Christmas & got a really embarrassing shot of me dancing to Last Christmas in a cowboy hat. His music is ingrained in my life & it will continue to be. If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE George Michael. I am so terribly sad tonight. The world has lost a wonderful creative talent, a brilliant songwriter & the voice of an angel. Rest easy, sir.