Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotous AKA George Michael 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016
I couldn’t let the sudden passing of one of my favourite singers/performer go by without saying something.
When the news broke last Christmas that our beloved George Michael passed away unexpectedly I was shocked and couldn’t believe what I was hearing. George was not exactly an old man. Sadly, 2016 certainly was the year for the passing of a lot of famous musical people including David Bowie back in January.
Well, you know that saying, it’s not the dying that truly counts (however hard it is) it’s what you leave behind! And did George Michael leave a lot behind for us to enjoy!
As you may recall in a post last year Soul and the City I spoke about music being a great source of inspiration for me when I am writing and for life in general. Well, you can include the songwriter/performer of Careless Whisper, A Different Corner, Jesus To A Child, I Knew You Were Waiting, Kissing A Fool, One More Try, Let Her Down Easy, to that list. Don’t forget his Wham days with Andrew Ridgeley. Remember the song Last Christmas? How could you forget! This phenomenal creative being has penned more of my favourite songs than I can count!
This brings me neatly to the whole point of my blog: Sharon’s Writers Tidbits. WRITING. Now then, I do not profess to know much about the whole business of songwriting, I will leave that to you experts out there. But such is my business, how could I fail to note that songwriting is another aspect of creative writing. When you listen to the lyrics of George Michael’s songs for instance, A Different Corner you will see that it’s certainly a skill worth mastering if you are musically minded. And don’t forget if you manage to write a good song that is covered by lots of artists, and then goes on to become a hit single… you don’t need me to outline the rest. Happy days!!
Back to now though where writing fiction as in books or short stories is more familiar. What could be nicer than listening to the album ‘Older’ on a rainy afternoon in London, whilst doing some lovely writing! Sounds like heaven to me!
For me George Michael was unique a one-off, his songs were thoughtful, deep, and well-written. As an artist I found him inspiring and generous, whose songs are ageless and timeless!
The void George Michael has left behind is going to be difficult to fill.