The Long-Awaited George Michael Song

George Michael’s previously unreleased 2012-2015 studio recording, This is How (We Want You to Get High), was made available to the public this week. The song is featured in the soon-to-be-released movie Last Christmas, along with a collection of established G.M. and Wham! classics. There’s some confusion over songwriting credits for this particular piece.  A subscriber e-mail I received today from Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd. (what?) stated that the lyrics were written exclusively by Mr. Michael.  However, on the official YouTube stream page, James Jackman is credited as co-lyricist. Whether or not Mr. Jackman had input with the lyrics, they … Continue reading The Long-Awaited George Michael Song

Essay on George Michael’s Work: Free This Weekend on Kindle

I’d like to thank the people who have read any of my five e-books.  The books aren’t written for money, and the satisfaction for me is when they’re read. Not everyone likes my books, as I’ve seen from the ratings on the Goodreads site.  Starred ratings are a grey area, though, and sometimes the only thing a relatively unknown writer can do is accept that good writing is a subjective thing.  When you’re not writing for profit, just write what you like and figure someone out there will be interested. This weekend, September 22 and 23, George Michael: An Appreciation will be available free … Continue reading Essay on George Michael’s Work: Free This Weekend on Kindle

One Song, Many Possible Interpretations

Roxanne, the 1978 hit song written by Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, a.k.a. Sting, should not be oversimplified.  However, not all musicians are mistaken when interpreting the lyrics based on what they hear on the surface.  An example is at the end of this post. Roxanne is told from the point of view of a person who is either trying to reform a prostitute or trying to get some sort of vague help from her.  There’s definitely an emotional neediness on the part of the narrator.  No matter how you look at it, it’s partly about him. I’ll provide a licensed link to printed … Continue reading One Song, Many Possible Interpretations