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

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

George Michael DVD (Review)

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael  Epic Collection of 24 Music Videos Plus Bonus Material DVD (Region 1 Edition Available in the U.S.) ISBN: 1-57330-117-5 Price Varies by Retailer This review was revised and updated on March 14, 2017, and again on October 29, 2017. On Christmas Day 2016, the world lost a musical genius and a subtle mind.  George Michael was a genuine artist, even if the mainstream taste failed to recognize him as such.  People knew they enjoyed his creative work, but did they give the lyrics careful thought or consider how the music was affecting … Continue reading George Michael DVD (Review)

The Case of the Purloined Bathmat

The title of this post is misleading.  My bathmat wasn’t stolen.  I’m certain of that.  It disappeared during the night, and if anyone had gotten into the (studio) apartment, I would have heard him or her. Although I don’t recall anything other than getting up once in the middle of the night to use the facilities and then returning to bed, I know that at some point I was sleepwalking.  That was how the bathmat disappeared, and damned if I can find it now.  I may have stepped into the hallway and dropped it down the trash chute during the … Continue reading The Case of the Purloined Bathmat