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
Today, July 24, 2019, is the 35th anniversary of the release of Careless Whisper by George Michael. Click the link below to view the new, HD video of Careless Whisper. Uh, and Boris Johnson officially became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.🙄 Continue reading Today, as it Should Someday be Recalled in History
This month I’ve returned to Renaissance Music. For the uninitiated, the Renaissance Era is sandwiched between the Medieval and Baroque Periods, with some overlap. A good ballpark figure is 1300-1600 A.D. I understand the Renaissance wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, when unspeakable things still happened without question. However, the period was noted for progress, especially in the arts. In the Twenty-First Century, the preferred method of familiarizing ourselves with early music — or any type of music — is buying some of it on iTunes and listening through earbuds. There’s also Spotify, other streaming services and CDs. … Continue reading Listening to New Old Music
I USED TO THINK OF GEORGE MICHAEL AS BEING MECHANICAL, LIKE A SCIENTIST IN A WHITE COAT, WORKING IN A LABORATORY, CREATING PERFECT HARMONIES, AND ALL THE WHILE I WAS SECRETLY ADMIRING HIM. — BOY GEORGE Continue reading Boy George Quotation
DON’T PLAY WHAT’S THERE. PLAY WHAT’S NOT THERE. — MILES DAVIS Continue reading Miles Davis Quotation
ONE GOOD THING ABOUT MUSIC, WHEN IT HITS YOU, YOU FEEL NO PAIN. — BOB MARLEY Continue reading Bob Marley Quotation
THE REAL PROBLEM WITH REALITY IS THE LACK OF BACKGROUND MUSIC. — ANONYMOUS Continue reading No Background Music?
I found this on YouTube just a few minutes ago. Note: I’m told that the use of the word ace as a verb, meaning to do something perfectly, originates in North America. The United States is where I’ve always heard the word used that way, and that’s how it’s intended in the bold print above this post. Continue reading Eric Clapton Aces it!
Some pieces of art that should become legendary are forgotten. When George Michael and producer Phil Ramone got together to create an album of standards in the late 1990s, they were probably aware that the end result would not be a commercial success. Although Songs From the Last Century isn’t in the same league with the later Michael-Ramone collaboration Symphonica, it’s worthy of more attention than it receives. Below is a link to a YouTube audio-only upload of Mr. Michael’s cover of Secret Love. Secret Love was first recorded by Doris Day, for the 1953 movie Calamity Jane. Sammy Fain composed the instrumental music, and the … Continue reading George Michael’s Late 1990s Classic Cover
MUSIC EXPRESSES THAT WHICH CANNOT BE SAID AND ON WHICH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE SILENT. — VICTOR HUGO Continue reading Victor Hugo Quotation