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

The George Michael Video You May Not Remember

(Note:  This blog post underwent small revisions on January 11, March 22, and June 14, 2019.) I can’t believe it.  I spent a year researching George Michael’s work to write an essay, and missed this.  It isn’t his only advert, either, but it’s the one people respect as his better work. The commercial aired on the American Music Awards, broadcast in January 1989.  That was at about the time the popularity of the Faith album ran its course and GM was slowing the promotion of his music in the U.S., although he won two awards during the ceremony. This video promotes … Continue reading The George Michael Video You May Not Remember

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

George Michael’s Late 1990s Classic Cover

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

George Michael: An Appreciation

About a year ago, I decided to write an essay on the late George Michael’s life and work.  I thought I already knew quite a bit, and expected the research and writing to last about two months. It’s a good thing there was no publishing contract with a deadline.  I live in the United States, and didn’t realize how much of GM’s work was released without being promoted here.  To produce a well-informed essay, I needed a year to complete it. I bought CDs I didn’t previously know existed, and looked a lot more closely than expected at music videos … Continue reading George Michael: An Appreciation