Recorded on December 26th, 2016
I’m sad to hear about George Michael. I wasn’t a big fan, but he was definitely part of the evolving musical landscape for a teenager in the 80s. I didn’t care much for Wham!, although I learned about “Last Christmas” many years later, and that song is way better than it has a right to be.
The George Michael song I really liked, back then and now, is “A Different Corner”. It sounded nothing like Wham! with its sparse arrangement, and it showed off Michael’s incredible pipes and gift for melody. I admit that what really hooked me at first was that giant, fat keyboard bass line.
If we thought 2016 was bad for celebrity deaths, I imagine 2017 will be even worse. Sorry that’s morbid, but the aging of our favorite actors, writers, and musicians, combined with the explosion of TV shows and movies over the past decades, will make us constantly aware of a seemingly endless parade of deaths next year, and the year after that.