Why 2016? RIP George Michael

Why 2016? RIP George Michael

The news broke late Christmas Day — George Michael passed away peacefully at home. 

In a year where I’ve been reeling from the death of my childhood soundtrack with the passing of Prince, yet another musician who musically narrated my life has left this world. 

I remember goofy dancing to “Wake Me Up” in my childhood bedroom in NY. 

I remember my high school English project where the teacher told us to research a poem and present it to the class. I submitted “Careless Whispers“. Granted, I didn’t get the adult content until much later — but I did okay on the assignment, which is what mattered at the time. 

I jammed on my Walkman while commuting on the New York City subway to “Monkey” and “Too Funky”

In between it all, who could forget the classic Saturday Night Live sketch where Dana Carvey spoofed George Michael’s posterior? See it here

And years later, when I was planning my wedding, I knew I needed a song to reflect the long, unconventional, winding path to love I had found. 

Like a warrior that fights

And wins the battle

I know the taste of victory

Though I went through some nights

Consumed by shadows

I was crippled emotionally

Somehow I made it through the heartache

Yes I did. I escaped.

I found my way out of the darkness

I kept my faith (I know you did), kept my faith

When the river was deep I didn’t falter;

When the mountain was high I still believed;

When the valley was low, it didn’t stop me;

I knew you were waiting for me

I walked down the aisle to marry the love of my life to the duet performed by Aretha Franklin and George Michael “Knew You Were Waiting“. 

No one person’s time on Earth is unlimited. I hope George Michael left knowing the love and positivity that he gave his fans. 

Check out Rolling Stone’s list of 20 essential George Michael songs here

Rest in Power, George Michael. 


4 thoughts on “Why 2016? RIP George Michael

  1. 2016 has most likely been synonymous with a falling into pieces musicwise and countless losses. In the meantime, we’ve migrated from WordPress.com to a self hosted platform which was quite complicated considering the amount of posts we have on http:indamixworldwide.live.
    We couldn’t help paying our tribute to George Michael featuring one of hos most beautiful performances ever, on his 2014 cover version of Terence Trent D’Arby’s ‘Let Her Down Easy’.
    Blessings, dear 😉

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