Monday, December 26, 2016

Music Monday - Last Christmas

It was Christmas night when I read the news on Facebook - singer George Michael had passed away at the age of 53. As of right now, the cause of death stands as heart failure.

I thought - when will it end?  So many singers have passed these last twelve months.  But, I had already planned a post on Hanukkah music. I decided to run it tomorrow. 

Here is a selection of hits.  First, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, from 1984, in the Wham! years.  Get up and dance to this for your Monday morning.

Careless Whisper, from 1984, also with Wham!

Faith.  I so love the beginning of this song, from 1987, and George Michael's first solo album.

A 1991 live performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", an Elton John Song, with Sir Elton John himself.  John was one of many artists who expressed their shock at Michael's death yesterday.

In his 53 years, George Michael only released eight albums - three with a band, Wham! and five as a solo artist.


Finally, one more George Michael song (from 1984) with a title that seems somehow appropriate for this most untimely death.  "Last Christmas".

There were so many other songs I could have chosen from, but I am saddened today.  Too many artists gone this year - too many to name, and I don't even want to do a retrospective. 


This is my last Music Monday of 2016.  Let us hope that 2017 is a kinder year to the music community.

11 comments:

  1. I didn't even know in the whirlwind of Holidays. His music was great car music. So many memories tied to winter and skiing family vacations.

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    1. It is sad when the singer of music that is associated with good memories passes away.

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  2. George Michael was a troubled individual with a stellar voice and talent. Too young to end sharing his best with us.

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    1. So many super-creative people seem to be troubled. Too many also seem to die young.

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  3. I'm not a big fan of pop music, but I do have his greatest hits album. This morning I told Alexa to play George Michael and I am listening to his music as I write this. Nice tribute from you.

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    1. Happy that Alexa is doing what you want this time!

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  4. Really nice collection of music and great memories of George Michael. Thank you for the beautiful tribute.

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  5. This was a major topic of conversation among the family yesterday. I found a T-shirt for my brother for Christmas: "I survived 2016". I think we should buy them for all the musicians who still are alive in a week.

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  6. Thanks for sharing a nice collection Alan I am not a big fan of pop music but heard about George Michael's music.

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  7. I loved Last Christmas, and the news of George Michael's passing feels really sudden. 2016 has claimed so many talented people - here's hoping to a better and more loving 2017.

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  8. It certainly has been a rough year in so many ways, the many celebrity and musician deaths being one of them. Here's hoping 2017 is better and brighter.

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