Dear George Michael,
I am writing this to you to say thank you so much for everything you’ve done in music and outside of it. I like many became a fan of yours while you were in Wham! I loved your voice – so soulful, and your eyes – so sad, and your stare. The words to your music were more than just pop fluff that had been released at the time. You were no ordinary talent, that’s for sure. I admired how passionate you were in your performances and with one stare into the camera, you made me feel like I was the only one in the room, even at 9 (I realize you were much older, but still…my heart was filled whenever I saw you.).
I admired your power to change your image from boy bander, to sex symbol. You were just drop dead gorgeous from head to toe. No one could escape your beauty. I remember vividly classmates in school on Halloween coming dressed up with a fake cross earring and grey makeup on their cheeks and fake leather jackets – an homage to your “Faith” period. It took a lot of courage to break away from a goodie two shoe image in Wham! and go for self. But you did it, and the world took notice. As the years went on, you challenged your record label because you didn’t want to be constrained to a long term record deal. And in return, you changed your music. It became more thought provoking, and edgy. I still say “Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. I” and “Older” were some of your best work. You focused more on the topics of love, hardships, regrets, and the hope for things to get better in time – a far cry from the sex symbol image of previous years. You were a philanthropist, an activist, and a good natured individual who realized you could do good in this world with your celebrity.
Despite your trials and tribulations behind the camera, you always had a sense of humor and a “lesson learned” type of attitude. I was rooting for you to overcome your demons and share more music. When you had a serious bout with pneumonia, we fans were praying and pulling for you. And when you emerged from the hospital, a little weak, but still alright, I had hope that you would return to the world stronger and ready to release new music – which you did, a few singles here and there. And I was grateful.
Fast forward to now. I am heartbroken. This has been a very rough year of losses in music – Prince, Natalie Cole, Leon Russell, Bowie, the list goes on and on.. and now to add you to that list is just so overwhelmingly sad. The idea that no more music will come from you is just hard. No more creative songwriting – something so desperately needed in the music realm today. No more smiles and twinkle in your eyes in interviews. My only regret is that I never saw you in concert. You were definitely on my list to see. And it’s always going to be hole in my musical heart in knowing I didn’t have the opportunity. I hope you are at peace George. I hope you realized the impact you had on me, and others. Your music was filled with fun, loss, introspective wisdom, and creativity. And for that, I will forever be thankful.
You were the best. And I’m glad I had the chance to be a fan.
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