George Michael was only fifty-three.
Once more, a pop star from my years of waiting for new music. His group WHAM! Was all over the radio and video when I was listening to those things.
None of us actually claimed to like George Michael.
We all thought he was a little weird and the music certainly wasn't rock and roll!
If you even got caught listening to it...
...well, there'd be hell to pay.
But we all somehow heard it a bunch of times anyway, didn't we?
I'm not sure about the WHAM! songs, but he certainly wrote a bunch of good music in the years following his break with the boy band.
He could sing, dance and the girls liked him.
Michael ran into some problems later on. He fell asleep behind the wheel a couple of times.
He came out as gay after he was busted doing something in a Hollywood bathroom.
Then he said something that made a lot of people think a little:
'This is who I am. Take it or leave it.'
Was the essential message.
I kind of admired that, for sure.
When we were kids some of the stars appeared gay to us.
Freddie Mercury, Elton John, Rock Hudson, Liberace...
...for God's sake...
...they denied it.
Even married or had themselves photographed with women...
...so the public didn't shun them.
And perhaps there are still people out there who won't listen to music or watch movies or attend sporting events...
...if they know the participants are gay.
'Take it or leave it.'
Michael stood up and said:
"I don't care if you don't like it."
Good for him.
Live your life.
No one should tell you how to live your days based on their wants, needs or desires.
I mean who cares?
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go!...
...still made you tap your feet.
Don't lie about it!
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