I finally sat down to watch George Michael's film 'Freedom'. I kept putting off a little as I knew it would be sad to watch. Yes although tinged with a little sadness it was also a celebration of his achievements and a good account of what a great man George Michael was.
I hate saying 'was', it doesn't seem right that this man is no longer alive. During the 80's I didn't consider myself to be a huge Wham fan but just recently I have found that I can reel off the complete lyrics to 'Wham Rap', 'Young Guns (go for it)' and 'Bad Boys' so I must have been a bigger fan than I thought. He oozed charisma and sexiness but seemed to be. constantly fighting his demons. It seemed so cruel to not only lose his lover but also his mum too shortly after, pain only those that have been through can associate with and for the rest of us can only imagine.
There were some lovely tributes in this film from Nile Rodgers, May J Blige, Stevie Wonder, and even great respect from Liam Gallagher. I loved the humour Ricky Gervais brought to it and George's appearance on 'Extras' just showed you he could put his hand to anything, very funny!
I couldn't help thinking though that there was so much more to see and so many more people that I would have liked to hear speak about him but this was a film made by himself not knowing what his destiny was. I thought someone may have added to it but then that may have spoilt his initial intention for this film. He was an individual and I admire that fact he took on Sony if only to protest that he could not be dictated to by this huge company. I feel no one was ever going to control George Michael, he would do exactly what he wanted to do and fight for what he believed in. I love that.
His songs are just some of the best in British music history from the fun Wham hits such as 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' and the summer sunshine hit 'Club Tropicana'. He showed strength with 'Faith', 'Freedom' the phenomenal 'Praying for Time' and his loving tribute to Anselmo 'Jesus to a Child'. There are so many songs which will live on, so many that we can put memories to and maybe songs he has left behind for our future. I'll miss him, whatever you think of him, even if you were not a big fan he will have his place as one of musics finest artists and song writers. The guy did good!
RIP George Michael 25th June 1963 - 25th December 2016
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