Happy Birthday, George Michael

Posted by The G on June 25, 2011 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

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My George Michael CD Collection

Happy birthday to one of my favorite singers of all time, George Michael.  His music has gotten me through thick and thin and no matter how many times I’ve listened to his music (which is A LOT), I never get sick of it.  A few years ago, I got to see George perform at Madison Square Garden for my first time and moments before the show, I found out I scored a back stage pass!  I got to talk to George after the show and I got to tell him face to face how important his music is to my life.  It stands out as one of my coolest New York moments ever and I’ll always be grateful for that experience.  George is going to be touring Europe with a symphony later this year and simultaneously making a dance record.  I am beyond excited.  Speaking on behalf of your legions of devoted fans all over the world, thanks again George for all the smiles you’ve brought to our faces and have a great birthday!

Happy Birthday, Jeff Buckley

Posted by The G on November 17, 2010 under GNN | Read the First Comment

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Jeff Buckley

I cannot believe singer Jeff Buckley died in 1997!  Had he lived, he’d be celebrating his birthday today, November 17.  I remember working in a record store when “Grace” came out and I got a copy of the record and it has not strayed too far from heavy rotation ever since.  It still pains me that I had multiple chances to see him perform and I thought “I’ll just catch him another time.”  Legacy Recordings have released deluxe special editions of “Grace” (with a full disc of bonus tracks, as well as a DVD with videos) and “Live At Sin-E” (with over 30 additional tracks that were not included on the original 4 track EP).  They are must haves!  He only released these two albums in his way too brief life, but like so many of the greats, he left behind a lot of unreleased material.  It’s impossible to pick a favorite song, but I know that today I’ll definitely listen to “So Real,” “Everybody Here Wants You,” and “Last Goodbye.”  What’s your favorite Jeff Buckley song?  There are no wrong answers.  Jeff, wherever you are, thank you for music that has helped shape my life and hope you have a great birthday!

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