George Michael

FRESH: ‘This Is How’ – George Michael

George Michael releases a brand new song, “This Is How”.

by Christopher Smith

The late George Michael has released a brand new track entitled “This Is How”, from the soundtrack of the forthcoming film ‘Last Christmas’, a festive romantic comedy inspired by and featuring the music of George and Wham!. The film began when British film producer David Livingstone spoke of his love of Wham!’s iconic hit “Last Christmas” to the Oscar-winning actor, producer and screenwriter, Emma Thompson. That conversation sowed the germ of a winning idea – to make a film inspired by “Last Christmas”, so in spring 2013, Emma Thompson visited George Michael at his London home, who gave her his blessing.

‘Last Christmas’ is co-scripted by Emma Thompson and stars Emilia Clarke (‘Game Of Thrones’), Henry Golding (‘Crazy Rich Asians’), Michelle Yeoh (‘Tomorrow Never Dies’) and Thompson. The film will arrive in UK cinemas on 15th November. The soundtrack album features three Wham! songs including “Last Christmas” and “Everything She Wants” as well as twelve of George Michael’s best loved solo tracks. All songs were written, arranged and produced by George Michael, except “This Is How” which was co-written and co-produced by George Michael and James Jackman and recorded shortly before the star’s untimely death on Christmas day 2016.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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