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Monday, June 23, 2008

16 again and in love with George Michael

You could ring up any of my friends from high school and ask them what my favorite band was and I am sure that they would all provide the correct answer. So feverish was my adoration for Wham! that it could only be rivaled by the girls in the Ed Sullivan audience when the Beatles first performed. George Michael was my favorite of the dashing duo.

My allegiance continued even when George went on to a solo career.
George made some bad decisions that were well documented in the tabloids and consequently broke my heart. Eventually I grew up and got over it. A few months ago my daughter, well aware of my teenage crush, mentioned to me that George was coming to town. I immediately said that I wouldn't go. I would instead cling to my perfect memory of a concert that I had attended when I was 16. I happened to mention to my oldest and dearest friend T that he was coming. Before I knew it, I had 2 tickets in my hand and she had booked her flight from LA.

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Last night when the lights dimmed and the first few bars of an all to familiar tune began I entered a time portal and became 16 again~ screaming ensued, as well as some jumping up and down. (This is all quite embarrassing to admit. :) Like the rest of us George has aged, but he still had the moves. More importantly, he still had the voice. For two solid hours the man sang and I was deliriously happy. He has resumed his postion of first love on the pedestal of my heart.

Of course this is a decorating blog, so I thought you might like to see his gorgeous home.

This 16th century masterpiece is located an hour outside of London on the river Thames.
George in his library that houses several antique books.
The kitchen features an Aga cooker, which is a staple in many British kitchens.

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Sigh~ look at that garden. Isn't it lovely?
Thank you T for a great memory and yes Cyndi, he did sing "Careless Whisper".
Last week's quote:
"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. "
Laura Ingalls Wilder, author


Elizabeth said...

Who wouldn't want to go to that concert?! I'm glad it was all you hoped for; although I thought I was George's biggest fan, regardless of his personal mistakes. Thanks for posting the pictures of his home, too!

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

I also adored George Michael and Wham!!
Im going to check to see if he will be in my neck of the woods.

Charli and me said...

I just loved your post. It brought back memories of me at sixteen when the Beatles came out. I can still remember driving in my car listening to "I want to hold your hand." That house was so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Wow, you've got it bad for that man. He is still handsome. And he has a beautiful estate.
Check ya later


Mildred said...

Wouldn't you just love to read one of his antique books while sipping hot tea in his fragrant garden? Lovely pictures! So glad you enjoyed the concert.

Miss Sandy said...

I am so glad you went! It is fun to visit a blast from the past. I am sure your crush in much akin to mine only the object of my affection was Rod Stewart! I passed up free tickets to his recent tour where he is promoting his newest release of classic rock and his Great American Songbook. I wish I had gone.

The estate is amazing, big SIGH, to live on the river Thames! The garden is so lush and the library would be a slice of heaven on earth for me! Thanks for sharing your fun musical memory.

sara said...

what a stunning kitchen he has! He was singing a little before I was relaly interested in music, but I do remember bopping around to his tunes while eatign my McDonald's happy meal in the back of my aunt Trish's car.

Sadie Lou said...

You're kidding me!
I love George Michael to pieces.
Did you see when he sang on American Idol?
I used to listed to my Mom's copy of the album "Faith" and she used to make me promise to skip through certain songs...
Of course I didn't.
He does look older and "worn" but you're right, he'll always have a special place in that Fan Club Spot of my heart--right alongside Brad Pitt and Christian Bale.
My sisters are going to go see him in Seattle at 150 bucks a pop!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Perfect! I recently saw him on American Idol, and I have to say, he's aged very well! I loved his performance. So glad you went, and enjoyed it. It's good to go out and have fun.:)
xo Lidy

Rue said...

Hi Laura :)

I loved Wham too. He has had some issues in the media, but what star hasn't? I just like his songs.

His home is incredible.

rue :)

Michele said...

Wow...."Careless Whisper" brings back memories!! Suddenly I'm back in high school, LOL!!! I'm glad you had fun at the concert!!!


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Ah yes, I too adored WHAM! Good times. Those were the days, eh? I just loved all the musicians back then. George, Boy George, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, I could go on and on. The early days of MTV back when it was cool.

Thanks for the memories. :-)

Angela said...

I went to his concert in Anaheim on Friday night. God I love him, I just pretend that all that bad stuff he did doesnt exist. It was such a wonderful show! Glad you had fun too, he really does still have a wonderful voice!

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