Wednesday, February 16, 2005

How Can We Miss You If You Won't Go Away?

George Michael is not just retiring from pop life, he's disappearing. He's so fed up with the media criticism of his political views that he's bowing out of pop. But what I find most irritating about this talented musician's complaints is what he thinks of invisibility. "Perhaps it will mean writing for other people. I have an ambition to write a truly contemporary musical, not necessarily even for the stage, but for the screen ... I have got to find ways to make music and enjoy it the way I used to."

Gee, George, thanks for giving so much credit to the 1000s of working muscians out there who are successful, happy, known to their colleagues and critiques alike who aren't "famous" but most certainly aren't invisible. We wish you well, George, in your new disappearing act. And may you just take pride in doing something you love whether there's recognition in there for you or not. I'm sure we'll be seeing you.

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