Let's Get "in Memoriam" To Number One
By: Simon Roberts
Christmas Day 2016, Simon happened to be alone that day, when the news about George's death broke. He had a similar reaction to that which he felt the day Princess Diana died. News about someone he didn't know personally, and yet he couldn't stop myself from crying.
Simon thought immediately – as a writer, as an Artist – he could feel that dramatic impact, and knew immediately this would eventually process itself into music. He'd never met George, but was linked by the fact both he and George had studied composition with the same tutor at the The Royal Academy of Music, in London - John Gardner. George was there very long – and must have left, Simon imagined, when Wham took off, around '81. Simon came down to London to study there in '85. And in fact, there's no reference in his biography to George having studied at the RAM.
"George was one of the greatest singer/songwriters in history. Simon calls him "a Mozart of our time." George's songs set a benchmark of excellence, musicality and lyricism. Simon goes on: "George had an extraordinary ability to write songs that transcended nationality, race, colour, creed, and spoke directly of the human condition, and as though addressing each of his fans individually."
Simon went on to explain: "With "In Memoriam," I tried to use techniques that both Mozart and George used. The lyrics contain a number of narratives at different levels. And the music is without doubt the finest I've ever written." Mastered by Mike Hillier at www.thisismetropolis.com and distributed by Kate Hendry at www.absoluteservices.com "In Memoriam" is a sophisticated and fitting tribute to the passing of one of the world's greatest ever singer-songwriters.
"I'm not George," Simon admits. "I wouldn't dream of pretending to be. What I have done is try imagine what things "might" have felt like for him, when viewed from his perspective. And then to put this interpretation of mine to music that is as exceptional as his was. And I hope this appeals not just to George Fans, but to anyone who appreciates that Pop Music, when done really well, itself becomes a form of "High Art."
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