Musicians Remember George Michael, His Influence

EVANSVILLE, INDIANA -- He's never gonna dance again - British pop star George Michael is dead at 53.

"Careless Whisper - thoughts of going to prom, things like that and all those great memories," local musician Chuck Harris said. "A lot of George Michael songs are like soundtracks to our lives."

The sounds of guitar riffs can be heard in Moore Music off Morgan Avenue in Evansville. The tune isn't a somber dirge, but for the musicians there, George Michael's influence can be heard in every note.

"Being a musician all my life, his music is very familiar to me," Moore Music manager Ed Sein said.

For musicians like Sein, George Michael was ubiquitous while growing up in the '80s.

"Back in the day when MTV actually played music videos, Wham! and George Michael were stars," he said. "They had high repitition videos. Their music was everywhere. You couldn't escape it."

"Grew up in the 80s in high school, so I have a lot of great musical memories of him," Harris said.

For Harris, the news of Michael's passing came as a blow - the latest musician taken from this earth in 2016.

"Wow. There goes another one," he said. "A lot of great sounds that will definitely be missed."

"We're all getting a bit older - the fans are, the stars are," Sein said. "It's just the nature of this circle of life, right?"

While George Michael and the other legends are no longer here, their music and influence live on.

"I don't see how anyone couldn't be influenced by him. You might not be into pop music, but he truly was a master of his craft," Sein said. "I really feel anyone who gave him a listen and analyzed what he was doing could recognize that pursuit of greatness and excellence."

"You hear George Michael's voice, you know who that is," Harris said.


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