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So many hits & so many memories! Thank you GM!
When I initially read the headline, I immediately hit Google... Surely it was a hoax! 5 mins later with no real results & with more credible sources reporting the pop icon's death... the realisation had hit, 2016 had summoned another of our musical heroes! As it was Boxing Day here in Australia, my first reaction was... seriously with 5 days left, you hadn't taken enough of them?!?!? As with Prince & Bowie I was in sudden shock & sadness. And then thoughts turned to my cousin, WHAM and then George solo were her absolute favs! I remember her bedroom walls plastered with George & Andrew and their music was on constant repeat. When the unthinkable happened & the duo called it quits, she went home early from school... Like most of the teenage girl population she was in mourning. Yesterday (& today & for a while to come) she mourned again. While I love George & his music, my tears were for her & the memories we shared... His music has formed part of our lives' soundtrack. And this is what I would point out to those who have criticised the outpouring of grief. Yes we might not have known him personally but when you have loved someone (albeit from afar) for so long, the grief & sadness will surface. When we sing along to their lyrics & it evokes whatever emotion, there's a connection that can last a lifetime! One of my biggest musical regrets is never seeing you live, but I do remember the last time you were here, I could hear your performance from my place! 
All I could impart to my cousin was 'turn his music up loud & smile at the memories'... While I think to myself, lord only knows how I will react & cope with such news about my musical heroes 💜💔
RIP George Michael, YOG, Yiorg - eternal thanks for the music & a lifetime of memories xxx 
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Love this album... Back on constant repeat!
 
 
Most will know Sarah as the front woman for The Superjesus i.e. the award-winning Aussie rock band; I have always loved their sound esp Sarah’s vocals. So I was rapt when I found out she was the opening act on the RSO (Richie Sambora & Orianthi) Australian tour – Sept 2016. It was a pleasure watching Sarah perform at each of the four Aussie shows (I should point out here that I am a die-hard Bon Jovi/Sambora fan) especially considering some of the support bands I've had to sit through over the years… but Sarah was pure entertainment both with her music & candid banter with the audience. Special mention must be made of her rock-dog Chachi… it was instantly clear it wasn’t her stage debut when she joined Sarah at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre. With just her guitar & vocals Sarah was the perfect choice to warm up the crowd before the Aussie premiere of RSO. The track that I remember the most from these shows is the instantly catchy & sweet ‘Scouts Honour’ – months later, it’s still stuck in my head! I now own the “96% Love Songbook” EP, (which features the track) - hit up Sarah’s site for more details HERE & watch the official clip HERE  

So to whoever selected Sarah (& Chachi) for this gig… thank you! 

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Sarah & Chachi on stage at 
Sydney's Enmore Theatre, Sept 29th 2016