Thursday 20 April 2017

Throwback the Music: George Michael #tbt

I had an idea for a new regular feature on this blog.

Music always evokes memories for you humans (and for us kitties too). It becomes the soundtrack of our lives.

So seeing as it's Throwback Thursday, why not do a post about a favourite song of yours that conjures up memories from your past? Or it can be a favourite album that takes you right back.

Then you answer a few questions to make it easier to write up your post.

And if you wish, how about linking to us when you post? (Actually, it would be greatly appreciated if you would!)

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I've asked Mum to tell us about a special album that she's been playing a lot lately.

She's chosen the George Michael album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1*

Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1*
Mum says: "This has to be my all time fave George Michael album. In the 80s, I really loved Wham. I went to their gigs and was sad when they broke up in 1986. I was at the Final gig. It was amazing. Even though it was a really hot day, I enjoyed myself immensely. Unfortunately, on the way home, I twisted my ankle."
After Wham called it a day, Mum went on to follow George Michael's solo career and she loved the more mature sound of his second solo album Listen Without Prejudice and has been playing it a lot after George Michael tragically passed away on Christmas Day last year.

How old were you when this album was released, Mum? It was in 1990 and was 24. 

What were you doing? Working as a quality controller at a dress manufacturer and singing in a pop duo with another girl, hoping we'd be the next Pepsi and Shirlie.

Did you have a loving pet at this time? My beautiful black and white cat Suzy. She was my first soulmate cat. I loved her so much.

What was your greatest wish at this time? I dreamed of being a successful singer and escaping my dreary job. I loved singing and it always made me feel good. It was an escape from the problems at home. I really longed to be on stage singing and I needed to be famous. Looking back, it seems so egotistical now, but I wanted it so bad. Maybe it was due to the fact that I was really bullied at school. Maybe it's because I craved attention. I always felt my parents didn't love me enough. Fame isn't important to me now, of course. But I wouldn't mind a bit of success for once and not have to resign to the fact that I'll be the struggling artist forever 😞

After George Michael passed away, I began listening once again to his beautiful music. I will always love his earlier music. It's true that I wasn't much of a fan later (I was more into rock and metal during the 90s). 

Listen Without Prejudice floods my mind with so many memories. I become that young woman again - bursting with hope and dreaming of better future. But always prone to depression. That's something that doesn't seem to change.

This is one of my favourite tracks. Hearing it now, two decades later, it makes me feel so good. 

FREEDOM 90 from Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1


Thanks for telling me about your younger days, Mum. Apparently, today is also National Cat Lady Day (or was it yesterday?) Anyway, here is a photo of my cat lady Mum and me...

Athena and Mum Marie

And how about a photo of Mum back in the day with her beloved Suzy. Look at Mum's 80s hairdo!!! 😻

Suzy and Marie in the 80s


Summer said...

In 1990, my human was senior editor at a heavy metal rock magazine! The cat she had then was her soul cat.

Eastside Cats said...

Sometimes, when a good old song comes on the radio, I say, "I want you to play this at my wake!" Of course, The Hubby rolls his eyes. There are some songs that make me turn up the volume and sing at the top of my lungs...while in the car with the windows up. "Smoke on the water! And Fire In The SKY!"

pilch92 said...

Thank you for sharing some of your past with us. Great photos of you with Athena and Suzie. XO

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

Clever idea! Love the story and your choice. Might participate sometimes, I just have to get my act together lol catchatwithcarenandcody

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Oh yes, I love Smoke on the Water!

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Thank you :)

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

I'll participate again when I feel like it. It's not a weekly thing, or even monthly. Feel free to participate when you can!

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

I remember your human mentioning it on your blog (I think). I used to be a bit of a headbanger. Can't do it now though. Too old and I get dizzy. Plus, I don't want to scare Athena :)