When George Michael shockingly passed away at just 53 years of age in December 2016, the monumental outpouring of grief went beyond just the loss of a treasured pop star. So many stories of his selfless generosity, all of it purposely unpublicized, were at last revealed – making it all the harder to accept he was no longer with us.
In perhaps one final act of generosity, however, he has now posthumously gifted us this previously unreleased single – “This is How (We Want You to Get High)” – just in time for the holidays, which is fittingly also included on the soundtrack to Paul Feig’s new film Last Christmas. Starring Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, along with Emma Thompson, and Maxim Baldry, Thompson’s co-star in the recent HBO mini-series Years and Years, it is sure to be the season’s runaway hit.
Regardless, a new George Michael song is the best present we could possibly hope for – and “This is How” (recorded in 2012) is him at his absolute best. To be sure, with its calypso groove and sultry atmospherics, it’s both comfortingly familiar and distinctly surprising.
George, of course, dramatically passed away on Christmas Day, 2016. So, in return for this wonderful new song, do give a very special thought (and more) – as would have he – for those less fortunate this holiday season.