Till drugs do us part…

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They are talented, and drug addicts.

Most of their music I only bought after their deaths and sang their songs to celebrate their gifts. Only then I became a fan of Amy, Michael, Whitney, and many others who lost their lives as a result of addiction. George Michael’s streams increased by 3000% the day after he died. 3000% !?

This week, traveling to London on a family holiday, we landed at Heathrow and was informed by my Gospel music Promotor brother that George Michael died. This is serious.  Shocked. Then shocked at how he potentially died. Ian (my husband) a devoted father and music man, changed our travel itinerary. Instead of visiting the British library on the day, they were going to George’s home. That afternoon he started doing reporting to all major TV and radio stations back home from the location. George Michael’s house.

George Michael is dead, and Ian is standing in front of his house’s gate as if he was invited for tea. Reporting. George’s car still parked outside the house with a bottle of water in it that he sipped on whenever.


Pictures: Ian Bredenkamp

Listen here:

Credit: one of Ian’s interviews on radio

Back to the music. I decided to interview Ian. He knows music better than Google and iTunes. Really. I want to know about great musicians who he adores.

Me to Ian…

E: Which other music stars passed on this year – but lives on for you?

Ian: David Bowie

George Michael

Lemmy from Motörhead

Leonard Cohen

Glenn Frey


E: Do you have 5 pictures of you with famous musicians?

Ian: Yes.

E: You are so vocal.

Ian: (grunts)


E: Who is your favorite all time artist?

Ian: Rolling Stones. I love their combination of showmanship, the blues, great songs and legend status

E: I love it! I love you.

Ian: I love you too. Ask more questions.

E: Why did you drag me to Mariah Carey last year?

Ian: Because in life we should try spend 2 hours in the presence of massive stars. There’s normally a reason they sell millions of albums and tickets: it’s because they’re so good! So even if you’re not a massive fan it can be a fascinating experience watching someone who has honed their craft. Also: I love the sound of 20 000 people singing along to a song at the same time!

E: We had The Beatles as our wedding song – do you know the words of the chorus?

I give her all my love
That’s all I do
And if you saw my love
You’d love her to
I love her
She gives my everything
And tenderly
The kiss my lover brings
She brings to me
And I love her
A love like ours
Could never die
As long as I
Have you near me
Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
And I love her
Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
And I love her, ooh

E: How do you even?… nevermind

E: Why do you know every musician and the album cover so well?

Ian: It’s a cliche but music is my passion. It’s what I grew to love from the age of 10. I’d spend countless hours playing air guitar to Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet or trying to dance to the songs on Michael Jackson’s bad. Music is what I love.

E: Tell me a story that involves you, music and being a teenager

Ian: My friends and I spent many hours making pirated cassettes from our fave albums. We called it transferring then, not pirating. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Guns n Roses, Prince etc. I’d cut the album covers out when they were featured in music magazines and then I’d glue it all together to make great looking sleeves for my cassettes. My collection grew and grew but I wanted the real deal, not pirated goods. Then CDs were introduced. So I got a job selling ice creams on the beach to make money for CDs and eventually got a job at the perfect place for a teenager: Musica!

E: Beethoven said – “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” Any artist that you admired on album but that missed the notes live?

Ian: Hahaha great question! Yes, Crowded House, LIVE, Rihanna and Kings of Leon all left me with a disappointed taste in my mouth

E: We are in London while George Micheal passed on – what are you going to do about it?

Ian: We found our way to his home in Highgate. What an eerie, other worldly experience. I’ve always seen candle lit vigils outsides the homes of stars on TV but never been in the place to attend one myself. There were hundreds of flowers, candles and posters, cards, album covers. TV crews and fans. The most bizarre was that his Range Rover was still parked outside his home on the kerb and fans were writing messages in the dirt on the side of the car.

E: I Love you

Ian: I love you too.


From London, Elana & Ian

Follow Ian on Twitter and Instagram here and here.



4 Comments on Till drugs do us part…

  1. tmwakipesile1@gmail.com'
    Thandeka Mwakipesile
    December 31, 2016 at 4:44 pm (1 year ago)

    So sad to hear that George Michael passed on. I liked reading this, you write well and ask good questions ! Stay inspirational xo P.S you and Ian are such a cute couple.

  2. lameezwilliams27@gmail.com'
    December 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm (1 year ago)

    Great post and interview with Ian , love it all about musicians !!

  3. Lee.coul@gmail.com'
    Lee Goldschmidt
    December 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm (1 year ago)

    Well written and a lovely read on a tidbit of music history. Ian really knows his stuff! I love the “love
    You’s ” in the middle.

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