Many people will say how they grew up listening to the music of David Bowie. I didn’t. While I was aware of Space Oddity I don’t think I knew much, if any, of his other stuff, I was too young when Ziggy was changing the world.
In 1980 I was beginning to learn what I actually liked and the electronic sounds of the time were very much my thing. In to this “New Romantic” movement he seemed to step from nowhere with Scary Monsters, Ashes to Ashes and Fashion. As he had done many times in the past, he completely reinvented himself in to the harlequin character he adopted. Three years later come the huge commercial success of Let’s Dance and the “Serious Moonlight” would tour.
I can’t remember the exact circumstances of how I got hold of a ticket. Somebody couldn’t make it and I was in the right place at the right time. It was an incredible show. Not my first concert, but I think the first full stadium show with everything that goes with such events. It was incredible. One song still remains strong in my memory – Cracked Actor – a full on theatrical performance like nothing I had seen before.
From this time I have always had Bowie’s music with me and I looked out for the other projects he was involved with such as Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.
More recently, and I guess because of the changes in my own personal circumstances, I have been playing a lot of his music and possibly for the first time exploring the albums in full, playing all of the tracks from start to finish. My current favourites are StationToStation, Low and Heroes, but there are so many more that I haven’t listened to yet. Other albums where I have just grabbed individual songs such as 1984, Andy Warhol and Sorrow.
I got home from work about 6 last night, grabbed a drink as it was so hot and checked Facebook, as I so often do. And there was the news. David Bowie was dead!
It seems we don’t expect our heroes to pass away; are they not supposed to be there forever?
Only two days before he had released his 25 studio album on his 69th birthday. It would seem that as in life he was determined to make an exit under his own terms. He had known for a while that time was running out and so a fitting farewell was prepared and delivered to perfection.
While he is no longer with us in this world he will live on forever, you simply need to play his music.
Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now
R.I.P David Bowie