Archive for January, 2016

David Bowie 1947 – 2016

Posted: January 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

Just knocked back in the driver’s seat on the school run with the news that David Bowie died of the cancer no one knew he had. In his Ziggy Stardust days he once claimed that he wanted to die by being killed onstage, one of those things that are said to get attention when one is young, I suppose. In a way he did die on stage, as his last album was released only last Friday.

I was in high school when Ziggy Stardust came out, but I was in college before I really listened to it—with the exception of “Space Oddity” and “Changes”, which were on the radio, he wasn’t an initial part of my environment. There was a point shortly after that when I could play the entire “Rise and Fall” album on guitar.

For me, the period from his previous album (“Hunky Dory”) through to 1980’s “Scary Monsters” was a time when I looked forward to each release as I did for few others, knowing that whether I liked what I heard or didn’t it would always be fresh and interesting. He changed musical styles nearly as often as he changed his clothes, and with few exceptions it resonated with me.

Thank you for the music and all the theatricality that went with it.

I’ve created an assortment of Bowie Tracks on Spotify. Not a definitive list (there are a plethora of greatest hits albums out there) but a few well known and not so well known tracks I’ve liked over the years. Most of them are his own. “My Death” is a Jacques Brel song performed live and “Wild is the Wind” was written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington and originally recorded by Johnny Mathis in 1957 as the title track for a film.