David Bowie 1947-2016

David Bowie was on this docket for this week’s coming Tunes for Tuesday. Blackstar, his twenty-fifth album in a music career that is only bested in longevity by Paul McCartney and Cher, came out on Friday, and I have been listening to it over the weekend, in hopes of being able to say something intelligent about this bizarre and amazing album.

And then I got on-line this morning having finished my Downton recap and saw he was dead. It was like being punched in the face. Bowie is one of those artists I don’t remember finding, because I found him before I had memory. Space Oddity was one of those songs I acted out in my room as a little kid. I do remember the first time I saw Labyrinth, because of the shock of realizing this singer I liked was the star of the movie along with the Muppets. I remember blowing the other girl scouts’ minds afterwards, by playing the album I had.

Tomorrow’s post would have started out with the single “Lazarus.” Somehow it seems oddly fitting for this post.

For eight year old me:

David Bowie is the reason I discovered artists like Iggy Pop…

…and Brian Eno…..

I saw David Bowie live only once, on the Outside tour, when he was doing a double act with Trent Reznor. I went for Nine Inch Nails. I stayed for Bowie.

But we can’t really do this post without the classic can we? We can’t. In no particular order, other than me thinking of them.

It seems most fitting to end on a slightly obscure number from Low. Yassassin means “Long Life” in Turkish. Here’s the Bowie, who made so much of his.



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