David Bowie

by Woody on January 11, 2016

David Bowie once signed off an email to Ricky Gervais, “David Bowie, 57, Rock God.” And man that is apt a label as you’ll ever see. I won’t profess myself to being the biggest Bowie fan; I actually started listening to him because Rick Wakeman of Yes, played on Hunky Dory. I was a massive fan of Yes, and in particular Wakeman. So when someone somebody told me that Wakeman played on that album, I made Hunky Dory my first Bowie acquisition (most likely from Columbia House). I rounded out my Bowie collection with lots of his 70s catalog – Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, The Man Who Sold The World, etc.

As a teenager I wasn’t quite as enamored with his work when he started pushing his music more towards soul and I think I officially checked out when Let’s Dance was released. As I’ve gotten older, I learned to appreciate the chameleon-like approach Bowie took to his craft. Always willing to reinvent himself. Never content to rest on his past achievements. Fear of failure never a concern. He was a true pioneer and for many, he was the license to be yourself. For many, he made it OK to be weird.

That takes me to last Friday when Bowie released his latest album, Blackstar. After reading Paste’s stellar review , I made my way to Spotify to give it a spin. Fuck me, if it isn’t fantastic. Tis’ a Pity She Was a Whore is one of his finest tracks in his catalog. But then I spent the rest of the day digging through his catalog at my office and as I drove car pools that night thinking to myself, “self, why the fuck don’t you listen to more Bowie?”

I spent the rest of the weekend listening to Blackstar and bouncing around his catalog. So waking up this morning to learn that he had passed felt extremely bizarre. One of the negatives about writing this blog is that I get wrapped up in listening to new music. I really do love that as I don’t ever want to be that guy who gives up on new music and just winds up spinning the same albums over and over. But damn, it had probably been five years since I had spun a Bowie album front to end. With that in mind, here’s The Bewlay Brothers; a track that I always loved back in the day.

RIP David Bowie. Music and the arts needs more people like you. Hell, the world needs more people like you.

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