I was just 19 when I first became aware of David Bowie’s music in the summer of ’72. His hit record “Starman” was being played constantly on the radio. Then I heard “Life on Mars” and I was hooked. I avidly bought up all of his existing LPs and then every new one during the 1970s. He was not always the popular artist he will be remembered as. In the early 1970’s he was dismissed by some as yet another glam rock artist. The musical press did not originally like him either, with cynicism about his “final” performance as Ziggy Stardust. Many people just did not get him at first. Then again he was doing something no artist had done before. He tore up the rule book and did whatever he liked. He explored new musical genres and invented new persona’s. He succeeded brilliantly with every thing he tried. He invented countless new riffs and melodies. He could play a host of musical instruments.
Not content with singing he also successfully explored mime, film and theatre. David Bowie was incredibly talented but never stood still, he was always changing, embracing new ideas. Now, already a legend, he has boldly gone where no-one has gone before. He has stage-managed his own death which happened just two days after his 69th birthday and two days after the release of his final album Blackstar. He appears to have written, sung and performed his own epitaph and of course only one person was required for this, his last video. This haunting work is going to be talked about forever. He clearly knew he was going and left behind one amazing final performance for his fans. How lucky we were to have witnessed so many great performances and so much great music. Thanks for the music David and thanks for the memories. I will leave you with the first line of one of his last songs and which he performs in a video..
“Look up here, I’m in heaven”
What an incredible life and what an incredible way to end it. RIP Starman