I read the news today and exclaimed, “No!”
Scanning through the Facebook posts and seeing Bowie trending I thought, “No, no Bowie can’t be dead. His birthday was just last week. No.” Turns out Bowie was mortal, he was human. He just didn’t seem like it.
Odd how losing someone I never met, or even came close to meeting, could make me feel so sad. Yet, I’m feeling it. His music meant so much to me and so many.
Growing up on AOR radio Bowie ruled those airwaves, as a kid I knew his songs: Jean Genie, Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, Space Oddity, Rebel Rebel, Suffragette City. He dominated the music video artform in the 80’s. MTV was the perfect medium for his unique blend of visuals and his unique voice.
He never stopped creating or being interesting. He found a way to stay relevant, even up to his brand new record last week.
“China Girl,” has always been one of my favorites. Co-wrote with his friend Iggy Pop and produced by Nile Rodgers, it featured guitars from then unknown Stevie Ray Vaughn. Bowie helped break Vaughn. For me this track is quintessential Bowie.
Bowie was a true artist. He did what he wanted. He bended genres and sexuality. He made the art he wanted to make, on his own terms.
So goodbye Jareth. Goodbye Thin White Duke. Goodbye Ziggy Stardust. Thank you for all that you gave us.