Jan 10, 2016 is the day the music world lost one if its greatest artists. I was surprised at how deeply this news affected me as I wasn’t exactly a life long fan of David Bowie. He had a brilliant capacity to reinvent himself as the decades went by and some of his later works didn’t always appeal to me, but he will forever remain a huge part of my teenage years. His music filled my tiny bedroom whether I was happy and experimenting with the latest Mary Quant make-up or feeling down, sitting in the darkness clutching Tony, an old threadbare teddy. I played his songs on a record player that my parents had bought me for my thirteenth birthday. It looked something like this one, wish I still had it.
This video shows just how long and diverse David Bowie’s musical career has been.
I’ll leave you with one of my favourites. I’m typing this post while playing it and my six year old grandson is singing along. That’s how timeless Bowie’s music is, passing on from generation to generation. It saw me through the angst of those early teenage years and appealed to my emerging sense of social injustice. Thank you David, not just for ‘Life on Mars?’ but for the excitement, comfort, motivation, diversity and inspiration your creativity and music brought to the world. RIP Mr. Bowie aka Ziggy Stardust.