The stars look very different today

Posted: January 11, 2016 in music, Record reviews
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David Bowie is dead. Why didn’t the world stand still?

In 1976, I bought a Bowie album called Station to Station. It doesn’t matter what kind of music Bowie made on Station to Station or how it fits into his life’s work or that it marked the end of this phase and the beginning of that phase. It doesn’t matter if you, Dear Reader, played it once and ran away. It doesn’t even matter if you’ve never heard of it.

What does matter is that I found this record and that as soon as the needle hit the wax it jumped into my soul. It tilted my brain. It stares unblinking from my eyes. As Bowie sang on another record, “Never no turning back.” I like to think that we all have a song or a book or a movie or a painting or a sculpture or a play that did that to us…if we were lucky.

In all the years I’ve been playing Station to Station, never have I thought, “Not this again.”

I never met the man, saw him in concert, or had any contact with him outside of his music. I have no cool stories to share. But today at work I played 35 of his songs and from time to time I looked out the window as the clouds closed in and broke up and closed in and wondered what kind of person am I in the alternative universe where there was no Bowie.

I’m glad I live over here.

Goodbye, David Bowie. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues!

  1. Wm Seabrook says:

    My daughter has pointed out that in the UK, Bowie’s former wife is a contestant in Celebrity (?) Big Brother so was unaware he had died. When she told by another ‘in-mate’ that “David is dead’ it was thought she was referring to another contestant would had been unwell and had taken to his bed. The devastation caused in the Big Brother house and farcical scenes that followed would (I am sure) have greatly amused David Robert Jones (Bowie) if only he could have seen it.

    Sad day, and yet I have to admit brought me tears of laughter too!


  2. Wm Seabrook says:

    Hah, hah, hah,
    Heh, heh, heh,
    I’m the laughing gnome
    and you can’t get me.
    (Said the laughing gnome).


    All his fans are blue,
    And there’s nothing I can do.

  3. Barb says:

    In 1983 a group of us piled into a beat-up BMW and drove from Seattle to Vancouver BC for the Serious Moonlight tour. All I remember is that slim, elegantly dressed singer, whose pastel suit glowed in the darkness, far across the arena, whose seductive voice still haunts me.

    When I got married the next year, of course we included “Let’s Dance” in our wedding reception playlist. I’m not sure I could translate “serious moonlight” into words, but I know what it means in my heart.

    Yesterday’s announcement of David Bowie’s death was a shock. I always believed The Man who Fell to Earth was immortal.

  4. thecorncobb says:

    David Bowie/Quotes

    I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.

    I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, “Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.

    I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.

    I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.

    The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.

    To not be modest about it, you’ll find that with only a couple of exceptions, most of the musicians that I’ve worked with have done their best work by far with me.

    Frankly, I mean, sometimes the interpretations I’ve seen on some of the songs that I’ve written are a lot more interesting than the input that I put in.

    I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.

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