Born January 8th, 1947, David Robert Jones, known by his stage name of David Bowie is the most eclectic musician I have in my collection.
As a young girl in 1969, I listened, along with my older brother, to'Space Oddity' in what many consider his break - out album.
I adored the word 'oddity'. I was gawky in second grade, where odd felt right. David Bowie was comfortable in his quirkiness - described as having a 'chameleon – like nature'.
The music of David Bowie stayed with me through my high school and college days in Nursing school. While some musicians are known for a trademark sound, this extraordinary vocalist provided a range of glam rock, adult contemporary and blue-eyed soul.
Columbia Records has said of Bowie: “There is old wave, there is new wave, and there is Bowie.” The following song might be my all time favorite~ it's a hard call.
Wild is the Wind
Over the last fifty years, David Bowie stood the test of time. I was thrilled to have seen him in his (last) Reality concert tour in March, 2004 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA for my husband's 50th birthday.
Bowie says it best: "I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring."
I sobbed like a baby learning of Bowie's death on January 10th ~ two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th jazz infused album "Blackstar".
In listening to one of his new songs "Lazarus", he was clearly saying goodbye ~ in his own odd(ity) way. While profoundly moving to me, the intensity of the video may be disturbing to some.
Only after his death, the world learned that Bowie battled liver cancer for 18 months.
The following message was tweeted by the Vatican's Council on Culture:
"Ground Control to Major Tom ~ Commencing countdown, engines on, check ignition and may God's love be with you." (David Bowie)
Rock on, David Bowie ~ I can hear your songs from up above and the angels are smiling...
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