I know internet has been flooded with eulogies for David Bowie, but I have to chime in. I’ve been listening to his music since I was 8 years old when I first heard Space Oddity. Few artists, since the Beatles, have changed the face of music more than David Bowie. With each new work, he would take his music to a new level, always experimenting and pushing the boundaries of creativity. I’ve met each new release with the excitement of wondering what he was going to bring us next.
His Brian Eno trilogy in the 80s sounded like nothing else. Last year, he surprised us with his first new material in over a decade and I was blown away by it. When I first heard that “Black Star” was coming out on January 8, I could not wait to put it on the turntable. And now, he’s gone. He left us with an album that’s being called his best since the seventies. I’m sitting on an airplane right now and haven’t been home, but his new album is waiting for me.
Tonight, I’ll light a candle, pour a dram of my best bourbon, and revel in his last gift to us, to me. He knew it would be his parting gift and I’m so grateful. He’s given me 40 plus years of joy and I will miss him and his music dearly. Thank you, David. You will never be forgotten. I can only hope that someday, I’ll create a photograph that will have a tiny fraction of the impact he’s left. Rest in peace, Sir Duke.
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today