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Tuesday Tune: “Space Oddity” by David Bowie

The stars look very different today.

I’m still reeling a bit from yesterday’s news of David Bowie’s passing. He was such a large part of my music-listening life, beginning when I was an teenager. But he was more than just a singer/songwriter; the way he constantly redefined himself meant I never knew what to expect, yet the sheer number of top quality music he made meant I was always there on day one. Even now.

On Friday, I bought his new (now last) album Blackstar — the day it was released. It was great to hear new Bowie; somehow it’s like catching up with an old friend. Although the man is gone, I’m grateful for the music he’s given the world.

Rather than include all the science-fiction-themed music he’s created — and is any single musician more sf than Bowie? — I’d just like to (re)share one of his early and greatest hits, “Space Oddity”, which nicely conveys the theme of loss in the lyrics and for the man who sang it.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on Tuesday Tune: “Space Oddity” by David Bowie

  1. I really enjoy Blackstar quite a bit. On Friday, I listened to it 4 times in a row. It’s been a long time since I have done that for any record.

    If you haven’t heard this interview from NPR Music, have a list. It came out in December and I relistened to it after hearing the new record. Great insight into the studio process of making Blackstar. http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/12/17/460023894/all-songs-1-david-bowie-fulfills-his-jazz-dream

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