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.