For Love of Bowie

I woke to the news this morning of David Bowie’s death.

Although I never met the man, I am heartbroken. His art, his music, has serenaded me my entire life. As a child I was fascinated with Diamond Dogs and would rattle off the words to Future Legend randomly.

Yes, I was a geeky, awkward kid with a strong love of the weird, sci-fi and fantasy. David Bowie was the shit.

In 1977, in my first year of high school, I signed up for a modern dance class. I was terrible at it. The routines would escape my grasp after the first few changes, and I struggled to keep up by watching the other students. I always chose the back row, of course. To finish the class we had to create and perform our own routine. We could pick our own music. In an era of disco and dance, my fellow students picked Thelma Houston and Donna Summer.

I picked David Bowie.

1984.

Yep. I was that weird kid in class. But I managed to dance the whole song. I even got a pretty good grade (I think).

I love music and many musicians have contributed to my life’s soundtrack, but David Bowie will always hold a very special place in my heart.

Rest in Peace…..and thank you.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “For Love of Bowie

  1. There are some performers who have the power to leave a mark on our lives and David Bowie was certainly one of those for me.

    Bowie was the first concert I ever attended. Cobo Hall in Detroit – I was a first year university student and his music defines my university years. His chameleon persona definitely provided inspiration. Even now as I write this, I hear ch-ch-ch-changes in my head 🙂

    Suddenly this morning I felt like a bright spot in the world had been lost.

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    1. So true…all day I’ve been hearing these stories – all the ways & times he touched our lives with his genius, including the young twenty- & thirty-somethings I work with.
      What a gift to share this time on the planet together…

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