Although I was already a fan of his music my first real introduction to David Bowie was when my then love Mr Mediocre, who believed himself to be a bit of a music aficionado, took me to a concert in Sydney back in 1987. It was the Glass Spider tour and we went on his birthday (13 November).
Side note – anyone who knows their star signs would already know that Mr Mediocre and I were never meant to be – despite our ridiculously hot sexual chemistry, a Scorpio and a Capricorn is nothing but a recipe for disaster. Oh, did I mention that David Bowie and I shared the same birthday 8 January? Yep. Me, Elvis, Ronald Reagan and David Bowie. Genius and looks. All of us. Slightly off track but regardless of my doomed love life I was transfixed with David Bowie and his wonderful music.
I started to delve into his back catalogue, especially his early ‘70’s music and I was amazed at his chameleon-like theatrical flare and his musical skills. Ziggy, of course. Aladdin Sane. Holy Crap! Who doesn’t love “Life on Mars”? And I swear that Ashes to Ashes film clip scared the bejeezus outta me! Just wow!
Over the years Bowie remained relevant to music, morphing into new sounds and bringing those sounds to life, I don’t think anyone would call him anything other than a thorough original.
I should also mention his movie roles. First and foremost is Labyrinth. I mean those tights. Wowza! But of course Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence was a stand out as was his portrayal of Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ. But still – those tights!!!
To keep the Türk flavour today David Bowie released the song “Yassassin” back in 1979. Meaning Long Live the song is quite reggae but with a definite Turkish vibe. Enjoy.
Incidentally I was pretty impressed with PowerFM here in Türkiye. They played a stream of David Bowie music throughout the day, new and old. Driving around Mersin was nothing but a pleasure with me blasting Bowie throughout the city.
Vale David Bowie.
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As I walked through Bodrum yesterday I heard Bowie songs coming from several of the shops – I thought they were playing themselves but your post made me realise that they were probably listening to the radio.
I too love his music, and he will be greatly missed. His music will live on though.