I am still in shock after waking up to the news that David Bowie passed away yesterday at the age of 69. I first came to love Bowie’s music growing up during the age of MTV in the early 1980s when his intriguing, artfully crafted videos were on heavy rotation, especially when the album “Let’s Dance” was released in 1983.
Critics may have dismissed that effort, and it became labeled it as mainstream, kind of in that same way that so many artists went “disco” in the late 1970s in order to build a larger audience. It made perfect sense though for Bowie, who was always changing. Why not delve into new wave? But those mainstream songs sparked my interest in Bowie which made me curious about his older work, the songs of my parent’s generation. You know, songs like “Space Oddity”, “Suffragette City”, “Changes”, “The Jean Genie”, “Heroes”, among others. The classics, the good stuff.
Still, it is because of these videos I continue to imagine Bowie as young, suave, and energetic. That will be my memory of him. How will you remember David Bowie?
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