RIP: David Bowie 1947 – 2016

One of my heroes and inspirations in my music life is now gone. I’ve listened to Bowie’s music throughout my life. He was a huge influence on my own music as you can probably tell. I’ve just recently listened through all of his albums on Apple Music streaming which I am proud of. David’s real name is David Jones but he had to change his last name so he could avoid confusion with the other David Jones who sings for The Monkees.

Bowie was known for making a lot of hit songs that you hear on FM radio everyday with classic songs such as: Space Oddity, Heroes, Golden Years, Lets Dance, Suffragette City, Queen Bitch, Ziggy Stardust, Changes, and many other smash hits. While he made tons of great hits… he was more than just a hit maker. He was a songwriter and musician. He was also more than just rock n’ roll even though he was made famous for the glam rock style back in the 70’s. He was an eclectic musician who performed all genres of music. You name it. Bowie did it whether it’ll be rock n’ roll, pop, techno, etc. The man did it all.

Bowie was also more than just a music artist. He was also a visionary artist and was big into fashion. The man was also a movie star as he had plenty of movie roles over the years. He starred in some movie roles as the leading star but in a lot of his films were mostly co-starring roles and cameos. The movie that made him famous in the movie business was obviously Jim Henson’s “Labrynth” in which he played the Goblin King. He also had a big role in Christopher Nolan’s film, “The Prestige”. Don’t forget, he also had a small role in Ben Stiller’s comedy, “Zoolander”.

Bowie released a new album called, “Blackstar” on his birthday and passed two days later. After doing a little reading, Bowie began work on “Blackstar” after completing “The Next Day”. Why was Bowie in a hurry to get another new album out this fast? Was that a sign that he knew that he was gonna go soon and he wanted to put out a new record as quickly as possible? Probably. A lot of people are shocked to hear Bowie’s passing but if you pay attention on his new album “Blackstar” and listen to some of the lyrics, he’s giving you signs that something is about to happen to him and it isn’t gonna be good. Watch the videos for “Blackstar” and “Lazarus”. What do you think “Blackstar” means? Does that have something to do with death? He’s giving you clues. That could explain those mysterious symbols under the blackstar and why he has a white blindfold with black stars as his eyes. Giving you signs that he’s about to go soon. Just his way of telling his fans goodbye. You should have seen his death coming ’cause I believe that’s what his new album was about.

Lyrics for “Lazarus”…

Look up here, I’m in heaven I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now

Look up here, man, I’m in danger
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below
Ain’t that just like me?

By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
Then I used up all my money
I was looking for your ass
This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me?
Oh I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me?

Now that you figured out why he never went back to performing again ’cause his body and his health couldn’t take the stage anymore. Talk about his health was nothing new ’cause the press talked about it for a while but never went into details. I never thought it was cancer though.

I don’t think “Blackstar” will be his final album, though. I’m sure Bowie has plenty of unreleased material in the vault so we will indeed see more Bowie music in the future.

RIP Bowie and thank you for the great music over the years. Bowie was one of the main reasons I got into songwriting and wanted to write songs on my own. Bowie was 69 years old.

Kev

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