"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring".
Day 8 of my #blog365 no debate over the topic for today, hands down it had to be in loving memory of the genius David Bowie who would have celebrated his 70th birthday today.
He sadly left this Earthly life two days after his 69th birthday last year, I have to admit it's the first time I have really felt grief for the loss of a famous person, someone I never met, but who had made his mark on my life none the less. I was heart broken and cried unashamedly. I'd never really been able to understand how people got so upset of the death of famous people until that moment.
I was first introduced to his music as a very young child, my dad was a fan, as was one of his very good friends David Lound (sadly David is no longer with us either, life simply got too hard for him to bare many years ago, he had been such a fun loving person, but that hid a deep depression and sadness that eventually engulfed him and he chose to emigrate to heaven at far too young an age)
You see I have so many memories with Bowie soundtracks, especially "Let's dance" which marks out a key era of my life. As a teenager the theme tune to cruising around in a brown allegro estate car ( XTE 193V I think it was) with my then boyfriend (who would go on to become my first husband )
The soundtrack was always Bowie.
Dancing to "The port of Amsterdam" at each 18th and 21st birthday party of my circle of friends, as well as "Queen bitch" we'd own the dance floor ( or so we thought ) it was our party piece. I remember being gutted that my ex got tickets to see his "Serious moonlight tour" and took his friend and not me!
Who could forget his moving role in one of my favourite films of all time "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence" I can still be moved to tears right now just recalling it. Or dancing around to "Magic Dance" from Labyrinth... you may have noticed it featured in my "Happy tunes" playlist from my previous #blog365. My daughter loves it too.
So you see, whatever was happening in my life David Bowie was a constant. Always there, always playing a part. I even have "Let's dance" as my telephone ringtone today ( how old school).
I think the thing that really attracted me to Bowie was his quirky approach to life. He was way ahead of his time, he would go out on a limb and challenge what was possible at every turn.
"I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human".
I believe he is a true Icon of our time. He never stopped stretching those boundaries in his art right up until he drew his last breath. What a legacy he leaves us.
"I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music".
I've heard he has planned out music releases way out into the future as well as planning his investments way ahead for his family.
"I'm not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I'm living on".
(credit to original photographer and The source website)
Today, I'll leave the questions to ponder to the man himself........
"As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three.
And what do I do with the time I've got left?"
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― Karen Ravn