Wednesday, 6 April 2016

David Bowie ~ The Stars Line Up

Bowie fans lay flowers at the mural created in 2013 by Australian street artist James Cochran.
The wall of Morley’s department store, in Tunstall Road, Brixton. It was
commissioned as part of the exhibition, 'The Many Faces of Bowie', at Opera Gallery.

David Bowie,
January 8, 1947 ~ January 10, 2016

"For God’s sake let us sit upon the ground
 And tell sad stories of the death of kings"

~ Act 3, Scene 2, Richard II, William Shakespeare

David Bowie by Bab Webbs

The path out of the woods, just as the path in, is littered with mysterious things,  wondrous adventures, and confusing signposts. As I grew up and began to leave what others declared were childish pastimes behind me, I thought I was turning the page upon those fairy tales, dark towers, haunting characters and glass slippers. But as is often the way, the path which I stumbled upon taking me out of childhood was as strewn with potent magic as all of those tales the Brothers Grimm collected and I cherished.

Gareth the Goblin King ~ Bowie in Jim Henson's  Labyrinth
Fantasy designer Brian Froud says he drew on inspirations such as Marlon Brando in The Wild One and vivid scenes from Brothers Grimm fairy tales, like the knight "with the worms of death eating through his armor."
Some would imagine that modern culture - rock music, art and fashion would not offer much in the way of education. But this would not be at all true. I was a teenager in the days before the internet, the days when households had one tv, no PC and music had to be bought at record shops and played on record players which were likely shared with the whole family.

A real treat was to record favourite songs onto a rickety cassette player so that you could turn it up as loud as you liked out of range of your parents.

We often listened to the music which meant the most to us on very poor quality recordings, but it did not matter. It was thrilling. Music, art and fashion were all linked and because we were so young most of us middle class teenagers had not encountered any of this before.

How worldly the rock stars seemed to us, though in fact they were just a few years older. The subjects contained in their lyrics intrigued, and we investigated. It opened doors to new worlds we may not have discovered by ourselves.

Maybe we could be anything. (We could be heroes, just for one day)

source unknown
I lived in California in the 70s where I got to see and even speak to several rock stars who lit up the local concert venues as they passed through. All were fascinating to us,  the music, tales of far away places and the fashions. Especially the British musicians who dressed and spoke quite differently than the local bands. 

At home in Beckenham, early 70s

Singers stick in the mind since they are centre stage. Marc Bolan, a minature perfectly formed member of the Faerie, Freddie Mercury, stunningly beautiful, elegant and graceful with a huge presence, Bryan Ferry, very masculine, handsome and charming. Robert Plant, as he himself proclaimed, 'a Golden God'. Mick Jagger, mesmerising and in command.
The Winterland poster for David Bowie
October 1972

My friends and I did not meet, or even speak to David Bowie. But we did have the pleasure of watching him at close quarters. Because we knew the support band we were backstage when Bowie headlined in San Francisco in October 1972, at Bill Graham's Winterland.

Bowie puts on his Ziggy Stardust face
Unbeknownst to us, sunbathing and still revelling in the long lost 'summer of love' on the shores of the San Francisco Bay, Bowie already had a musical and performing past before he released two albums in 1971, 'The Man Who Sold The World' and 'Hunky Dory'.

The Ziggy Stardust album followed in 1972.

We could only read in the English musical press how that Ziggy hysteria was in full swing in London where fans attended a show at The Rainbow dressed like Ziggy.

In the summer of 1972 he produced Lou Reed's Transformer which included the dark tale of Candy Darling taking her 'Walk On The Wild Side'.He had co-produced Iggy and The Stooges Raw Power. But that was New York, and we were San Francisco where things had a different sound and look. It took awhile for news of this extra terrestial with his Spiders From Mars to be beamed cross the hinterlands of America and land in laid back California. He was a fascinating enigma. Here was this other worldy being, somewhat ethereal, holding court over much harder edged creatures, sounds, looks and words.

He played two nights, October 27th and 28th and spent his days off in San Francisco where Mick Rock shot a promotonal film for The Jean Genie. The song was composed while travelling across the US on a chartered Greyhound bus, recorded in New York and released that November. The promo was filmed at an infamous flop house of a hotel called The Mars. It was located at 192 Fourth Street, corner of Howard, but has been demolished for some years. The location was already part of Northern California folklore, Jack Kerouac had stayed there. Bowie's presence added another layer. Later, in 1974 The Grateful Dead recorded "From the Mars Hotel" at the nearby Automatt. I can remember waiting for a bus in that part of the city and scurrying past The Mars fast. You did not wish to linger there.Although the seedier side of life in a metropolis has always fascinated me. An urban Grimms.
The Mars Hotel, San Francisco
David and Cyrinda Foxe shooting the promo film
by Mick Rock for The Jean Genie
The support band Sylvester and his Hot Band were fronted by a cross dressing boy with an amazing voice and great dance moves. The audience was small, and comprised of many local gays who followed Sylvester about dressed up in their best finery and full make up.  When Sylvester played it was always a party. We were all dancing, girls with boys, girls with girls and boys with boys.

Bowie's visionary manager Tony DeFries had insisted that concert promoter Bill Graham have a temporary wall built so that no one could actually see Bowie as he ascended to the stage, and the full impact would only be apparent once he was in front of us. This was an audacious request for those days but something was done so that the entrance of Bowie was quite dramatic. (It would have been anyway). Having been involved with the San Francisco Mime Troupe Bill appreciated theatre.

Ziggy Stardust

The Bowie entourage was growing at each concert venue as the tour progressed. It had a mood - slightly intimidating,self assured and almost as interesting as he. RCA had invested a lot of money to promote Bowie. Tony DeFries told the entourage that if they acted like stars people would believe them. (Which nealy fits with Andy Warhol's," Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." quote. Bowie's tour group included bodyguards, an official photographer, a hairdresser / wardrobe mistress and administrative staff, plus all of the friends and fans who tagged on. In those days before the internet, before mobile phones and digital cameras few people took photos of everyday life as we do today. I can find no photos of him onstage there. Bowie's management MainMan banned photographers at the Ziggy Stardust concerts other than those sanctioned by them.

We sat backstage and watched. He and the band wore amazing clothes, and there were costume changes during the set. He was hauntingly pale, this red haired vision, so beautiful. We knew next to nothing about him but we did know that this creature who had lit amongst us was not one of us.

Ziggy Stardust

Michael Collins Morton wrote a wonderful review of these shows in 2009 on his blog 'Nonfiction'.

"The show at Winterland began late, but finally commenced in an impressive manner, with the flicker of a strobe light slowly increasing in speed, and the glorious sound of the "Ode to Joy" from the Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Ludwig van Beethoven, played on a synthesizer, booming out from the speakers. Although the attendance at the show was scant, it was quite clear to me, once David Bowie had taken over the stage, that the imaginative songs and alluring bisexuality of the fey Englishman had an unusual appeal. His orange hair (which had an unearthly glow and stood straight up on the top of his head), his artful use of makeup, and his striking garments all gave him the air of an otherworldly being, which he highlighted with a tempting smile and a polished display of nimble gestures. In his eyes there was an alien gleam, hinting at a hidden realm of strange practices and wayward pleasures."

I really love that last sentence. It sums up perfectly the first impression we had of David Bowie, and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

You can read the whole post about the night, and Bowie's later days HERE:

Many of us would love to have a time machine to take us to the Hammersmith concert where Ziggy Stardust performed for the last time. I was in another country. I never saw Bowie again, tickets sold out, other events took precedence. I was left with a vision of Ziggy, and how he played guitar. Rumour suggested that Bowie had partly created the character from Jimi Hendrix. Many rockstars were otherworldly in those days. When The Who were on the Dick Cavett show he asked Roger Daltrey where he was from and Daltrey quickly replied, 'Mars'. There was so much stardust about.And I wanted to gather armfuls of it while I could.

gathering stars

As I grew up, moved around and lived my own life David Bowie was part of the soundtrack in the background. I never knew him, but he often touched me. In hard times when I felt out of my comfort zone,a stranger living in a suburban town where I felt I did not belong, I reached for his music.

The man I married confessed that Bowie was his favourite artist and that once in a play he had turned his grey leather bomber jacket with an orange satin lining inside out to be Ziggy. Every album Bowie brought out made it's way to our house and played in the soundtrack of our lives.

Bowie and Cyrinda, San Francisco

Earthling tour, wearing Alexander McQueen, 1997.
Maybe, just maybe, my favourite photo of him

Since he has died the press have struggled with words, failing to capture what he was, who he was. All that he was and could be. What a massive legacy he left us.

'Chameleon' has often been used to describe him. It's true he had a changable quality, but not like a chameleon who alters to be invisible in it's surroundings to protect itself from predators.

Bowie was not hiding, he enjoyed being in plain sight, though he teased us with his role playing and his clues. He was storytelling.

He was shapeshifting. He was mercurial.

He knew he could show us things we had not even dreamed of.

I did not love every song or era which Bowie presented to us. But often I would return to it later. I would not have even said that he was my favourite artist, and yet I know that everything that he did was absolutely astonishing. He was not a rock star, he was more, so much more. He was a master of the craft. An Artist who brought so much to his work, who lived in many cultures and places. Shape shifting, shedding skins and taking on new ones.

Mr. Fish's Man Dress, designed by British fashion designer Michael Fish.
the cover of the U.K. release of The Man Who Sold The World

It is especially interesting to me to look back now and realise that although "The Jean Genie" spent 13 weeks in the UK charts, and peaked at no. 2, as Bowie's biggest hit thus far, in the US the best it achieved back then was No. 71. It took most of America a very long time to get Bowie, but he still chose to live there. And oh how England missed him.

DCI Gene Hunt, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes
Eventually Bowie's music found it's way into many unexpected places and the BBC created the television series Life on Mars and character  DCI Gene "the Gene Genie" Hunt, who periodically refers to himself as 'The Gene Genie'. In the episode "A Conflict of Interests" it is playing as they enter the club. Gene Hunt also refers to himself as the Gene Genie more frequently in the sequel series, Ashes to Ashes  and his individual theme music on the latter programme is an instrumental version of "The Jean Genie" (retitled "Gene Genie"), created by series composer Edmund Butt.

A line of his character Gareth, The Goblin King, from Labyrinth
Most people know the story of how Bowie's health caused him to retreat following a heart attack while touring. He may have been out of the limelight for sometime, but his skill did not dim, nor his ability to astonish wane. Bowie was always at least one step ahead of us, but not hurrying away. Looking over his shoulder, beckoning us to follow his riddle strewn path.

We hadn't forgotten about him, we missed him. And then, in January 2013 he returned as quietly as he had gone. And it was as if he had never left us. The single 'Where Are we Now' appeared on iTunes on his 66th birthday, with no explanation, as if we had conjured it. The timing and the method was his own idea. The video has all of his old magic, puppets and snippets from his life. He left Tony Visconti to be what one reporter called, 'his voice on Earth' and field questions from the press.

‘The Stars Are Out’ was the second single and the video for the song appeared in February. It's a beautifully filmed and bizarre story (by Canadian Director Floria Sigismondi)with Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a handsome, immaculately dressed older couple living in a perfect home. For some reason it is fascinating to watch them shopping, perfectly attired and coiffed, bringing their goods home in a plain brown paper bag to the small but classic kitchen. Tilda's stroke of pale blue eyeliner is genius. They do ordinary things so elegantly but watching this confirms your suspicions that David Bowie could never have been ordinary. Their lives are magazine covers until they are 'bothered' by young neighbours who follow, haunt and torment them. The characters slip in and out of each other's roles, the older Bowie meets the younger one, and the perfect Tilda, driven mad by 'the stars' ends up serving raw chicken to her husband.  Andreja Pejic and Saskia de Brauw are 'the stars' who make their life a nightmare. A young Bowie is played in the video by Iselin Steiro. Maybe this was his way of saying how that we never escape the past, it is always a part of us. This must have been great fun to film and I have not yet tired of watching it.
The Stars (are out tonight)

The album 'The Next Day' followed in March with a video, again directed by Floria Sigismondi. It stars Bowie as a prophet like figure in a rock band, Marion Cotillard (who would play Lady Macbeth in 2015) as a gorgeous and beautifully made up Mary Magdalene figure with Gary Oldman as an unreliable, sexy priest.This dark, gothic tale abounds with religious symbols. There are cardinals, Joan of Arc, a virgin figure, and that woman with the crazy eyelashes. It's imagery could be seen as against the church, and there is near nudity which caused youtube to take the video down, but it actually seems to be a moral tale of some kind, which ends on a light note with Bowie thanking the participants and disappearing into thin air. There is a little bit of The Tempest here I think. A visual feast, but this one will take a long time to understand. For me at least.

'The Next Day' video characters gathered

Later in 2013 'The Next Day' was on the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize list for Album of the year, and Bowie premiered a video to another single he had released from the album, 'Love is Lost'. The footage included wooden puppets of Pierrot and The Thin White Duke created for him by Jim Henson's Creature Shop for an unreleased video in the past. It was Bowie's idea, written, and shot in his New York office just a week before the awards ceremony. Apparently the cost of creating the video was a mere $12.99, the flash drive he bought to be able to save the video onto his camera.

All of the personas which he created remain untouched by time, somehow as fresh as when new, whole for him, and for us, to revisit. Bowie was always comfortable flitting in and out of his past, time travel was easy for him. New generations can wonder. Bowie was a master storyteller in the very best tradition. Each of his fans have their favourite period, but most of us were touched by them all.

Bowie and Twiggy, the cover for Pin Ups, 1973
Diamond Dogs 1974
In 1978 Bowie narrated Peter and the Wolf
with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Ashes to Ashes,1980
The Blue Clown, or Pierrot, was made for Bowie by costume designer Natasha Korniloff
for his Ashes to Ashes video, and was also used on the cover of Scary Monsters.
The man Who Fell to Earth
Nic Roeg's science fiction film

The Thin White Duke, by Norman Parkinson
1976 persona and character, primarily identified with his album Station to Station

Heroes album cover shoot, 1977,
photograph by Masayoshi Sukita.
© Sukita, courtesy the David Bowie Archive

The Hunger
As Nikola Tesla Christopher Nolan's 2006 film
"The Prestige"

Alexander McQueen on the cover of his 1997 album,
Eart HL I NG. The year McQueen won the British Designer of the Year award.

It would be easy to say that in his early years, as he came into our atmosphere, he was a raw talent. But this would not be entirely true. He exuded an electricity that was startling, but never raw. He took careful aim and always seemed to know where he was going. He was not an overnight success, he was always on that path. We noticed him when each of us were ready. I am reminded of his words, "there's a starman waiting in the sky, he'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'll blow our minds" Compared to him we were all absolute beginners.

In mime makeup, 1968
by Ray Stevenson
The Man Who Fell to Earth

Although outrageous when young, Bowie aged gracefully. A rarity amongst rock stars and celebrities. He was unlike others. More than all of that.  He transcended categories. That beautiful bone structure. The fascination in his voice. The straight at us gaze.

Just days after his death, Suzy Menkes from Vogue would say in a tribute to him, "He pushed boundaries that by now have grown into an entire fashion landscape".

Tweeter Center, Tinley Park,IL. August 8, 2002.
Photo by Adam Bielawski.

backstage at the Glastonbury Festival,
coat designed by Alexander McQueen
June 25, 2000
With his daughter, 2000
Camera press, Brian Aris
a ragged suit and scarf in 2004
his last tour
Once barely known the now many recognitions, tributes and celebrations are much deserved. It is said that he was offered a knighthood, which he refused because he said that he did not need one.

Kate Moss channelled Bowie for the cover of French Vogue in January 2012.

Kate Moss

German Vogue also paid homage to Bowie as Daphne Guinness donned Ziggy Stardust makeup and was snapped by photographer Brian Adams.

In March 2012, The Crown Estate unveilled a commemorative plaque to David Bowie’s  creation, Ziggy Stardust, marking the 40th anniversary of his album, ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars’.

23 Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, London, W1
shot by the late Brian Ward in black and white and then hand coloured by artist Terry Pastor.

23 March – 11 August 2013. 'David Bowie is' exhibition spanning his whole career at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The David Bowie Archive gave unprecedented access to the V&A who featured handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie's own instruments. It was the fastest selling exhibition in the long history of the museum.

The exhibition is now touring internationally.

David Bowie at the V&A, the fastest-selling exhibition in the museum's history

Louis Vuitton's October 2013 advert L'Invitation Au Voyage gives
a nod to the ballroom scene from Labyrinth.

David looks right at home in Louis Vuitton's costumed
ballroom scene. 

One of three images chosen for Nothing Has Changed 2014
designer Jonathan Barnbrook

Thought to be the last photograph session.
For Black Star, by his friend Jimmy King
Wearing a Thom Browne suit

David and Iman

I am so sorry that his life was not longer than it was and my heart breaks for his wife,  children and all of those fortunate enough to have known and worked with him. I am glad that he had found haven with his family and that he also found the energy and inspiration at the end to work once more.

Looking back while writing this, listening to his music, watching the videos, reading tributes, remembering. It becomes impossible to include everything, it is so vast. And I did not set out to write a definitive guide to David Bowie. Just to bow before him, say thank you and share some of my own favourite images and times in his life.

He did so very much and also refused offers of this much again for work he either did not wish to be a part of, or was not able to complete in his time allocated. We know that there would have been so much more to come had his light not gone out.

He liked to revisit many of the stories which he previously told us. The single he released unexpectedly in 2013,  'Where Are We Now' was full of references about his days in Berlin. Now there are even more hints to unravel. Characters, costumes, places and traces of songs of which he, and we, are fond. His last wonderful gift to us, and a massive legacy, which may take us sometime to understand fully. What it means to each of us is immeasurable.

The girl with the cat tail.
In a Labyrinth like landscape
Remember the cat like girl in the Absolute Beginners video?
Major Tom, alien landscape and the girl with the tail
Is Major Tom a jewelled skull?

I will always remember the time he passed so close to where we sat. A momentary, genuine smile on that long ago night of 1972. It appeared that he glowed, as if he emitted some low voltage light in which we danced. Maybe he did. He was not one of us but I am so glad that he came amongst us. It is so painful to imagine that we will not hear or see any new things from him. I miss him already and will think of him every time that I look up.

Gathering Lost Stars, unknown source

The stars line up
 The stars line up for us tonight
 The stars line up
 The stars line up tonight to see
 To see who we are, baby.
 Let’s write our names
 High up inside the sky.

Angelo Badalamenti, Marianne Faithfull

Some of the best Tributes:

"We're painting our faces and dressing in thoughts"
Tori Amos, on twitter January 11th

The Shepherds Bush Empire
farewell from Brixton Acadamy

Heddon Street fans memorial
Poignant fan photograph. Saying goodbye.
The Stars Look Very Different Today
The New Yorker
Charlie Brown
source unknown
Paper Angels left by fan in Manchester
Remembered by fans and friends. Kate Moss.

"After 40 years of experimentation, reinvention and innovation, during which he revolutionized the aesthetics of rock and fashion, David Bowie passed away January 10, at the age of 69. A cultural icon, he challenged traditional codes throughout his career as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, progressing from his mod behinnings to pioneer androgyny as performance art with his legendary Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Halloween Jack alter-egos. We pay tribute."

London newstand following his death


The very emotional tribute at the Brit Music Awards


Sources: I like to credit sources and have done my best, but have failed in many in this post. This may be a post that I revisit after time has passed. If anything I have shared belongs to someone uncredited I am more than happy to include if you let me know.

And on this subject I must say a thank you to my friend Abigail who posted on facebook the quote from Shakespeare. In doing so she perfectly captured how many of us felt and sparked the idea for this piece.

"For God’s sake let us sit upon the ground
 And tell sad stories of the death of kings"

~ Act 3, Scene 2, Richard II, William Shakespeare

A Tumblr account
Did this tumblr page belong to Bowie?
Interesting theory here about a tumblr page which surfaced just before Bowie released his material to the public. Beautifully fascinating.

Read more about Bowie and all of his material from these sites:

David Bowie Official Site

 Golden Years 

VOGUE MAGAZINE 11 January 2016, Gender Blending - David Bowie Fashion Legacy,by Suzy Menkes  HERE:

Red Cotton Candy - A very good post on how he influenced fashion, beautifully illustrated with images HERE:

Michael Collins Morton's blog Nonfiction HERE:


  1. Wow - that was quite a ride. I was glad to see a post from you and settled in with my coffee for- quite a ride! What a beautiful, talented visionary. I will have to read this again.

    1. Lovely to see you! To be honest I was actually a bit surprised how much his death touched me. Then remembering I realised just how large his gift was, and how lasting. x

  2. This post of yours is a great tribute to him, and I loved reading it and looking at each photo. Labyrinth is a favorite movie of mine. My husband and I saw many shows at Winterland but not David Bowie's. You rounded up so many gorgeous photos, that is a job well done. I don't think there is a bad photo of him, the camera loved him.

    1. Terra, Thank you. The more I looked, the more I found of him. Such a massive legacy. You are right, the camera did love him, and he had much depth, warmth and beauty. How wonderful that you too went to Winterland! Such magical days and nights. x

  3. Thanks for this great post .....


  4. Hi kindred! What an incredible tribute to such an amazing and beautiful soul! I loved every minute of it..really fantastic! I also loved how you shared growing up before the internet etc..yes to me that was the best..and making cassette tapes and discovering music/singers etc, life was much more magical and unique I feel! Thanks for sharing such a remarkable post! Your writing always captivates me...shine on!So much to comment on here..simply a wonderful spotlight on him!
    Many thanks!
    Wishing you a sparkling night

    1. Victoria, Thank you so much dear one. Sparkling things back to you. x

  5. What an incredible, detailed, thoroughly engaging post, sweet lady. I lapped up every word and learned so much, and feel now as though this could easily be the basis for a book on Bowie. You captured his life and work so wonderfully and clearly have a deeply rooted passion for this stellar man. Thank you for sharing such with us.

    Many hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Very glad that you enjoyed the post Jessica. Bowie's legacy is so vast, like the skies. x

  6. Wow...and I say that in awe. You have made a stunning tribute to David Bowie. I found it fascinating that he began with 'Can You Hear Me Major Tom?' in one of his first albums, to having, his last album, also a space/time Death analogy having to do with astronauts. It kinds of tells where he came from...definitely Ziggy Stardust to the end.

    1. Yes, he had some magical ability to be everything which was a part of him. He slipped in and out of personalities so easily. x

  7. Thank you for that wonderful personal tribute to David. You put into it so many feelings, so much consideration and a lot of info. i enjoyed going on that "fantastic voyage" with you. I truly hope that one day you and i will meet up again and can talk about David over a cup of coffee, or tea ..
    much love ...

    1. Dear Sister, Indeed we must! In our favourite city. I thought of you much whilst putting this into words. x

  8. What an incredible tribute to David Bowie, I hardly know what to say other than I am so very impressed by how much work would have gone into writing it. I truly believe that David Bowie is smiling from the stars over the love and honor that you have shown for him.

    1. Kay, Such a nice thing to say, thank you. I feel I owe him much for all of the joy and wonder which he gave to his fans. x

  9. This is a moving and wonderful post - I shall go back and re-read it - your depth of knowledge about Bowie is profound. I thought that his last rendition was the most unique, personal, and moving way to bid the world farewell and could it be that David Bowie has now crossed that border?

    1. Rosemary, Thank you. It is sad but he did have the perfect death, being able to write what he wished to leave behind. I like to think that he has just gone on ahead of us and is there, waiting. x

  10. Great Tribute to an Amazing Iconic Artist! Dawn... The Bohemian

  11. So much I never knew about him. Talent, now gone.

    1. Susan, The world is darker without him, but he is there, in the stars. x

  12. Beautifully written! I wish I could have seen him in concert!

    1. Thank you Laura. I wish I could have seen him again in concert. x

  13. He is a legend !
    I just want to say " Hello " and Thanks to stopped by my blog

  14. Dearest LeeAnn,
    Yes, you are so right about the gap between the UK and mainland Europe versus the USA. Whomever was very famous across the Atlantic might not be recognized here in the USA in the same way.
    But with all his fame abroad, David Bowie indeed lived very happy in New York and lived a very sheltered life with his young family, away from Paparazzi! His dedication to family stems maybe from his early experiences and he wanted to excel in it. One can only admire him tremendously for what he did, dared to be and mostly for the huge exit he had prepared for himself. Almost above natural!
    Excellent post. Keep well and sending you hugs from a sunny but windy Georgia/USA

    1. Dear Mariette, You are correct that he managed to live a somewhat normal life away from the glare of fame. I am glad of that for him. x

  15. What an amazing post! Some incredible ideas and images here. I felt a little out of place in all the Bowie tributes, because despite everything he never "spoke" to me like he did to so many other people, and I never could figure out why. But your post made me have another think, and I start to see a glimmer of what it was about him. I specially like your American perspective.

    1. Jenny, I understand, my best friend did not find him alluring either, and he was never my favourite artist. But he left such an impression in those dying embers .... that I believe he relit the flames of all that he had done before. When I thought of him I found that he had been there, always, in my life. x

  16. What a moving entry. You are a great storyteller. :)

    I also enjoyed looking at the photographs you included. There were even two or three I don't remember having seen before. Love his purple Alexander McQueen outfit. :)

    I actually saw him in concert once, although it feels as if I hadn't. I wish I had a more vivid recollection of that evening, unfortunately I don't. The concert was great, he was charming and funny, but maybe I don't remember more because it was such a surreal feeling to see him perform? I don't know...

    1. Nina, Thank you very much. I like to tell a story when one asks to be told. Doing research for the post I was astounded by many images of him, he really lived on film. Agree, that McQueen outfit is perfect on him. Seeing him in person was surreal for us also, and mostly we remember how astonishing that he was. The details are hazy. But then, perhaps this is how that magic is. x

  17. Dear LeeAnn,

    You have shared such a wonderful tribute to David Bowie and yes, he was such an amazing and talented man and will be missed by all.
    Thanks for sharing and I remember listening to him when we went on skiing trips with my brother and we would all sing along.
    Happy new week

  18. This was marvelous..wonderful tribute..I never was a Bowie fan..I always thought about him as my somewhat crazy big brother..:)

    Great Post.

    1. My dear Dutchess, Thank you. What a thought ~ David Bowie as a big brother .... x


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