One of My Favs Die: DAVID BOWIE
I’m up late Monday night scrolling the web and then come across the line:
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle…”
Posted :39mins ago. Jaw must have dropped. Dammmmnnnn! I thought to my self. Wow, another one of my favorites is gone. I came up in the MTV era. In the pop culture dynasty era, as I like to call it. Where everyone listened to just about everything. Of coarse I was into house-music, r&b and rap. But I was also into Rock & Roll, soft rock and the grand of them all pop! So I know David Bowie music when I hear it. He was a master at creating great songs for motion pictures best to me. Probably due to the actor in him, but hey he was an artist. My three favorite songs from movies he did are: “This Is Not America” (Prod. Pat Metheny) from The Falcon And The Snowman movie, “As The World Falls Down” and “Within You” both from the movie Labyrinth. Also one of my favorite movies starring him as well.
One of his best albums to me is Let’s Dance. In the 80’s you always heard a song from this classic album, at least once or twice a day. Whether the radio or tv, David Bowie ruled it. Never had the pleasure of seeing him perform live in concert. I definitely held my own at home on mom’s stereo tho, Lol. I was trying to think what song of his would be my all time favorite. A question I hate with a passion. But I will say, the first song that came to mind was “China Girl”. Mannnnnn, how many times did I wait to see this video every Friday on Friday Night Videos. Seems so generic now, but still gives me that feeling when I watch it now.
In the 80’s many pop songs left impressions on me. If it wasn’t Micheal Jackson it was some rock song or soft rock joint. I used to jam out to “China Girl” with my Sony Walkman too and fro from school each day. It sucks that the youth of today have no clue who David Bowie is and was. As I celebrated his life here in the MaddLabb studios by playing his music and scrolling the web. On Facebook, one of my friends posted a video of him working with the late great Luther Vandross back in the day. Before Luther became the R&B legend he is known as today. Luther was a commercial jingle singer (one of my fields). In the video they were saying how David would sometimes team up with great talents, to build, learn from, and ultimately create great songs with. Something I never knew of David Bowie nor Luther for that matter.
Bowie was like, “Well, don’t celebrate too quickly. For now I’m in remission, and we’ll see how it goes.”
His latest project, Blackstar released on January 8th 2016, which was Bowie’s 69th birthday, two days before his death. Crazy and they say he was pretty anxious to record this album of which he knew would be his last. Around mid 2015 his cancer had gone in remission and was looking like he would pull through, recalls Tony Visconti. The producer of Blackstar. He said Bowie was like, ‘Well, don’t celebrate too quickly. For now I’m in remission, and we’ll see how it goes.’ And he continued the chemotherapy. So they thought he was going to make it. But in November, it suddenly came back. It had spread all over his body. By this time Bowie had already finished recording Blackstar . But even before then, Visconti noticed the tone of some of the lyrics and told Bowie, “You canny bastard. You’re writing a farewell album.” Bowie simply laughed in response. “He was so brave and courageous,” says Visconti. “And his energy was still incredible for a man who had cancer. He never showed any fear. He was just all business about making the album.” And I gotta say listening to “Lazarus” is pretty haunting but yet dope with it’s realistic lyrics. Bowie saids in the song, “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.” He definitely embraced it and was prepared.
I think it’s great and a blessing that he was able to complete this last album. The way he would’ve wanted to. Sad times . . . first Natalie Cole and now David Bowie. R.I.P. LEGENDS | S7NLEE