David Bowie has passed away, and I’m saddened.
Growing up in the 80’s, I would listen to his infectious music often. His Album, “Let’s Dance” was one of the first that I ordered through my Columbia House Tape Club. Remember that? Twelve tapes for a penny!
Listening to his music put a beat I’m my step and a song in my heart. I know it sounds corny, but still, the sentiment is true. I could always pop one of his tapes into my Walkman, and escape. I’m going grab a fresh set of double A batteries, slide one of his greatest hits tapes in right now, and take a trip down memory Lane with David Bowie.
I remember watching a television show called Puttin’On The Hits, a lip sync competition, where one amazingly made-up kid performed Bowie’s China Girl. I wish I could find a clip of that! Well, here’s the original, and it’s awesome:
Another gem from my Bowie Collection is Modern Love. That song takes me back to Middle School dances! I can remember all of us running into the center of the gym floor when the Footloose-like beginning of Modern Love came pumping through the DJ’s speakers. We all formed a huge circle in the center of the gym and jumped up and down to the beat, singing along. (SHOUTING was more like it!)
Ooh!! Next up is Under Pressure! Fantastic! Queen and David Bowie was magic! And then, years later, when Vanilla Ice came under fire for the amazing similarity of Ice Ice Baby’s hook to this original tune. Do you remember?
This next song used to make me cry, but I loved it. It’s a song that told an amazing story. I loved Major Tom, and this song made me feel what it might have been like. Here’s Space Oddity:
Does anyone remember Live Aid? One of my favorite moments from that epic event was when David Bowie and Mick Jagger performed Dancing In The Streets. Here is the Live Aid version of the song:
Ugh! I’m running low on batteries again. (Anyone else have those memories? The power light on the Walkman always seemed to begin to fade too fast!) Time for one more fave! Here’s Let’s Dance!
Bowie’s music has stood the test of time, with its recognizable vibe and melodic ambition, spanning across the decades. So, while David Bowie has left us, his words and music will live on in my Walkman, and on YouTube.
Do you have any David Bowie memories? Share them in the comments!