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Bowie…

I suspect those of you who are following my blog already know, unless you’re living under a rock, that David Bowie is gone.

I could write volumes about his influence over my life, or I could simply present those pieces that struck me most deeply.

Lazarus

Blackstar

The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

Space Oddity

Ashes to Ashes

Fashion

Under Pressure (Freddie Mercury and Queen)

As the World Falls Down (Labyrinth)

His entire last album is here: YouTube: Blackstar

CNN/Rolling Stone: The story behind David Bowie’s stunning new album

From his YouTube Vevo page:

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Peace to everyone.
#imablackstar

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April 8: A day late… Queen ~ Under Pressure (Performed by Annie Lennox & David Bowie, and also by the cast of “Smash”)

I know you folks have been waiting with baited breath (eww) for the next post in the series. I’m 20 days behind now, and I’ve decided that the better part of valor is to let those days go, and restart this week with the looser theme of “whatever makes me happy or think or smile” instead.

And on this day, seemingly random though it may be to most of you, I am picking from a different source. Queen’s song, with Bowie’s counterpoint, is a chilling reminder that there are people who find it hard to swim through the daily grind, who exist outside the bubble of happiness, or at least, can’t quite push themselves to one more day of the same. For whom joy and happiness remain permanently elusive.

I’m not inclined to drift that way because I quite firmly believe this is the place, and that there’s nothing on the other side to greet me if I cross over, but for some people, the pain of day to day living is simply unbearable.

We lost one of those people last night. The signs were there. Heck, some folks would say the signs have been there for a few weeks. But I missed the one key post, the warning. I sat up through a lot of last night, just feeling like I couldn’t go to sleep.

This morning, I knew what the signs were pointing to, too late to do anything but stare helplessly at the news.

Those cries for help? Take them seriously.

For my friends who are struggling every day, because the pain is so hard for them to bear.

I would post the original and leave it at that, but we don’t have rights to see it. Odds are excellent these will go away within the year, too.

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December 7 (Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, 1941) – Bing Crosby & David Bowie – The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth

Heard this yesterday at Home Depot. I’m not doing Christmas shopping much right now because broke isn’t a good way to do the holidays, so I’m missing out on a lot of the holiday overload, but I had to buy some stuff for the theatre where I work. This song came up just as I hit the register.

Somehow, it seems fitting, considering the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombings that launched us into World War II.

It is easily my favorite version of the songs, sung in counterpoint. For some backstory, check out the Wikipedia article on the subject.

I know Bing Crosby had issues with his kids, and David Bowie wasn’t wild about the musical selection, but consider this: It is an historic convergence of two seriously disparate musical generations. Somehow, it has stuck around over 30 years, which to my mind makes it every bit the classic it is.

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July 26: Space Oddity

“A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.”

Seriously. How cool is this?!?

Unexpected Crossover Week continues…

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