Fame and Farewell to True Rock Star, David Bowie
By Jennifer Elizabeth Masters
From Ziggy Stardust, the Labyrinth to The Elephant Man, David Jones, Bowie was a creative genius. Preferring a quiet life, rather than that of the limelight, David remembered for his lyrics, individuality and his ability to morph.
David’s ability to re-create himself is why I respect him so much. Life with David was never boring. David Bowie died at the age of 69 after an eighteen-month bought of cancer two days after his birthday and final album release and farewell to fans, Blackstar. The lyrics of this album apparently, about his death. He knew it would be his last. He had no plans for another tour or concert.
Born, David Jones in London, he changed his name with the rise to fame of Monkey’s David Jones, to Bowie. With news of the androgynous rock star’s death grows his new album heads to number 1 in the UK.
Reble Reble was Bowie’s farewell to the glam movement that he helped pioneer. Released in 1974, from album Diamond Dogs, it is Bowie’s most covered song. Doesn’t it sound like The Stones more recent tunes?
“My entire career, I’ve only really worked with the same subject matter,” Bowie told The Associated Press in a 2002 interview. “The trousers may change, but the actual words and subjects I’ve always chosen to write with are things to do with isolation, abandonment, fear and anxiety – all of the high points of one’s life.”
Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.
Fame doesn’t afford anyone anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.
As you get older the questions come down to two or three; how long and what do I do with the time I’ve got left?
David lived in West Berlin in the late 1970’s and helped to bring down the Berlin wall. Germany’s Foreign Ministry considers Bowie one of the heroes recognized for this feat. Interestingly, David didn’t like dancing, though he sang about it often.
Thank you, David, for such a vast and amazingly unique array of music and lyrics for us to enjoy for many years to come. We wish you a safe journey into the beyond!
A Knight’s Tale, Golden Years made into a formal dance, said to be written for Elvis: