I was dreadfully saddened yesterday to learn of the passing of David Bowie, so I thought I would share some memories of growing up a fan.
1. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps - 1980 - I vividly remember this album. My step brother bought the cassette and we used to listen to it in his V8 Premier, driving to the coast. How is it possible to still be hearing after sitting on top of his speakers?
2. Let's dance - 1983 - my first Bowie purchase and the soundtrack to year 10. We did dance a lot that year and I fell in love a tiny bit more with David Bowie as an artist.
3. Dancing in the Streets - 1985 - this was a staple in the dance lessons we took for the formal. I was in year 12 and two of my teachers died - one from cancer, one unexpectedly. We were lucky to have a sub teacher from a nearby school with a music program. His school's library burnt down and every student at our school purchased a book to donate. To say thank you, he came to the formal with his (rock) band and played a set that included "Dancing in the Streets". A very special night.
4. David Bowie exhibit - Melbourne 2016 - I saw the ad for this when I was in Melbourne for a conference and decided I didn't have enough time to visit. I mentioned it to my sister and in one half hour phone call we had planned and booked a whirlwind visit to Melbourne, just to see the exhibit. I'm so happy we threw caution (and budgets) to the wind and went for it - It was such a special experience. Up until I went into that exhibit I failed to recognise how much of a genius Bowie was. I loved seeing his art, costuming, acting and listening to the evolution of his music as we walked through. I've had his greatest hits on repeat in my car ever since.
Last night I repurchased and downloaded Let's Dance. This morning I've just purchased Blackstar. This afternoon, I'm going to find an hour and just listen.
Thanks for the sharing your creativity David - we will miss you.