Oh man, such sad news to wake up to this morning, David Bowie is gone. But not forgotten. His music and spirit will live on for many of us. If you’re passionate about music and art then David Bowie WILL have touched your life. A true visionary with not just music and composing but producing, fashion, art, style, acting, writing, his choices and the way he saw the world. I am genuinely sad. My first introduction with Bowie’s music wasn’t a cool one. I grew up in the 80s so I remember him flouncing around staircases with Mick Jagger, but I loved it. Hey, I was 5 at the time. Songs like Under Pressure and Let’s Dance, performing on Live Aid, mesmerizing in Labyrinth, that was my first encounter with him. He was impossible to resist. As a young teenager, learning guitar, I discovered albums like Hunky Dory (one of my favourites) and Ziggy Stardust and of course this was where I really got into Bowie and fell in love. I particularly loved his Buddha of Suburbia; the BBC television series of the same name that Bowie provided the soundtrack to, which I was also a huge fan of. I was so excited at the time that Bowie was involved with it! I remember his voice sounding so other worldly and yet so contemporary at the same time. For some reason this song always had such a personal effect on me. Then much later I discovered the Berlin albums; Low and Heroes, through jazz of all places, and he blew my mind even more. I’m a big Burroughs fan as well and love reading about when they met and inspired each other.
I saw Bowie live at Glastonbury in 2000, it will remain one of the best nights for me. Sharing that feeling with the crowd is one of those rare moments in life where you actually feel part of something special. I feel like I’m still constantly discovering Bowie, again and again, and how many people can still do that successfully? His force of nature and his vision was so inspiring and exciting. There are so many things to talk about, to say, to enthuse about but there will be a lot of that today and more to come so I won’t go on. David Bowie inspired me and not just with music, he wasn’t afraid to be different, to experiment, to speak out and we need artists like that. To have one-off unique artists like that in the world, shapes and inspires the next generation. It’s that kind of inspiration and passion that keeps Sundown going, perhaps it’s what keeps you picking up your guitar or keeps you creating.
David Bowie, we salute you, we will miss you. x