David Bowie

I have loved David Bowie ever since I first saw him on the 1973 Spiders From Mars tour. Admittedly I had what is known as a ‘restricted view’ what with being in utero at the time, but it was the start of a love affair I have never quite got over.

 

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As a small girl my Dad sang me to sleep with ‘Starman’. He was part of the soundtrack of my childhood, but I didn’t leave him there.

As a pubescent girl my sexuality was at least in part awakened by the gloriously tight trousered Labyrinth. I was absolutely astounded that she didn’t just let him keep the baby and join him in his Escher-esque castle!

 

LABYRINTH, David Bowie, 1986, (c)TriStar Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

 

I was lucky enough to see him live several times over the years, the last time being an outstanding and magical Glastonbury appearance some fifteen or so years ago.

I love him a bit. Well. Quite a lot really. One of my heroes. And now he has gone. I don’t quite know what to do with that information. I cried while making the kid’s lunchboxes – marmite and salt water sandwiches today. I played his music on the walk home from school, tears down my cheeks as Major Tom sang in my ears.

I shall pop another album on in a minute. Perhaps the new one released just a few days ago, that I didn’t even get round to listening too yet, that will feel especially poignant now. But while I may feel sad, I can guarantee that I will end up joyously singing along with the classics – because they are brilliant and will never stop being so.  If you need me, I will be dancing to Rebel, Rebel in the kitchen, if only I had some red shoes to wear while I dance the blues.

Sleep well Starman,
Love Miss Cisco XXX
 
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  1. January 11, 2016 / 10:13 am

    I was utterly shocked and heartbroken when I heard the news this morning. Cried while I was making the kids breakfast.

    He, more than anyone else, shaped my musical choices when I was growing up. Legend is a word thrown around too easily nowadays but he really was one. A massive loss.

    • January 11, 2016 / 10:16 am

      Absolutely agree – a true legend and a huge loss xx

  2. January 11, 2016 / 10:39 am

    The school run has been more than a wet one in Hertfordshire this morning Sonya. I drove back through the rain, unable to grab a tissue whilst my eyes and nose sobbed at the news of our loss. What a bloody mess! I loved Bowie. Never saw him live. (What!? How???) But loved him. His music shaped my youth and influenced my own creativity. My bessie and I spent hours during our teens watching The Hunger over and over again, mesmerised by Bowie, never tiring of that soft voice and those exquisite looks. Unlike you I won’t be able to listen to anymore of his tracks today, or my kids won’t recognise the big red tomato that opens the door when they get back from school.

    Sad day for us rocking mums. xx

    • January 11, 2016 / 10:45 am

      Ah The Hunger. What a film! Am listening, am singing along but am sobbing too – poor Tesco delivery man who is due in a minute won’t know what to do with me! It is a sad day, but what a utter legend of a man xx

  3. January 11, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Brilliant artist & I’m truly gutted. I had a huge crush on him in the Labyrinth & like you can never understand why Sarah didn’t opt to stay with David Bowie! His music was amazing & I’m proud to say that my 8yr old son loves his music too after watching Life On Mars tv series last year, his teacher was amazed that he’d heard of David Bowie let alone was singing along to Ashes to Ashes!
    Brilliant post x
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  4. January 12, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    What a beautiful post. It was such a shock to hear the news yesterday morning. Although saddened by his death, I wasn’t a huge Bowie fan, but this mirrors exactly how I felt when Freddie Mercury died all those years ago. I had a little listen to Under Pressure yesterday to celebrate both of their lives. X
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  5. Natalie @KidGearUk
    January 12, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Totally stunned when I heard the news yesterday. I’ve loved discovering his music over the years and grew up watching Labyrinth when I was little. Lazarus makes a lot more sense now we know and I really wish it didn’t.

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