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11 January 2016 @ 03:45 pm
It’s only forever…  

…not long at all…

I wouldn’t think that David Bowie’s death would hit me so hard. It’s just so damned unexpected. Elizabeth Bear said once that David Bowie would still be cool at the heat death of the universe. I think I vaguely expected him to still be *there*, at the heat death of the universe.

I mean, I don’t know, right? The 80s. Jareth. Let’s Dance. Under Pressure. The truth is that my Bowie oeuvre is almost strictly 80s. I only heard his Christmas carol with Bing Crosby when I moved over to Ireland, but holy gods it’s beautiful. (Mom, listening to it for the first time, said in astonishment, “I didn’t know he actually *sang* that *well*.”)

Periodically for some reason or other I’m introduced to something of his via a cover and I reel and go “I didn’t know that was his song,” and other times it’s just *him* and I’m like “oh I didn’t know I knew that, of course I know that song,” because it’s Bowie. If it turns out to be something actually new to me I almost always just end up sitting there listening and thinking, y’know, this is really good.

I remember being a teenager and saying something about David BOW-ie and my mom being surprised I even knew who he was, nevermind that I thought he was cool, and wondering why I was saying it BOW-ie when she’d learned it BUO-ie, but I’d never heard anybody say it any other way. After a while she reckoned that if a vowel shift was the price for 20 years of fame, that was probably worth it.

Now, of course, it’s pretty well thirty years after *that*, and today the whole world is reeling over the death of a man whose career lasted the better part of fifty years and whose legacy seems likely to last much, much longer than that.

I don’t know if you’ve watched the video for “Lazarus,” which came out on Friday. On his 69th birthday. It’s…I mean, he obviously knew exactly what he was doing, and when, and it’s a masterpiece. His final album and his death are as well choreographed a piece of art as is humanly possible, and I’m in awe. Showmanship right to the very god damn end.

I don’t actually believe in an afterlife, but I keep imagining Freddie and David just hugging the holy living shit out of each other right now.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
qnofhrt: Oh dear...qnofhrt on January 11th, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
"I don't actually believe in an afterlife, but I keep imagining Freddie and David just hugging the holy living shit out of each other right now."

Followed by a long jam session.
Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on January 11th, 2016 03:58 pm (UTC)
^^ This.
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on January 11th, 2016 04:37 pm (UTC)
They fought like cats and dogs when they collaborated, because they were both so strong-willed and sure of themselves. Somehow that turned into one of the most amazing pieces of music ever created.

And they both went out in similar fashion. Ill, knowing they were going and soon, but giving their last ounce as a tribute to their work. Lazarus. The Show Must Go On.

How can you not just have all the respect for that?

Childlightchildlight on January 11th, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
I don't think I know a single song he has done. But he made such an impression on me as the goblin king that I have always thought of him fondly.
kitmizkit on January 11th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
He's got such a huge repetoire it's almost certain you do know a few of his songs, without knowing it's him. I went to a The Who concert a few years ago and thought I wasn't going to know any of the music and kept being like "oh wait i know this one too!" Bowie is kind of like that. Did you see Moulin Rouge?
Childlightchildlight on January 14th, 2016 12:48 pm (UTC)
I have seen it. I love musicals.
kitmizkit on January 14th, 2016 12:52 pm (UTC)
Me too!

He sang (although didn't write) "Nature Boy" in that--"There was a boy / a very strange enchanted boy / They say he wandered very far, very far," that one, and the "We could be heroes / just for one day" segment from the Elephant Medley is from his song Heroes. So you've had a little exposure to him, at least! :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on January 11th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
I was reading about him just now and was amazed by the long list of movies he'd been in as well. (Although they didn't even mention Labyrinth, which just seemed wrong.)

The man had talent and flare, that's for sure.
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DJ Jazzy Ddavesmusictank on January 11th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Watched the videos and plated the new album today. Just bereft and shocked all day. BTW it is a masterpiece.