After the terribly sad, unexpected news on Monday, I’ve found it pretty difficult to get myself going this week, so I had decided I wasn’t going to post anything today, so bereft of ideas and inspiration was I.
I spent my journeys to and from work listening exclusively to Bowie records on my trusty mp3 player, only this morning deciding to switch it back to the random shuffle setting it usually rests on.
When you lose someone close to you, you often find the slightest thing will remind you of them. Now, I’m not suggesting that I was close to Bowie, but his works were close to me. And all of today’s songs came on as I travelled home, in, I kid you not, the order that I present them to you now. Each one made me think of Bowie, some for more obvious reasons than others, which I will try to explain as we go. So I figured they could be this week’s addition to our Friday night. Hopefully, you won’t think I’m sullying the memory, that’s most definitely not the intention.
C’mon kids, we can get through this together.
69. The Webb Brothers – I Cant Believe You’re Gone
Fairly self-explanatory one, that, right?
Next, a song which Bowie covered on his 1973 album “Pin Ups”:
70. The Kinks – Where Have All The Good Times Gone
Next up, a song which seems to sum up the ethos of Bowie:
71. Mama Cass – Make Your Own Kinda Music
…followed by one which also has an apt title:
72. The Supremes – I Hear A Symphony
I totally accept that the next song was written as a tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington. But if the words “Thin” and “White” were added to the title….
73. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
74. Mansun – Wide Open Space
Okay, I’ll admit this one is a little tenuous. But since the news on Monday, all I’ve really wanted to do was get away from it all, escape, collect my thoughts.
So, moving on, a contribution from long term Bowie fan (although I gather they didn’t exactly hit it off when they met):
75. Morrissey – I Will See You In Far Off Places
76. Roy Orbison – In Dreams
This one, to wrap things up, has everything, even a mention of Stardust.
I promise to post something a little more upbeat over the weekend.