Bit of a shock, eh?
Singer David Bowie has died at the age of 69 following a battle with cancer.
His son director Duncan Jones confirmed the news and a statement was released on his official social media accounts.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said.
Hadn’t even heard a whisper of this.
What I’ve always thought of as the oddity of his career (err, yes, sorry) was that I always took him to be an actor rather than a musician. He was a very talented indeed musician and in his straight acting roles not all that good an actor. But I always took every song to be “an act”, almost a three or four minute turn as if, almost, in music hall or something. Hmm, not quite expressing this quite right.
If Mariah Carey comes out and sings a song you know it’s Mariah Carey singing a song. Same with Aretha, etc. And yes, you’ll know Bowie’s voice but it’s just not the same. The songs, their arrangements, they’re, to me at least, little scenes and they often come from very different parts of the artistic or musical landscape.
No, I’m still not getting this across properly. But he just seemed to approach the whole thing in an entirely different manner. Create the character, the idea, first, then have songs that explore or explain that, rather than saying “Here’s a musical idea and here’s me doing it.”
As an example of this I’m not really aware of anyone who covered his songs. He wrote with an for others of course, but that’s different.
Hmm, anyway, Vale. For he did create some blindingly good little three and four minute scenes which is more than most of us will ever be able to boast.