Today is a very special day for me. No, for the world. And do you know why it’s such a special, wonderful, glorious day? It’s because on this day, 65 years ago, David Bowie was born. On this day in 1947, the universe gave us the most beautiful gift we could have ever hoped to receive. And it would be a crime not to celebrate that.
It’s hard for me to describe what David Bowie means to me, because really, it’s just so much. I had some rough times growing up. I’m not talking some horrendous abuse or anything like that, thank goodness, I’m talking more like getting pushed in the dirt on the playground because of my lazy eye or hearing my parents fight over and over because they found weed in my brother’s room and they didn’t know what to do about it. But, as I’m sure some of you have been able to gather, I’m a sensitive person, and those were my issues, and they bothered me a lot. But no matter what the kids said to me at school and no matter what family issues I was having, I could always put in my trusty VHS copy of Labyrinth and have a good time.
I used to pretend that the Goblin King came to take me away, and that my backyard was the labyrinth. When I went with my mom to the grocery store, I was pretending that I was riding into the Goblin City. Then, a few years later when high school and hormones and becoming a teenager absolutely kicked my ass, when every kid called me a nerd or a bookworm or fat or gross or worthless, I had Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane to keep me company. And, you guys, they were such good company.
That’s why I like to celebrate today, at least a little. Where the country dedicates holidays to figures who were so important to the people as a whole, I like to acknowledge the people who have been so important to me as an individual. And David Bowie is definitely, definitely someone important.
Now let’s celebrate through song!
I’m going to go ahead and share with you some of my absolute favorite Bowie tunes, does that sound good? You can add yours in the comments, of course, but here are mine:
A lot of times when people ask what my favorite song is, I usually just say “I don’t know, something by Bowie.” But when people ask what my favorite Bowie album is, a lot of times I say Space Oddity, and “Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud” is probably my favorite song from that album. So sometimes this is my favorite song ever. Also, “All the Young Dudes” and “Oh! You Pretty Things” are really good songs as well.
Do I really need to explain “Life on Mars?”
Ziggy Stardust is unbelievable, and that is in no way a secret. I think “Starman” might be my favorite track from the whole album, but it’s really hard to tell when every single song is magical.
The last verse, the verse about dreaming? It absolutely kills me.
Diamond Dogs is my other answer to “what’s your favorite Bowie album?” Well, and also Ziggy.
His face, you guys. His face and the saxophone, how am I not supposed to love this?
There are, of course, many, many more songs that I love and cherish – I am, by far, a 70′s Bowie girl, but then there’s Labyrinth, and I really enjoyed “Never Let Me Down,” and Hours and Outside were amazing, and Heathen has a special place in my heart, natch – but it’s late and I’ve got to get to celebrating!
To make up for it, how about you let me know what your favorite Bowie songs are?