On what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday a few days ago, the No Plan EP was released. Three new, previously unreleased, songs and Lazarus (from Blackstar). I’ve been listening to this EP whenever I get a chance the past few days… it is filled with energy, anger, and is Bowie through-and-through.
I’m glad that even from beyond the grave, he was able to share a little more of his fantastic art with us. Up until the very end, David Bowie was on the top of this game.
Eight months past its release, and I’m still blown away by David Bowie’s “Blackstar” album. A true masterpiece.
Now this was a much more fitting and moving tribute to David Bowie…
(Sorry, video is Flash only… so go find a computer to watch it on.)
From Rolling Stone:
When I met David, he had been through that. And he was content. He was at peace with himself, with an incredible wife, clearly in love. There were a number of times where the two of us were alone, and he said some things that weren’t scolding, but pieces of wisdom that stuck with me: “You know, there is a better way here, and it doesn’t have to end in despair or in death, in the bottom.”
This morning I woke up and checked my phone. My sister had texted me and told me David Bowie had died. Wow. I really wasn’t expecting that.
I had planned to buy his new album Blackstar, which came out on his 69th birthday a few days ago, after I had some cash. But I remembered that we had an iTunes gift card that my wife had said I could use… I had to listen to his final gift to all of us…
I spent the entire day listening to Blackstar over and over… it is such a powerful album from one of the most creative and brilliant musicians. I read today that he was well aware that this would be his last album… I can’t fathom how hard it must have been to forge ahead on this album while battling cancer and dealing with his own mortality. But, he certainly didn’t take it easy musically or lyrically. Blackstar pushes the bounds of art and music in a way that only David Bowie could.
Bowie has been such a huge inspiration to me. And will continue to be. Thanks David.
Photo from Mojo