I woke this morning to the news of David Bowie’s death. That’s a really shitty way to wake up; as, I’m sure, many of you know.
I made a post to Facebook noting the passing, and promised that that was going to be the end of it. I’m a pretty damn big Bowie fan, but I really didn’t want to … lessen the impact by fumbling, maddeningly for the right words to honor such an idol. I have few idol’s. Fewer that I am tempted to write something that I feel does justice of their talents. Which is why I WAS NOT GOING TO:
- Quote song lyrics that have some kind of meaning.
- Write anything.
I went out to run some errands and put on the Best of David Bowie playlist that I made in iTunes (This should have been a mix tape I made in the 80’s. Then a CD in the 90’s.) I kept thinking about possibly finding some really oblique Bowie lyrics to quote, just to mess with people. The more I thought, the more I drove, the more I listened, the more I realized, “Sometimes it’s ok to be that guy.” Why not mourn by filling your day with your favorite artist? Why not take the time out of your day to mark the passing by enjoying what the artist gave us? Identify what they did that makes you especially happy, touches you, puts a grin on your face, or a stone in your stomach. What is wrong with that? Was it just my haughty, elitist music pretensions that made me feel that I was “above” that? It probably was. So why should I spend the day feeling better than thou by not doing what I would probably enjoy doing?
I’m just not going to do it on Facebook. I gotta keep some of my jaded, elitist, self-righteous, persona for myself.
“For in truth, it’s the beginning of an end
And nothing has changed
And everything has changed”
Hail and farewell David Bowie
BTW: After that revelation in the car, I actually started signing along with the songs, and feeling that ripple of embarrassment when I got the lyrics wrong. I enjoyed it just the same.