David Jones (aka David Bowie, aka Ziggy Stardust) passed away yesterday after living 18 months with cancer. He'd just turned 69 years of age, and dropped a new, well-received album. While I wasn't an uber-Bowie fan, it is true that I appreciated his musical presence. How could you not? Bowie represented the quintessential 'other' in rock & roll, somehow existing in both the counter-culture and the mainstream, sincere to both.
Following are my favorite David Bowie songs (in chronological order):
Sound and Vision
Under Pressure (w/ Queen)
Hallo Spaceboy (w/ Pet Shop Boys)
I'm Afraid of Americans
Everyone Says Hi
Twenty-nine years my senior, David Bowie has been a part of the cultural landscape for as long as I've been alive. There's always a bit of shock whenever that sort of correlation comes to an end. On an objective level, I understand that, compared with the thousands of years of humanity, Bowie's 69 years is but a blink. Subjectively, though.... wow, what an impact he made.