mysticalchild_isis: (bowie)
When I was little, I required a lullaby in order to go to sleep. My parents were fairly traditional, but my oldest brother was an adolescent boy, and so when he was required to fill in, his song of choice was Space Oddity. It shouldn't be a surprise that David Bowie became the most important musical influence of my life.

I spent a year of my life living in London, and at first it was fairly hard to get to know people. I met my closest friend because I spent 16 hours camping out to get David Bowie tickets, and Philip was the guy behind me in line. We used to spend at least one weekend a month hitting the markets and Berwick Street looking for Bowie rarities and bootlegs, and fighting over our finds.

Speaking of that concert, it was the most amazing show I've ever seen. Camping out landed me sixth row center stage tickets (better than first row would have been, because I was on eye level with Bowie, instead of below him). It was the 30th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust, and it was held at the Hammersmith Odeon, the theatre where he'd famously killed Ziggy off. Bowie played for three hours, and the only break he took was 5 minutes between the regular set and the encore, during which time he drank water and changed his suit. He was incandescent that entire time, and I screamed myself hoarse.

I think I've probably seen Labyrinth about 200 times in my life. Possibly more.

I'm on my second copy of the Best of Bowie DVD collection. I didn't even know you could wear out a DVD until I could no longer get my favorite videos to play.

My first tattoo was Bowie related- the Ziggy Stardust lightning bolt in a circle. It wasn't particularly well planned or executed, but I have no regrets. Maybe one of these days I'll expand and improve upon it.

I've seen Bowie in concert four times, and I had always hoped to increase that number. I did get to see him in three different countries, at least- here in the US, in London (as mentioned above), and also once in Canada.

On most days, my favorite Bowie album is Outside, and my favorite song is The Motel from that album. On some days, it is any number of other Bowie songs, and I've had a lot of different favorite Bowie albums over the years.

When I was learning how to drive, I'm Afraid of Americans was getting a lot of radio play. I used to get in radio wars with my dad, as he was NOT a fan of the song. The compromise became that if I was in the driver's seat, we got to listen to it. If he was, the radio got turned off. Despite the fact that he was never much of a fan, my dad sent me a very nice message when he heard the news.

It's very sad and disconcerting to wake up in a world that no longer has David Bowie working and playing and making music, but as was pointed out yesterday, the world is 4.54 billion years old, so it's pretty amazing that I got to be alive alive for several of the same decades as David Bowie, and I am very grateful.
mysticalchild_isis: (bowie)
Guys guys guys... David Bowie's second new single just came out today! And there's this totally awesome but bizarre video with him and Tilda Swinton:

And it's only two weeks until the new album!

mysticalchild_isis: (ziggy stardust)
Seeing as how it is after midnight, and therefore technically January 8th, I'm going to go ahead and start partying hard for David Bowie's 60th Birthday.

Non-stop Bowie everything will be going on around me for at least the next 24 hours.

Happy Birthday, Bowie. Here's to many more. (Really. Please don't die, because it would traumatize me horribly.) Lots and lots of love. And then lots more.

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mysticalchild_isis: (bowie)
Just because I felt like it, I have for you my top 10 Bowie Music Videos (with the help of YouTube).

Major Tom to Ground Control )
mysticalchild_isis: (ziggy stardust)
David is a god... he was fucking AMAZING tonight... oh sweet Isis. My feet have not touched the ground since the moment he stepped on stage. I nearly reached the parinirvana tonight from Bowie Bliss. He looked amazing... he is so beautiful... dressed in a black suit... it was very hot, so after the first song, he stripped off the jacket and undid his tie... I was kind of hoping he'd take off more. I probably would have died of bliss if he did, though. He had a gorgeous white dress shirt that sort of gathered at the cuffs on... oh Isis he was gorgeous. They finally got the screens on about halfway through his set... when they did closeups on his face, I could see his beautiful mismatched eyes... and the expressions he made while singing... oh yesss... I could hardly decide whether to watch the screen or the stage... I had to keep switching.

His voice is so amazing... it's almost impossible to think he's in his mid-fifties... and his set was so good- a perfect combination of old classics and his new stuff. He opened with Life on Mars, one of my favorites from Hunky Dory, and he closed his encore with Ziggy Stardust (the title song from the album), which was perfect, seeing as Ziggy Stardust celebrates it's 30th anniversary this year. He did so many of my favorites... Ashes to Ashes, Heroes, I Would Be Your Slave, I'm Afraid of Americans... so much more. I'm going to burn a CD of the all songs so I can relieve it over and over again... I nearly swooned several times... Khalil practically had to hold me up sometimes... I screamed myself hoarse. At one point, in fact, a guy in the section of front of us turned around and gave me a grin and a thumbs up while I was screaming...

He was charming and in tune with the audience, he made jokes, he danced... tonight was the most amazing music experience I've ever had. The best concert I've ever been to... I want to see him again and again and again...

Moby was really good too... he closed the concert, and he was so cute... he was hyperactive, running all over the stage, singing, jumping around, playing bongoes, playing the guitar, doing dj stuff... he was wearing a t-shirt with the superman shield on it, saying Super Kid, and it fit perfectly. He was so cute and sweet... David Bowie is his favorite musician, and he was so adorable talking about how cool it was that he and David were playing in the same concert... he's so sincere and sweet... he did a great set too, playing a lot of 18 and Play, and some of his older stuff too... He did Porcelain and Southside and We Are All Made of Stars, and Extreme Ways... so many more. I only wish that he had brought David out and that the two of them had done at least one song together...

I am in Bowie Bliss land right now... who needs lovin'... I just need to close my eyes and see David and I am in more ecstacy than ever before...


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