So, with the news that David Bowie has passed away, I felt compelled to give him a quick salute.
Like so many others, I’m was a huge fan. And to say the man had a way with words is selling him massively short. But he did.
I remember seeing a documentary a few years ago. It was a re-run of a one that followed an early American tour of his. At one point it showed him cutting up a sheet of words and phrases, then just rearranging them until he liked the sound of what he had in front of him.
Now, I’m a huge fan of odd sentence structures, but this was something else. Not least because this is the ever-enigmatic Bowie we’re talking about.
How deliberate was this process? Was it staged for the cameras to add another layer of mysticism to his work? Is a lot of the poetry in his lyrics just what we’re inventing as we listen?
I’m listening to Blackstar, his latest/ last album, now. I still can’t suss him out.
And his relative silence on his work was a breath of fresh air in this age of social media and “look at me” mayhem.
So thank you for reminding us there’s still a place in the world for magical artistry, mysterious poetry and belting tunes.