David Bowie’s Tribute to John Lennon

Imagine if guns weren’t so accessible!

We’s still have John Lennon.

RIP David Bowie. The world misses you!

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Ziggy Played Guitar!

Lots of people I admire have passed away. It happens when you get to my age, unavoidable. Of course it saddens me and makes me realize my years are numbered too.

David Bowie’s death was the one that hit me the hardest. His songs got me through my teens. My heart missed a beat every I heard his music. Saw him back in the early seventies and it was the best concert I ever went to. Earls Court London! I don’t think a day goes by without me thinking about him. When he died, all my friends called me expressing their sympathy, they knew he was a big part of my life. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a weird obsession, I just loved his music. I loved what he was and what he brought to the world. RIP David. I hope you’re smiling down on us!

Ziggy Played Guitar

It’s taken me all week to be able to blog about David Bowie.

I’d never have survived my crazy teenage years without him. I’d lock myself in my bedroom and play his music as loud as my parents would allow me. I didn’t listen to it, I felt it. I’m pretty sure he wrote ‘Life on Mars’ just for me. Hunky Dory was probably my favorite Album, so as you can guess, the most difficult of my teenage years were during the early seventies. I loved David Bowie. I loved his smile, his style, his crazy make up, his odd eyes. I loved that he was different, because I felt different too.

His style, magic and music changed with the times. It never dated.

I’m 59 now, ten years younger than my idol was when he passed away. A little bit of my life went with him.

Now I hope he’s looking down at the world, and maybe sharing a joke with the second great Englishman that died this week. I’m talking about Alan Rickman of course. May the both rest in peace.

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Music and Memories

Sitting here on this sunny Colorado afternoon at 5:25 mountain time on Sunday August 11th 2013 – I look back at my life and smile. I am fifty six years old and I think I have plenty to smile about.  This afternoon I am remembering music, and what a huge part it played in my life.

What was the first record I ever bought?    Albatross by Fleetwood Mac. The year was 1969

What was the first open air concert I went to? Reading. Saw Rod Stewart, Curved Air and Hawkwind. FANTASTIC – crazy times.

Best Concerts I’ve ever been to were David Bowie at Earls Court in 1973 and Michael Jackson at Earls Court in 1989 and 1992.

Finally remembering with great fondness, the last Michael Jackson concert I went to with my husband and my eight year old daughter. It was amazing. I can’t believe he isn’t with us anymore. RIP Michael.

Davie Bowie – my very first concert!

I am going to a concert tomorrow night at Red Rocks. It’s actually my first concert at Red Rocks and I am looking forward to it immensely. Maroon Five, Train and Gavin DeGraw.

I remember my VERY FIRST concert ever. It was at Earls Court in London and I hardly slept for a week beforehand because it was (and still is) my favorite performer of all time…..David Bowie. I hope you like the You Tube video below, this is how he opened his concert on that amazing night at Earls Court.

I was only 16 when I travelled all the way from North Yorkshire to see my Idol and I was so determined to get a good view that I talked my way into front row seats by saying I was a photographer for Melody Maker. Is Melody Maker still around? I doubt that anyone believed I was really a professional photographer as I was carrying a cheap Polaroid camera, but they let my friend (Linda Squirrel) and I sit at the front.

What a view!

We were almost crushed when the crowd surged forward, but it was worth it. We were so close to David Bowie (and Mick Ronson) we could almost touch them. Mick Ronson was wearing a bowler hat that night, which he threw into the crowd and I grabbed it. I had it for years.

I still have the photos I took that night. I loved every minute of that concert, my first and favorite. 1973 was a long time ago, but I remember this concert like it was yesterday.

One of my other favorite David Bowie songs is on this second clip. Enjoy him with Mick Ronson.

David Bowie weathered the storm, I would love to see him again.

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