It’s Been just over a month since David Bowie died, so I thought I’d take a moment to look back on a couple of his works.
A major influence on me growing up watching the Labyrinth (which I highly recommend, especially if you want to see magic, goblins, and David Bowie in leather pants and laced shirts) and as I developed as a musician, David Bowie seemed to always push his limits totally unafraid of how his art would be perceived.
‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ was an early concept album/ rock opera. A story about aliens, the end of civilization, and a young rocker singing the news so the public can know what’s happening , it was bold and created an alter ego for the artist. Ziggy is on both the IGN list of Top 14 Rock Operas as well as Stereogum Top Ten Rock Operas that Deserve a Stage Adaptation and I tend to agree.
David Bowie touched and influenced so many artists throughout his career (Queen, Pixies, Velvet Underground, Elton John to name just a few) that it’s difficult to say where rock and roll, and rock opera in particular would be today without him.
Let’s all take a page from David Bowie. Be brave and keep making music and telling your story however bold or ahead of its time it may be.
Until next time,