David Bowie – How Can I Miss A Man I Never Really Knew?

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Today I am thinking, well, nothing new there I suppose, but today I am thinking about how you can miss someone that you never knew. How you can miss someone that you’d never met. How you can miss someone that you’d only ever seen on TV or as the face of an album cover.
David Bowie Heroes Album Cover 1977

David Bowie Heroes Album Cover 1977

 
I have been asked this question a lot in relation to Elvis Presley  however that’s a way bigger question and discussion so I’m not going there today. Been there. Done that.  You can read one of the posts on my old blog site here.
 
Today I am thinking about David Bowie. I know his songs. I have sung them and danced to them, and enjoyed the delicious and out there creativity of them, however I don’t physically own an album of his, yet I’ll miss him because like many of my generation, we grew up with Bowie and his music shaped things, often dramatically, during that time.
David Bowie - The 200 Greatest Albums of All Time

David Bowie – The 200 Greatest Albums of All Time

 
So what will I miss?
 
For me, if I really had to sum it up in just one word, I will miss the possibility.
David Bowie Aladdin Sane Album Cover 1973

David Bowie Aladdin Sane Album Cover 1973

 
The possibility of what else he was yet to create. The possibility of what else was to come. The possibility of how he might have pushed yet more boundaries. The possibility of future iconic tunes. The now lost possibility with what he would come up with for his next and 26th album. The future possibility of how his new thoughts and ideas might have gone on to yet again shape the next generation and our culture.
Yves Saint Laurent Inspired Ziggy Stardust Boots - Spring 2014 Collection

Photo credit: Yves Saint Laurent Inspired Ziggy Stardust Boots – Spring 2014 Collection

 

And then there were the wonderful photos of David and Iman which showed in glorious technicolour the possibility of love.  Having followed Iman’s Facebook page for several years, it was always a joy to see them going strong after all these years, all the while working in their respective industries, industries well known for ripping couples and lives apart.

David Bowie & Iman Wedding Day

David Bowie & Iman Wedding Day

A love that is fun, and true, and different, and enduring . . . . . .
David Bowie and Iman having fun. Photo credit: thinglink.com

David Bowie and Iman having fun. Photo credit: thinglink.com

So yes, Possibility.  That is what I will miss most.
 
This is a review that was written 2 days ago by the New Yorker about his latest and now last album which was released on 8th January 2016: newyorker.com – The Beatiful Meaninglessness of  David Bowie
The album producer Tony Visconti shares what it was like working with David Bowie on that final album whilst recognising it was most likely to be his last: “He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.  I knew for a year this was the way it would be.”
Iman talks about their unlikely pairing, particularly as she wasn’t ready for a relationship when they met . . . . “I definitely didn’t want to get into a relationship with somebody like him.”
This is a fantastic series of interviews put together by the BBC, together with Bowie’s ‘8 Life Lessons.’
You can explore a summary of his body of work here: The David Bowie Albums
RIP David Bowie, and thank you for the music.
Marilyn Devonish ♥
David Bowie Final Album: Black Star

David Bowie Final Album: Black Star.  Photo credit: Columbia Records




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Marilyn Devonish has been described as the UK equivalent of Oprah Winfrey, Marianne Williamson, Anthony Robbins, a dash of Doreen Virtue, and the trio from Charmed all rolled into one. I (Marilyn Devonish) have admit that was too big of a statement for me to own, but I equally admit that I do like the sound of it and it did make me smile. Marilyn Devonish - Herself since Year 2000.

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