"I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, fuck that - I want to be superhuman." ----- David Bowie
Like many of you, I was shocked and sad yesterday . . . when I turned on my computer and learned that David Bowie had died. He was such a vibrant part of the music and culture of my growing-up years, and I feel so very grateful to have "come of age" in the time of David Bowie. (While my parents didn't "get" the Beatles . . . they REALLY didn't "get" David Bowie!)
This week, Carole has us talking about our Ten Favorite David Bowie Songs. I imagine the lists will be quite similar -- with a few surprises here and there.
Mine . . .
1 - Space Oddity - Ground control to Major Tom! When your husband's name is Tom . . . and he's a bit of a head-in-the-clouds scientist . . . Well. You just gotta love this one.
2 - Changes - This song was my introduction to David Bowie -- back in 7th grade. I loved it then; I love it now.
3 - Ziggy Stardust - In 8th grade I knew all the words to this one -- which I sang at the top of my lungs with my swim team pals. (And you know which lyrics we sang the loudest, don't you?)
4 - Suffragette City - Another big favorite among my swim team pals! Wham, bam, thank you ma'am!
5 - Young Americans - David Bowie's Young Americans album defined my junior year in high school. I can remember driving "the strip" on Friday nights with my friends, singing this song. Loudly. And with David Bowie-worthy theatrics.
6 - Fame - Oh, yes. (See Young Americans, above.)
7 - Golden Years - This song came out slightly later in my junior year of high school. I remember we loved the distinctive beat. (David Bowie was very intertwined with my high school years.)
8 - Under Pressure - Okay. So, technically, this is a Queen song (and, truth be told, I've always thought of it as a Queen song), but I'm including it anyway. I always loved this one - and it has the double-bonus of reminding me of Brian's high school hockey games -- because it was a staple of the hockey arena soundtrack during tense moments.
9 - Modern Love - Okay. So I kind of loved the 80s. This one reminds me of Tom's grad school years and early M-TV.
10 - Let's Dance - Put on your red shoes and dance the blues! Oh, yeah baby.
Now Ziggy played guitar. . .
How about YOU? What are your favorite David Bowie songs?
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