Tribute to David Bowie from Misha Burnett.
It’s taken me a couple of days to process the death of David Bowie.
He was someone who always seemed larger than life to me. I can remember hearing “Space Oddity” on the radio as a kid, and being blown away by the concept that here was a pop song on the radio that told an honest to goodness science fiction story. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars was one of those albums that I played on repeat endlessly during my twenties. He scared me and broke my heart at the same time in The Man Who Fell To Earth and again in The Hunger and once more in Labyrinth. I memorized the surreal dystopian “Future Legend” monologue from Diamond Dogs:
“And in the death, as the last few corpses lay
Rotting on the slimy thoroughfare
The shutters lifted in inches
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