Showing posts from January, 2016

Bowie's Star Shined Bright

The passing of David Bowie last Sunday saddens me.  It is as if a light that illuminated the universe has dimmed.  I can't say I am a mega fan who owns every Bowie album or that I even got to see him live and in concert.  Despite that his music was part of the soundtrack of my youth.  His passing like Michael Jackson's makes me nostalgic for the way things were.  I am after all an eighties kid who grew up watching Bowie on MTV; the station that originally wouldn't play black artists but was fine playing the rock artists that were influenced by black music.

The Blues gave birth to a child and it was called Rock "n" Roll.  Bowie knew that and he respected those artists that paved the way for him.  One of my favorite songs of his is the rhythmic masterpiece, "Let's Dance".  I remember hearing it on R&B friendly radio stations WBLS and WKTU in New York city right along with a play list that included Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.  It was quite …