When you hear that someone you don’t know, but have known for as long as you can remember, has died, can you cry? Can the news of their death compel your friends and family to think of you first after hearing the unbelievable news? In my case, absolutely.
On David Bowie’s birthday last week, I planned to start a countdown to his 70th birthday in with a series of posts over the course of 2016. I have lots of David Bowie stuff “under the lids” – clippings, magazines, and souvenirs and I thought it would be fun to share.
But then this ….
January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.
Like millions of fans around the world. I never met David Bowie but have had had him in my life for as long as I can remember. I think my first Bowie memory is from the late 1970’s when I was around 8 or 9 years old, hearing his music on our kitchen radio. I’ve surrounded myself with David Bowie ever since.
My first David Bowie purchase was Let’s Dance both on vinyl and cassette. My first concert regret ever was not being able to see the Serious Moonlight Tour. I would have to wait until 1987 to see him perform live. It was at the CNE with Northern Pikes and a version of Duran Duran. We had terrible seats but it was incredible and worth the journey from London, Ontario to Toronto. I saw him every time he came to Toronto after that. Here’s my first of many David Bowie concert ticket stubs. Note the ticket price and “No Cameras” message.
I went on to watch every video, attend every concert, and buy almost every magazine that featured him, and courtesy of Etsy, have been able to find Bowie-inspired accessories to add that little of Bowie to my day.
I spent the evening of January 11 listening to David Bowie on vinyl while I looked through my folder of clippings and stack of Bowie related magazines including a couple wonderful Hello! magazines and Architectural Digest. My husband flipped the albums for me and listened to me as I went through my collection of Bowie stuff. (When we got married, there was no question Heroes would be our wedding song.) David Bowie had been mostly out of the public eye for so long, it was easy to almost forget how very public he once was. His personality, his charisma and his sense of humour all came through in interviews and performances.
So over the course of the year as we inch closer to “what would have been his 70th birthday” and the first anniversary of his death, I will share more of my favourite Bowie moments. When I was much younger and living at home, this was how I surrounded myself with David Bowie.