Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Trace Time

What does it say that my last post was in remembrance of Lou Reed?

And just a few posts before that was my tribute to Captain Beefheart.

I suppose the only thing that dusts off the Creeter QWERTY is an influential musician passing through to the starry expanse.

And, glory-be, David Bowie was as influential as they come.

Announcement of his death on January 10th left me so thunderstruck that I had no words for several days. I sat by and read friend after friend pour out their hearts and tears. I read article after article praise his career and character. All I could do was passively click “Like” and silently weep.

No, that’s not all I could do. I also cranked up the volume.

Hunky Dory (1971) is, by my standards, one of the top 10 albums of all time. It’s hard to choose a best David Bowie album, it’s true, but Hunky Dory just takes it all to the next level for me.

Everything from his deliciously passionate vocals, to the wide range in music style honoring his favorite musicians, to the ever-present message that it’s not only okay to be an outsider – it’s good, it’s healthy, it’s necessary. You, in being abnormal, are normal. Love yourself. You are the future.

One of my favorite tracks is the song Bowie wrote upon receiving news he would become a father. “Kooks” is so simple and beautiful; the perfect song from a parent to child. I cannot wait for my husband and I to sing it to our baby when we have one.

I suppose it really is fitting that Lou Reed brought me back last time, and David Bowie brings me back now. This time I plan to stick around for a while.

Let’s take you out on a track from Hunky Dory that Bowie wrote for Lou Reed. In fact, the two of them performed it together on stage for Bowie’s 50th Birthday Bash in 1997.

Goodnight,

-Rachel

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Mix Tape Tuesday – It’s an 80s-palooza!

This is part one of a three-volume 80s Mix Tape I’m doing. I thought I’d kick off the series with some good ol’ “stuff you still hear on the radio” 80s hits (plus a couple rockin’ movie tunes, for good measure). Next week I’ll be dipping into the more obscure (or at least what isn’t being played too often anymore). Then I’ll close it out with my favorite 80s television themes (not including the ones the lovely Miss Erin gave us in a previous Mix Tape).

So, get ready to party like it’s 1999, because here come the 80s.

Mix Tape Tuesday: It’s an 80s-palooza!

1. Back in Black – AC/DC
2. Take On Me – a-ha
3. Mexican Radio – Wall of Voodoo
4. Our House – Madness
5. Rock Me, Amadeus! – Falco
6. Tarzan Boy (Jungle Life) – Baltimora
7. Down Under – Men at Work
8. Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
9. Lips Like Sugar – Echo & the Bunnymen
10. Cars – Gary Numan
11. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
12. Once In a Lifetime – Talking Heads
13. How Soon Is Now? – The Smiths
14. Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
15. 99 Luftballons – Nena
16. It’s the End of the World As We Know It – R.E.M.
17. The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough – Cyndi Lauper
18. The Neverending Story – Limahl
19. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
20. Oh Yeah – Yello

Peace, love, and leg warmers,
Rachel