I… I wish I could swim
David Bowie Berlin 2002
My Favorite Performance Of Heroes
[This was originally posted on another blog of mine, https://halfpastlife.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/david-bowie-heroes-live-2002-incredible/] This performance of Heroes, the classic Bowie song, from the Berlin/Eno years, is just so fucking good! He does some rock star repartee at the beginning that totally works, because he can pull it off, and then just absolutely nail Heroes.
His voice is incredible. The deep bass notes, the flawless falsetto, and so much feeling. Just watch and see a real star. Brilliant.
It’s still weird living in a world without David Bowie. He was so vital and insanely good, that even his terrible stuff is (well its terrible) not awful. He has a few clunkers, but fewer overall (in my opinion) than Neil Young, who’s another 5 decade legend of outstanding quality.
Maybe it’s just part of getting older, hooray, to see the brightest lights flicker and extinguish, one by one. That’s how the night gets even darker. Until human voices wake us, and we drown.
But until that moment, we can be Heroes. For although the eternal footman may snicker, he still holds the door.
I don’t want to end this post on a down note, parroting TS Eliot, so here’s another post from the aforementioned blog, but this one is funny!
David Bowie Was Funny
This Clip From Conan O’Brien Back In The Day
I was on tour in the United States back in ’89. And we did a show in Cincinnati. During that show I shouted out, “It’s great to be in Cincinnati. … … “That was a lie.”
David Bowie was a funny man. You can spend a hours on YouTube watching his various talk show appearances, and laughing your ass off. In this clip from when Conan O’Brien (of whom I’ve previously written) was on NBC is from a bit Conan would do called Secrets. He would have celebrities do an intense confessional scene, in which they unload a terrible secret. Bowie’s was my all time favorite.