David Bowie? To me, he was that guy in the blue suit and yellow hair who'd done "Let's Dance" and "Modern Love." But this guy introduced me to the wonder that is Bowie, and I realized Bowie is unlike anyone else in music. He's a chameleon, always changing yet never playing by the rules, on the cusp of what's cool while always sticking around the edges of it himself. I fell in love... with Bowie, and this guy. So, I listened to everything Bowie did, and married the guy from the record show.
For that reason and many others, Bowie is very important to me. I saw him four times on the Reality tour when I was pregnant with my first child. Days after the first concert, I discovered I was pregnant. I felt her move during "Heroes" at the second show. She rocked out during "Heroes" at the third show. And on the fourth, a day I'll never forget, I drove to Buffalo racked with worry because I hadn't felt her move all day. I suffered through the car ride, dinner, and the first part of the show... and then Bowie broke into "Heroes"— and she walloped me with one hard kick. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life. As we drove home from the hospital with a day-old baby in the car, we listened to "Heroes" on the stereo, and we felt like a king and queen.
In January, almost exactly 23 years to the day when we started dating, we were vacationing in Orlando when my husband appeared in the bedroom doorway one morning, breathless, exclaiming that "Oh my god Bowie has a new single and a new album I cannot believe this" and I leapt out of bed, and we listened to him together. It was as if Lennon had risen from the dead and played for us.
Today is the day the album comes out, and we've already been listening to it for a week since it started streaming on iTunes. With a simple, almost mocking cover that looks like it was created in iPaint — with "Heroes" album cover being whitewashed over by a white box and the title of the album crossed out — you know from the outset this is Bowie returning to his roots, yet dashing them at the same time. Once again, The Thin White Duke has reinvented himself.
And today, I welcome my husband to the blog to offer a guest review of Bowie's new album. Please welcome Robert Thompson!