I thought I would throw in a few of my favourite videos along with Blackstar, the first release from the album in this post. The first is Ashes to Ashes with Bowie in his grunge period in 1999/2000. Although he maintained that he didn’t enjoy singing much, you can tell that he is really enjoying this gig. He specifically seems to like the drumming in the instrumental section towards the end of the song and has a childish excitement that is a joy to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNqo0kIR-TU The second, is a few years later. The hair’s been cut and he’s clean shaven and the Brixton lad that just loved art and wanted to make music is out in force. He jokes that the audience should settle down and get ready for a lock in as he wants to play songs from the Low album and much more. He has a car that can take a few of them home later if they miss their transport home. Heroes echoes around the venue slightly lower than the original but just as epic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsYp9q3QNaQ&ebc=ANyPxKqqIo9jE7gelcQxZ60gPUN27HQ_R8Nrcu_1dovPLBNRu07DhjvxSsGNZpTXZK7P0ihhrIySWe_Mwxu_gyCvCMdk3nL0GA The last video is of the beautiful, haunting and eerie Blackstar. Bowie’s music had layer upon layer of meaning to each song and album, and there are constant debates into that. In my opinion although this album is obviously a dark one, it also feels like he was reflecting on his life works, especially this song and Lazarus. The video is even more interesting with what could be seen as combination of spooky worlds similar to the films that he was in with Labyrinth, The Man who fell to Earth etc. There could be seen as characters from his career, the Tinman, Major Tom etc n this too. It’s hard listening but it’s inspiring and very creative. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kszLwBaC4Sw Are you a fan of Bowie’s work? What is your favourite song and what do you think to Blackstar? Let me know in the comments below. Happy listening!
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