Happy Birthday, David Bowie! A young 66 today! I don’t know about you, but I’ve really missed him. Bowie has a new song today and a video to go with it called “Where Are We Now?” It’s a beautiful, elegiac ballad. A new album — his first in freakin’ ten years– is due in March called “The Next Day.” The video is on Bowie’s site, www.davidbowie.com. The song, which I downloaded for $1.29, is on iTunes, so it’s a closed system thing. But you can hear a snippet of it there. The video is on vimeo, another closed system. The album will be on Sony, since RCA–Bowie’s old label–is part of that company now. Can’t wait for the album. The single is lovely. The video is arty, just like Bowie. By the way, “Changes” came out 41 years ago yesterday. It’s not possible since I remember hearing it on the radio when it debuted, and I’m only 34. Happy Birthday, Ziggy Stardust. Welcome back!
PS I will tell you a true story. I can remember doing homework, listening to WNEW-FM when they first played “Space Oddity.” It was the most remarkable thing coming out of the radio. And it still is. What passes for “music” today is criminal by comparison.
Play this, kids: