Check Ignition & May God’s Love Be With You

I just posted this three days ago on my Instagram for Bowie’s birthday.


David Bowie, by Panhandle Slim

I’ve written about or referenced Bowie a number of times here on the blog. I wrote this about the song containing the lyrics above. (And then Todd had Panhandle Slim make this for me. Other Panhandle Slim images here – Have fun in the Rabbit Hole.) He surprised me with it on Christmas a few years ago and I cried.) There was that one time time I got drunk and made a roomful of people I don’t know very well listen to the the song twice at 4 am, because I love it so much. That one time I went down the rabbit hole of YouTube videos of Arcade Fire doing covers with various people, including David Bowie.

I loved him.

I crossposted a few of these words on Facebook when I first found out Bowie died this morning, but I think of my blog as a journal of sorts. When I read journals, I love it when I come across people’s thoughts on historical figures, politics of their time, or cultural phenomena. If someone reads my words one day a hundred years from now, I want them to know I thought David Bowie was groundbreaking and legendary and he often blew my mind.

Words won’t do justice to David Bowie’s greatness. He was a radical, an original, a true iconoclast.

Addendum: It is not recommended Bowie fans listen to “Space Oddity” this morning. They just played it on, and it made me sob. Beautiful and eerie lyrics on the morning of the death of the man who sang them. Heartbreaking and gorgeous.

Check ignition and may God’s love be with you.

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7 Responses to “Check Ignition & May God’s Love Be With You”

  1. John says:

    Thank you.

  2. Dogwood Girl says:

    You’re welcome, John. Nothing monumental written here. Just wanted to mark his passing so maybe my grandkids can read about how cool I thought he was. Just heard a great letter the DJ read over the air on KEXP. “The world is over 4 billion years old and we somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.” Pretty cool.

  3. Becky says:

    David Bowie was the first artist my daughter would hear and recognize – and not just him, but his influence too. She couldn’t have been older than 5 or 6 the first time she called it out in the car as we were driving down the road. I probably never realized how much I listened to him until that moment. One of the first things she said to me when she got home from school today was to ask how I was doing with losing him. I admitted I had a good cry and then listened to Bowie at work all day. It’s not just Space Oddity that will leave you a hot mess – Life on Mars, Changes, Kooks, The Man Who Sold the World, hell, even Modern Love left me verklempt. Apparently most of us thought him immortal.

  4. joel says:

    I’ll drop the manly front, and admit that I got a little bit misty eyed, upon hearing the news.

  5. Dogwood Girl says:

    Joel, I never thought you were manly anyways. [wink] Yes, i cried off and on to many of those today, Becky. So great. And yes, i thought he would live forever.

  6. marniebella says:

    JFC. these days of loss – our rock gods lining up to sign off forever. this sucks. thanks for writing, acknowledging, sharing….

  7. Dogwood Girl says:

    Yes, and news of Alan Rickman this a.m. Very sad, Marnie.

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