I'm still processing this, but here's where I'm at, at least for now.

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My first introduction to Bowie were the first days of MTV. I mean THE first days. Early on when they didn't have a ton of content to show so you saw the same videos over and over and over again everyday, all day. And I watched it all, over and over again, everyday. That was ok though because this was a revolutionary thing. There was NOTHING like this out. No internet, no You Tube, barely any VHS tapes. So, you still were impressed day after day by the same trick so to speak.

It was from MTV that I can really remember my first experience with Bowie. I heard AND saw David Bowie at the same time and I'm glad it was the combo because there's a lot to this person. One sense is never enough with Bowie. Imagine being a young kid in the early 80's and watching these next four videos...  

 

 

 

 

Welcome to not only David Bowie, to me, but welcome to music videos!! How about that for a start!? He really was a martian of sorts. I mean, I was confused, I was questioning, interested and yet slightly put off. I knew it was something so odd to me, but it sounded so good. It was unique and even being a young kid, I knew it was something important. I saw this guy playing these parts, all these roles and he was so serious about what he was doing and so intending. Art happening in so many ways. These clips, the sounds, the fashion; music became multi-dimensional more than ever when David Bowie arrived. 

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Although he's gone from us now as a physical being, he'll be with us in other ways more than most artists from our lifetime. He's threaded throughout almost every genre of music and through anything in music that has visuals. His impression and influence will never be fully understood or added up. We just need to understand that he know flows around us and through us all, like the "force" of the Jedi. To the dark side and the light. Bowie is everything and everything is Bowie.  

That is the music and art side. 

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Perhaps Bowie's most important influence though went beyond the music and art. His impact on the world was massive and life changing to all. Watch the first video below and see how at an early age Bowie was showing that "different" was ok. "Different" was good. "Different" makes the world what it is. For those who can honestly understand that side of David Bowie, they are the ones who can truly understood David Bowie. 

Enjoy these cool, special clips. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM HIS NEW RECORD THAT CAME OUT LAST FRIDAY, HIS 69th BIRTHDAY.. 

 

AND (to me) ONE OF THE GREATEST ROCK SONGS OF ALL TIME... 

 

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