Happy Birthday, David Bowie!

image of a votive candle featuring David Bowie as a saint
Saint Bowie. A gift from Deeks, who gets me.

Today is David Bowie's 69th birthday, and also the release of his new album Blackstar. I am very excited for both! I am very excited that David Bowie is alive in the world and still making incredible music, because both of those things just make the planet a more wonderful place for me.

There are a lot of things I love about David Bowie—his music, his performance (I am fortunate to have seen him in concert, and it was even more amazing than you can imagine), his art, his acting, his style, his beautiful weirdness, his embrace of the feminine, his generosity with his collaborators, his willingness to experiment publicly, even when he has failed—but most of all I love his voice. In every sense of the word—his perspective, his speaking voice, what he says, and his singing voice. Maude, that voice when he sings. Impossibly, haunting and warm at the same time, and utterly unlike any other voice.

David Bowie: "Starman"

I have loved Bowie's music all my life. I have loved his voice so long I can't even remember when I heard it for the first time. It has always just been there, singing things I love.

Thank you for the lifetime of music, David Bowie, and for another new album. A gift to us on your birthday.

In honor of the day, Seattle-based KEXP is broadcasting an all-day marathon of his music. If you're on Spotify, you can listen to his new album here.

Happy Birthday, David Bowie.

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