So, happy new year everyone! What a way to start. The funeral of Motorhead’s Lemmy took place yesterday and David Bowie died.
I can’t quite believe I just wrote that.
DAVID BOWIE DIED.
“Don’t be too sad.” said my kid, shutting the car door.
“Don’t worry, I won’t.” I said, and returned from the school run this morning with tears rolling down my face, snot pouring from my nose, the roads, flooded by the rain.
I’m still leaking now, as I write. I can’t bear to play the radio because it’s all Bowie stuff and I will only make this post short as I will probably short circuit my laptop if any more water gets in between the keys.
I am so pleased to have grown up in my teens listening to and watching David Bowie. He influenced my love for music. I was fascinated by his ever-changing style and my friends and I were besotted by his screen performance in The Hunger, a film that we would watch over and over again, never tiring of his soft voice and exquisite looks. Probably one of my most guilty Bowie pleasures was The Laughing Gnome, that my friend and I used to listen to back at her house on a school lunch break, and we would wonder, why did he do that one? But it had us in stitches every time.
Lemmy’s passing, now that was a sad day too, but one that I had seen coming having read reports of ill health during 2014/15. It is, however, a sign of time moving along, little bits of our present that, beyond our control are now past and I feel a little panic at this.
I saw Motorhead play a few times, loud and fast. Too loud. Very fast. The last time I saw Lemmy in the flesh was at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2013 when he received the Golden Gods award from Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Loaded bassist Duff McKagan. I and all Lemmy’s fans can be comforted now knowing that they will be seeing him again soon in the forthcoming rock and roll movie (the loudest silent movie on earth) Gutterdammerung, due to be released at events this year.
Thank you Bowie for giving me a love for music and creativity.
Thank you Lemmy for giving me tinnitus, I will cherish it forever 🙂
Long Live The Fans