We Can Be Heroes, Just For One Day
I became aware of David Bowie in the late 1970's
I used to play the Saxophone, it was the one instrument that caught my ear. My childhood saxophone heroes were the sax players in David Bowie and Billy Joel's bands.
The first song that I remember hearing from David Bowie was Space Oddity. That very British "Ground control to Major Tom", shattering that beautifully slow orchestral intro. The guitar liftoff after that intensely slow countdown. "Can you hear me Major Tom? Planet Earth is blue, and there is nothing I can do". And then that Saxophone after the chugging guitar. Masterpiece.
Modern Love off of 1983's Let's Dance is where my love of David Bowie really set in. There weren't too many saxophones used in 70's-80's music. Modern Love starts off with an unforgettable guitar riff created by another legend - Stevie Ray Vaughan. But the saxophone solo in the transition just pulled me right in.
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My favorite David Bowie song that features a saxophone is Changes, "And these children that you spit on as they...try to change their worlds, are immune to your consultations, they're quite aware of what they're going through." What a brilliant mind to come up with a group of words that express coming of age so eloquently.
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I'm crushed to hear that we lost such a brilliant mind today. I will always be a David Bowie fan. Thank you for expanding my mind with your art.