“Is heaven any sweeter than Blue Jean?”
Penelope Kitten enters the office to find Cynthia wistfully watching David Bowie videos.
penelope kitten (squeaking): why so sad?
Cynthia: David Bowie died.
penelope kitten: who’s he?
Cynthia: He was a brilliant musician and electrifying showman/storyteller who created the soundtrack to my early teens. Blue Jean and Let’s Dance were two of my favorite songs and music videos from that era.
In Blue Jean, I wanted to simultaneously be the glamorous video vixen and the mesmerizing showman on stage.
One could not look away from a David Bowie video. They never ever got old. And I should know, I watched a ton of music videos back in the early ’80’s.
penelope kitten: so so sorry.
Cynthia: My Facebook feed is blowing up with tributes to David Bowie today. Even from friends who don’t normally comment on celebrities and/or eschew celebrity culture altogether.
I notice it mostly from my fellow Gen Xers. For example, my friend, John Fitzgerald, posted this on his Facebook page:
“As much as I knew I loved David Bowie and his music, I never could have guessed how many times in one day I would feel punched in the gut after learning he was gone. I feel like the amount of grief I’m experiencing is too much for someone I never met. But that doesn’t stop me from feeling it.”
I wonder if we are all feeling this way because of the startling force that music has on us as teenagers. We’re all so messy and confused and emotional as teenagers, and music at this age broadcasts how we feel and how we want others to see us. It’s quite dramatic.
I don’t get as attached to music now as I did when I was a teen.
So, in a way, David Bowie’s death has caused us Gen Xers to relive that thrilling intangible yearning angst of our teenage years. But, then, bam – Sucker Punch! It may feel like yesterday… but it was a long long long time ago.
Marcy (sarcastically): In a galaxy far far away..
Cynthia: Honestly, I think we are headed for a true mid-life crisis as a generation. David Bowie’s death will be considered its starting point.
penelope kitten: you lost me. let’s look at the kitty stardust pics.
Cynthia: Yes! Lots and lots of cat artwork inspired by David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust! Including the Langely Fox/Wren collaboration for Los Angeles cat rescue that we blogged about here.
Cynthia: Here’s a pic of David Bowie with a cat.
Cynthia: Obviously, he was a cat lover.
Marcy: Most creatives are you know.
Cynthia: And here’s an adorable video of David Bowie and Cher from 1975!
Now this makes me want to smile forever!
penelope kitten (squeaking): yeah yeah. it’s good to leave with a smile.