Category : Music
David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is a masterpiece. To this day, I don’t understand the true concept behind it. But it hailed as one of the greatest concept albums of all time. And I find that I enjoy the album regardless of how linear it is or how it uses continuity. I just love the arrangements and the vocals. It is one of the finest pieces of music that I ever had the pleasure of listening to, again and again and again. Whenever I hear the drums which open the album with Five Years, it sends a shiver down my spine, because I know what is in store.
Albums come and go, and some of them stick with us. Some of those who stick with us, manages to make it through decades and time-warps. Ziggy is a masterpiece, not because someone else said it was. For me, I knew it was an album which will stick with me from the first time I heard it. I mean, I didn’t have that shiver from the beginning, but by the time Five Years ended for the first time, with those weird guitars and screams – I was entranced. I was hooked.
Bowie will be remembered for those many things. And the drums which open Ziggy are but a small fraction of his genius. It doesn’t matter if I see a connection between all of the songs or not. It really doesn’t matter, because all that matters in the finished product (for lack of a better word) is whether it moves you or not. There is nothing as important as that in the creative process, at least once it is over. You spend time crafting, building, tearing down, piecing things together, and to be able to come out with such a collection of tracks is nothing short of wonderful. It is an album of its time and place, and there is something so very special about it.
Just imagine. There are those who will grow up without Bowie… what a shame. I very much hope that his legacy in music and acting lives on and on. It deserves a place of honor. The guy always reinvented himself, and there was something so artistic about him. You cannot ignore him. Ziggy Stardust remains a true gem among his works, and it is one that I am always so very happy to return to and lay on my turntable.