A Farewell to David Bowie

Unlike many fellow music fans, I haven’t been a Bowie fan for very long. I’ve only decided to really explore his discography early this year, with works such as Hunky Dory, Low and Heroes. Some of these records were obviously challenging, but I later began to see the beauty in the strangeness he was able to create. He truly was in a world of his own. Then, he released the song Blackstar a few months ago, which truly transcended his contemporaries and definitely his more recent output. What we didn’t know, however, was that this song was teasing towards what would be his final record. And fittingly so, the album is extremely dark and filled with grim lyrics on the tracks “Lazarus” and “Girl Loves Me” especially. It’s only fitting for someone as great as Bowie to go out on such a high note and not tell anybody but his close family about it. It’s definitely textbook Bowie — defying expectations, even in his final days. RIP David, the mark you’ve left on the world is too immeasurable to fathom.


A personal reflection on “To Pimp a Butterfly”

by Tom Hummer

Classic albums generally take time to achieve that status. Artists don’t know when they’re making them, and listeners can’t recognize them as such on first listen. After all, future impact can’t be predicted or anticipated, and such acclaim is usually determined by the upcoming generation(s) that it influences, not by today’s fans. It’s an effect that slowly compounds over years and years, and only decades later when a record still feels vital, fresh, and relevant, can you really call it timeless. Hell, I didn’t even like most of my favorite records on first listen. Continue reading