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A-Sides 'Cover On Demand' -- Filter's Richard Patrick Channels Oz and Bowie; Vancouver Artist Seeks Toronto Chick
Welcome to a new addition to thisisasides.com "Cover-on-Demand." This segment asks artists to perform a song stuck in their head on the fly -- whether it's a line, a verse, or the whole darn song.
When David Bowie showed up and captured us in song, we knew we had found a brother from another mother.
I listened to Blackstar twice on January 9, the day after it came out and a day before David Bowie died (it is still entirely surreal to type the words "Bowie died"). I listened to it a third time on January 11.
The album was released two days before he died of cancer on Jan. 10.
I was a high school misfit in the early 80s when I first discovered you, and everything got better after that.
How fitting that even in death, he found an opportunity to make art. That, in fact, he made his death itself into art. What could be more creative, life-affirming, or triumphant than that?
I think of his family today, mourning someone they knew and loved while a world of strangers feels their own grief for whichever incarnation of David Bowie spoke to them.