The local LA indie/artsy radio station KCRW is playing David Bowie all day today. He died last week. I can’t turn it off. It’s a somber day of reflection for me.
That doesn’t mean I won’t be insulted. Because, kids.
On the drive back from gymnastics with Isabella (the newly minted nine-year-old), the radio plays a version of the ’80s hit “Let’s Dance” that was re-mixed sometime around 2000. It’s all Spanish-y guitar and a melody that most people would call a harmony part with lousy voice leading. (Inside musician joke.)
Isabella: Who’s that?
Me: David Bowie. You know, you have the same birthday as he does.
Iz: Yes, and Elvis Pretzles.
Me: Presley. January 8th.
Iz: Whatever… Was David Bowie old when he made this?
Me: Well, when he first recorded it, he was probably in his mid-30s.
Iz: But, was he old when he made this?
Me: Um, I guess he was about the age I am now. So, if you think that’s old, then…
Iz: Wait! What? You mean you could still make a song. Even at your age?
Me: Well, yes, I suppose I could. I try sometimes.
Iz: But, it wouldn’t be popular.
Iz: Because, you’re not very popular.
Me: Thanks for that, Honey. I was never very popular no matter what age. It’s probably why I loved Bowie so much.
Iz (on the bright side): But, I know you’re popular with 5 people. Me and Julianna. Mommy. And, Grandma and Grandpa… Though, some more than others.
Let all the Children boogie.