Well, apparently in the extreme high winds from last week, the station antenna was damaged and more than originally thought. So the live stream was spotty, at best.
And no, they didn't archive it either since the station manager was unable to be there and I got an (inexperienced, but lovely) underling to run the board.
Regardless, it was therapeutic to create and play and talk through the list.One of the callers thanked me for the bits of trivia, saying he had learned more about Bowie from the show than anywhere else he had listened. I admit to tearing up a bit at that. Always lovely to spread the love.
My thinking and basic explanation of what I talked about is in () along with each group.
The focus for me was to play mostly the lesser known, but accessible, in sections that showcased the wild variety of his music, while tying it all together with clips of him laughing in different places for different reasons.
I always love to hear him laugh...
Here it is...
(this is backed by BT/WN and he talks about his choice of music as art, and laments that the problem with life is that there's more than two sides...it just felt like a great way to anchor the show with his own discussion of the overarching themes.)
Don't Sit Down
(Bowie as storyteller)
The Bewlay Brothers
The Wild Eyed Boy From Free Cloud
I Have Not Been To Oxford Town
(Bowie as drawer of deep and varied characters)
Sound And Vision
Sons Of Silent Age
Silly Boy Blue
(ok, yes, I went for my favorite 'love songs' in this section. I'm not sorry either)
As The World Falls Down
Lady Grinning Soul
The Laughing Gnome
(totally inappropriate insertion for you here wok!)
(discussion of Bowie as spiritual existentialist)
The Next Day
Word On a Wing
Can't Help Thinking About Me
(Storytellers - the story before the song, and ending with him declaring 'I just helped clear the bodies.')
(Bowie and social commentary that happens to be really f*cking timely right now)
(Bowie's Americans, along with discussion of how he fooled me every damn time I saw them on Reality tour when Sterling would start ATYD with the YA drum intro...fooled us all again and again...)
I'm Afraid Of Americans
All The Young Dudes (False start, Holmdel, NJ)
(Alternative versions section...I'm a language teacher by trade, so the German Heroes, of course, then the acoustic version of DIS - I love this because when he sings 'his name was always Buddy' in this version, Buddy sounds like he actually would be shrugging sheepishly, rather than having connived his way into the scenario...it evens the playing field between the two of them? and the Love You Till Tuesday version of Space Oddity...everyone's heard the other one, but I love this one so much...they played it at David Bowie Is...in Chicago when I went, and I was so happy to hear that...I kinda like the launch here better)
Drive In Saturday (1972 Cleveland Acoustic)
(Bowie as space nerd...like me)
Ashes To Ashes
Life On Mars?
Eight Line Poem
(love this one and had about 3 minutes to add and I've always been captivated by the fact that it is 8 lines about almost nothing, and then so incredibly descriptive at the same time. Also, DB southern American accent ftw.)
(Reality at Hershey, PA...this is about 30 minutes away and is the finest moment of DB laughter I was ever privileged to hear in person. It makes me laugh and cry every time I listen to it)
(I played this for the first time on the show. I've been carrying it around with me on the Lazarus Cast Recording for weeks...it's hard. I know if I listen to the three new ones, then there will never be any new music coming. But I want to listen, too. But I'm not ready to listen to them all. So I figured this show was a good moment to 'rip of the bandaid' so to speak. I love this song, of course. But I've still got two others for someday...)
Never Get Old
(I guess it goes without saying, but with such a rich and extraordinary catalogue to visit and explore with new (older) eyes, and the enduring nature of so much of the work, he really never will get old. At least for me. And for those who have not yet heard him... even those who haven't yet been born who will love him just as much as me.)
Love on you all. Thanks for the help
"My head hangs low 'cause it's all over now."