This is one of my favourite tracks by David Bowie.

David Bowie passed away today.

Thank you for the music. You pushed personal boundaries and in the process you pushed the boundaries of the industry.

You are a legend. Rest in peace.

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From his Twitter/Facebook feed:
David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.

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My favourite talk show host, hands down. I’ve been watching him since the 1980s.

He’s sharp, scathing, self-deprecating (sometimes) and quick.

The guy is from Indiana so  additional affinity developed during my time in Indiana University (1986 to 1988).

I’ve definitely been influenced by his sense of humour.

He’s done more than 14,00 shows. I think sartorially he’s very eloquent too – sharp.

Thank goodness for Youtube that he continues to live. Thanks David.

DD from Singapore.

In no uncertain terms, Lieutenant General David Morrison lets rip on army personnel who exhibit sexist behaviour.

This is the way to preach it. Crystal clear.

I salute you, sir.

 

Source: hollywood.com

My second RIP post in a row. The legends of my youth are no longer young, now that I am 48. Hal David may not have been known to many but he was supremely talented, penning songs for the likes of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Dionne Warwick. He was a kingmaker, not a king. Son of a Jewish deli-owner, he died of complications from a stroke at 91. He had a great innings.

Together with long time collaborator, Burt Bacharach, they penned classics such as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”, “I Say A Little Prayer”, “What’s New Pussycat?” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”

Burt Bacharach himself said, “David’s lyrics for A House Is Not A Home and Alfie were ‘as good as you can get’.”

Alfie is one of my favourites. I’m including the link here. I respect him for the simplicity of his language but the depth of emotion and meaning those few words elicited. Exactly what I strive for in my own writing.

This is a man with a sensitive spirit and a delicateness of touch with language. He uses simple words combined to present insights, truths and possibilities that caresses and questions the soul.

If he were a chef, I’d make him a Michelin 3-star.

Alfie, sung by Joss Stone: