Unsurprisingly, music has been a lifelong, passionate obsession. Many of my earliest, most powerful and most enduring memories have centered around music — as a small boy, I was obsessed with three of arguably the best concert movies of the 80s, David Bowie‘s Serious Moonlight, Talking Heads‘ Stop Making Sense, and The Police’s Synchronicity. About 35 years have passed since those films’ initial release and I can still be as enraptured by the things I hear now, as I did then. And honestly, there isn’t a day that I don’t remember how lucky I am to be able to do something that I’ve loved for as long as I can remember.
Like countless other Bowie fans, I was heartbroken upon hearing of his death after an 18 month struggle with cancer — but because his music has in some way managed to be a major influence on a significant portion of my life, I think it’s an appropriate annual tradition to pay tribute to the man and his work on what would have been his 72nd birthday. Happy birthday, Mr, Bowie!