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11 Things That Remind Me of David Bowie: The Prettiest Star.


Warning : You won't find much of the past tense here.

Well, what can I say? It would have felt wrong not to write something, anything, about the man that truly (to this day) helps me at times when I feel lost, weak or weird.

I love David Bowie. Ever since I first heard Starman on mixed tape, I was taken prisoner by his voice. I am still a prisoner and loving the life sentence. I wasn't sure yesterday what to write, but as time has gone by I realised what I needed to say. I want to tell you how often I think about him, the memories that fly into my mind when a song of his comes on the radio, what his music and his life means to me.

So here are 11 things that remind me of him...

#1 The Mixed Tape
Whenever I hear Starman I think back to Birmingham, when I first really heard David Bowie. It's an addictive sound, his voice, isn't it? So I went on and borrowed Ziggy Stardust from a friend and that's when I fell in love with him...

#2 The Dog
Yes, I fell hard for Ziggy Stardust, the song in particular. So mcuh so I wished of the day we could have a dog of the same name. And now we do. I remember Warren drawing a picture of our future and it had a picture of a dog called Ziggy in it... whenever I cal dogface over to me, I think of David Bowie.

#3 The Facepaints
In halls one day my friend Mark painted my face... it looked like this...

me with lightning bolt face paint.

This is a memory always in my mind, because I was probably at the point in life when I felt free. I also knew at this point who I was as a person, and I had people (like Carly, find her blog here) in my life who loves me just the way I am (here's a secret, I love her too, just the way she is!).

#4 The Hen Do
I tailored my Hen Do to suit the fact that I wanted to dress as Jareth from The Labyrinth. I think I did an alright job, but only one person in the pubs and clubs that night knew who I was hahahaha! Thinking of this night makes me smile, once again Bowie's utter defince in the face of conformity made me braver than I would have been without him in my life.

#5 The Wedding
As Warren and I signed our marriage certificate and people yawned and sighed waiting for their food (joke guys...) we listened to 'As the World Falls Down' and I inwardly sighed for the whole 3.30 minutes (give or take...)

Lady in green dress and man all in black on their wedding day.

#6 The DJ
I can't help myself. I have to always ask the DJ if they can play Bowie, no matter where I am or who I am with. And if they don't? Well, they're no DJ friend of mine.

#7 The Movie
Moulin Rouge is one of my all time favourite movies and it features Bowie heavily. The line, 'The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return' is the most moving part of the film in my opinion... It says everything and it's true! The love I have for Bowie, multiply it by a million and it still doesn't come close to the love I feel for Warren, George and Molly... and guess what? They love me back :)

#8 The Colum Regan
Have you ever seen this guy play? I remember first stumbling across him and his lovely wife one night in O'Neil's in Cardiff. The last time we saw him play was in the same place, and he asked the crowd for suggestions of songs to play. Que me shouting out, 'David Bowie!' and you know what? He played an amazing acuostic version of Let's Dance. It was freakin' awesome.

#9 The Novel
My novel was once a dissertation. I struggled with it. I won't say how (you'll have to read it one day), and David Bowie saved me. His songs (all of them) are there whenever I struggle with writing anything, but particularly my book. I simply pop on his music and write. It's when I hear his voice, his lyrics, his thoughts and viewpoint of the world, that I can write freely and openly and confidently.

#10 The Husband Man
Warren has always used Bowie to woo me. He painted him once (still waiting on a commission), he sent me flowers during our 'break' with the note, 'It ain't easy...' attached, he's covered his songs, he's imitated his vocals in his own music, he's listenened to himj with me and he's even taken the wrath when he told me The Man Who Saved the World was a Nirvana song... (don't give him a hard time, he's still getting comments from me eight years later...). Warren loves him along with me and tha'ts a wonderful thing. Long may it continue...

#11 The Children
Of course my children love The Labyrinth. But they also love the David Bowie. They have t-shirts with his face on, they dance to his music, and thanks to Bowie George has discovered how much he loves Queen. Bowie wil continue to shine in their lives, teaching them how to really live, as one only can, their way without compromise.

Our children dressed up ready for Little Shop of Horrors.

I really want to say thank you to all those people that reached out to me yesterday and today, telling me they thought of me when they heard the news, or hoping I was okay... you guys rock, you guys know me and how I roll, and I love that about you all. I'm touched by your hearts.

It's true, I'm heartbroken, because I love him, but I'm also determined to do the one thing that will be in homage to the man who saved my world... I'm going to knuckle down and finish the damn book, then I'm going to read it, whilst I listen to Bowie.

Warren and Kelly's faces close up.

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