Monday, January 18, 2016
Am I the only one who doesn't care about David Bowie?
I am a media addict. (I both create and consume media.)
Over the recent decades I could not avoid being aware of David Bowie. I like "Major Tom," but if my life depended on it I could not name even one of his other songs. Similarly, I could not name the winners of the most recent World Series or Super Bowl (which, until recently, I thought was played on New Year's Day. Bowie, like sports, is irrelevant to me.
The many obits and tributes credit Bowie with causing all sorts of important cultural revolutions since around 1970, and his most productive period seems to have been the 70s.
I, who thrived in the sex/drugs/rock&roll of the 60s, have dismissed the 70s as a musical vast wasteland. Of the thousands of records, tapes, CDs and MP3s I've bought, not even one carries Bowie's music.
He may have made some nice music, and wore weird clothes and was a good actor. But for me, the best thing he ever did was calling his son "Zowie Bowie."
He's no Dylan, no Lennon/McCartney, no Jagger/Richards, no Simon/Garfunkle.
I've been an outsider, cynic, finick, outlier, weirdo and rebel most of my life.
I don't watch baseball. I don't care about football. I don't respect any people because of their positions or titles. I once dared a cop to shoot me. (He did not shoot.) I tend to vote against incumbents. In nearly 70 years I have never tasted coffee. I swim in the ocean when small craft warnings are posted because of high waves. I've been SCUBA diving under the ice. Even if free, I don't want extra cheese on my pizza. I like milk and chocolate but not chocolate milk. I love tomatoes and tomato sauce but avoided ketchup for most of my life. I now like it on fries, but not on meat or (GASP) eggs. I never drink tomato juice. At Greek restaurants I get gyros with tomato sauce--not tzatziki. I love Mexican food, but NO GUAC. I seldom go to casinos. I don't buy lottery tickets. I've bet on just two horses (and won!). I don't object to dogs kissing me, but do object to humans who smoke cigarettes kissing me. I dress based on the thermometer, not the calendar. I'm a non-theist. I've never watched "America's Got Talent" and despise the hillbilly-ish title. I like "Honey Boo Boo" but thought "Seinfeld" was not funny. Other than pizza, I don't eat pie. With cake and ice cream I eat only chocolate, vanilla and combinations thereof. I love hot tea, but never drink iced tea.
David Bowie is just not my cup of tea.