I first heard the Ziggy Stardust album many years ago while making my way through Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of all time. I'd never heard anything so psychadelic and with such a fascinating story. The songs Ziggy Stardust and Suffragette City shot straight into my most loved list.
When I heard the album Just Dance, I was blown away by how different it was to the former. I was compelled to look into it further. It turns out Bowie's been a master of reinvention. From the beginning of his career, flitting around as a well-presented man in a suit named Davey Jones, to the androgynous, messianic Ziggy Stardust, to uncaring showman the Thin White Duke.
I saw an exhibit on Bowie at the Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne. Seeing the way he collects influences from all sorts of sources that you wouldn't think had anything to do with music. The one that stuck out most came from the release of the first ever colour photo of Earth from afar. It's such a weird idea to me that before that photo, nobody knew that the Earth was blue. Bowie saw this photo and made a note in his journal that said "Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do." It became one of the most famous lines in his entire discography.
Bowie isn't my favourite singer. If given the choice, I'd rather listen to 90s punk bands like Green Day and Blink 182. But he's without a doubt my favourite artist The one thing I can take from him is his incredible knack for creativity and the way he takes influence from everywhere to create crazy, new, unique ideas.