Bit of a CSB, but....I remember (just) when I was about 11, a couple friends & I made our own band. Nothing serious & the cheapest instruments you could imagine, including stools improvised into some sort of drum/ percussion section. I played the "drums" at the time & we used to play covers of tracks by The Police, The Specials, Blondie, The Clash etc. in mini gigs in the room in the extension above their garage to our parents & a few friends. I started to learn the guitar around the time we got our mits on a Tascam multi track tape recorder which, for us, at the time was state of the art & the first song I learnt was Starman. I remember recording the guitar track, sat in a bathroom, where the acoustics were such that the bath tub simulated a reverb effect. But the main thing is that the first song I ever learnt on the guitar was a Bowie song.
I can imagine that this news is just beyond devastating to so many here - my heartfelt condolences to those of you feeling the loss and hollowness... I have no words. I like the way David Baddiel put it with: "Not just upset by Bowie's death but disorientated: like I've woken up and the world is out of joint. I think I assumed he was immortal."
Sail on to other worlds David Bowie - I think that you are immortal.
Disorientated is spot on. Today has been a roller coaster for me. I have routines that I adhere to daily & today they were all smashed to pieces. In many ways I (& I think a lot of others) felt a personal connection. Whether they knew him, had seen him or had just listened to him, there was something very personal about the way he reached out to everyone.