Sunday, June 13, 2010
David Bowie announced his retirement recently and I don't know how serious that is. If it is a Johnny Carson-type retirement or a Frank Sinatra-type retirement. In any case, it is a shame because Bowie still looks youthful and hasn't seemed to slow down, but his reasons are sound, that he wants to spend more time with wife, Iman.
Bowie's recent albums ("Eart hl i ng" (1997), "'hours..." (1999), "Heathen" (2002) and "Reality" (2003)) have all been good, especially "Eart hl i ng" and "Heathen". It is too bad that he's calling it a day, but that's the blessing of a great recording career. You can go back and relisten to everything all over again.
I suppose Bowie could go on touring, but maybe he wants to leave everyone with the memory of him being young and youthful and that Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke have no place for a man in his 60s and above.
The picture above is Bowie in 2009 at the Tribeca Film Festival. I hope he changes his mind about retirement, but it is his right, and fortunately, we have his music and his films.