Here we are, on the last day of the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I’ll have some thoughts about this year’s project in a wrap-up post on May 7. In the mean time, let’s get down to business.
While there were other David Bowie songs that begin with Z, I knew which one I wanted immediately.
Song: Ziggy Stardust
Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, acoustic guitar), Mick Ronson (electric guitar), Trevor Bolder (bass guitar), Mick Woodmansey (drums)
What I love about this track: Several times throughout this series, I’ve mentioned my fondness for Bowie as a balladeer. His ability to tell a story in song is unparalleled in modern times. “Ziggy Stardust” is a splendid example of the art.
Trivia: “Ziggy Stardust” is one of four Bowie songs included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Why I chose this video: I am not going to lie, I looked at easily a dozen videos before narrowing it down. This one, from the Reality tour, really got me. After all of the numerous faux retirements, this one was really the last. It seemed an appropriate way to say goodbye to the challenge for 2018.