Seventy-four years ago today, English singer, songwriter, musical innovator and actor David Robert Jones was born. Professionally he became known as David Bowie, an artist who crossed and mixed many musical genres and performance styles in his long, influential career.
I’ve featured Bowie’s songs several times before on this blog: “A New Career in a New Town,” “Moonage Daydream,” “Lady Stardust,” “Space Oddity” (choral cover) and, less than a week ago, “Absolute Beginners.” In these posts, I have described the artist’s long presence in my life, from hearing his music in my childhood home to seeing him perform live in England and Canada in the 1970s and 80s and enjoying his collaborations with artists like Brian Eno, Adrian Belew and, more recently, Arcade Fire. His music has accompanied many of the milestones and transitions of my life.
The album Station to Station (1976) introduced another massive change in Bowie’s style, where he dove deeper into the rock and roll/blues/soul genres he’d been developing on Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs and Young Americans before embarking on his “Berlin Trilogy” (1977-1979 with Low, Heroes and Lodger). The latter three albums were a mix of experimental rock, electronica, ambient and post-disco electronic dance music.
“Stay” is the second-last song on Station to Station. It’s a soulful song of longing, with jazzy edges rendered with Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick’s guitar playing.
“This week dragged past me so slowly
The days fell on their knees
Maybe I’ll take something to help me
Hope someone takes after me
I guess there’s always some change in the weather
This time I know we could get it together
If I did casually mention tonight
That would be crazy tonight”
(from “Stay,” by David Bowie)
I haven’t listened to this track in a long time; it’s a terrific song, though. I only own the album on vinyl and don’t seem to spin my LPs that often. Maybe something to do more of in 2021…
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio from David Bowie’s official YouTube channel:
Full lyrics are available courtesy of AZLyrics.com.