Aware he didn't have long left on planet earth, Major Tom left us one last gift before going home. His final album, Blackstar debuted with the aptly titled "Lazarus" (watch below) - yet another brilliant masterpiece of Bowie's musical wizardry and a window into the soul of an amazing artist. He shared Blackstar on his birthday earlier this year with a 'farewell my friends' salute, spooky themes of rising up from the great beyond and premonitions of his passing just a few short days later. Bowie's career spanned more than 4 decades and he's certainly been to places that most of us will never have the pleasure of knowing..
His hunger to explore a deeper meaning in life through art led him down some dark & scary roads. Fearless, never ashamed and always reaching for the stars, Bowie's often magic, sometimes tragic, personal & spiritual journeys resulted in many of the most beautiful movements that define the soundtrack of our generation.
We can each only hope to attain the level of enlightenment that Bowie has been able to demonstrate throughout his stay with us. He's opened new doors, lit the way down new paths and now he's handing the torch to us all. He's done just about everything a person could ever wish to do and then some, leaving 'nothing on the table'. We here at MBN would like to take a moment to salute one of the great gods of art.
In cooperation with Ronald de Strulle & with help from our friends over at the Huffington Post.
In the fall of 1970, a young musician from London arrived in Los Angeles to work on demo tapes for what he and his manager hoped would be a recording contract with a major label. It was David Bowie’s first trip to the United States. A few weeks after David Bowie’s death on January 10, 2016, sound engineer Ron de Strulle granted an exclusive interview on his work with Bowie. As recording engineer at Roxbury Road Studios in the Hollywood Hills, de Strulle and his partners Tom Ayers and Aynsley Dunbar were in contact with an executive at United Artists who asked if they could host “a new talent from across the pond who was beginning to make a big stir.” Impressed by the quality of recordings produced at RR Studios, United Artists promised Bowie’s manager that his client would have privacy, first class treatment, and 24/7 access to the studio. De Strulle’s song To Be Love was the first that Bowie recorded during that historic two-week trip. As the rights holder, Ron de Strulle is releasing "To Be Love" in loving memory of his friend David. Read the full story on the Huffington Post
Today’s release of "To Be Love" marks an end and a beginning, a piece with both historic and musical value. Not only is it the first song David Bowie recorded in the U.S., it is also his final track.
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This is one of the greatest musical explorations of the last decade. Get Blackstar on the iTunes store now.