Bowie for Boys: Advice for Little Starmen everywhere

The 7 year old was stunned. The 5 year old was visibly upset. The 4 year old burst into a rousing rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star when they heard that their hero the Starman had died. Here are a few things that Bowie can teach my boys:

  1. Steer clear of the men who try to sell you the world….
  2. ….They have no power over you.
  3. You can beat them, forever and ever.
  4. You can be heroes.
  5. It’s not really about being the richer man. It’s more about being a different man.
  6. Your differences are what make you utterly alluring.
  7. Beware the girl with the long blond hair and the eyes of blue.
  8. It’s OK if she’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl.
  9. Dance whenever you can. Red shoes? Optional.
  10. Dancing in the street is all it takes to make the world a better place.
  11. In fact, let all the children boogie.
  12. Beware the followers of fashion (Oh Bop).
  13. If you do what you do with conviction, you will always look fabulous.
  14. Saying that the skin-tight lycra legging look is possibly best left to the King of the Goblins.
  15. Your Mum says, to get things done, you’d better not mess with Major Tom.
  16. There are people out there, starmen if you like, keen to meet you. However, they don’t say ‘hi’ because they are worried that they might blow your mind due to them being a little ‘out there’, a little strange.
  17. Turn and face the strange.
  18. Modern love worked out quite nicely for your Mum and Dad but it might not be your cup of tea. That is fine.
  19. Someone can move you, speak to you sing to you, even when you haven’t got a clue what they are actually talking about. There is no contradiction in that.
  20. I don’t know where you are going to from here kids, but let a little Bowie in your life and I promise you it won’t be boring.

Gone but never forgotten David and I have no idea how I am going to navigate the Labrynth of the modern world without you.







9 thoughts on “Bowie for Boys: Advice for Little Starmen everywhere

  1. Claire Deegan says:

    We had tears this morning from my 7 year old boy. His fave track amongst many of Bowie’s was Changes. He too lost his hero today. As I told him though, boys and girls of his age will keep the music alive for many years to come, will spark the next gen of those who turn and face the strange.
    A lovely post.


  2. Tim says:

    I’ve always loved the quote that you’ve paraphrased in your final point – such a great maxim for life. I loved a lot of Bowie’s music and was indifferent about some but there’s no denying that he was a true original. Sorely missed.


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