A Very Bowie Christmas: Dec 1st

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It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid. This series has been 2 years in the making, and perhaps now is the time to do it.

¬†Welcome to a Very Bowie Christmas. Each day in December until Christmas, I will be doing an advent calendar track by track series about Mr. Bowie’s music, from his very first album in 1967, to his swansong in 2016.

PLEASE, MR. GRAVEDIGGER, David Bowie (1967)

Kicking things off is this rather strange piece by David Bowie, well strange to modern years. Bowie had been in the music business since 1964, and in releasing his first album, he attempted to become a 60’s pop star, singing hall tunes, and classic pop. Please, Mr Gravedigger is perhaps a great example of this early sound, where Bowie sings a dark tune about being the murderer of a girl. Truly dark stuff, I am sure you will agree.
No real music in this, as Bowie sings largely acapella, with the sound of church bells gonging and rain, creating a rather dingy sound. It is an interesting piece to listen to though, as is the entire album.

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