A star amongst the stars

Herba’s and Pö’s monthly blogging project ‘Mach was’ is back again from a summer hiatus and the newest theme is “Mach was mit Sternen” (“do something with stars”). Basically that means I could make this post all about me, as my name, Esther, means ‘star’!

Meaning of Esther

But I’d rather not make this about me, I’ve already self-indulged enough by making an Esther-video. I’m going to make this about David Bowie instead! Space and stars always make me think of him and he made a lot of songs featuring space. His first hit was Space Oddity and he made many more ‘space songs’, like Life on Mars, Moonage Daydream, Ashes to Ashes (which was a sequel to Space Oddity) or my favourite latter day spacesong of his called Spaceboy.

However, this ‘Mach Was’ is not about space but about stars, so for this post I’m showcasing some David Bowie star-songs. His most famous, breakthough alter-ego had “star” in his name and was called Ziggy Stardust. Ziggy is an alien rockstar who has come to earth to warn of the end in 5 years time (Five Years is a brilliant storytelling song, by the way, which has nothing to do with stars or space, but is worth a mention). I love so very many of Bowie’s songs, but the Ziggy Stardust album is my favourite.

Ziggy Stardust album

Without further ado, here are some cool David Bowie ‘star’ songs:

David Bowie (and Ziggy Stardust) shot to fame after performing Starman on ‘Top of the Pops’ in 1972…

From the Ziggy Stardust album we also have the Ziggy Stardust titular song…

And Lady Stardust

And Star about being a rock’n’roll star…

There were star-songs on other albums like the sweet song The Prettiest Star from the 1973 Aladdin Sane album…

In 2003 there was New Killer Star…

And in 2013 there was the brilliant The Stars are Out Tonight with the awesome Tilda Swinton co-starring in an awesome video…

And of course, right when he died so unexpectedly, he released his final Blackstar album with a 10 minute song also called Blackstar on it. It’s very depressing and I still find it difficult to watch, but also somehow fascinating and very artistic…

The man even fittingly had an own star constellation dedicated to him after his death…

David Bowie star constellation

If I believed in an afterlife, I’d like to think that that is where he’s hanging out right now… a star amongst the stars.

18 thoughts on “A star amongst the stars

    1. Yeah, I discovered him through Let’s Dance at well in my early teens. Then when I was 16 or so, I dug into his back catalogue and became a real fan for quite a few years. Saw him live once too, which was a true highlight for me!

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    1. Prince didn’t do that much for me, but when Bowie came to the Netherlands I just HAD to go (the Netherlands isn’t that big, so it’s not that hard to get to these big concerts here).

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      1. I’ve heard from friends that Prince is spectacular in concert, really gives the audience his 110% of his heart and soul but I’m not a die hard fan and so I like some of his music but tickets were always hard to come by. like Madonna too-her tickets would sell out so fast and were expensive that my sister and I never got a chance to see her either. I don’t like her descent into trashy music now so I haven’t bought a CD of hers since her Greatest Hits. I will say her Bedtime Stories from 1994 is marvelous. It got panned when it first came out but it has some true gems on it. Ray of Light from 1998 is one of my favs albums b/c I got her messages so well on that album.

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        1. I was never into Madonna but I did like her Ray of Light album.
          I always wanted to see U2, but those tickets have always been expensive and during their tour this year, the ‘affordable’ ones sold out so quickly, I didn’t get them either. The tickets that were still available were like €200,-or more a piece for some sort of VIP arrangement – who can afford that stuff?!?


          1. I love U2 in concert. I saw them in the 1990s during their ZooTv Tour. They were in Washington DC over the summer and the tickets were outrageous. No way I could afford even the nosebleed seats. I found it ironic in a way for a band who fights against poverty yet charges a fortune that would put me in poverty if I went…

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