I love Randel Plowman's collage classes, and always get a lot out of them. This recent one was no exception. I wish life was more cooperative. Winter's always an iffy time for classes -- you never know what the weather's going to be like, who's going to get sick, etc. This time, not only did I have to cope with a blizzard, but with the unexpected death of my father. I'm still reeling a bit from that and struggling to get back into my routine. But that's really a topic for another day.
However, death has been part of my life recently and it seems that 2016 is going down as my least favorite year. In addition to my dad, we've lost several good friends and neighbors. Some days I'm afraid to open Facebook. About the time this course started, it was David Bowie to cancer. His music had a profound influence on my life, and is part of the soundtrack of my memories. "Let's Dance" came out around the time we moved to New Orleans and discovered MTV (and cable for that matter). My mom hated that we had MTV on all the time, but we were captivated by the videos -- it was a whole new world out there we were absorbing through TV.
When Randel asked us to make a series of collages around current events, I chose David Bowie's death. I had just downloaded his new album "Blackstar" and was listening to it when the news of his death came out. Reminiscing about our favorite Bowie songs led to playing his hit compilation albums non-stop.
I learned a lot about Bowie's life in the aftermath of his death; you couldn't pick up a magazine without an article about him. And it was while dancing around my kitchen listening to his 2014 "Nothing Has Changed" album that I got the text from my mom from the ER. And with that, more memories forever linked to his music.