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David Bowie – A hero for so much more than just one day

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by Robert Bovington

Yesterday, 10 January 2016, David Bowie died. He was one of the giants of popular music in a career that lasted more than half a century. His music sold an estimated 140 million albums. He was also an accomplished actor.

On a personal note, Bowie was not one of my favourite artists but I did own a couple of his albums including “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. I did see him perform in a concert at Worthing Assembly Rooms in 1972.

His musical output was phenomenal:

Studio albums 27
Live albums 9
Compilation albums 46
Video albums 13
Music videos 51
EPs 5
Singles 111
Soundtrack albums 3
Other albums 66
Other video albums 14


I have just listed his studio albums below:


David Bowie (1967)

Space Oddity (1969)
The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Hunky Dory (1971)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust… (1972)
Aladdin Sane (1973)
Pin Ups (1973)
Diamond Dogs (1974)
Young Americans (1975)
Station to Station (1976)
Low (1977)
“Heroes” (1977)
Lodger (1979)
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980)
Let’s Dance (1983)
Tonight (1984)
Never Let Me Down (1987)
Tin Machine (1989)
Tin Machine II (1991)
Black Tie White Noise (1992)
The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
Outside (1995)
Earthling (1997)
‘Hours…’ (1999)
Heathen (2002)
Reality (2003)
The Next Day (2013)
Blackstar (2016)

Bowie also had a successful film career that included “The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)”; “Labyrinth (1986)”; “The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)” and “The Prestige (2006)”.

Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bowie has won many awards including Ivor Novello Special Award For Originality for the song “Space Oddity”; a Saturn Award for Best Actor for his performance  in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and several Grammy and BRIT Awards.

However he declined the CBE in 2000 and turned down a knighthood in 2003.

The above information was obtained from the Wikipedia article:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie

RIP David Bowie
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016),

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Orquesta Joven de Almería

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December 27 2015My wife and I attended an excellent concert at the Auditorio Municipal Maestro Padilla in Almería. It featured the Orquesta Joven de Almería and the  Orquesta Infantil de Almería and was conducted by Michael Thomas.

The infants performed the carols “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “Joy to the World”, “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells”. The young children were conducted by Michael Thomas and their performance was quite charming.
Then it was the Youth Orchestra of Almeria’s turn. The youngsters treated us to an excellent concert that began with ‘Finlandia’ composed by Sibelius.
My wife and I attended this concert for three reasons:
(i)     we had attended a previous concert by the youngsters of the Almería Orchestra (OIAL & OJAL) and had thoroughly enjoyed it;
(ii)    we often attend concerts by the Almería Orchestra (OCAL) conducted by Michael Thomas;
(iii)   we wanted to support our friends Colin and John Whyman who were making a presentation at the concert.
Colin & John presented a violin to young Dario Rodriguez Ventura.
This was followed by a speech in Spanish and English by Colin Whyman who, with his brother John, had donated a large collection of records, sheet music and books to the members of OCAL & OJAL.
The Youth Orchestra then performed Edward Elgar’s “Chanson de matin” with young Dario Rodriguez playing the violin.
After a break the orchestra (OJAL) continued their performance  with music by Benjamin Britten, Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart and Prokofiev before finishing with Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride”.
The Youth Orchestra were then joined with the infants (OIAL) and performed “Silent Night” and the encore – another rendition of “Jingle Bells” with some of the audience joining in (well I did anyway!)
Excellent!

Zarzuela Concert Roquetas 20 Apr 2013

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Attended an excellent concert at the Teatro Auditorio de Roquetas de Mar Saturday, 20 April 2013 – it was an anthology of zarzuela, the Spanish equivalent of operetta. It was a delightful mix of operatic and popular song, as well as dance. 

Zarzuela is said to derive from the name of a Royal hunting lodge, the Palacio de la Zarzuela near Madrid, where, allegedly, this type of entertainment was first presented to the Spanish court.


more photos here 

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Favourite Popular Music

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to see more, click on the link below:-
http://pinterest.com/robertbovington/favourite-music-rock-pop/

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Favourite Classical Music

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http://pinterest.com/robertbovington/favourite-music-classical/

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Opera in Roquetas – 1

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We are so lucky here in Roquetas de Mar. Apart from having more days of sun than most other places in Spain, we have culture too.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky & Angela Meade (photo from http://www.operatoday.com)

Yesterday evening, my wife and I went to the opera. OK – it was only at the local cinema but nevertheless we really enjoyed it. The Metropolitan Opera’s live HD broadcast of Verdi’s Ernani was spectacular.

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky played Don Carlo; Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto played the part of Don Ruy Gomez de Silva and Ernani was played by Italian tenor Marcello Giordani.

Perhaps, the star of the show was Angela Meade. The American soprano played the part of Elvira – the role she made her professional opera debut, also at the Met in 2008. Watch out for her – she could be a big star in the future! She’s a bit on the plump side now and certainly wouldn’t look right as a Violetta (Traviata) or a Mimi (La Boheme) but she has a delightful voice and a pretty face.
My wife and I have attended a number of operas – some at the local theatre but quite a few at the Yelmo Complex cinema. Recently we have seen Tosca, Simon Boccanegra, Don Giovanni, Satyagraha and Faust and intend to watch Manon & La Traviata in April. The Roquetas cinema is the only one in the province showing the Metropolitan Opera’s series of live broadcasts – the next nearest establishment showing the operas is over 200km away in Málaga province.

Robert Bovington
Roquetas de Mar February 2012