Greetings and salutations,
As we dive deep into the world of music, I will be discussing one of David Bowie’s incredibly amazing and extraordinarily recognized album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars”.
It was released in 1972 and is one of the highest regarded albums in rock music’s history, originating an entirely new genre of glam elegance intertwined within rock that was crafted by David Bowie. “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars”, is conceptual album poetically surrounded by vividly composed melodies telling the story of an alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust. During the reasonable peak of glam’s explosion, Ziggy Stardust was created with a wide arrangement of glitz, heavy guitars and hooks, string sections, keyboards, and obviously dramatic embellishments.
David Bowie created his musical career in the 60’s developing as a supremely musical chameleon featuring his many different forms and styles impacting music and other artists. Ziggy Stardust was initially released in 1972 earning gold and platinum status. It came in at number 5 in the UK and at 75 on the US Billboard Music Charts. The album has had a major impact on the industry with impressive recognitions and stats throughout the years from respected media all over the world. TIME magazine dubbed it as one of the 100 best albums of all time, it was number 35 in Rolling stone’s top 500 greatest albums of all time, as well as countless other polls nominating its greatness in musical history. “As was the case with Miles Davis in jazz, Bowie has come not just to represent his innovations but to symbolize modern rock as an idiom in which literacy, art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary can be rolled into one.” – Rolling Stone magazine
There are several characteristics that make the Ziggy Stardust album quite unique. Considering the immense growth of rock music during the course of the last 50 years or so, very few artists were as methodically inventive, diverse, and yet so intense and influential as David Bowie. The album itself being full of catchy, attitude driven, enthralling and hypnotic elements is themed with Ziggy, the fictitious human manifestation created by Bowie, of an alien rock star’s rise and demise while trying to present earth with a message of hope within the last five years of its existence. The ensemble of musicians on the album consisted of Bowie doing vocals, sax, acoustic guitar, piano, harpsichord and arranging. Mick Ronson playing guitar, Trevor Bolder on Bass, and Mick Woodmansey on drums that helped create and transport the intended concept flawlessly. The songs on the album are quite unique and flow smoothly depicting the fascinations with sexuality and outer-space representations with a way to limitless possibilities not yet discovered while incorporating in the music and capturing the insanities and perplexities of life, youth and the future.
The impression this album has left on me as a musician, listener and industry professional is beyond inspirational and encouraging. I grew up respecting and admiring David Bowie and his brilliant music especially this particular album. A true innovator of style and talent that is significantly recognized in this album as well as his other great works. To some degree this album exemplifies to me a place where misfits and rebels can belong to something greater. At the time when the conceptual album was at its pinnacle it really defined a musical and artistic statement.
What inspires me most is essentially that David Bowie really made his mark by not being afraid to demonstrate individualism and originality at a time when most were afraid to step outside of the box for fear of devastation and failure. As a musician, songwriter and producer I see myself harnessing that freedom of expression without having to be afraid to be different or subject to a certain idea. It is our job as artistic and musical creators to share our thoughts, dreams and passions through a universally understandable outlet. I could only hope and dream to reach such an exorbitant amount of people so deeply like Bowie did.
Slowly chipping away at the jaws of the music industry as a producer, engineer and industry professional I see myself fitting in this giant realm of the music industry, having a successfully flowing and well-established client base for Soul Shakin Studios within 5 years, our family created dream set into motion this year. The industry is bulging with all forms of media and entertainment in need of auditory assistance with a dependable, trustworthy and knowledgeable staff that they can rely on at any time, while specializing in a variety of genres, styles and aspects of audio production and post. Knowledge and talent are essential qualities in this industry and fitting into the giant realm of music is not easy when everyone wants a piece of the dream pie. Wearing several hats as a student, musician, producer and engineer I am constantly evolving, learning and developing especially with albums like Ziggy Stardust to ignite our creative juices to another level and really inspire the freedom to change and be extraordinary.
It can be very discouraging at times and yes it is a extremely subjective, critical as well as a difficult industry to succeed in, but it can also be done and it is proven in many instances. Ziggy Stardust is brilliant artistic album that demonstrates an example of passion and individuality that can catapult creative change successfully, while engaged with passion, perseverance and an individualistic elegance.
Thank you so much for reading my thoughts on David Bowie’s, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” album. Every song on this album is fantastic to me from “Five Years to “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” and is a must listen for musicians, students, producers and music enthusiast of all varieties.
By Adrianna Parnagian